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Mozilla Builds a Special Bing'ed Firefox For Microsoft

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Microsoft has begun offering a customized version of Firefox for download.

This new Firefox features Bing as its default search engine instead of Google. According to Mozilla, the browser is an extension of the "partnership" the company announced with Microsoft in 2010.

For Mozilla, the "Firefox with Bing" browser is certainly a good idea, as it is an opportunity to diversify its revenue and become at least a bit more independent of Google's search revenues. However, from Microsoft's perspective, this is a remarkable move because it is featuring the Firefox download from its own website. However, in its battle against Google, Microsoft may have concluded that a partnership with Mozilla cannot do much damage at this point, and may even help its Bing unit to divert some advertising revenues from Google toward Bing.

StatCounter market share data indicates that Firefox will post its ninth consecutive month of market share loss for October and end the period with about 26.4 percent share. IE also suffered heavy losses this month, despite a newly launched marketing campaign, and cross the finish line with about 40.2 percent. Google has picked up more than 1.3 points of share and will be listed with a share of about 24.9 percent. If the current trend continues, Mozilla will lose its position as second most popular browser in November. In South America, Chrome has become the dominating browser with daily market shares in excess of 40 percent this month, according to StatCounter.

Teaming up with Mozilla may be a good idea for Microsoft at this point, as every other strategy to fend off Chrome has failed so far. If Microsoft keeps losing market share at the current pace and if Chrome keeps gaining share at the same time, Google may surpass IE share as early as June 2012.

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    julianbautista87 , October 29, 2011 2:06 AM
    I think apple will sue this move shortly.
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    Anonymous , October 29, 2011 2:22 AM
    microsoft and mozilla should work together to beat google chrome
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    jhansonxi , October 29, 2011 1:11 AM
    Maybe M$ should base future IE releases on Firefox or integrate features from some of the Trident engine-based browsers.
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    julianbautista87 , October 29, 2011 2:06 AM
    I think apple will sue this move shortly.
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    livebriand , October 29, 2011 2:18 AM
    jhansonxiMaybe M$ should base future IE releases on Firefox or integrate features from some of the Trident engine-based browsers.

    Not a bad idea. IE sucks, and lots of people I know, even ones that don't know a ton about computers, use Firefox.
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    Anonymous , October 29, 2011 2:22 AM
    microsoft and mozilla should work together to beat google chrome
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    11796pcs , October 29, 2011 3:08 AM
    As I've been saying, the amount of time and effort Microsoft put into IE9 shows that they actually care about making a good browser. I think the "IE sucks" mentality should be re-evaluated. Remember that IE9 did win in a Browser Grand Prix when it first came out. Hopefully Microsoft can make lots of good improvements in IE10 to catch up with Chrome's speed and features. I do not think that the release cycles that Chrome has are a good idea though. You saw Mozilla try and fail with this concept. You should take your time on making a solid browser instead of just rushing everything out the door with no quality assurance.
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    brothermist , October 29, 2011 3:28 AM
    I dont really know jack about computers, but I know I cant use IE due to how badly it eats ass. And depending on what OS your on, it may not even be available in the form of IE9. I also cant stand firefox, too many pages/pics/videos dont display properly and far too many bugs and crashes. Crashes every time I use it without fail. I've tried Safari and Opera... and just dont like them at all. So I'm forced to use Chrome. So far from my experience, again I dont know jack about computers, Chrome seems to be easiest to use, the least buggy, and the fastest.
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    brothermist , October 29, 2011 3:47 AM
    11796pcsAs I've been saying, the amount of time and effort Microsoft put into IE9 shows that they actually care about making a good browser. I think the "IE sucks" mentality should be re-evaluated. Remember that IE9 did win in a Browser Grand Prix when it first came out. Hopefully Microsoft can make lots of good improvements in IE10 to catch up with Chrome's speed and features.


    Its lack of support of its own OS's shows me that Microsoft really wants to sell Windows 7. Its funny how all other browsers can be backwards compatible to Microsofts OS's, but Microsofts own browser cant. I run XP on my desktop. Yes my desktop needs an update, but I shouldnt be forced into buying a new OS to get the benefits of the newer IE. IE 8 is garbage, I cant use IE9 because Microsoft wants me to buy Windows 7, yet any other browser will out perform IE 8 on XP. You think the "IE sucks" mentality should be re-evaluated, I think IE sucks due to its performance across more than 1 platform. Funny how the other browsers seem to be handing Microsofts IE its ass on Microsofts own OS's. I'd say that kind of justifies the "IE sucks" mentality. Also, in my book, even without rushing things out the door, IE failed to even enter the game on IE9 on the majority of its own OS users, as there are still more people using XP than Windows 7.
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    Anonymous , October 29, 2011 3:49 AM
    release a new browser every 6 months for firefox instead of every 6 weeks.
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    alidan , October 29, 2011 4:30 AM
    i really wish anti trust suits would be filed against microsoft.

    i mean i would pay for a version of dx 10 or 11 for xp, and you all know they could do it, hell id pay 50$ for it which is about 20$ more than i payed for windows 7 on my little brothers computer.

    that said, will this browser also be tied to 7 only?
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    eddieroolz , October 29, 2011 5:11 AM
    Uniting against a common foe in the guise of Google. Good decision, but perhaps MS can provide some funding for Mozilla to gather skilled programmers and write a browser that won't hog 1GB of RAM for 2 tabs.
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    lathe26 , October 29, 2011 5:33 AM
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    Maybe M$ should base future IE releases on Firefox or integrate features from some of the Trident engine-based browsers.


    IE uses the Trident engine. Microsoft practically invented that one.
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    Thunderfox , October 29, 2011 6:13 AM
    Talk about biting the hand that feeds you. Dependance on one large company with a competing product is not too different no matter which company it is, so you really ought to stick with the one that has supported you all this time, instead of one that has decided to do it out of desperation.

    The last thing Mozilla needs is to piss off Google. The competition with Chrome could be seen as a necessary evil from either company's perspective, but if Moz is in bed with Google's biggest enemy, they are going to find themselves in the crosshairs of the most active internet tech company in the world, and depending on a recent enemy for funding to fight the war. Not a good situation, no matter what they do.
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    danwat1234 , October 29, 2011 6:19 AM
    The sooner firefox will be able to take advantage of more than one CPU or CPU core, the better. It's siller how it still can't keep more than one core busy when your waiting for a window full of tabs to render.
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    deadlockedworld , October 29, 2011 6:53 AM
    ThunderfoxTalk about biting the hand that feeds you. Dependance on one large company with a competing product is not too different no matter which company it is, so you really ought to stick with the one that has supported you all this time, instead of one that has decided to do it out of desperation.


    Its Chrome that's taking their market share, not IE. Continuing to bend over and take it from Google out of fear of pissing them off would be just stupid.

    The enemy of my enemy is my friend.
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    kronos_cornelius , October 29, 2011 7:02 AM
    So Firefox, the Phoenix that rose from the ashes of Netscape, who was unfairly (at the time) destroyed by Microsoft, is now teaming up with the the killer of its father.
    This seems like a modern TV series where the good guys and the bad guys switch sides to keep the plot interesting.

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    iam2thecrowe , October 29, 2011 7:03 AM
    livebriandNot a bad idea. IE sucks, and lots of people I know, even ones that don't know a ton about computers, use Firefox.

    i know quite a bit about computers and would never use firefox, it just doesnt work properly with many web pages i use. With IE there is no need to install a 3rd party browser, it's good enough. Like it matters if a web page loads 0.01ms faster or slower.....
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    Benihana , October 29, 2011 11:53 AM
    iam2thecrowei know quite a bit about computers and would never use firefox, it just doesnt work properly with many web pages i use. With IE there is no need to install a 3rd party browser, it's good enough. Like it matters if a web page loads 0.01ms faster or slower.....

    Perhaps, but all's I know is that when I run IE (rarely that I do) it says something along the lines of "consider disabling add-ons to enhance security while browsing". That sure does make sense in this day and age, considering all the strong competition is promoting the use of add-ons.
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    Thunderfox , October 29, 2011 12:19 PM
    deadlockedworldIts Chrome that's taking their market share, not IE. Continuing to bend over and take it from Google out of fear of pissing them off would be just stupid. The enemy of my enemy is my friend.


    In spite of the fact that Google wants Mozilla's marketshare *and is getting it*, Google is apparently still providing support to Firefox. Will Microsoft do the same if their fortunes change?

    "The enemy of my enemy is my friend" doesn't work too well. Eventually, you'll find that the problems you had with your new 'friend'/former enemy are still relevant, and you'll wind up being enemies again. If Microsoft deems this experiment to be either a failure or an unnecessary expenditure, they'll end it, and then where will Mozilla be?
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    serendipiti , October 29, 2011 1:24 PM
    Some stances are only sustainable while there is growth. And I wonder how long will this be sustainable or if we should start driving towards a more sustainable model. I know that it seems there is no end in this race, and from the position we have its hard to look at the peak. We are reaching the limits of physics on hardware, but just to put it to render video games, download movies and entertainment most of the time. I think that real improvements now will come from applying technology rather than improving technology to get enough horsepower to achieve new goals. And all this has to do with the browser wars in that they are an example all of this: IE8 is slower than Chrome and Firefox and IE9, but even so is quite good, and the reasons to switch are getting of minor relevance every time (diminishing returns?). I wonder how this will end, but probably it is a good example of what software industry is facing in a midterm future.
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    cookoy , October 29, 2011 2:17 PM
    Fine with me, as long as this special version download resides in MS website and Mozilla is getting some financial benefit from this deal, so it can continue to provide us with free, good quality browsers.
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