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Yahoo's U.S. share on Firefox quadruples after deal

Gregg Keizer | Jan. 9, 2015
Mozilla's deal with Yahoo has quadrupled the search provider's usage by those running Firefox in the U.S., but the browser's users still prefer Google, according to data from an Irish analytics company.

That's not surprising, as by StatCounter's metrics, all versions of Firefox accounted for just 16.1% of browser usage on Jan. 6, and 13.6% for the month of December.

Within a week or so, more definitive search usage rankings will be released by comScore, which regularly publishes data on U.S. search providers. In its most recent report — for the month of November — comScore pegged Google's share at 67%, Yahoo's at 10.2% and Bing's at 19.6%, each at odds, sometimes substantially, with StatCounter's 77.3%, 8.6% and 12.1%, respectively.

The Yahoo contract that Mozilla signed is for five years, and was one of several that the browser maker negotiated with providers in individual markets after it dropped Google as its global partner. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

 

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