Firefox, a free, Open source web browser. One of most popular application on internet. One of the highly used freeware software in computer history.
Have you ever thought how they earn money ?? How they spend that much time and invest that much money on development of such a free software ??
Mozilla co-op is the company behind the Firefox web browser, Mozilla co-op was started as Non-profit company, but now its no more in that category. They are earning $40,000,000 per year !! but how ??
With every Firefox browser we got the search engine toolbar with Google as default search engine for that bar. Here starts the earning trick. Google pays huge amount to Firefox for making the default search engine in that bar and for making the home page as Google.com i.e. “Firefox Start Page” which have Google bar. This deal with Google, helps Firefox to earn there 85% of total earnings !!
This agreement with Google will end in November of 2011 so they have plenty of money to continue the development of new and advanced version of Firefox.
Firefox also sells t-shirts, and such other accessories with high price tag at there Firefox stores, and people (like me) buy them because it feels great to have official clothing and accessories from such big brands.
People also donate to firefox for there development work, donation also plays an important role in earning money.
They also got millions of hits to there site per day, so there must be some sort of earning strategy there too. but i dont have any idea about it.
Read the post from Mozilla Chairperson Mitchell Baker’s : Beyond Sustainability. Here you will get some of the official information about their earning sources.
You can also download : this PDF. Its about “Mozilla Foundation and Subsidiary: Independent Auditors’ Report and Consolidated Financial Statements 2007″ to get the actual fact and figures about their earnings.
This is how the firefox earns money and gives us the best web browser. What you think about this ? Speak up.