As previously intimated here at DCT, Mozilla and Google have now agreed to terms and a new search agreement has been duly signed. Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs confirmed the signing of a new three year deal in a recent announcement – “Under this multi-year agreement, Google Search will continue to be the default search provider for hundreds of millions of Firefox users around the world.”
The existing agreement expired last November and the delay had many pundits speculating about Firefox’s possible demise. This new deal, spanning the next 3 years, more or less guarantees Firefox’s survival – at least in the short term.
Now all Mozilla needs do is improve its browser’s performance levels so Firefox compares favorably with its competitors. Don’t know about you guys but I am experiencing really severe lags with Firefox 8. Not with all sites, mostly when connecting to forums and multi-page sites, certainly enough to be a right pain in the you know what. Seems to be mostly associated with the loading of thumbnails, navigation panels and/or menu items. I’ve tried connecting to the same sites using Chrome, or more accurately SRWare Iron which is a Chrome derivative, and experienced no such problems whatsoever. There are so many reports of various issues with each new version of Firefox, is it any wonder more and more people are switching to Chrome – come on Mozilla, isn’t it about time you got it right!