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Yahoo backtracks on Firefox pledge

Company's Australian office retracts promise that future products would work with both Firefox and IE.

Yahoo retracted a statement from the company's Australian office that had promised future products would work with both the Firefox and Internet Explorer browsers. Users of the Mozilla Foundation's open-source Firefox browser have had to switch to IE in order to use some Yahoo services, including parts of its search toolbar.

"In the grand scheme of things Firefox is still a new technology," said a Yahoo representative, retracting the earlier promise. "I'm not saying we are not going to be developing and exploring other areas--we are. But there are so many different products on the Yahoo network that there may be some products that are, perhaps, not appropriate for that browser."

Munir Kotadia of ZDNet Australia reported from Sydney.