Google considers Firefox a partner and not a rival

The agreement a few days ago between Google and Mozilla to extend the Google granting compensation to the foundation of Firefox browser to keep the browser as it’s default has raised all sorts of speculation and questions. And this has been done for two reasons: first, because the amount in the agreement, multiplied by three the number that had been agreed for the previous years. Second, the growth of Chrome has become a direct rival to Firefox and that has led some analysts to speculate what Google would pay to Mozilla.

Support that in 2010 alone accounted for more than 80% of Mozilla’s income, a figure that undoubtedly has grow after the new agreement. One of the Chrome engineers wanted to pass out all this flurry of information and speculation on his blog. In it, the engineer noted that since Google does not consider Firefox as a rival, but rather as a partner with a common goal.

This objective is the development of accessing websites stress possible. According to this engineer, Google Chrome does not seek a direct return, as they do with other products like Microsoft Office (a nice dart into Microsoft), but getting more money is improving web, the field that moves most of Google’s revenue. In fact, Peter Kasting went as far as to say that Chrome would not mind having almost no users in the event that there are other browsers that are improving websites loading times.

Of course, we must not underestimate the economic interests of Google in preventing Microsoft’s main competitor at the time of reaching a deal with Mozilla, if they managed to place its Bing search bar in Firefox. These interests were what prompted Google to triple its price to Mozilla, a reality that Kasting does not deny. Its main defense, as already proposed earlier is that Firefox is not considered a rival, but rather a partner. One idea hard to grasp in a competitive world, although the ultimate goal is to get more money.

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