Bing and Yahoo transition beginning today

It's been a highly successful year for Microsoft's Bing search engine, which started off as Live search, and was almost named Kumo. The little search engine that could has grown so much in the last 14 months.

Only months after Bing launched into beta, Microsoft was in talks to acquire Yahoo!'s search technology and take over the falling search giant. In December 2009, the two giants finalized a search deal that would replace Yahoo!'s search engine with Bing for 10 years.

Today marks the beginning of that deal that will see Microsoft begin the organic (algorithmic) transition, which means that Bing will replace the English version of Yahoo!'s organic search results. As posted by Neowin last month, the partnership will see Bing capture as much as 31.6% market share in North America. Bing currently owns 7.07% market share in North America, and 3.44% worldwide.

This will be the first time in years that any search engine has gained any kind of traction on Google, which still dominates with 84.53% in North America.

The organic search take-over should see Bing jump more than 24% next month, as it acquires more than 159 million new users. The organic search change will see 15 million new users from Canada, and 144 million users from the United States.

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