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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Mozilla’s Top Revenue Is From Google

Mozilla CEO Mitchell Baker in a blog post writes:

Mozilla’s revenues (including both Mozilla Foundation and Mozilla Corporation) for 2006 were $66,840,850, up approximately 26% from 2005 revenue of $52,906,602. As in 2005 the vast majority of this revenue is associated with the search functionality in Mozilla Firefox, and the majority of that is from Google.

I pinged Peter Dawson (/pd in the forum) to ask just what that revenue is about and he dug out the info nugget from Internet News: “Mozilla gets paid a publicly undisclosed amount for each Google search query made from Firefox by a user.” (Google also puts some of its AdSense weight behind Firefox by offering webmasters pay-per-action banners to advertise for Firefox + Google Toolbar; plus, Google employs some Firefox developers.) ZDnet’s Larry Dignan has an interesting comment on this: “Mozilla’s financial statement really puts the browser battle into perspective. It’s not Firefox vs. IE as much as it is Google vs. Microsoft.”

In the meantime today at the Google Analyst Day, Sergey Brin, Eric Schmidt and George Reyes were on stage and emphasized that nowadays there’s real competition again in the browser market, which is speeding up browser evolution – to the benefit of web developers (including web developers at Google).

[Via Digg.]


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