Bing's banner week: Plugs from Steve Jobs and Google

Bing's banner week: Plugs from Steve Jobs and Google

Summary: It's been a great week for Microsoft's Bing. First, Apple CEO Steve Jobs gives Bing a plug. Then Google imitates you.

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If you're the folks behind Microsoft's Bing search engine, it must be one happy morning. Just think of the week Bing has had. On Monday, Apple CEO Steve Jobs gives Bing a plug and makes it a search option on the iPhone. Two days later, Google gives Bing a silent plug by imitating it on the home page.

Go figure. Hell, if these keeps up Microsoft can throttle back on those Bing commercials.

On Wednesday, Google did something extremely curious. It allowed you to add a photo or image as background to your search page. Google explains:

To provide you with an extra bit of inspiration, we‘ve collaborated with several well-known artists, sculptors and photographers to create a gallery of background images you can use to personalize your Google homepage.

Well that's just swell. Now Google.com looks separated at birth from Bing. Toss in other Google features that are also Bing-ish and you have to wonder what's going on here.

Here's Google.

Here's Bing.

Ain't it cute?

Update: Google said in a Tweet that the old all-white home page is returning. Now this could become missive about how Bing envy could hurt Google, but David Gewirtz already did that.

I'm still stunned by Bing's good fortune this week. Google's Bing-fest comes after Jobs gave Bing some props at his WWDC keynote. Now the Jobs plug wasn't that surprising. Apple is at war with Google over mobile ads and would love to cut the search giant out of its ecosystem. Meanwhile, Apple and Microsoft have been frenemies for a long time.

Jefferies analyst Katherine Egbert sums up the frenemy angle:

Although Apple and Microsoft have been arch rivals in the tech industry for several decades, they have formed partnerships over the years when convenient. This started in 1997 when Microsoft invested $150mm into an ailing Apple while pledging to continue to support Internet Explorer and Office on the Mac for 5 years. We believe Google's dominance in online search and newer Android and Chrome initiatives has now given the two tech giants a common target.

And now there's a Bing plug. "We don't know if or how much Microsoft paid for this (iPhone) placement, but we think it's a good move for Microsoft," says Egbert.

Indeed, if Jobs tells his masses to try Bing and they just might. It has been quite a week for Bing.

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  • It's got to confuse the hell out of Apple users.

    The Great Jobs has taught us to despise and ridicule everything Microsoft in our daily devotions. Now the collective finds itself in conflict as The Great Jobs seemingly contradicts his own message...
    ericesque
    • It has always been

      @ericesque
      the enemy of my enemy is my friend. It's just that Google is the new enemy (because Google back stabbed Apple by entering the phone market and sitting on Apple's board and stealing their ideas).
      iPad-awan
      • Back stabbed? You're kidding, right?

        @iPad-awan Google bought Android in 2005. Apple released iPhone in 2007. If Apple's board was too stupid to realize that Google would enter the mobile sector after buying a mobile OS, then it's their own fault.

        The truth is that Apple got pissed when Android turned out to be competitive. Apple hates it when anyone comes up with a better solution to the same problem.
        ericesque
      • Yes back stabbed... No I'm not kidding

        @ericesque
        Google buys a lot of things but no one talked about the Android until the iPhone came out. Apple was innovative enough to create the smartphone market for non-business people and Google is following Apple into a market that Apple created and claiming they [Google] made it because they just happen to buy Android in 2005.

        Also, Google and Apple were partners and that required some level of trust so no it wasn't Apple's fault for trusting Google. I don't blame Apple for being pissed either. I guess people who trust Google's motto of not being evil are at fault as well.
        iPad-awan
      • RE: Bing's banner week: Plugs from Steve Jobs and Google

        @iPad-awan
        Sorry but when did Google ever claim they created the smart phone market? That said, as far as I'm concerned Apple didn't exactly create the smart phone market either.
        Sephoroth
      • @iPad-awan I'm sorry. I didn't realize

        @iPad-awan that Apple and Google were high school sweethearts. *I* thought they were corporate businesses competing in a captialist economy. Business is business. Sometimes that means forming strategic alliances. But I've never heard of a company that graciously stepped aside so that a partnering company with could own a particular market.
        Grow up kid.
        ericesque
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        @iPad-awan I also notice that Google seems to put what I'm looking for first. Maybe I need to warm Bing up to my search habits or something. Anyway its amazing that Google using an image is pointed out when about 80-90% of how Bings site operates is cloned from Google. I'm really not one to bother with the whole who took what from who as it happens all the time in tech...but I just thought that was interesting.
        rer123
      • RE: Bing's banner week: Plugs from Steve Jobs and Google

        @iPad-awan I find just reporting on this story a waste imo. Especially when it was Google that started the whole simplicity search home-page thing. Microsoft was busy following Yahoo cluttered page at the time with MSN. Then Microsoft came and copied Google, but to seem different they added a background image. But this isn't even a s<a href="http://www.tran33m.com/vb/">t</a>ory imo.
        jku1
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        cstrathmore
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        cstrathmore
      • RE: Bing's banner week: Plugs from Steve Jobs and Google

        Say whatever you want, the cross alliances keep things interesting as all three battle it out.
        Linux Love
      • RE: Bing's banner week: Plugs from Steve Jobs and Google

        I find just reporting on this story a waste imo. Especially when it was Google that started the whole simplicity search home-page thing. Microsoft was busy following Yahoo cluttered page at the time with MSN. Then Microsoft came and copied Google, but to seem different they added a background image. But this isn't even a story imo.
        Linux Love
      • RE: Bing's banner week: Plugs from Steve Jobs and Google

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      • RE: Bing's banner week: Plugs from Steve Jobs and Google

        They talk about links but it looks like links on their page as well. Except their links look like a bunch of clutter. And I can't leave my mouse anywhere without something popping up and obscuring the view or landing over some video that starts playing out loud when I didn't expect it.
        Linux Love
    • RE: Bing's banner week: Plugs from Steve Jobs and Google

      Ignore this comment.
      Sephoroth
    • RE: Bing's banner week: Plugs from Steve Jobs and Google

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    • RE: Bing's banner week: Plugs from Steve Jobs and Google

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      arabaoyunlari@...
  • RE: Bing's banner week: Plugs from Steve Jobs and Google

    Bing has been my default search engine for about 6 months. It finds what I need and prioritizes websites I actually want to visit higher than Google seems to. In my opinion it's one of Microsoft's more successful ventures.
    Admin71
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      RahinBen