Firefox is conducting a study to see if users will tolerate Bing over Google

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Firefox is conducting a study to see if users will tolerate Bing over Google

Shout out to the small percentage of you who, like me, are still using Firefox on a daily basis. Also, don’t be alarmed if your browser searches suddenly start pinging Bing instead of Google, your browser hasn’t been hijacked by malware. Instead, you’re part of a study Mozilla is conducting, to see if Firefox users will embrace a change to the default search engine.

Mozilla’s search experiment went live around two and a half weeks ago, but has largely gone unnoticed until now. Normally that would be surprising, given that the default search is a core part of the browsing experience, but it only went live to 1% of desktop users.

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According to StatCounter, Firefox’s share of the desktop browser space is a few ticks over 8%, putting it behind Edge (8.84%), Safari (9.99%), and Chrome (a whopping 66.94%). And its overall share across all platforms is 3.54%.

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