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Microsoft Plugs Away in Search

July 11, 2010 10:13:58.316

I've give Microsoft a lot of crap for what I see as a lack of focus, so it's only fair that I point out an area where their tenacity seems to be working for them: search. According to eweek:

Microsoft’s Bing continued its pattern of incremental gains, according to research firm Experian Hitwise, which reported the search engine grew to occupy 9.85 percent of the U.S. search engine market in June.

Anecdotally, I have friends who tell me that they've switched to Bing due to better results. INertia has kept me on Google, but I may have to take another look.

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posted by James Robertson


Re: Microsoft Plugs Away in Search

[Canol] July 11, 2010 10:51:37.156

AFAIK, Bing comes as the default search engine for IE (which is something I'm not opposed to). And considering that people usually go with the default settings/applications this percentage is not surprising for me. If we were able to look at the browser stats of the users of Bing I am sure at least 90% of the visitors would be using IE.

Re: Microsoft Plugs Away in Search

[anonymous] July 11, 2010 11:19:57.780

Surprisingly, I'm not impressed with Bing's results (either on the Bing or the Yahoo sites), but DuckDuckGo presents those same results in a way that is more relevant.

So I try to spread my searches out. Most go through Google, which still produces the best results set. About 30% go through DDG, which tends to produce the right results in the first screen or fail quickly. Then comes Y!, and then Cuil and Bing bring up the rear. (There was a problem with Bing's background images making text harder to read, but I haven't noticed that recently.)

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[TermeaT] July 13, 2010 16:31:56.455

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