Google Rumored To Be Breaking Up With Firefox

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Google is obligated to support Mozilla’s Firefox browser through a search contract until 2011. But rumors suggest that may be the end of the Google-Firefox alliance.

People were relatively stunned when Google launched its own web browser, Chrome, and they wondered allowed what that would mean for Google’s relationship with the browser that quickly rose to the second most used browser in the world.

At the height of all the Microsoft versus Google hysteria—which left us without a Microsoft contender in search and without a Google operating system—Google jumped behind Firefox, the only browser that presented a challenge to Internet Explorer since IE devastated Netscape.

Firefox grabbed 22 percent of the browser market, helping to shrink IE’s share from 90 percent to 66 percent. Google funneled money and support to Firefox by placing invitations to download on the Google homepage, and paid about $75 million in 2007 in referrals from the Firefox search bar.

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It’s that search deal that is set to expire in 2011, and according to Gawker tipsters, Google’s looking to go separate ways.

That’s bad news for Mozilla, an open source company depending on donations. Would this be an indication that Google is willing to sacrifice Firefox to the browser gods in order to boost Chrome? Well, Chrome so far still has barely cracked one percent of the market, despite being singled out as the most secure web browser by security researchers.

It could be Google feels its own browser could take Firefox’s share and a little more of IE’s if marketed properly.

Google Rumored To Be Breaking Up With Firefox
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  • http://blog.preferredseat.com GregC

    I haven’t used Chrome yet, but getting tired of all things Google, so will stay away.

  • http://www.bigsurrealestate.com/ M Gilson

    There are some nice features in chrome. I love the one address bar to search and browse. However, I am addicted to some of my Firefox plugins and will not be giving those up anytime soon.

  • Eza

    Google Chrome is way faster than Mozilla Firefox and should be able to beat all the other browsers. The only difference i can find that’s stopping me from using Chrome 24/7 is the Add-ons. Firefox has the best add-ons of all browsers and no one can’t live without them. Good luck for the two in the future.

  • http://quichemoraine.com Mike Haubrich, FCD

    Of course Chrome is a speedier browser. It does less. Have you ever compared FireFox to Chrome after removing all of your plugins? I’ve used Chrime. It’s quick and sharp but it is missing features.

    Different browsers serve different purposes.

  • http://www.sinohosting.net/web-hosting.php Hong Kong Web Hosting

    I agree with Greg, I prefer to stay with Firefox for now. Having all eggs in the same baskets has proven risky historically.

  • http://backroomgaming.com/index.php Adam

    I use both Chrome and Firefox, I find my self going to firefox first the remembering that I prefer Chrome and being to lazy to log out of everything and re log into Chrome.LOL

    But the one main problem with Chrome is there are issues with compatibility still a lot of the ajax lonins for sites I go to do not work on Chrome.

    Anways its best for us the users to have more then one quality option to IE.

  • http://www.assembly-jobs.com Home Assembly Jobs

    Dumped IE for several years now and Firefox is my very preferred browser at the moment with all those beautiful plugins I cannot abandon but I’m looking forward to try chrome. I’m too lazy to download and test. 😉

  • http://www.kalliance.com Hugh N

    Downloaded the IE 8 and it’s what I had expected. Computer is locking up every so often and my preferred browser is still FireFox.

  • http://www.thetruthaboutfoodandhealth.com Jarett

    I’m sticking to Firefox for now too, for the same reason as many other people… the plugins.

    One of the major disappointments I’ve had with Chrome is the way it handles temporary files. If you want to download streaming media (like .flv files) onto your hd, forget it. I fiddled around in the temp folder and I don’t think it can be done. (Maybe this is a security feature?)

  • http://linkdirs.blogspot.com/ Eric

    Once again great insight Jason,
    obviously Chrome has cracked only one percent of the market so far but the thing is that it is just the start for Chrome and it is still in its beta so 1 percent is not bad and with Google’s support for it Chrome will soon become one of the leading browsers in the market. And I love firefox so not a very good news for me.

  • http://www.eztrip.com/ Hotels

    It’s pretty tough to improve on Firefox, and once again the ‘big guys’ try and persuade the consumer to try these alternative browsers out, without understanding that what is there is working almost perfectly.

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