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How do web browser companies make money?

Hi,

I just realized that Firefox has released its ultimate version 4.0.1 and wondering how do they make money? I understand that, in general, web sites profits are based on avertising, but where is the avertising in a web browser like Firefox or Mozilla?

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miyahira
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fmhaCommented:
Getting donations, which is not the case these days, is one way.
Reputation is the first thing they make money from, people think these services are free so people like this compay and might use other services.
Some are open source which mean volunteers do most of the work.
Some have preimum version or from plug ins.
Some are part of other paid softwares.
Others are supported from other companies that profit from search services.
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pcuniteCommented:
Mozilla makes money by partnering with the likes of Google who pay Mozilla a publicly undisclosed amount for each Google search query made from Firefox by a user, reportedly between $50 to $100 million a year.

http://thenextweb.com/2009/11/20/mozilla-money-start-exploring-options/
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