Google Pulling The Strings Backstage For The Opera Decision

from the oh,-look:-money dept

With Opera’s announcement earlier this week that they were going to start just giving out the browser for free many started to wonder where their revenue was going to come from. Of course, Opera only got a small fraction of their revenue from selling the browser (their mobile licensing deals are a bigger part of the business), but it was still a good question. Thanks to Om Malik for hounding the folks at Opera and finally getting them to admit that they’ve signed a search referral deal with Google, similar to what Mozilla/Firefox has — which has been enormously profitable for the no-longer-non-profit Mozilla.

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