Bing bongs into search second place

Microsoft's newly-launched Bing ‘Decision engine’ outpaced Yahoo! as the number two search engine in the US and worldwide little more than a week after its launch. Data from StatCounter Global Stats claims that Bing took its share from search market-leader Google.

The online stats tool's analysis for 04 June 2009 found that in the US Bing overtook Yahoo to take second place on 16.28 per cent of Web searches. Yahoo! retained 10.22 per cent of searches, while Google continues to own most of the search market with 71.47 per cent, StatCounter says.

Globally, StatCounter’s data suggests that Bing, at 5.62 per cent, has gained a slight lead over Yahoo! at 5.13 per cent. Google retains 87.62 per cent of the worldwide market share.

"Steve Ballmer is quoted as saying that he wanted Microsoft to become the second biggest search engine within five years,” comments StatCounter CEO Aodhan Cullen. “Following the breakdown in talks to acquire Yahoo! at a cost of $40bn, it looks like Ballmer may have just achieved that with Bing much sooner - and a lot cheaper - than anticipated."
Meanwhile Bing has garnered mixed reactions from posters to the IET IT Forum: some who tried the UK/beta version in its first week reported mixed reactions to test queries.
John Thomson was "pleasantly surprised at how much of an improvement it seems to be over Live Search. Certainly seems to be heading in the right direction”; however, Thomson did not see “anything that will make me switch from Google”.

‘Nimer’ reported that Bing was good, but not (so far) outstanding: “I've tried Bing, and haven't noticed anything exceptional when compared to other search engines… All in all, my review Bing is negative. Due to Microsoft's competitive outlook towards the Open Source community, and its closed, inflexible outlook towards the needs and wants of most consumers, [Bing] will never fully establish itself as a viable means to search the Web.”

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