Mozilla and Microsoft announce Firefox with Bing
Mozilla has announced the availability of a customised version of its open source Firefox web browser that uses Microsoft's Bing search engine. In addition to using Bing by default in the search box and AwesomeBar, the default home page is also set to Bing.com.
In a blog post, Mozilla says that the Firefox with Bing offering extends its previous Microsoft partnership from October of last year, which saw Bing added as an optional search engine in the browser with Google remaining the default choice. The non-profit organisation generates revenue from Firefox's built-in search functionality from various organisations, including Google, Yahoo, Amazon and eBay. As in previous years, a large part of Mozilla's 2010 revenue came from royalties from Google. The move to offer a version of Firefox with Bing is one way in which it can further diversify; the Google contract is up for review in November of this year.
The customised version of Firefox is available to download from the Firefox with Bing web site. Existing Firefox users can visit the site to set their homepage and default search engine to Bing with a Firefox Add-on.
- Introducing Firefox with Bing, a Bing Community blog post.