The San Jose Mercury-News has a long article on Microsoft Bing!’s (or it is Bing’s!?) growth as a search engine a year after its release. Bing! has reached 12.7% of market share, up about four percentage points from its initial market penetration; about half of the subsequent growth appears to have come from Yahoo. The […]
I learned about Startpage in an article on Reuters. Here’s a nugget: Startpage — also known as Ixquick outside the United States and Britain — had already offered private searching, but users would leave the company’s protection when they clicked on a search result and entered a third-party website. The new service offers use of […]
Microsoft is teaming Bing! up with Wolfram Alpha, according to the BBC. Wolfram Alpha aims to answer questions directly, rather than display a list of links like a search engine. The “computational knowledge engine” is the brainchild of British-born physicist Stephen Wolfram. It will be used to bolster Bing’s results in areas such as nutrition, […]
An interesting juxtaposition of opinions this weekend, showing how two persons can look at the same stats and draw almost-opposite conclusions: At the New York Times (link here), Miguel Helft claims that Bing! really doesn’t have far to go to catch Google, now that Microsoft has inked a deal for Bing! to be the engine […]
And, after the hoop-la dies down, things will just settle back down. Story here. Bing, launched on June 3 but available to some users a few days earlier, took 8.23 percent of U.S. Web searches in June, up from 7.81 percent for Microsoft search just prior to its rollout and 7.21 percent in April, said […]
Two assessments of Microsoft’s Bing search engine hit the news this morning. The Guardian reports that a small study of 25 computer users showed that Bing’s search results were not that great, but that Bing users were more likely to look at some of the advertisements. The full story is here. Bloomberg reports that Microsoft’s […]
It’s almost impossible to look at any news site without seeing another puff piece for Microsoft’s newest attempt to become a player in internet search, Bing, which, according to the link, is coming soon. I unhesitatingly predict that it will be the Cuil of 2009. Remember Cuil?