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Bing slips in global search rankings

While Microsoft is running its Scroogled campaign to try to lure away Google users to its own services, Bing has slipped in the global search engine rankings. The latest numbers are in for the last two months of 2012 from comScore. According to the comScore qSearch report, Microsoft Bing is now the fifth largest global search engine.

The report shows that Microsoft processed 4.477 billion queries during November/December of 2012. Search engine Yandex took fourth place away from Microsoft in the global search market by processing 4.844 billion queries during those two months.

The metrics show that Google still dominates the market with a massive 114.73 billion search queries giving it 65.2% of the market. The second place global search engine is the Chinese engine Baidu, which processed 14.5 billion queries. Third place in the rankings went to Yahoo with 8.63 billion queries processed.

Interestingly, the report shows that the total number of search queries generated worldwide decreased by 4.6% since December of 2011. The report also shows that Microsoft's search engine growth has slowed significantly in Western markets while the biggest growth is coming in Russia.
In the United States, Google is the top site, Microsoft is in second, and Yahoo is in third as of November 2012. 

Source: Searchenginewatch

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Forced down our throat
By mattclary on 2/8/2013 10:37:10 AM , Rating: 2
That's really sad, considering yesterday I fired up a brand new computer and had to agree to a license of Bing to proceed with the initial boot.

Complete B.S.

RE: Forced down our throat
By p05esto on 2/8/2013 11:18:43 AM , Rating: 4
You can't use any Google service or Chrome without signing up to Google+ and all of that crap. MS has you agree to the terms, but you don't have to register with MS. This is very different than what Google does. Just try using Chrome without knowing Google is watching and tracking you - I dare ya.

RE: Forced down our throat
By Slyne on 2/8/2013 11:35:55 AM , Rating: 4
If you care about what search engines do with your data, use Duck Duck Go - no tracking and no filter bubbling. I'll admit it's not as good as google but they keep adding features and catching up.

RE: Forced down our throat
By jeepga on 2/8/2013 8:11:25 PM , Rating: 2
I tried Duck Duck Go, because the non-tracking is very appealing. Hell, I'd even pay a reasonable fee for it. But, the search results for my queries were practically worthless.

RE: Forced down our throat
By maugrimtr on 2/11/2013 9:28:31 AM , Rating: 2
And there's the issue. No tracking = bad search results. Tracking = Profit = Reinvestment = good search results. Complain about Google all day long but I'm happy to let them track me if it means I save time on searching. No such thing as a free lunch that's worth eating.

RE: Forced down our throat
By defter on 2/8/2013 11:58:46 AM , Rating: 5
You definitely can use Chrome without Google account. You just can't sync settings between various computer which is understandable.

And there is always Chromium:

I wonder what would be Bing's position without tying it to Windows/IE? Maybe 50th?

RE: Forced down our throat
By ArcsinZ on 2/8/2013 12:55:12 PM , Rating: 5
And what would Chrome's position be if they didn't bundle it with every piece of software you try to download and then automatically change it to your default browser? I swear I have to clean it off people's computers daily because it is constantly tying itself to installs like Flash player and Google Earth. It's a pain in the ass, and it's no wonder they have "50%" of the market now.

RE: Forced down our throat
By MonkeyPaw on 2/8/2013 5:41:21 PM , Rating: 2
How does it tie itself to Flash installs? Chrome integrates flash, but it is not directly related to Adobe. I can understand Earth, it's another Google product.

RE: Forced down our throat
By FaaR on 2/8/2013 7:04:29 PM , Rating: 2
MS has created the vacuum into which google is injecting chrome all by itself, by refusing to update and modernize IE in a timely fashion.

If you run vista (or hell, XP), you're stuck with age-old browsers, and even win7 can only run the now obsolete IE9, with no date whatsoever of when IE10 will release for that OS.

It's arrogance and ineptness of the highest order, both bundled up in one single package of bloated self-importance.

MS is still acting as if they're the main player even though they aren't, and resenting it.

RE: Forced down our throat
By captainBOB on 2/9/2013 12:10:59 PM , Rating: 2
Part of it is because IE is so deeply integrated into Windows, especially in XP.

Updating IE while not breaking several hundred things isn't a quick and easy task I imagine.

RE: Forced down our throat
By ResStellarum on 2/14/2013 1:01:59 PM , Rating: 2
Part of it is because IE is so deeply integrated into Windows, especially in XP.

And who's fault is that? Microsoft deeply integrated IE into Windows for two reasons:
1. So it can't be uninstalled or decoupled, thus ensuring IE's marketshare.
2. By preloading IE components with Windows IE's startup superficially appears faster than the competition. In reality, it's much much slower. All it means is Windows starts up slower as a consequence, if it wasn't already slow enough. I've tested it in Wine (Linux compatibility layer), and I can state with certainty it's very slow when all the components have to be loaded at the same time.

Neither of the above are technical reasons for why IE needs to be so deeply integrated with Windows. It's all to boost Micro$oft's own services and software, nothing more.

By PsychoPif on 2/8/2013 8:58:43 AM , Rating: 2
I thought it was displaying Bing results?

RE: Yahoo?
By AstroCreep on 2/8/2013 9:33:48 AM , Rating: 3
Yes, there is a ten-year deal for Yahoo to use Bing as its search engine:

But apparently it is only in the US and Canada:

Getting rid of Bing.
By melgross on 2/8/2013 11:02:13 AM , Rating: 2
I haven't tried to do it yet, but is there a way to get rid of Bing with Win 8?

RE: Getting rid of Bing.
By dgingerich on 2/8/2013 11:16:34 AM , Rating: 1
I just use Chrome for my default browser.

RE: Getting rid of Bing.
By wordsworm on 2/13/2013 1:13:48 AM , Rating: 2
I unfortunately bought a Win7 phone. So, I'm kind of stuck with Bing, as Google's results are not as good for things like GPS (Google Earth or whatever service they provide to phone users does not work on Win7 phones).

Bing using google
By Khenglish on 2/8/2013 1:46:26 PM , Rating: 2
Is bing still returning its top results from doing it's own search on google, or did MS stop doing that?

By p05esto on 2/8/13, Rating: -1
RE: Bing
By ClownPuncher on 2/8/2013 11:34:16 AM , Rating: 2
Nobody cares. People chose browsers and search engines based on popularity. People WILL shun you if you make an unpopular choice. This is what passes for adult behaviour these days.

RE: Bing
By Jeffk464 on 2/8/2013 6:09:34 PM , Rating: 2
I use ixquick, how popular is that?

RE: Bing
By Navvie on 2/10/2013 3:22:33 PM , Rating: 2
I use it. I tried ddg but ixquick/ gives better results.

RE: Bing
By Lonyo on 2/8/2013 12:11:19 PM , Rating: 2
I wouldn't say Bing is always better, but it's certainly no worse than Google.

These days search engines try to be too clever, and don't search for what you tell them to.

Someone should set up a "search engine" that just parses your search with "" around every individual word, and then sends the request to Google, so that you don't have to manually "" every word when you use Google in order to get it to search for what you actually want it to search for.

(Yes, it's lazy, but no less ridiculous than Google making up for itself what you wanted to search for).

RE: Bing
By Stuka on 2/8/2013 12:28:14 PM , Rating: 2
I took the Bing Challenge and it told me to use Google. I am nothing if not agreeable.

RE: Bing
By DiscoWade on 2/8/2013 1:23:13 PM , Rating: 2
I tried Bing early last year. I was doing some research on the codes on the BSOD on Microsoft's own website. To make sure I was getting everything I also searched with Google. It didn't take me long to figure out Google did a better job searching Microsoft's website than Bing did. I stopped using Bing because if Microsoft has an inferior search on its own website, it is going to be inferior on everything else too.

Now I am willing to admit Bing has gotten better since then. But I am going to stick with Google for now.

RE: Bing
By inteli722 on 2/8/2013 4:17:20 PM , Rating: 2
If that's your reason, then Google lets you narrow down images. I can choose "Small", "Medium", "Large", "Larger than x", and "Exactly". You can also search by color. Bing has one or 2 features more, and Google has far better results anyways. I took the Bing vs Google challenge, and it told me to go with Google...doesn't surprise me.

RE: Bing
By FaaR on 2/8/13, Rating: 0
RE: Bing
By jeepga on 2/8/2013 8:14:20 PM , Rating: 1
I agree. There are searches that Google has been better with, but by in large Bing provides better results.

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