December 5, 2011- Firefox at one time was only behind Internet Explorer as the web’s second most popular browser. However, the past year has seen Firefox hit very hard in the very competitive web browser arena. Part of that is due to a number of the company’s key employees jumping ship. The browser has also been fighting operational issues that have caused users to stop using the browser and use others such as Chrome.
The loss of Mike Shaver was a big blow to Mozilla as he was a key manager for the company. In addition, the loss of important revenue has not helped the struggling browser. Mozilla has had a long-term contract with Google. The contract made the web giant Mozilla’s largest source of income.
That partnership was scheduled to terminate in November. Firefox released a statement that said, “We are very confident our partnerships with search engines will remain a revenue generator for us for the future.” However, the company would not comment directly about the status of its contract with Google.
The partnership between Mozilla and Google represented close to 85% of all revenue Mozilla earned. At this time, insiders believe there is still a possibility the two companies will come to an agreement and the Google deal will continue. Others believe that Google does not need Firefox since its own web browser Chrome is growing in size and receiving many of the users that defected from Firefox.