Linked by lemur2 on Sat 24th Dec 2011 10:05 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones After much speculation over whether Mozilla, the non-profit foundation, and Google, the search and advertising company, would renew their default search provision deal, Mozilla has announced that a new multi-year deal has been made. The deal will see Google continue to be the default search provider in the Firefox browser for "at least three additional years".
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It's a testament to Ballmer's cheapness
by Codester on Sun 25th Dec 2011 02:06 UTC
Codester
Member since:
2008-10-24

that Microsoft didn't get that deal. How can you have their billions upon billions and let Google outbid you when you are desperately trying to get Bing up with Google?

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MollyC Member since:
2006-07-04

in their own stuff, such that they have to pay 300 million per year in order to protect their monopoly position in search space.

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Valhalla Member since:
2006-01-24

Lol, well atleast they have confidence enough to use their own search algorithms, unlike Microsoft which has so little faith in their own capacity that they copy Google search results and present them in Bing.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Neither does MS apparently since they also bid.

Edited 2011-12-27 04:53 UTC

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leos Member since:
2005-09-21

that Microsoft didn't get that deal. How can you have their billions upon billions and let Google outbid you when you are desperately trying to get Bing up with Google?


I think it would be less valuable for Microsoft if they had the default firefox search as Bing. Most firefox users I know would immediately change it to google. Some others would just switch to Chrome instead.

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ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

I think it would be less valuable for Microsoft if they had the default firefox search as Bing. Most firefox users I know would immediately change it to google. Some others would just switch to Chrome instead.

The average user doesn't consider the search engine they use as much as your friends do. All they really expect is to load their browser and see a search bar. They type in what they want, and expect to see results. Whether Google provides that, Bing, Yahoo, whatever, it doesn't really matter. The average user also doesn't care about all the integrated and/or extended capabilities either (Google+ for example). When you compare the entire user base vs. those who actually do more than search, it's very clear only a small percentage give a damn about that stuff. A small percentage of an enormous number is still a lot, but overall any search engine set as the default is going to benefit from being such.

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sorpigal Member since:
2005-11-02

I would not put it past Mozilla to have chosen a lower dollar figure from Google just to snub Microsoft for being anticompetitive jerks.

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