Google and Mozilla have renewed a deal regarding the default search engine in the popular Firefox browser.

The new agreement will see Google remain as the default search service in Firefox until November 2011, extending the deal by three years.

Mozilla chairperson Mitchell Baker welcomed the move in his blog, stating that the new terms mean Mozilla has greater "stability in income".

Speaking to TechCrunch, John Lilly, chief executive of Mozilla, added: "We’re very, very happy about our relationship with Google and this makes sure that Mozilla will be sustainable and thrive for quite a long time to come."

In 2006, the deal was worth about 85 per cent of Mozilla’s total revenues, according to TechCrunch.

Earlier this week, Microsoft launched Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2, which can be tried by consumers as well as web developers, for whom the first beta was originally released.

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