A five-year deal signed includes early access to new search UIMozilla has ended its ten-year relationship with Google and decided to join hands with Yahoo. Therefore, Yahoo is going to be the default search engine for the open source Firefox browser in the US, both for the mobiles devices and desktop.
Terms of the deal have not disclosed yet, but according to experts, the arrangement will last for the next five years before Firefox’s built-in search box comes up with its bids again, Mozilla and Yahoo! said in a joint statement issued by them on Wednesday.
However, Firefox users have always been able to choose their own search provider, as Google has been the global default since 2004, thanks to an arrangement that saw the online giant pay royalties to Mozilla for searches originating from its browser.
In the past years, these royalties have made all the Mozilla’s funding possible, the not-so-profit has yet to publish their 2013 annual report, but in the year 2012, it received $311 million in total revenues, of which 90 percent came from its tied partnership with Google.
Mozilla has been silent and certainly not in a mood to discuss its wrangling with Google, but it is possible that the talks broke down over the Firefox-maker’s stance towards the Do Not Track browser privacy standard.
Mozilla has always been a strong supporter of the tech, which browsers use to instruct website not to follow them with tracking cookies, but Google – works on the module of tracking as it is the world’s largest online advertising company.
Yahoo! meanwhile, has ignored the Do Not Track signal on its own websites since May. As per the deal signed between Mozilla and Yahoo!, nonetheless, it says it will now recognize Do Not Track again – but only for the Firefox users, curiously enough.