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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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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.

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