Microsoft search gets lapped

Microsoft search gets lapped

Summary: Most bloggers are focused on Google's dominant search share (is it 50 percent or 70 percent), but what sticks out most is the free fall Microsoft is suffering through. According to Nielsen/NetRatings, Google's November market share in search was 49.

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Most bloggers are focused on Google's dominant search share (is it 50 percent or 70 percent), but what sticks out most is the free fall Microsoft is suffering through.

According to Nielsen/NetRatings, Google's November market share in search was 49.5 percent followed by Yahoo's 24.3 percent. No shocker there.

Now let's look at the year over year growth. Google's growth in search was 31 percent followed by Yahoo's 27 percent. Meanwhile, MSN/Windows Live Search fell 12 percent year over year to give Microsoft 8.2 percent of the search market.

In fact, AOL could sneak up on Microsoft's share. AOL grew 11 percent year over year to 6.2 percent market share. No other player in search had a double-digit percentage decline in growth.

So instead of going ga-ga over Google's dominance perhaps we should ask whether Microsoft is misallocating resources by focusing on search. It looks like its game over in the search department.


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  • Monopolies won't last for ever !!

    No matter how aggressive they are with their anti-competitive practices.
    sweklaweklfwe@...
  • Of course all stat's can be skewed

    On my wordpress blog, Windows Live search actual refers 80 percent of the hits. This is skewed in that the 3 top posts have to do with Vista & the Sigmatel driver problem that users are experiencing. My posts are problem solving blogs with info added from different users and they do not bash Microsoft.

    This being the case, my site stats show that the blog is crawled or viewed by Microsoft at least every other day, so I'm assuming that I'm getting good placement based on the info in the blog on the Live Search page. As of this posting I'm number one and two on the search page.
    k12IT
  • Maybe More Users

    Are learning the truth about Microsoft, as witniss here:

    http://www.cybersource.com.au/cyber/about/comparing_the_gpl_to_eula.pdf

    And here:

    http://www.securityfocus.com/columnists/423?ref=rss
    Ole Man
    • Great Articles!

      Wow the securityfocus article was fantastic, a bit off topic for search engines, but still, Thanks!
      reugen
  • I discovered something, Microsoft is to hard to use

    Downloading things from Microsoft is a time consuming chore, Netscape or Firefox are much easier. IE7 stalls to much. Firefox 2.0 is more reliable now, now I get more done, downloads are easier to use too.
    troubled241