Developers of three popular software applications—RealPlayer, Web browser Firefox and Google’s Toolbar—reached a multiyear agreement to distribute certain applications to users.
When users download RealNetworks’ RealPlayer media software, they will be given the option to also install Mozilla’s Firefox Web browser and Google’s Toolbar, the companies said in a joint statement Wednesday. All of the products are free.
By working together, the three companies will better be able to compete with Microsoft and its media player, browser and other software. The deal should also help expand their audience of users, because RealNetworks distributes more than 2 million pieces of software a day globally, according to the company.
Google’s Toolbar and Mozilla’s Firefox will soon be available for users of RealPlayer, Rhapsody music service and RealArcade games, the companies said.
Google and RealNetworks have distributed software for each other for the past two years, so the deal expands their work together, they said.
-Dan Nystedt, IDG News Service (Taipei Bureau)
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