The Mozilla Foundation now gets most of its revenue from search engines apart from Google, which include Yahoo, Yandex and Baidu, as the creators of the Firefox browser ended its massive with deal with Google last year.
The non-profit organization revealed its financial results on Wednesday for the year 2014, with the foundation’s total revenue for last year being US $329.5 million, which is around $15 million more than a year before.
In partnership with Google, Mozilla’s earnings for the year 2013 accounted for 88 percent of its total revenue that was about $275 million. Though since Mozilla ended its lucrative deal with Google last year, the foundation said that it has made arrangements with other search engines to be the default search engines in its browser. Mozilla then joined hands with Yahoo, Yandex and Baidu to be the default search engine in the Firefox browser, along with Amazon, eBay and Bing.
“In evaluating our search partnerships, our primary consideration was to ensure our strategy aligned with our values of choice and independence, and positions us to innovate and advance our mission in ways that best serve our users and the Web,” said Chris Beard, Mozilla’s CEO.
Hence, it’ll be interesting to see the financial impact of these deals, which we will not see until November 2016 when Mozilla reports its next financial earnings.
To recall, Mozilla’s Firefox browser made its debut in the year 2002 and in no time became the browser of choice among users. Though its market share on desktops took a major toll after Google launched its Chrome browser. Over time, Firefox’s share of all browser users kept falling along with the foundation having an almost negligible user share on mobiles.
Over the years, Internet browsing has increased on mobiles and tablets which made Mozilla create Firefox browsers for Android and iOS. The foundation also developed a Linux-based free mobile operating system called FireOS for tablets and smartphones, though they have not had much success as its a tough market to crack.