Bing continues to gain, beats out Yahoo again

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As a new month begins, statistics from February begin rolling in. During the month of February, Bing was the only browser that gained some traction in the search engine realm, while Google, Yahoo, Ask Jeeves and Baidu all dropped a point or two.

Earlier reports claimed that Bing just beat Yahoo worldwide, which actually isn't true. Bing actually beat out Yahoo during the start of the new year, ending with 4.27% total market share, while Yahoo only had 3.96% ending January 31, 2011, according to StatsCounter.com.

Bing was the only search engine that gained, with an increase from 4.27% to 4.37%. Yahoo slightly decreased from 3.96% to 3.93%, while Google had the biggest drop from 90.11% to 89.94%. Although Google finally dropped below that 90% mark, it's still far ahead of anyone else, and even holds more market share than all other search engines combined.

Ask Jeeves and Baidu both dropped a single point to 0.35% and 0.32%. StatCounter shows that the "Other" category for all other search engines continues to fluctuate around that 1% mark. The other search engines jumped from 1.12% in December 2010, to 0.96% in January, and back up to 1.1% in February.

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honestly, im impressed with MS's attempt with bing. I still think it needs "some" improvements.
For example, i use google all the time to check up on local Transit times for busses/trains, however - bing does not offer this (at least in my region - Canada). So I want to see MS implement that ASAP or else i might just switch back for convenience.
-Also, i think that their mobile bing website sucks. Fix that up pleaaase.
-also, add support for things that are US only right now in other countries you *******!

Anyways, its just a bit of things here and there that need fine tuning on Bing, but other than that i love it.

"During the month of February, Bing was the only browser"

See, that's why Google had to do that "What is a browser" video. Even tech blogs slip up with it

Lord Venom said,
Uhhhhh, doesn't Yahoo already use Bing for its search?

Yes, you can see "Powered by Bing" line under the yahoo's results page. Go to Yahoo and search 'Neowin' without quotes (or whatever you want to search for) and go to the bottom of the page.. it's there. It might be for US only... not sure about elsewhere.

Lord Venom said,
Uhhhhh, doesn't Yahoo already use Bing for its search?

Yes, and there are several other partners using the Bing search engine as well. This type of report is reflective of 'Brand' recognition gain and loss, not actually search engine gain and loss.

shozilla said,

Yes, you can see "Powered by Bing" line under the yahoo's results page. Go to Yahoo and search 'Neowin' without quotes (or whatever you want to search for) and go to the bottom of the page.. it's there. It might be for US only... not sure about elsewhere.


i can confirm here in EU (Netherlands) Yahoo search is also powered by Bing.

Google has ~90% AND "holds more market share than all other search engines combined."

I found my old Texas TI, and after 4h of calculations, I can finally verify that this conclusion is indeed correct.

Ceru said,
Google has ~90% AND "holds more market share than all other search engines combined."

I found my old Texas TI, and after 4h of calculations, I can finally verify that this conclusion is indeed correct.


It's not a Texas TI, it's a TI. TI = Texas Instruments.

DrunkenBeard said,

It's not a Texas TI, it's a TI. TI = Texas Instruments.

Meant of course the TI-series. Ie, 'Texas' as a short for 'Texas Instrument' and TI as a reference to the specific classic series. (TI-82 actually, but figured no one would care about the exact model).

Thanks for being nitpicky. I would not dare to think about how this could have ended if it would have passed uncorrected.

Edited by Ceru, Mar 1 2011, 8:25pm :

Ceru said,

Meant of course the TI-series. Ie, 'Texas' as a short for 'Texas Instrument' and TI as a reference to the specific classic series. (TI-82 actually, but figured no one would care about the exact model).

Thanks for being nitpicky. I would not dare to think about how this could have ended if it would have passed uncorrected.

You win.

Ceru said,
Google has ~90% AND "holds more market share than all other search engines combined."

I found my old Texas TI, and after 4h of calculations, I can finally verify that this conclusion is indeed correct.

+1 lol

Lets not forget that much of the Bing services don't even work the same outside the US at this point, makes me wonder what will happen when MS finally changes that and adds all the localized data to more countries. I guess that's when we start to see bigger gains.

yowan said,
No one can beat Google...

Bing is better than Google, so it has the ability to beat it, if it can attract more users.

Callum said,

Bing is better than Google, so it has the ability to beat it, if it can attract more users.

Your delusional...keep dreaming!

Baked said,

Your delusional...keep dreaming!


No, I've just actually given Bing a try. I imagine you haven't given it a fair chance. Either way, it's simply my opinion.

yowan said,
No one can beat Google...

Just like no one could beat AOL, and no one could beat IBM, and no one could beat Alta Vista, and no one could beat Netscape, and no one could beat Lotus, and no one could beat Novell, and no one could beat WordPerfect, and....

Get the point?

Nexus- said,
considering bing is the backend for yahoo seach i wonder why this is relevant.

Yep it is; however, the relevance is brand recognition and where people go to do the searching.

Though reports like this obscure how much Bing is actually being used in brand and search engine technology. Bing's numbers are far higher as it does incorporate Yahoo and several other search engine partnerships.

autobon said,
"During the month of February, Bing was the only browser that gained some traction"

Is it faster then Chrome?

Yeah, I saw that too. It's funny when people make mistakes!

thealexweb said,
Ah finally worldwide figures being reported on the front page rather than just US-only ones

Well this is more of a US centric site IMO. But hey, it's fine.

GP007 said,

Well this is more of a US centric site IMO. But hey, it's fine.

Well it sure explains the quality of comments...

Zing!

PotatoJ said,
...and I continue to use Google. Happily.

Hopefully the slight slide will lead them to make some innovative improvements.

...or they could pull a Netscape and with 90% market share sue everyone in sight, end up with 50% market share a year later, then slowly fade into an also-ran.

PotatoJ said,
...and I continue to use Google. Happily.

Me too. Google FTW... Even though I really don't like many of their mind washing methods....

PotatoJ said,
...and I continue to use Google. Happily.

+1 Google = Fastest Correct and most refined results

Bing is like lucky dip.....sometimes it gets the results other times I wonder if it even used the search field entry's i put in at all lol

PotatoJ said,
...and I continue to use Google. Happily.

And Google continues to sell advertising information about you and your searches happily.

thenetavenger said,

And Google continues to sell advertising information about you and your searches happily.

+1

Google accidentally your Address Book Contacts.

FMH said,

Bingers will rule the world!

High five from another Binger. Must say bing maps silverlight control is the bomb for maps. NavTeq need to hurry up and deliver more data to MS in exchange for WP7 licenses for their parent company