Google removes Firefox from Windows download bundle, in favor of Chrome 1.0

December 12, 2008

(ChattahBox) — Truthfully Google seems to be acting more like Microsoft every day. Yesterday, Google Inc. removed the “beta” label from Chrome, the browser it introduced three months ago, and issued the first production version for Windows XP and Vista. The search giant today replaced Mozilla Corp.’s Firefox with Chrome as the default browser in the English version of Google Pack.

Google Pack is the search company’s application bundle for Windows. Google Pack is a one-download collection of Google-made and third-party applications that includes Google Desktop, Google Earth, Picasa, Adobe Reader and Norton Security Scan.  Firefox remains on the list, but is not selected for download as part of Google Pack by default. Many claim Chrome should still be labeled as a beta product as it doesn’t seem to differ from it’s previous version number, and does not seem ready yet for primetime. However keeping it in beta means that OEMs (such as Dell, Lenovo, etc) won’t touch it.

Non-English versions of Google Pack, for now continue to offer Firefox, including the German- and French-language editions. Chrome is available in localized versions for about 40 different languages, German and French among them.

Mozilla has had a lucrative relationship with Google over the years. The search company pays Mozilla for assigning it as the default search engine in Firefox, and for click-throughs on ads placed on the ensuing search results pages. In 2007, 88% of Mozilla’s revenues, to the tune of about $60 million, came from its deal with Google. Mozilla renewed the deal with Google in August when the two inked a three-year contract that ends in November 2011.


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