Bing surpasses Yahoo! as second most popular search engine worldwide

Bing surpasses Yahoo! as second most popular search engine worldwide

Summary: Bing is certainly popular worldwide. StatCounter is reporting that Microsoft's creation has passed up Yahoo! as the second most-used search engine globally.

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Bing is certainly popular worldwide. StatCounter is reporting that Microsoft's creation has passed up Yahoo! as the second most-used search engine globally.

Let's take a look at the hard numbers. In February, Bing nabbed 4.37% of the global share, just ahead Yahoo! at 3.93%. They both still pale in comparison to Google's whopping 89.94% share of the pie, but it is interesting to see Bing growing. All of those TV product placements must be helping.

Domestic results, however, are a different story. Yahoo! still managed to hold on to the silver medal with 9.74%, while Bing was trailing ever-so-close behind at 9.03%. Shockingly, Google actually has less control over the search engine market share in the United States with just 79.63%. Okay, so that's still nothing to complain about, but Bing could pull ahead of Yahoo! in March.

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  • RE: Bing surpasses Yahoo! as second most popular search engine worldwide

    Not surpising as Yahoo is more of a media outlet now than a search engine. It does show just how well Bing is improving.
    Loverock Davidson
    • RE: Bing surpasses Yahoo! as second most popular search engine worldwide

      @Loverock Davidson
      Having many associates who work for Microsoft, what this obviously ignorant article fails to mention is that Microsoft "requires" all employees "worldwide" to use bing and no other engine. Is this really impressive now? Not really, it is just Microsoft trying to show how good their product is when no one is using it.
      frvr@...
      • RE: Bing surpasses Yahoo! as second most popular search engine worldwide

        @frvr@...
        There are 90,000 employees at Microsoft, if all are required to use Bing I still don't think that would make much difference. You would need millions of people using it to make a difference and I believe that is what has happened here.
        Loverock Davidson
      • RE: Bing surpasses Yahoo! as second most popular search engine worldwide

        @frvr@...

        You're kidding, right?
        Rich Miles
      • RE: Bing surpasses Yahoo! as second most popular search engine worldwide

        @frvr@... So one day Microsoft decided to "require" all employees worldwide to use Bing and it just magically come out ahead of Yahoo?

        Wow...
        Samic
      • RE: Bing surpasses Yahoo! as second most popular search engine worldwide

        @frvr@... Yea, because MS employees actualy make up .1% of the population, NOT. All companies including Google do this type of thing.
        rmark@...
      • RE: Bing surpasses Yahoo! as second most popular search engine worldwide

        @frvr@... "Require" where? At the workplace, I could see that. But you suggest that Microsoft also requires employees to do this at home, which is, for all practical purposes, unfeasible.

        Nice attempt at trolling, though.
        spacespeed
      • RE: Bing surpasses Yahoo! as second most popular search engine worldwide

        @frvr@... Have you ever seen after loading a program, all of the sudden BING is set as homepage?
        jlbuettner
      • RE: Bing surpasses Yahoo! as second most popular search engine worldwide

        @frvr@... speaking as a Microsoft employee, I know what you have stated is a complete lie.
        glura
      • RE: Bing surpasses Yahoo! as second most popular search engine worldwide

        @frvr@... This particular reply was originally marked as spam. Purging duplicate info... See the next post.
        ilovemiru@...
      • RE: Bing surpasses Yahoo! as second most popular search engine worldwide

        @frvr@... Your claim is false. I've worked at Microsoft for 12 years now. I can freely access Google from my corporate workstations and servers without anyone tapping on my shoulder. That mandate may only apply to customer-facing presentations that involve using a search engine. When I'm at my workstation, I use Bing. When I remote into my corporate workstation from home, I may sometimes use Google within that remote session since it has fewer graphics to contend with that might otherwise cause the screen to redraw slowly on a bad connection.
        ilovemiru@...
    • RE: Bing surpasses Yahoo! as second most popular search engine worldwide

      @Loverock Davidson
      <q> It does show just how well Bing is improving </q>

      yes, with the vast amount of advertising dollars they spend, they still garner less than 10% of the US market.
      I'd say that is some AWESOME return! or not.

      well, at least they're not linux...
      oh wait...
      http://www.google.com/support/gsa/bin/answer.py?hl=en-GB&answer=15898
      <q> The operating system is a hardened version of Linux that is optimized for search, sometimes referred to as Google Linux </q>
      CaptOska
  • RE: Bing surpasses Yahoo! as second most popular search engine worldwide

    Yup. It's a failure. I wonder how much Microsoft pays people to "use" it.

    You'll see it next month going offline for good.


    /Ron Burgundy
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • RE: Bing surpasses Yahoo! as second most popular search engine worldwide

      @Cylon Centurion 0005 <br>I am not a big fan of Bing, I tried to use it but I did not like it. However, I am surprised to see how ridiculous people can be about that. Having an extra option to find what you want on the Internet is not bad! Monopoly is bad.<br>I wounder if Google would be doing all the enhancements lately if there wasn't any competition.<br><br>As long as you are not paying the salaries there, you should not worry. <br>Keep your Microsoft hateness reasonable.
      MichelDev
    • RE: Bing surpasses Yahoo! as second most popular search engine worldwide

      @Cylon Centurion 0005
      That's a very narrow minded reply. I've been using Bing steadily since it came out and have never been paid a cent by Microsoft. I use it because it works well.
      oscardetoy@...
  • bing is still DOA

    if not for the M$ ca$h.
    Linux Geek
    • RE: Bing surpasses Yahoo! as second most popular search engine worldwide

      @Linux Geek LOL - with silly predictions about Bing's death, you still keep repeating it, and you have been wrong, every single time. That just like saying Google is dead. Your are funny little microbe aren't you.
      ItsTheBottomLine
    • RE: Bing surpasses Yahoo! as second most popular search engine worldwide

      @Linux Geek Hard to take down a monopolist like Google. Now if Google would only make using Google as good as MS has BING . . . However, I do have to give Google it's due, it has been very slowly improving its look and easy of use because BING is much better at both. BING is just lacking in shopping compared to Google from my experience, but that is improving also.
      rmark@...
    • RE: Bing surpasses Yahoo! as second most popular search engine worldwide

      @Linux Geek
      Another narrow minded one!! Would I be right if I said you only use Linux because you have been paid to do so? I think not! Keep your Microsoft hate to issues where it makes sense!
      oscardetoy@...
  • RE: Bing surpasses Yahoo! as second most popular search engine worldwide

    Bing is only poaching Yahoo's search results, so yeah I can see why that would be happening. It has absolutely no effect on Google.
    ewell44