Mozilla is testing Microsoft Bing as the default search engine for the Firefox browser. According to a new report, one percent of all Firefox desktop users have undergone this initial test, and Mozilla expects this test phase to take about five months and be completed in January 2022.
According to Mozilla, these experiments are part of a study of optimizing the Firefox user experience. If you search for about: studies in the address bar, a complete list of research will be displayed. Google is the default search engine for Chrome, Brave, and Firefox browsers, and as you can guess, Bing also serves as the default search engine for Microsoft Edge.
It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. However, the termination of the Mozilla-Google agreement could be a good reason for this.
Under the agreement between Mozilla and Google, the Internet search giant will pay between $ 400 million and $ 450 million annually to remain the default Firefox engine. The deal runs until 2023 when Mozilla pledges to use Google as its default search engine.
Given Mozilla’s revenue from Google, the Bing engine test is a bit surprising, and it remains to be seen what the purpose of this is. Mozilla has not yet commented, but a German blogger says Mozilla is planning for 2023 to work with Microsoft if it fails to reach an agreement with Google for any reason.
Of course, if Mozilla cooperates with Microsoft, Bing’s share of search engines will increase. Given the Redmondians’ approach to increasing their market share, it is likely that they are collaborating with Mozilla and using Bing as the default Firefox search engine.