The bzz bzz in the tech media for months has been that GOOG won’t sign another deal with Mozilla for the Google to be the default search engine in Firefox’s search bar, now that Google’s own Chrome Browser is on the vestibule of surpassing Firefox for second-most used in the world. The obvious implication is that since most of Mozilla’s money comes from that deal with Google, that the end of the deal would be the equivalent of the end of Firefox. And that’s what GOOG would want, to clear away a competitor,
Just like I predicted. Firefox is still 20-25% of the world’s browser share, and web searches are Google’s bread and butter. GOOG wasn’t going to give up that easy traffic. Would you turn away 20-25% of the foot traffic at your brick and mortar business? GOOG couldn’t afford it giving up Mozilla then Mozilla turning around and swinging a deal with MSFT to make Bing the default Firefox search engine, because it can’t afford Bing to get any more credible.