Mozilla reported a 26% jump in earnings from 2005 to 2006, earning ‘most’ of its revenue from a search partnership with Google where Mozilla collects a revenue share on AdWords ads served via searches which originate from the Mozilla browser search box (which defaults to Google).
From the MozillaZine Blog:
Mozilla’s revenues (including both Mozilla Foundation and Mozilla Corporation) for 2006 were $66,840,850, up approximately 26% from 2005 revenue of $52,906,602. As in 2005 the vast majority of this revenue is associated with the search functionality in Mozilla Firefox, and the majority of that is from Google.
The Firefox userbase and search revenue have both increased from 2005. Search revenue increased at a lesser rate than Firefox usage growth as the rate of payment declines with volume.
Looks like the surrogate warfare between Google and Microsoft may be heating up even more on the browser front. And to regurgutate Zawodny’s question from last year :
“Makes you wonder how much Microsoft income is derived from Search in Internet Explorer, doesn’t it?”