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  • Cortana now restricted to Edge and Bing: It’s the clicks, stupid

    Posted on April 29th, 2016 at 08:28 woody 18 comments

    Likely the #1 way for Microsoft to make money off Windows 10.

    InfoWorld Woody on Windows.

  • Windows 10 search and Bing

    Posted on January 21st, 2016 at 15:13 woody 2 comments

    Fascinating mail from AA:

    I am a reluctant Windows 10 user (at work).

    Bing searchWhen I use the Windows 10 search box at work, the default view when I click the box is to see a bunch of tiles about what is “popular now”.  To me this a distraction, so I typed the following string into the search panel:    “dont show bing news in search panel windows 10”.

    When my browser pops up (Chrome, with Google search set as its default search tool, but ignored in this case), I get a very Bing-centric set of responses, but no answers.

     

     

    If I open my browser on my own, and perform the same search directly, I get a very different (and more useful) response.

    Google Search

    This is not a gripe about how disable Bing – I know how to do that now.    But it’s disappointing to know that Bing’s answers are seemingly adulterated.  Sigh.

    As always, thanks for being a voice of sanity in the land of Windows.

  • Want to work on Bing?

    Posted on May 17th, 2013 at 21:41 woody 1 comment

    Have I got an Easter Egg for you.

    InfoWorld Tech Watch.

  • Note to Satya Nadella: Bing needs you

    Posted on April 7th, 2011 at 04:07 woody No comments

    If you look at US market share, Bing (and its partner in arms, Yahoo) have a respectable 30% share of the search engine market. But that share has gone nowhere in the past year.

    Internationally it’s a different story. Bing’s hit a whopping 3.9% share, and it’s not headed anywhere soon.

    Why? Several possibilities. See my InfoWorld Tech Watch post.

  • Google’s US search market share increases, but the rules changed

    Posted on October 15th, 2010 at 08:47 woody No comments

    Last month I wrote about Bing stealing Yahoo search market share, and explained why that didn’t mean much: as of August 24, the Bing engine effectively replaced the Yahoo search engine, so even if you see Yahoo on the screen, the results and the marketing oomph go to Microsoft.

    This month, comScore reports an important change. According to their just-released report, Google’s U.S. market share went up from 65.4% in August to 66.1% in September. At the same time, Bing/Yahoo declined from 28.5 to 27.9%.

    While the numbers seem impressive, you have to take them with more than a dash of salt. comScore changed the way it counts searches, in response to Google’s new Instant Search technology (which some wags note isn’t all that new, but I digress).

    As Cameron Meierhofer on the comScore blog explains,

    [T]he comScore panel provides visibility into all events that a user is conducting and all the HTTP calls associated with the user’s actions. Based on this insight, we have developed a priority scoring system that allows us to identify search results with explicit user action and interstitial results with a sufficiently long pause to suggest some level of implicit engagement.

    If that sounds like a situation just begging to mess up search site usage scores, you’re right. In the end, comScore punted, assigning an arbitrary time-out period of three seconds, “Query result pages without explicit user action, but with a pause of at least 3 seconds, are considered as indicating ‘implicit’ engagement and will count towards Total Core Search.”

    As a dyed-in-the-wool curmudgeon, I have to wonder out loud if comScore chose that three second threshhold before or after they saw the statistics for September.

    Any way, it’s a new race from this point on, and it’ll be interesting to see how Google and Microsoft fare. We won’t really be able to compare apples to apples until the October results are out.

    And, of course, the really important numbers in the long run are for mobile search. But that’s another story.

     

  • Bing at 10.7 percent and growing fast

    Posted on September 19th, 2009 at 11:02 woody No comments

    Cnet News reports that Microsoft’s new emphasis on search is paying off. In August, Bing’s market share is pegged at 10.7%. Of course you need to take the numbers with a big grain of salt, but the fact is that Microsoft’s in a very strong position to get Bing going – fast.

    In August, Google increased to 64% of the market, and Yahoo fell to 16%. Makes  you wonder if MS is having second thoughts about its pursuit of Yahoo.

    Regardless, Microsoft is going to keep chomping up market share, simply because Internet Explorer 8 (and, thus, Wiundows 7) use Bing as the default search engine. Regardless of the technical merits, simple apathy counts for much.

     

  • Yahoo gets Binged

    Posted on July 29th, 2009 at 21:00 woody No comments

    As expected, Microsoft and Yahoo just issued a joint announcement that explains how Microsoft will provide the search engine and Yahoo will sell the ads in the brave new world of second place search.

    Details here.

  • Bing vs Live Search

    Posted on June 1st, 2009 at 12:42 woody 12 comments

    Bing just went, uh, live. (Thanks, Andy.)

    I decided to compare Bing with Live search results. Looked up the word “gar” – the name of a fish. (I just saw a school of gar in an estuary near where I live.) The results? Except for the title on the results page, both Bing and Live produced precisely the same results.