Microsoft Bing could replace Google as Firefox’s default search engine
Firefox is currently one of the best browsers on the market, and it’s often seen as the only viable alternative to the invasion of Chromium-based apps.
In theory, that’s pretty much true, as Mozilla is the only company to offer an advanced browser that doesn’t run on the Chromium engine.
At the same time, the company keeps improving Firefox more and more, and it turns out that Mozilla wants to further refine the browser not only in terms of functionality, but also as part of the services provided by default.
Specifically, it looks like Mozilla could end up replacing Google with Bing as the default search engine in Firefox, with the company currently running a limited experiment to see how everything works.
The change could take place next year
At this point, Mozilla has an ongoing partnership with Google, so most likely, Bing would not become the recommended search engine on all instances of the browser until the existing agreement ends.
According to a report, this should happen next year, so it is possible that Mozilla is preparing in advance for this important change.
More recently, the company enabled Bing as the default search engine for a very small number of Firefox users, probably because they want to see how everything works without Google.
“As of September 6, 2021, 1% of the Desktop user base will experience Bing as the default search engine. The study will run until early 2022 and will likely end at the end of January, ”the company said.
No further details were provided, but for Microsoft this is clearly a big win. It remains to be seen, however, how many users would end up sticking with Bing as their browser’s search engine.