Microsoft and Yahoo Deal

Your internet experience is about to get better.

On July 29, 2009, Microsoft and Yahoo! announced that they had made a ten-year deal in which the Yahoo! search engine would be replaced by Bing. Yahoo will handle ad sales while Microsoft will handle data.

The combined search market share of Yahoo and Microsoft would approach 30%. That's still about half Google's share, but it positions Microsoft as a solid number two.

For those of you who aren't familiar with Bing -

It loads fast. The page has been engineered to load in stages, with the search loading first so you can get right to work if you want. You can also choose to have a plain background by clicking the "Give me the plain white background" link.

  • Bing has popular links on the homepage.

  • Get cashback for online purchases.

  • Bing does more than point you to a set of links.

  • Bing organizes search results and give you refinement tools to overcome information overload.

  • Bing features Video Thumbnail Preview where, by hovering over a video thumbnail, the video automatically starts playing.

  • Bing offers package tracking and tracing.

  • Bing gives you plane ticket information. When 'flights from (to)' is entered in the search box in combination with city names or airport codes, Bing provides information on ticket prices and a prediction for the future price trend.

  • Bing gives you real-time flight status. Bing provides direct current information on the flight status of the particular flight.

  • Bing gives you encyclopedic answers. Ask a question and Bing gives you a direct answer to the question from Encarta.

  • Bing gives you local information.

  • Bing offers mobile services including a toll-free number for directory assistance.

Google is still top dog - and intends to keep it that way.

Google is developing an open-source operating system. Google has promised a better computing experience on machines with faster access to e-mail, fast boot-up times, access to data from anywhere. Google is completely redesigning the underlying security architecture of the operating system so that users don't have to deal with viruses, malware and security updates.

When the big boys compete, things only get better for us. I'm still a Google fan. I'll always be a Google fan. But Bing looks like it will offer some cool features that I might need from time to time.

Check it out

Read other webpages with information:
NY Times
LA Times
San Jose Mercury News

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Anonymous said...

I'm with you on being a steadfast Google Fan! But, I used Bing recently when I felt there had to be more out there on a certain subject than what Google was giving to me. Bing returned results that were very on target and that gave me the answers I needed.

I'll probably always go to Google first, but I like Bing, too. Thanks for the article on the Bing bells and whistles.

story teller said...

Thanks on posting your experience!

Anonymous said...

I have the Google toolbar on my computer and I usually use it but I have noticed the Bing search box when I go to lately. I've never used it but I'd heard it was a new search engine. Thanks for the information about it. I'll have to give it a try.

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