Hardware Canucks reported last week about the changing hierarchy of browsers. Firefox, which was once the dominant alternative to Internet Explorer, has seen its market share eroded by the emergence of Google’s Chrome. Now, ZDNet is reporting that the Mozilla Foundation’s search partnership contract with Google — the Foundation’s biggest source of revenue — has expired.
In the 2010 fiscal year, 84% of Mozilla’s $123 million in revenue came directly from this Google search partnership contract.
According to ZDNet there has been no movement from Google on contract re-negotiations. This is somewhat expected, as when the contract was initially signed Google had yet to release Chrome. Now, they face the predicament of whether they should continue financing their direct competitor.
Will this be the end of Firefox?