Mozilla spoils relationship with Google after Chrome release

Mozilla’s chief executive, John Lilly, has admitted that relations with Google have become somewhat more complicated since the release of the Chrome browser.

Really. From the very beginning, many observers were perplexed by the fact of launching their own browser under the Google brand, if before that the company so actively supported and promoted Firefox. It was not clear why Google had two browsers, could the company be seated on two chairs? These problems are now beginning to manifest themselves.

Firefox used to be part of the standard Google Pack utilities package, but Chrome has recently left beta and replaced Firefox. As you know, Mozilla receives from Google about 88% of its financial income as part of a three-year agreement. Whether it will be extended and under what conditions - this uncertainty is a little annoying to the leadership of Mozilla. Lilly said they are already starting to probe options for similar revenue sharing agreements from search advertising with other companies, including regional search engines. Especially in those countries where local search engines compete with Google (there are not many such countries left).

Lilly also mentioned the mobile market as another alternative source of profit. For example, Opera makes a lot of money there. And soon there will be a mobile version of Firefox, codenamed Fennec. It will be released in late winter or early spring 2009 simultaneously under Linux and Windows Mobile.

Although, of course, the relationship between Mozilla and Google remains very good, which Lilly emphasized. This is understandable, because they have a common enemy - Internet Explorer. By the way, in his speech, John Lilly quoted with pleasure the recent words of the leading developer of IE8 that “only crazy geeks think about JavaScript performance”. According to Lilly, if IE8 will noticeably lose in performance, it will be very good for the browser market. Both Firefox and Chrome will be able to expand their presence.

via Computerworld