Google has been the default Firefox search option since 2004 for most of the world, but this week the company is shaking things up. Mozilla CEO Chris Beard announced in a blog post on Wednesday that the firm has signed a five-year deal to make Yahoo Search its default in the U.S., while other countries will get their own region-specific default options.
Yahoo Search, which is actually powered by Microsoft Bing, plans to introduce new features and a sleek redesign for the browser next year. It will also support Do Not Track privacy mode in Firefox. Of course, you’ll still have the option to switch to another pre-installed search engine, including Google, Bing and DuckDuckGo as well as Amazon, Twitter and Wikipedia. In total, there are now 61 search options to choose from across 88 different language versions of the web browser.
When Firefox first launched it was a breath of fresh air in a world dominated by Internet Explorer, and integration with search was a huge step forward thanks to partnerships with Google, Yahoo and others. The browser peaked in popularity around 2010 as Google Chrome began to gain momentum, though it’s possible this week’s news could bring back some old users looking to try something new.