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Bing Falls for the First Time Since Launch

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Microsoft's Bing has seen slow but steady month over month growth since it launched this past summer. However, September saw Bing's share of the U.S. search market fall to 8.5 percent.

New numbers from StatCounter show that rather than continuing its trend of acquiring more market share at the expense of competitors Google and Yahoo!, Bing fell by 1.1 percent (bringing the decision making engine down from 9.64 percent to 8.51 percent) while Google rose two full percentage points, moving to 80.08 percent, up from the 77.83 percent it had in August. Yahoo! also declined, moving to 9.40 percent from 10.50 percent.

This is rough news in itself, however the fact that its Bing's first decline since it launched in May.

"The trend has been downwards for Bing since mid August," commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter. "The wheels haven't fallen off but the underlying trend must be a little worrying for Microsoft."

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    apache_lives , October 2, 2009 1:35 PM
    I never stopped using google
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    hellwig , October 2, 2009 1:43 PM
    excalibur1814I cannot recall reading an article that stated 'Bing market share rises again' etc. Shame. Suppose Negative MS press wins.

    I don't suppose you didn't read anything previously about Bing. If you notice, the release of Bing in July meant an increase in search, which most definitely was reported. Bing sat mostly stagnant in August (did you want an article about that?) but then lost all that Bing momentum in September. You want the article titled "Bing increases Microsoft's share of internet search", not "Bing increases infinity percent of search over previously non-existent Bing".

    That said, same happened with Chrome (the browser). It got a big jump, then people stopped caring and went back to what they always used. Same with Bing, it had a lot of hype, some commercials, and now no one cares. I think search companies seriously underestimate the individuals ability to find what they want on the internet. I don't need every site that matches my query, just one thats good enough). "Decision engines" like bing are nice, but not necessary for everyday use.
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    JMcEntegart , October 2, 2009 1:47 PM
    excalibur1814I cannot recall reading an article that stated 'Bing market share rises again' etc. Shame. Suppose Negative MS press wins.


    Very strange. Links below will take you to three THG stories based on Bing's positive growth over the last three months.

    Microsoft Bing is Growing, ComScore Reports

    Microsoft Claims Bing's First Month Was Great

    Bing Cuts Itself a 10% Slice of the Search Pie

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    hellscook , October 2, 2009 2:09 PM
    I'd just like a search engine that turns up relevant results again. Every time I search Google, I get news results. Outdated ones at that. Seems they need to pay more attention to their bread and butter.
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    dman3k , October 2, 2009 2:13 PM
    It's not Bing is loosing, it's that there are more Android phones around.
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    deltatux , October 2, 2009 2:16 PM
    Used Bing once, not any different than Google. Never had an issue with Google, so I stick to it as my search engine of choice.
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    matt_b , October 2, 2009 2:34 PM
    I personally try to mix it up a bit and use something other than Google just so they stay in check and don't become an obscene monopoly (like they pretty much aren't already). I have used Bing and it is alright, but the kudos go to the cashback program associated with them. It's ingenious in the fact that you can get money back on things you already need to buy in the first place. What's even beeter is when you hit up the right search words and get 10, 15, or even 25% back on items. If it wasn't for this, i'd say that I probably wouldn't use the search engine. So they have my support as long as they continue the program!
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    ssalim , October 2, 2009 2:48 PM
    Go google!
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    hpapanto , October 2, 2009 2:56 PM
    Matt_BI personally try to mix it up a bit and use something other than Google just so they stay in check and don't become an obscene monopoly (like they pretty much aren't already). I have used Bing and it is alright, but the kudos go to the cashback program associated with them. It's ingenious in the fact that you can get money back on things you already need to buy in the first place. What's even beeter is when you hit up the right search words and get 10, 15, or even 25% back on items. If it wasn't for this, i'd say that I probably wouldn't use the search engine. So they have my support as long as they continue the program!

    i suppose you use Linux so Microsoft stays in check and Windows is not an obscene monopoly ;)  this is good news indeed...
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    Major7up , October 2, 2009 2:59 PM
    I tried out Bing but was not impressed and returned to others. I suspect that others have done teh same.
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    crisisavatar , October 2, 2009 3:19 PM
    What no more magical greens to pump marketshare ?

    In all honestly I used the thing twice or so and it was awful, Google ftw.
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    Anonymous , October 2, 2009 3:42 PM
    I remember when Google was just a white clean website with a searchbox squaa in the middle... I loved the simplicity and the lack of BS extra's, and when i find something that is what Google was back in the good old days, i'll switch in a flinch, until then? Well, i guess old habits are hard to break. (And the actual quality of the search plays some part in it all as well, of course)
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    Anonymous , October 2, 2009 3:51 PM
    Bing was new. Lots of people decided to try it out.
    However, most of them had brains in their heads, and preferred Google's fast loading, accurate, low on ads searchengine over Bings.

    In other words, now that nearly the whole world knows Google rocks, only the Bing fans and geeks stay with MS' solution of inaccurate links, spam, ads, and amounts of unnecessary data.
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    Manos , October 2, 2009 4:18 PM
    Thats where the Google UFO has been.. Abdacting Bing users! lol
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    invlem , October 2, 2009 4:24 PM
    Lets face it one of google's biggest draws is the lack of all the BS you have to deal with the other browsers, its simple. Its not cluttered like yahoo.

    Its just a search box with the company logo above it... Generally thats all I need, or want when I'm doing a search, all the other garbage doesn't matter.

    The lack of clutter also makes for easier mobile browsing, There's nothing to load with google, no images, or animations, just the browser. I'd wager that the popularity of smart phones has pushed Google's percentages up simply because its easy on low bandwidth connections.
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    wildwell , October 2, 2009 4:25 PM
    What goes up must come down.
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    rags_20 , October 2, 2009 4:31 PM
    Google was the best before Bing came out. It still is the best and will always remain so. Bye-bye Bing!
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    dextermat , October 2, 2009 4:46 PM
    +1 for google, i tried bing and i rarely find what im looking for on it....
    they wil have to tweak it some more or bye bye bing
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    reverendxero , October 2, 2009 4:57 PM
    there are nasty little secrets behind Google. I am thankful for Bing, at least I know who I am supporting when I use it. I liked google when they were the little company that could; then I found out....

    So go ahead, Support the clandestine facets of the US government, use Google.
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    reverendxero , October 2, 2009 4:59 PM
    there are nasty little secrets behind Google. I am thankful for Bing, at least I know who I am supporting when I use it. I liked google when they were the little company that could; then I found out....

    So go ahead, Support the clandestine facets of the US government, use Google. Ever wonder why a search engine company wants to hold everyones medical information and even your DNA sequence?
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