Mozilla and Google are renewing their partnership with a new search deal. According to the terms of the agreement Google would be the default search engine in Firefox for the next three years. The deal ends the period of uncertainty for Mozilla, but the company still haven't announced the specific terms of this commercial agreement.
The three-year deal making Google the default search provider for Firefox had expired at the end of November. That was potentially bad news for Mozilla, which depended on the Google payments for 84% of its operating revenue—a total of more than $100 million—in 2010.
Yesterday in a carefully worded blog post, Mozilla announced that the partnership had been renewed for another three-year period. Although Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs characterized the deal as significant and mutually beneficial, the blog post pointedly omitted additional details. It says that the specific terms of this commercial agreement are subject to traditional confidentiality requirements, and they’re not at liberty to disclose them.