The Mozilla Firefox 4 search toolbar will add Microsoft Bing as an alternative to Google and Yahoo search.
Mozilla has announced this morning with a blog post, the latest English-language version of Mozilla’s open source browser, set to launch in November, will retain Google as the the default search option in Firefox Yahoo! — now powered by Bing — will be second choice and Bing will be third.
As of now, Firefox users who try to look over their search options will only see Google, Yahoo, Amazon.com, Answers.com, Creative Commons, eBay, and Wikipedia as alternatives search engines.
“Bing… offers a user experience that we think users will find valuable, and with its significant rise in popularity over the last year, we will also be including Bing as a general search option for English-language users,” said Jay Sullivan, Mozilla’s vice president of products, in a blog post.
A post on the Bing Search Blog adds: “We hope you enjoy this new choice for your Firefox experience and we look forward to hearing your feedback on how we can continue to improve.”
On the other hand, according to the latest StatCounter’s statistics in the month of September, Internet Explorer accounts for less than 50 percent of worldwide web browser usage, a huge drop from its peak of 88 percent in 2003, Firefox is stalling and Chrome usage is on the rise.