Mozilla's popular Firefox browser officially turns 10 today, as in version 10, not years in existence (if we're to use the launch of Firefox 1.0 as the browser's birth date, Firefox will turn 10 years old on November 9, 2014). New to version 10 is the absence of the Forward browsing button, which is now hidden until you navigate back. It also includes anti-aliasing for WebGL, and a few other tricks.
Ever since its adoption, Firefox’s current release schedule has remained a hot topic of debate. So much so that there’s probably nothing left to add. The nauseating levels of rapid-release-schedule talk aside, it’s a fact that enterprise users have had to deal with greater certification headaches due to the current release schedule. But that will no longer be the case.
Yesterday, Microsoft expressed its pleasure at dwindling Internet Explorer 6 usage, which has now fallen below the 1 percent mark in the United States. Though not quite as old, Firefox 3.6 is, in a lot of ways, Mozilla’s Internet Explorer 6 -- a sanctuary for users trying to evade advancement. Firefox 3.6’s market share has been a source of some concern for the open-source outfit over the past few months, especially given that fact that it was released around a couple of years ago and ceased to be the latest version over nine months back.
The Microsoft PR team in charge of Internet Explorer has a difficult job on its hands. Finding the upside of declining market share isn’t exactly the easiest job in the world you know. As a result of the overall trend working against IE, the message this year has been mostly focused around browser share in Windows 7. When you limit the dataset to this one narrow focus, Microsoft appears to be making at least some progress at bouncing back, though mostly at the expense of Mozilla.
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.
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.
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.