April 12, 2007

Google planning to buy Maxthon Web Browser

Maxthon is currently one of the most popular browsers on the Internet, being based on the Internet Explorer engine but offering almost the same functions as the Mozilla Firefox browser. The browser has had over 80 million downloads, and over half of its users are in China. Maxthon-originated searches may account for up to 25% of total Baidu traffic (search engine from China), according to one source.

At the very least we expect the strategic deal to involve replacing the default search option in the browser from the Baidu search engine in China and Yahoo in other countries with Google search. The deal may also go beyond search and involve integration with other Google services directly into the browser. Maxthon would then be promoted on Google as a preferred browser.

Source from: Techcrunch

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