Although Mozilla was the go to browser for a long period of time for regular internet users, the company lost its grounds to chrome in recent years. However, the company is planning on reclaiming its place as it released Firefox Quantum earlier today. Along with some pretty drastic changes, the browser has now made Google the default search engine.
This comes as a major shift from Mozilla as back in 2014, it changed the default search engine to Yahoo. Understandably, at the time, the move attracted a lot of criticisms from the existing users. Talking about the latest changes, Mozilla’s Chief Business and Legal Officer, Denelle Dixon said, “We exercised our contractual right to terminate our agreement with Yahoo! based on a number of factors including doing what’s best for our brand, our effort to provide quality web search, and the broader content experience for our users. We believe there are opportunities to work with Oath and Verizon outside of search.”
While the change is certainly welcome, it’s unknown how much the company is compensated for the move. If you would like to use Yahoo, you can still do so directly from the browser interface as it is currently part of several alternative search engines.
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