With earthquakes in Oklahoma and the string of tornado watches that were going on yesterday in November, it seems like everything has been a little wacky these days. To give you one more thing to file under the crazy category, Firefox is now distributing a version of Firefox that uses Bing as the default search engine, rather than Google. It was only a few short years ago that Firefox and Microsoft (the parent company of Bing) were at each other’s throats – now they are teaming up against Google? I guess the enemy of my enemy is my friend.
There is no doubt that both Microsoft and Firefox must be worried about Google’s Chrome browser. This odd team up only confirms there is a major worry that Google might get a little too powerful. It will be interesting to watch and see though how this effects Firefox’s default search in the future. You can only get the Bing powered Firefox on a specific website, and Google is still the default search engine on the version you get from the Mozilla website.
The current Google/Firefox contract runs out in November – so the guys behind Firefox could be using this special version of Firefox to test the waters and see how the public reaction is. If anything, you can always change your default search engine in Firefox so for knowledgeable users this might be a lot of fuss about nothing.