Over the next three years, Mozilla will collect $900 million from Google as agreed upon in a recently renewed and extended search deal that will keep Google as the default search engine in Firefox. That's a three-fold increase annually over the previous search deal, which in 2010 worked out to $103 million, or 84 percent of Mozilla's revenue. Now Mozilla is imploring Firefox users to donate $10 or more.
Mozilla keeps churning out a new Firefox stable build every six weeks, having switched to a rapid release schedule earlier this year. But amid the constant changes, there is one thing that still remains untouched by its current release schedule. There is still no official 64-bit build of the browser.
The Java browser plugin is notorious for being wildly popular among malware authors. The ubiquity of Java is not the only reason for this. Rather, the problem seems to lie more in the fact that a sizable chunk of its installed base consists of outdated versions, something that is often attributed to low awareness among users about Java itself and the threat posed by Java vulnerabilities. But according to F-Secure’s Mikko Hypponen, the only thing users need to know about Java is that they don’t need it. Hit the jump for more.
Some people have been questioning why Google would dump nearly a billion dollars into a three-year search deal with Mozilla and its Firefox browser instead of leaving Mozilla high and dry after their existing agreement expired. Adding to the intrigue is the fact that the new deal is three times higher than the previous one, and is more than Microsoft was willing to pay Mozilla to have Bing featured as the default search. Why give all that money to a competitor? That's the wrong question to ask, according to one of Chrome's developers.
With Mozilla inking a new search referral agreement with Google and with one report pegging the three-year deal as high as $900 million, it has nothing to worry about as far as its financial security is concerned. This generous replenishment of its coffers couldn’t have come at a better time as financial uncertainty is not something Mozilla can afford at a time when its position in the browser market is under threat from Chrome. It can now use this added financial security to focus on making Firefox a better browser. One area it can improve in is the sync feature, which currently does not support syncing of add-ons.
Depending on whose numbers you trust, Mozilla's Firefox browser is either the world's second (NetMarketShare) or third (StatCounter) most popular in the world, ahead or behind of Google Chrome. Either way, Mozilla is keeping busy kicking out new builds as part of its rapid release schedule, and if you're a beta user, you can now get your mitts on Firefox 10.
Mozilla on Tuesday announced it had inked a new search agreement with Google (we covered the story here) that would extend the mutually beneficial partnership for at least three years, but what we didn't know is how much the deal was worth. Now we do. The sultan of search will pay Mozilla just shy of $300 million a year for the right to to have Google featured as the default search engine in Firefox, making the total deal worth around $900 million, or more than a billion dollars if it goes beyond three years.
Mozilla on Tuesday announced that Google had agreed to a new search referral deal with it, ending weeks of suspense over the search giant’s willingness to renew the deal ever since it expired last month and allowing the latter to remain the default search provider inside Firefox. This also brings to an end the recent speculation regarding the fate of Firefox, which was seen as being closely linked to the proceeds from the deal.
The cool thing about Mozilla's rapid release schedule for Firefox is that you never have to wait long for the next version to come out, which is a real boon if you want to play with the latest and greatest but aren't real keen on the thought of mucking around with beta code. And if you've been waiting around for Firefox 9 to go gold, your day has come.
There are more people surfing the Web with various builds of Internet Explorer at this moment than there are for any other browser, which has been the case ever since Microsoft buried Netscape Navigator a long time ago. But if you want to talk about the world's most popular single browser build, that title now belongs to Google's Chrome 15, according StatCounter, a website analytics company.