According to Web metrics firm Net Applications, Firefox accounted for 22.5 percent of all browsers used last month, putting it in second place behind Microsoft's own Internet Explorer and still ahead of Chrome by several percentage points.
Existing users of Firefox can re-create the custom edition by clicking the small down-arrow at the right of the search box and selecting Bing. They can set Bing.com as the home page by selecting Options/Options from the Firefox button at the upper left of the window, then entering "http://www.bing.com" in the Home Page field under the General tab.
Replacing Google with Bing in the Awesome Bar takes more work. Users must enter "about:config" in the bar, click through the warning, enter "keyword.URL" in the Filter field, double-click the ensuing entry, then type the string "http://www.bing.com/search?form=MOZFLB&pc=MOZO&q=" and click OK.
Firefox with Bing can be downloaded from Microsoft's site, which in turn redirects to Mozilla's download servers.
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