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Mozilla and Microsoft launch ‘Firefox with Bing’ browser

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Mozilla has teamed with Microsoft to bring more Bing to Firefox.

On Wednesday the Mozilla Foundation, the nonprofit group that builds the Firefox Web browser, released Firefox with Bing, a customized version of the browser that makes Bing.com the default homepage and sets Bing as the default search engine.

Of course, any user of Firefox can go into the browser’s settings and make those changes themselves if they want, and there is even a ‘Bing Search for Firefox’ add-on that will do the same. But many users don’t mess with their settings too much, which is why Google (the usual default for Firefox) is the most widely used search engine among Firefox users.

Google competes with Bing on the search side and Google’s Chrome browser competes with Firefox. Microsoft, of course, makes a Firefox rival in Internet Explorer.

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Mozilla, in a blog post, said that ‘nearly 20 customized versions of Firefox’ are available from its partners, including Bing, Yahoo (which now uses Bing to power its search as well), Twitter and Yandex.

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-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles

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