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Bing Gains in October, Yahoo! Falls, Google Leads

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Microsoft's relatively new "decision making engine" Bing gained market share last month, recovering slightly from the dip the service experienced in September.

Bing has been growing consistently with a month over month increase in market share since it launched in May of this year. However in September, the Microsoft-owned search engine dropped, falling by 1.1 percent and bringing its total market share down to 8.51 percent from 9.64 percent.

StatCounter reports that Bing rose slightly in October, taking 8.86 percent, a figure that's still under its peak of 9.64 percent in August.

Meanwhile, Yahoo! continues to lose market share, falling down to 8.91 percent in October (from 9.4 percent in September and 10.5 percent in August). Predictably, search giant Google is the beneficiary with the Mountain View-based company taking 80.39 percent of the U.S. market. According to StatCounter, this is Google's largest share since November '08.

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    touchdowntexas13 , November 18, 2009 12:57 PM
    Google FTW!

    I just like it because its simplicity, which makes it load faster.
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    dextermat , November 18, 2009 1:34 PM
    Yeah bing sucks...


    i hate its layout and most of the time you don't get as good results as Google..

    Bing brought me to malaware :p 
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    bin1127 , November 18, 2009 1:44 PM
    don't tell me ask.com got the other 2%
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    juanc , November 18, 2009 2:29 PM
    I guess that's all the new Computers sold and new Windows 7 installs of people that don't know how to change the Search provider on the upper-right corner of their browser (IE8)
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    gbismack , November 18, 2009 2:37 PM
    I hate Bing, but like anything Microsoft they try really hard to shove it deep down your throat. My Windows Mobile phone wants to default to it, which I changed of course, and Windows too. My inlaws, I've noticed, use it because like most Americans who buy a computer they just use what pops up.

    Unfortunately that works great for MS.
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    Honis , November 18, 2009 4:48 PM
    If this means more competition and results in better search results, I'm glad to Bing increasing.

    People still use Yahoo search?
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    sunflier , November 18, 2009 5:15 PM
    Yahoo then: No we don't want to merge with you Microsoft!!

    Yahoo now: Um, we may have jumped the gun a little...
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    Niva , November 18, 2009 7:15 PM
    I actually like Bing, actually usually I try it first these days and only if I have trouble finding something do I attempt Google. I like the layout better, especially for image searches... of course this is preference but I'm all for choices in search engines and it doesn't cost me anything.
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    apache_lives , November 18, 2009 7:24 PM
    juancI guess that's all the new Computers sold and new Windows 7 installs of people that don't know how to change the Search provider on the upper-right corner of their browser (IE8)


    That percentage is so high thanks to that and even then its not actually high at all.

    Google for me
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    festerovic , November 18, 2009 7:32 PM
    I hope yahoo investors have piggy banks....looks like it may be a bumpy ride over the holidays.
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    ta152h , November 18, 2009 10:36 PM
    Bing enjoys the reputation as a fine porn surfer, and that alone is going to generate decent numbers.

    Rather than run away from the reputation as a porn surfer, which we all know is disingenuous anyway, they may as well keep building on it and keep improving the porn searching.

    Porn is one of those things that no one else is supposed to like, but, it's somehow OK if you watch it. The hypocrisy is annoying, and I'm just not believing that Microsoft never put any thought into how well Bing searched for porn. Of course they did, it's only sensible since they care about increase share, and it's a large market. They'd be negligent to dismiss it.

    If someone comes out with a browser named "Porn Surfer", they'd get a quick jump in market share. Internet Explorer? Dull and prosaic. Firefox? Stupid. Opera? What's the connection? Safari? Same. Chrome? Why name it out of an ugly, shiny metal that tasteless people are attracted to?

    Microsoft Porn Surfer. It's got a nice ring to it. Tie it into Bing, and make Bing ask questions like "The search results have returned some listings that are not adult material. Do you still want to view them?". And issue warnings when porn material is rated dull by other viewers, etc...

    It's worth a shot.
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    Dougx1317 , November 18, 2009 11:24 PM
    Microsoft has thrown enough money into their search engine that they're bound to get some users. But no amount of money can make Bing into a verb 'to search'. Or maybe they can? I'll go google it to find out.
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    rdawise , November 19, 2009 6:14 AM
    So.....

    When is the EU going to say that Google holds a search monpoly and force them to have a ballot screen including Bing, Yahoo, etc....
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    hillarymakesmecry , November 19, 2009 10:17 AM
    I actually kind of like Bing. Especially the bing cashback thing. It's a good deal. I must admit I still use Google most of the time though.

    Search engine usage matters far more than browser usage. It's advertising dollars.
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    Dougx1317 , November 19, 2009 2:22 PM
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    I actually kind of like Bing. Especially the bing cashback thing. It's a good deal. I must admit I still use Google most of the time though.

    So they actually are paying people to use their search engine?
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    ano , November 19, 2009 2:29 PM
    gbismackI hate Bing, but like anything Microsoft they try really hard to shove it deep down your throat. My Windows Mobile phone wants to default to it, which I changed of course, and Windows too. My inlaws, I've noticed, use it because like most Americans who buy a computer they just use what pops up. Unfortunately that works great for MS.



    same thing can be said about FireFox and Chrome, what do you expect?! do you really expect Microsoft/Google makes Google/Bing its default search provider?!
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    wildwell , November 19, 2009 3:47 PM
    NivaI actually like Bing, actually usually I try it first these days and only if I have trouble finding something do I attempt Google. I like the layout better, especially for image searches... of course this is preference but I'm all for choices in search engines and it doesn't cost me anything.

    +1 for that. Images and video are way easier to search through using Bing.
    Isn't Yahoo! search suppose to be turning into Bing search anyway?
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    ssalim , November 19, 2009 3:52 PM
    Yahoo's in trouble.
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    kelfen , November 19, 2009 8:36 PM
    I like bing image search where you don't have to click on page two