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sopssa sends along a TechCrunch report on comScore qSearch numbers indicating that Bing is currently gaining market share faster than ever before. "In December, Microsoft's search engine gained another 0.4 percent to capture 10.7 percent of US search queries. That makes five straight months of steady share gains for Bing since it launched — Bing's share is up 2.7 percent in total since May, 2009. Google gained only 0.2 percent to end the month with 65.7 percent market share. What is even more interesting is if you look at year-over-year query growth rates for each search engine. Bing's growth is actually accelerating. Its growth rate in query volume was 49.4 percent in December."
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  • Of course (Score:5, Insightful)

    by smooth wombat (796938) on Friday January 15, 2010 @12:28PM (#30780808) Homepage Journal

    This is what happens when you make your search engine the default one for your web browser as well as make it difficult for someone to add or change this option.

    Duh!

    • Re:Of course (Score:5, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 15, 2010 @12:30PM (#30780832)

      Like Firefox, Opera and Chrome do with Google? It's not hard to change search engine in IE, btw

      • Re: (Score:2, Troll)

        Not to mention this has been the case for years. Unless transitioning from IE6 to IE7/8 has also accelerated drastically, the GPP's explanation makes no sense.
      • by PaladinAlpha (645879) on Friday January 15, 2010 @01:01PM (#30781324)

        Yes, I've always found it difficult to click the picture of google with the drop-down arrow and select another search provider from the many options present. And even worse is when I want to add another one, like MS's latest cash cow, requiring me to then click "Manage search engines..." and then "Get more search engines". Whole thing is counter-intuitive, I tell ya.

        On the gains, didn't something happen recently to lock a lot of smartphones into Bing? Can't remember the article.

        • Re:Of course (Score:4, Informative)

          by dougisfunny (1200171) on Friday January 15, 2010 @01:05PM (#30781370)

          a bunch of Verizon blackberrys

      • by jhoegl (638955) on Friday January 15, 2010 @01:01PM (#30781326)

        Like Firefox, Opera and Chrome do with Google? It's not hard to change search engine in IE, btw

        Hey....

        Shut up.

      • by Gerzel (240421) *

        And all the OS's that include those as their default browser over IE and the vast market share those OS's have.

      • Re:Of course (Score:5, Insightful)

        by adbge (1693228) on Friday January 15, 2010 @02:07PM (#30782282)
        The OP isn't trying to bash Microsoft or IE for having bing as the default search engine, but is instead pointing out that if you release a new search engine, and then make it the default in a large percent of Internet browsers, of course it will gain ground quickly. This further implies that Bing is gaining market share not on merit, but rather because of its default behavior.
    • Re:Of course (Score:5, Insightful)

      by kjart (941720) on Friday January 15, 2010 @12:38PM (#30780936)

      It's actually pretty easy to change providers in IE - you just click on the drop down beside the search field and select 'Find more providers'. Brings up a page with numerous other search providers you can add (Google, ebay, etc). Also, I think if you go to google manually in IE, there is a prompt in the top right to switch (or at least there used to be - not sure if they killed this).

      Also, if you were to apply the same logic, the marketshare gains by google would be non-trivial since they are the default homepage/provider in Firefox. Personally, while I do think the defaults do influence things, I also think you are overstating them slightly. Google's brand alone assures that a lot of non-savvy computer users will still go there despite defaults in their browser, simply because 'google' has become synonymous with 'search' to a large extent.

      • Re:Of course (Score:5, Insightful)

        by Kadin2048 (468275) <[slashdot.kadin] [at] [xoxy.net]> on Friday January 15, 2010 @12:45PM (#30781064) Homepage Journal

        I did this a few weeks ago and Microsoft makes it intentionally difficult — first, most casual users don't even know that the "Find more providers" list is there. Second, it's not obviously clear that you'd use the "Find more providers" option to change providers; i.e. get rid of Bing completely and use Google instead, rather than add additional options to the menu. Third, if and when you do get to the Microsoft page of search providers, when I went there, Google wasn't even on the front page. It took a number of subsequent clicks to even find it, which seems totally inappropriate given Google's popularity.

        This is 100% the usual Microsoft monopoly-leveraging SOP.

        • Re:Of course (Score:4, Insightful)

          by ByOhTek (1181381) on Friday January 15, 2010 @12:51PM (#30781166) Journal

          So, clicking the drop down next to the search bar in IE, and selecting 'manage search providers' or whatever it is, is more difficult than clicking the drop down next to the search bar in FireFox and selecting 'Manage Search Engines'.

          Funny, their methods seem identical except for Firefox has its drop down on the left, MS is on the right, and there's a bit of synonymous noun/verb switching.

          • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

            by XxtraLarGe (551297)

            So, clicking the drop down next to the search bar in IE, and selecting 'manage search providers' or whatever it is, is more difficult than clicking the drop down next to the search bar in FireFox and selecting 'Manage Search Engines'.

            I'm not going to say that it's more difficult, but rather it's less obvious. People who download & install FF will tend to be more tech savvy than those who use IE because that's what came with their computer. One nice thing that FF does is provide a list of icons for some more common search engines, whereas IE gives you live search or "Find more providers...", and it is a separate drop-down control on a button next to, not within the search window.

            I think by and large it's new Windows 7 computer sales

          • Re:Of course (Score:5, Insightful)

            by adiposity (684943) on Friday January 15, 2010 @02:43PM (#30782790)

            Google is on the front page (for now), but for about a year it wasn't on the front page of:

            http://www.ieaddons.com/en/searchproviders [ieaddons.com]

            Ask.com, WikiPedia and ESPN were beating it out, and you had to scroll down the second page about halfway to find it. I'm glad to see it is showing up on the front page.

            Honestly, I can't blame them for not wanting to help you find google, but any browser these days has to be able to add a google search engine in less than 2 clicks or it's very annoying for most people.

            -Dan

        • Re:Of course (Score:5, Informative)

          by thePowerOfGrayskull (905905) <marc.paradise@NOsPAm.gmail.com> on Friday January 15, 2010 @12:53PM (#30781182) Homepage Journal
          Oh, come on. The first time you run IE8 it prompts you to pick a search provider or to use the default of Bing- and it keeps prompting every time you launch until you make a choice or tell it to go away. It lists Google right there, no need to search for more providers. It really can't be made any easier than that.

          For an existing install, I can't say as I haven't tried it. But it seems odd to me that the first run would have data that a subsequent run would not.

        • And another thing (Score:5, Informative)

          by Weaselmancer (533834) on Friday January 15, 2010 @12:58PM (#30781268)

          MSDN is now powered by Bing too. So every windows programmer in the world is now making Bing queries by default. That's got to boost things a bit.

          • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

            by Digero (974682)
            The chart in TFA is tracking search volume of "Microsoft Sites". The MSDN search has always been through Microsoft (Bing or not), so the switch to Bing on MSDN shouldn't affect the search volume through Microsoft sites, assuming the same volume of searches are going through search bar on MSDN. That said, I personally used to use google with "site:msdn.microsoft.com" before MSDN switched to Bing, so in that way, the switch to Bing on MSDN at least brought in a few more searches by me.
        • Google is on the first page for the 4 machines I just tried it on.

          Also if one read the stupid wizard instead of clicking straight through, they have a chance to change the default search providers the first time they start IE. Option 1 is select all defaults, option 2 is custom. Then select an option to bring up a page allow one to select the search provider.

        • by jittles (1613415)
          Perhaps you should try it again with Internet Explorer 8. The first thing it has you do is select a search provider, you can't use the browser until you select one. Yes the default is bing, but all the major search engines are there and they are listed in Alphabetical order. Maybe that's why they changed their name to Bing, though.
      • One thing I noticed was when you get something from Windows live including MSN messenger, movie maker or like 15 other products. Is that towards the end of the install it offers to make bing the default search provider and ("make it impossible for this to be changed back"). Which seemed a bit worrisome. I mean, it was easy to un-check but still.
        • by sopssa (1498795) *

          That is the same what Google does with their products. Just try to install Google Earth, Google Desktop or anything else they offer.

      • Re:Of course (Score:4, Interesting)

        by jittles (1613415) on Friday January 15, 2010 @01:13PM (#30781504)

        Exactly. I suspect the increased search traffic is due to BCB, or Bing Cash Back if you're not into deals websites. Almost every single slickdeal [slickdeals.net] post in the month of December had BCB as part of their slick prices. I used it myself for several purchases I was planning on making anyway.

        Basically when I wanted to get 20% cash back on a purchase at Walmart I went to bing and searched "Walmart Bluray" and it returned an ad offering cash back at Walmart.

      • Re:Of course (Score:5, Insightful)

        by Androclese (627848) on Friday January 15, 2010 @01:32PM (#30781798)
        I did the "Mom Test"; it has been pretty reliable for testing tech things.

        Here is the exact conversation:
        me : 'Mom, I want you to change your IE search engine from Bing to Google.'
        Mom: 'Why? What's the difference?'
        me : 'Google is better.'
        Mom: 'Nah, it doesn't matter to me, I just type what I want in there and the results show'
        me : 'Can you at least try?'
        Mom: 'Fine, where do I do it?'
        me : '(start explaining)'
        Mom: 'No, no, no, forget it, that's too complicated. Stop with the geek talk; I'm still confused on how Foxfire (sic) can use the same Internet as Windows... how do you expect me to figure this out?'
        me : ...
        • by h4rm0ny (722443) on Friday January 15, 2010 @02:12PM (#30782358) Journal

          You need to upgrade to a smarter mother. Mine's fine with that.
        • Re:Of course (Score:5, Insightful)

          by God_TM (770659) on Friday January 15, 2010 @02:25PM (#30782522)
          Unfortunately, you're trying to push your agenda without listening to the person with the 'problem'. You even quoted her: "Why? What's the difference? I just type what I want in there and the results show". So you want to take a system that works fine for your mother, and have her conform to the way you do things? Why? It's better? Would your mom *really* notice a difference in the results? I don't see a problem here, other than fanboyism.
    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by blanck (1458239)
      Indeed, this may have more to do with an increase in adoption of Windows 7 than other factors.
      I prefer Google for straight up search, but Bing is nice for some specialty searches, e.g. hotels with price comparisons.
    • Re:Of course (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Locke2005 (849178) on Friday January 15, 2010 @12:40PM (#30780964)
      It also helps if you're willing to PAY people to use your search engine... Publisher's Clearing House sends me a daily email with a link to a Bing page, offering me a chance to win VALUABLE PRIZES by searching. What I've always said: "Anybody can generate $1 million in revenue, if they are given a $2 million marketing budget to do it with." Like our current job creation which is driven almost completely by government deficit spending, I'm not sure increasing search engine market share really counts if you are losing money on every search.
      • by Suki I (1546431) on Friday January 15, 2010 @01:16PM (#30781550) Homepage Journal
        The report is "Bing Gains Market Share Faster" It is all the way up to 10.7% now. Fine. Google has 65.7%. You can show HUGE increases in your rate of market gain when hardly anybody is looking at you and then a few more look at you. The same number of eyeballs for Google is a small increase. Am I wrong, or did someone cherry pick the most appealing metric for Bing to write a story about?
      • by kjart (941720)

        What I've always said: "Anybody can generate $1 million in revenue, if they are given a $2 million marketing budget to do it with."

        I will counter with http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuil [wikipedia.org]. Money may make things easier, but nothing is a sure thing.

    • Is it really hard to change your browser in IE7/8? I would have said it was just as easy to change the search provider in IE as it is in Firefox. What makes you claim that it's "difficult to add or change this option" ??

    • Because it's not like when you first run IE, it prompts you if you want to change your default search provider or anything.

      Oh wait. It does.

    • Including Verizon, which MS paid to change the search on all their smartphones to bing (including blackberry).

      Without telling their users, or offering a way to opt out.

      Oh, and on several (including blackberry) it changed the search field in the browser app to ONLY use bing. You can't change it back or to a different one.

      So yeah, I would expect their usage went up a couple points.

      • by lorenlal (164133)

        Also - If you go to to weather.com, it now uses Bing for the weather radar. Does that factor into this at all?

    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      Come on. Just admit you dont like microsoft. It is very easy to change the default search engine in IE and Firefox. BTW Firefox comes default with google...

      If firefox can default to google, IE can default to bing.

      Both can be changed. There is little difference, just microsoft hate.

    • This is what happens when you make your search engine the default one for your web browser as well as make it difficult for someone to add or change this option.

      Duh!

      Indeed. It would be very interesting to know the number of Bing searches that originate from the search toolbar widget in IE.

      And of those, what percentage are for non-savvy users searching Bing for "google.com".

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      Tools->Internet Options->Type in the new home page in the big box.

      You can even make tabbed homepages, if that's your thing.

      Man, that was hard.
    • by westlake (615356)

      This is what happens when you make your search engine the default one for your web browser as well as make it difficult for someone to add or change this option.

      The drop down menu in IE 8 Search will take you to this page:

      Add-ons Gallery: Search Providers [ieaddons.com]

      Here's a sampling of the English language options. You have 25 languages to chose from:

      Amazon
      Google
      Hulu
      New Egg
      New York Times
      Wikipedia
      Win 7 Comparability

      Create your own Search Provider [ieaddons.com]


      Add your own search provider to your copy of Internet Explorer by foll

  • yes! (Score:2, Insightful)

    by nomadic (141991)
    Go Microsoft!!!
  • Sure... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by TrippTDF (513419) <hilandNO@SPAMgmail.com> on Friday January 15, 2010 @12:30PM (#30780830)
    When you pay off everyone and their brother to default to your service, you'll pick up a little momentum...
  • Bing is pretty good (Score:5, Interesting)

    by DogDude (805747) on Friday January 15, 2010 @12:30PM (#30780834) Homepage
    Bing is actually pretty darn good. They don't have the countless integrated features that Google has, but for good, solid search results, in some cases, Bing returns better results than Google. Where I work, people there have set about half of the desktops' home pages to Bing, with the other half being Google.
    • by johnlcallaway (165670) on Friday January 15, 2010 @12:35PM (#30780912)
      Bing is annoying as hell, and I will never use it on purpose. There are way too many websites that seem to create hover points for every other word in an article, so Bing pops up all the time. Which could also account for their 'increased search results' .. people accidentally getting bing results because of hover points in web pages.
      • These are all valid concerns unless of course Google implements such features then Bing has a new set of issues.

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by adbge (1693228)

        I find Bing horribly annoying simply because I anticipate certain results when I enter a phrase into Google, but Bing returns results that I don't want -- simply because I'm so used to what I would get if I Googled it instead.

        I am unable to actually critique Bing as a search engine because I'm constantly thrown off by the search results. I'm not sure if Bing simply has an inferior search algorithm, or if it's simply myself equating different with bad.

    • by lorenlal (164133)

      Wasn't there a story about results in Bing being manipulated not too long ago? [slashdot.org]

    • by Radhruin (875377)

      I've found that bing is useful in specific circumstances. For example, try searching for a restaurant in Bing. I find the interface much better, and the conglomeration of reviews to be far more helpful and interesting. This goes for most product searches as well. Bing maps also has a cool feature where you can get directions based on current traffic conditions. Handy for when you want to get someplace when the city is gridlocked in rush hour.

      Searching for programming related questions, though, it's next t

  • Market Variety (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Thunderstruck (210399) on Friday January 15, 2010 @12:30PM (#30780842)

    While we should probably be happy to see more than one viable candidate for the search engine market, none seem to address privacy very well. Both Bing/Yahoo and Google are quite happy to tell you that they'll track user activity and use it to make a profit. Are there any viable alternatives left with more favorable privacy policies?

  • by sc7 (1141597)
    I run all OSes, Linux, Mac, Windows, and I set Bing as my default browser where ever I can. I can accept when Microsoft does something well (I also have a Zune HD). Bing is a great search engine, I find for specific queries, especially academic searches, it provides more accurate, as well as seperated results. Go ahead, type in "Honda Civic", and watch how it divides it based on more specific topics related to the car. The mighty Google has stagnated on its search engine like MS did on IE6 for too long,
    • by superstick58 (809423) on Friday January 15, 2010 @12:37PM (#30780930)
      I haven't used the basic search much, but I've been much happier with the maps tool. I used to use google maps, but bing has been much more accurate and up-to-date with maps for some locations. I'm tired of searching for an address I know exists, but get no results because it was built in the last 2 years. So bing increases their market share not just with search, but with their other services as well.
      • by sopssa (1498795) *

        This is also true for me. Google Maps can't even show satellite images closely, while Bing's maps tool has close-up bird-eye views and a lot more info about businesses and places.

        Google is starting to lag behind.

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by clampolo (1159617)
      Yeah, it's not bad. My main gripe with it, is having to wait for the download of their daily picture. It makes using Bing pretty sluggish as opposed to google which pops up very quickly thanks to the minimalistic page.
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by BuckaBooBob (635108)

      Setting Bing as your default browser?

      Hmm.. Are you for real? Bing is a search engine... Firefox/IE/Opera/Safari ect are browsers..

      So before your first sentence is complete I have deducted that you have nothing of value to say what so ever since you seem to be unable to differentiate between a browser and a search engine.

    • Not that I'm remotely a fan of Microsoft or their business practices, but to the extent that they do compete on their merits, they don't always suck, and Google could certainly use some competition. I haven't tried Bing yet, but I'll get around to it eventually, and if it's better than Google, at least for some things, I'll use it. And quite frankly, I have been increasingly dismayed by Google's search results lately, which seem to be slanted more and more to driving sales. That would be fine if the only th

    • by NeutronCowboy (896098) on Friday January 15, 2010 @01:30PM (#30781748)

      Just for fun, I tried Honda Civic as a search. Actually, Bing sucks. Where the results differ, Bing has either a comparison between Civic and Integra windshields, or an ungodly list of used car sites. The one bonus item: it actually has sites that show the manuals for various Honda/Acura cars. Here's the deal though: if I type in "Honda Civic", I want information about the car, not about a manual for it, and I don't want to buy one. Especially not a used one. Google on the other hand presents me with sites that have information about the car - edmunds review, price comparisons, guide sites, etc. Stuff that will help me know more about the car.

      If I want specific topics, I'll search for them, thank you very much.

      I found similar issues with the maps site: directions are easier to manipulate in Google, and Google lets me search by public transit, or by walking. One good feature in Bing: get directions based on traffic. Google does something similar with "avoid highways", but it's not the same thing.

      You are right, Google hasn't evolved much in its core business of search - but that's good, because there isn't much that can happen, until the semantic web (ha!) comes along. Bing tries to pretend it can do semantics, but it really can't. It's just faking it fairly badly. Oh, and final gripe: the stuff it does to wikipedia pages is nasty, and on its own a reason to avoid it like a plague. Yes, I don't have to use the readability feature, but I can't turn off the side bar where that option sits. If I go to a site, I either run my own scripts, or I want to see the page as the site creators intended. Not what MS thinks would be a good version.

      In tl;dr format: Google gets out of my way. Bing is and stays in my face. Google wins.

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        This seems to me to be the key issue here: do you know how to search for what you want, or do you not? Do you want a decision engine or a search engine? I'm actually sort of surprised that more hasnt been made of the 'decision engine' business. Microsoft seems pretty up front about their 'we're making this search engine for people who either dont know how or are too lazy to properly seek out the information they want' strategy. And in a way, i actually support this. I was back home over christmas, helpin
  • Easy to do (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Smidge204 (605297) on Friday January 15, 2010 @12:34PM (#30780876) Journal

    Gaining market share for Bing is easy when you:

    1) Already have the market for browsers (IE)

    2) Make Bing the default search for said browsers

    3) Direct all search traffic from all sites even remotely Microsoft affiliated through Bing

    So what we would expect is everyone who just uses whatever is in front of them to start using Bing, because that's what Microsoft is putting in front of them.
    =Smidge=

  • Stupid reporting (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymusing (1450747) on Friday January 15, 2010 @12:35PM (#30780900)

    In other news, my 1-year-old child has gained massive weight and height, while I, unfortunately, have not gotten even a millimeter taller.

    Google is the established leader, with a massive market share that is unlikely to grow much further. Bing is the new kid on the block, starting at zero. Of course Bing is going to grow. There is nothing else for it to do. Even if it's lousy, it is impossible for it to not gain share. This is like comparing the Zune marketshare [gizmodo.com] with the iPod.

    • by Thyamine (531612)
      This is exactly what I was thinking. They started out with nothing (not considering the previous MS search engine options), so of course there will be growth. Come back in a year or two's time and then lets talk about how much/litte their growth is. That's when it will be more impressive. Of course, since my Blackberry was 'updated' to allow only Bing to be the default search option, I doubt they'll have problems with getting initial numbers. But because of that type of 'marketing' I refuse to use them
    • Strange.. (Score:3, Insightful)

      by msimm (580077)
      Strange right! An advertisement about the growth of Bing trumpeting the growth of Bing! And on an unrelated note, can we stop slashvertising Microsoft shit?
    • by krou (1027572)
      Your analogy is flawed. It only works if you and your son share a pool of height, and the gain of one could induce a reduction in the other. As it stands, your respective heights are completely unrelated, unlike Google and Bing's share of the market. I agree with most of the rest of your statement, except that the interesting point in the article is not necessarily the gaining of market share, but the rate at which it did so.
    • by twoallbeefpatties (615632) on Friday January 15, 2010 @01:14PM (#30781526)
      You know, when I look at the graph in TFA the Search Share for Google increased just as much as Bing did! In Dec-08, MS sites were at 8.3%, up to 10.7% in Dec-09. During that same timespan, Google went from 63.5% to 65.7%.

      And in that timespan, Yahoo dropped from 20.5% to 17.3%. AOL also dropped from 3.8% to 2.6%. Guess what - MSN isn't stealing Google's shares yet. It's stealing from Google's competitors.
    • However, your case is not quite analogous. As TFS says, Bing gained 0.4% while Google gained 0.2%. Presumably Bing is gaining market share from search engines other than Google, and doing so faster because it has such a small share and is being massively promoted.

  • Strange.. (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward

    i look after quite a few sites in the UK and Bing is nowhere, less than 1% for most of them

    • by Locke2005 (849178)
      Sure, but if it increases from 0.5% to 1% usage, then that is a 100% GAIN in market share... let's see Google match that!
  • Good (Score:2, Insightful)

    by DesScorp (410532)

    Google needs the competition at this point. Google search has become the Windows of search engines.

  • by Sebilrazen (870600) <blahsebilrazen@blah.com> on Friday January 15, 2010 @12:50PM (#30781152)
    Apparently the answer is a resounding "NO."
  • Random websites are being mysteriously slaughtered [perl.org].
  • I would like to know what percentage of non-technical people use IE's integrated Bing search function to search for "Google" and then click on the first link which takes them to Google where they make their actual query. Laugh if you will but I have observed this behaviour on more than one occasion.
  • by trazan (667537) on Friday January 15, 2010 @12:55PM (#30781210)
    This completely contradicts two other reports from the last few days, which has Bing losing market share in December.

    http://searchengineland.com/nielsen-yahoo-bing-down-google-up-in-december-33464 [searchengineland.com]

    http://www.hitwise.com/us/press-center/press-releases/search-enginedec2009/ [hitwise.com]
  • I use bing. When I go to buy something. I've collected hundreds of dollars from their cash back program. Outside of that, google is superior.

  • by pdboddy (620164) <pdboddy AT gmail DOT com> on Friday January 15, 2010 @01:05PM (#30781374) Homepage Journal
    That total you see in the image in the article is for Microsoft Sites. This number includes searches from ALL of Microsoft's search boxes: Bing, Live, microsoft.com, etc etc.

    If you look at the Nielsen report here: http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/online_mobile/nielsen-reports-december-u-s-search-rankings/ [nielsen.com]

    You'll see that they list Microsofts search sites as "MSN/Windows Live/Bing Search", which is a bit more explanatory I would say.

    And if you check Hitwise, where they list searches BY domain name, www.bing.com LOST 4%. (http://www.hitwise.com/us/press-center/press-releases/search-enginedec2009/)
  • Trying to check on the configuration of one of my switches using its built in html interface, I entered 10.0.0.101
    Switch somehow had gone back to its default IP address, so it didn't respond.
    Moments later, I was given a very helpful list of search queries for 10.0.0.101 by Bing.
    Thank you Bing!!! Thank you for reminding me why I prefer Firefox over IE.

  • A lot of people I know that like Bing, like the Bing picture on the 1st page. It was well market researched.

  • Microsoft is excluding the best technical talent from their search group. Google isn't. Pretty wallpaper only goes so far in search.
  • According to the TFA, Google had about 65.6% of searches in November, and gained 0.2% additional in December; Microsoft had 10.3% in November, and gained 0.4% additional in December. So who is doing better? Well, if you operationalize that question as "who is converting a greater share of the searches that they don't already have?":

    Google gained 0.2% of searches in December, out of the 34.4% of searches that weren't already being done on Google sites -- converting just about 0.58% of non-Google searches.

    Mic

  • by XB-70 (812342) on Friday January 15, 2010 @01:43PM (#30781948)
    Bing wasn't 'Launched' it was INSTALLED *. There's a huge difference.

    *Yes, I realise that some people have actually switched to it - but I'm sure that 98% of Bing users upgraded IE or are turning on Win7 for the first time.

What the world *really* needs is a good Automatic Bicycle Sharpener.

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