With the Firefox browser, it is possible in the settings to change the default search engine which is used in the address bar and the search bar. A position that is otherwise largely occupied by Google, with exceptions such as Yandex in Russia and Baidu in China.
With a test started since September 6, nearly 1% of Firefox users on computers are entitled to Microsoft’s Bing as the default search engine. An experiment that will last until the beginning of the year 2022.
“ Firefox is currently carrying out a study which may lead some users to notice that their default search engine has changed “, Mozilla indicates, directing if necessary to the help page to modify the default search parameters.
In case of Google defection?
This test is only likely to concern users who have authorized Firefox to install and launch studies in the privacy and confidentiality settings, in section Data collection by Firefox and use .
Mozilla does No more details the precise purpose of the experiment, but it has long been known that search engine royalties to be the default choice weigh very heavily on finances.
In 2020, an agreement with Google has been extended é until 2023, at the rate of 100 at 450 millions of dollars per year. Not sure there will be another extension in the future …