Bing gains market share

Microsoft's new search engine, Bing, has managed to take the third spot in the top search providers for August 2009. Bing was launched back in May 2009 and has managed to snatch 10.7% market share with 1.1 billion searches in August 2009.

Bing has a month-over-month growth of 22.1%, becoming the fastest growing search engine in the top 10 search providers. Bing also just released Visual Search earlier this week that returns thumbnail images using Silverlight. Microsoft will also be releasing Bing 2.0 sometime in the near future, adding new features to the decision engine.

Google still takes the top spot with 64.6% total market share, an increase of 2.6% over last month, generating almost 7 billion searches for August 2009. Yahoo! search comes in second place with 16.0%, a decrease of 4.2% over July 2009, generating 1.7 billion searches.

Microsoft has recently signed a deal with Yahoo! to make a Bing powered search, with a ten year term, merging the two technologies to create a single search engine to compete with Google.

AOL and Ask.com search fall into the fourth and fifth spot. AOL brought in 333 million searches, while Ask.com only received 186 million.

Thanks to dhan for the post.

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> becoming the fastest growing search engine in the top 10 search providers

There are more than 10 search providers?
Heck...there are 10 search providers?

Yeah, lots of countries have loads of smaller ones that are just for sites in that area and in that language. But those count just the same.

Bing's search results still aren't broad enough - Google *still* returns more precise, detailed results about ambiguous personalities & topics than Bing does.

In essence, Bing's Not a 'threat' to Google. Not even close.

Been using Bing only for the last few months and haven't missed Google at all. Only big issue I have with Bing is the features aren't worldwide standard enough.

...and they could gain even more market share, if Bing in Europe (at least in Germany) wasn't just a prettier Live Search. The search results in Germany are still a joke. It's too bad, because I really would like to use it. :-(

I use Bing and it works almost as well as Google and as well as Google in most my searches. There are many who dismiss it as terrible but these are the same people who said that Vista was terrible for two damn years, in other words, the people who just repeat what they hear and never actually use it more than twice.

Well, I'm glad to see Bing getting market share, it's really a very good search engine (Whoops, I mean "decision engine")...

Though I would say that the new Visual Search doesn't really add much to Bing, I am looking forward to 2.0 when it gets released. I expect it to be a good update.

The merging with Yahoo!, a service that predates Google, by an up-and-coming competitor of Google's, has some amusing parallels to the browser wars. Seems to me NCSA Mosaic predated Netscape, became the foundation of Internet Explorer, which ultimately changed the entire way we used the world wide web in spite of technological criticisms.

There are also parallels in the almost religious fanaticism of Netscape fans and Google purists. The question is, what sort of parallels will we see in the search wars that will compare to the childish habit of Netscape fanatics using code to prevent IE users from seeing their sites?

"We're sorry, but this site does not support hyperlinking from Bing.com. Please search for us again with Google for access."
"Please change your search bar's default provider to Google and click refresh for access."

Or even better, intentionally requesting removal from Bing's search results. XD

Joshie said,
"We're sorry, but this site does not support hyperlinking from Bing.com. Please search for us again with Google for access."
"Please change your search bar's default provider to Google and click refresh for access."

If I ever see any site do that, I will never use them again, and will make plugins for firefox and IE to bypass that. What a load of crap.

While it's true that Yahoo's search is older and not as good, it's more about the userbase that hits yahoo.com as a portal for news and other stuff, then the actual search itself.

Very very, if anyone, outside of tech people who visit this site and others like it, will even notice when the search changes on yahoo's sites over to Bing I bet. They'll just keep using it for their news etc as a homepage.

In the end MS gets more traffic, and I have a feeling later on down the line MS will take a few of these yahoo sites off of their hands.

Bing has become viable alternative and has respectable chunk of marketshare especially when considering the Yahoo deal. To put things in perspective Microsoft has about 30% share in Google's core and only profitable business. Goog could only dream of making that kind of inroads into Microsoft core markets in Client OS, Office Productivity or heck even web browsing. Apple for all its hype and tales of resurgence still only manages to post marketshare well below 5% and that's after 30yrs of trying.

All this talk about Microsoft being a 'has been' wandering aimless is just wishful thinking coming from google enamored valley press. I'm pretty sure Google isn't as nonchalant about Bing or Microsoft and the truth is that the boys at Redmond have the upper hand. With fourteen different billion dollar businesses and 5 cash cows(heck even their entertainment division is now posting profits) vs Google who has it hands in all sorts of pies but nothing to show for it except for Ad dollars from search. Microsoft is dogged and so the fact they're doubling down on search should make the search wars real fun this coming decade.

I've beeen quite impressed with Bing actually. I thought it would just be the same as Live Search but it's not. Google will have to pull their finger out to stay ahead I think. I have complete faith that they will though... they always have something amazing brewing in the background.

I think bing has a great hold on the market, people are still unaware of bing, and eventually it will become mainstream like google.

Bing is only five months old, google has years on Microsoft, so they have a lot of catching up to do

It's true that Bing is taking marketshare significantly faster than Phoenix/Firebird/Firefox's legacy, if you want to think of it in terms of raw numbers. Meanwhile, more people are saying that Bing will inevitably fail than would say the same thing about Firefox.

So it's a strange sort of double-standard like that, and tends to make me suspect little more than raw anti-Microsoft sentiment. A hope for failure, rather than a genuine belief in it.

You'll see lots of posts on here in the MS related stories from people who hope MS fails and toss up this double-standard. Not wanting MS to control everything from the OS to your email etc, yet if Google does that, which they are trying to do more and more, it seems to be ok.

To me it's just the rants of hypocrits.

Use what you like, and if something is good more people will use it, market share numbers speak volumes more than the ramblings of fanbois.

so when yahoo and bing combine, does that mean Bing will take ~26% of the market...if so, it really strengthens its fight against Google

Strengthens? If you take Silverlight as a minus and divide over the overclogged websites with irrelevant information no user wants to know about, I'm pretty sure the you'll get the correct equation.

I wish all these XP/Vista/7 machines with iexplore wouldn't redirect to Bing's site, maybe they'll show the true numbers they can compete with Google.

Azmodan said,
Strengthens? If you take Silverlight as a minus and divide over the overclogged websites with irrelevant information no user wants to know about, I'm pretty sure the you'll get the correct equation.

I wish all these XP/Vista/7 machines with iexplore wouldn't redirect to Bing's site, maybe they'll show the true numbers they can compete with Google.


Silverlight is much better than Flash. I don't know why you think otherwise. HTML5 looks decent but it's not even out yet. If Bing is terrible and doesn't give any good results then people would simply change their homepage or search provider to google. IE8 is the only browser that doesn't offer google by default. Opera doesn't even have the option to have Bing as your search provider. Back in the IE6 days there wasn't a search option in the top right part of the screen, so everybody just set their homepage to google or yahoo.

What does silverlight have to do with this article?

anyway... could make the same argument about google - free software trying to install the google toolbar or add google as my homepage (firefox).

Give credit where credit is due.

Bing has done a good job presenting their index to the users in a number of useful ways, hopefully this will lead to improvements in the google search engine over the next few months.

Omen1393 said,


Silverlight is much better than Flash. I don't know why you think otherwise. HTML5 looks decent but it's not even out yet. If Bing is terrible and doesn't give any good results then people would simply change their homepage or search provider to google. IE8 is the only browser that doesn't offer google by default. Opera doesn't even have the option to have Bing as your search provider. Back in the IE6 days there wasn't a search option in the top right part of the screen, so everybody just set their homepage to google or yahoo.

If u'd ever use Opera u would know that Opera provides ALL search engines existing on any web page with just with 2 click's right click on search field and add it to u'r searches... If u don't have a clue what u are talking about then be quiet...

max1c said,
If u'd ever use Opera u would know that Opera provides ALL search engines existing on any web page with just with 2 click's right click on search field and add it to u'r searches... If u don't have a clue what u are talking about then be quiet...

Are you new here? If people who didn't know what they were talking about kept quiet, we would have no comments at all.

The sad fact is that Microsoft doesn't often have to compete due to its dominance of Windows, and bing is an area where this is true. The two areas where they have had to is xbox (doing well, not turned a profit overall yet), and zune (a failure so far, will see how the hd goes).

Not competing does not make good products. Look at Vista. W7 looks a bit better, but that is because the had to due to netbooks. Without netbooks, we wouldn't have 7.

cakesy said,
Are you new here? If people who didn't know what they were talking about kept quiet, we would have no comments at all.

The sad fact is that Microsoft doesn't often have to compete due to its dominance of Windows, and bing is an area where this is true. The two areas where they have had to is xbox (doing well, not turned a profit overall yet), and zune (a failure so far, will see how the hd goes).

Not competing does not make good products. Look at Vista. W7 looks a bit better, but that is because the had to due to netbooks. Without netbooks, we wouldn't have 7.


We got windows 7 because of netbooks? What kindoff crack do you smoke man, that **** must be insanely potent...

Go troll somewhere else...really

cakesy said,
Are you new here? If people who didn't know what they were talking about kept quiet, we would have no comments at all.

I'm not rly new, been here for a while registered not so long ago only cause had to reply to dumb ass comments...

max1c said,
I'm not rly new, been here for a while registered not so long ago only cause had to reply to dumb ass comments...

Yes, your(s & Cakesy's) comment was infact idiotic.

As previously pointed out "Silverlight is better than Flash". Silverlight stands to be one of Microsoft's greatest achievements that is pushing flash to actually compete. Hopefully we'll have more Silverlight stuff and less flash stuff from now on.

Also; I'm a Google User, and I still say you're full of **** with the "irrelevant information" comment. I think that Bing has useful information that Google doesn't find, and I use it for all shopping purposes.

You also have to remember that Opera isn't even in the standings for browser war. Yes, some people use it here and there, but it's mostly Firefox, Google Chrome, and (Dreaded) IE that are top of the mountain. So, I agree that the person shouldn't have talked like he/she knew but really did you expect him/her too?

Liam Wolf said,
As previously pointed out "Silverlight is better than Flash". Silverlight stands to be one of Microsoft's greatest achievements that is pushing flash to actually compete. Hopefully we'll have more Silverlight stuff and less flash stuff from now on.

Also; I'm a Google User, and I still say you're full of **** with the "irrelevant information" comment. I think that Bing has useful information that Google doesn't find, and I use it for all shopping purposes.

You also have to remember that Opera isn't even in the standings for browser war. Yes, some people use it here and there, but it's mostly Firefox, Google Chrome, and (Dreaded) IE that are top of the mountain. So, I agree that the person shouldn't have talked like he/she knew but really did you expect him/her too?

Clearly u don't know what u are talking about, if u say that 40+ million users is here and there then i have nothing to say... Btw amount is increasing and if to add that "Opera Unite" is coming "Opera" will get a lot more users... Browser wars... "Opera" is in a major disadvantage in those... And still is trying to compete...

I have to agree that "Bing" is a very good search engine but i still prefer Google over Bing.

About "Silverlight" vs "Adobe Flash" IMO the ship has sailed and "Silverlight" has no chances to achieve something, "Flash" took over the web and will stay that way until "HTML 5" kicks in. Again that's only my opinion and weather you agree or not i don't care.

Opera Unite is a gimmicky at best, and a faulty one and out of Billions of People 40 Million is not that much.

All Opera Unite does is put a P2P inside your browser and throws remote desktop on top of it. Plus, from what I've seen, it doesn't even do that great of a job. I'll take Torrents and Usernet over Opera Unite any day, but that is my opinion, just like you expressed with Silverlight, and I'm not here to debate opinions. I'm here to debate your ideas, your character, and your "facts".

As of 3Q 2009 Opera is the 5th most popular browser with only 2.05% of the actual market. While: IE #1: 67.05%, Firefox #2: 22.91%, Safari #3: 4.10%, & Google Chrome #4: 2.78%

(Cite: http://marketshare.hitslink.com/report.asp...rame=Q&qpsp=42)

Out of all the browsers Google Chrome is the only one that has went upwards in market share. So it is my privilege to point out that the world is a lot bigger than you know, and 40million is "here and there".

People who use Opera, like yourself, are fanboy's through and through. They have always said that Opera will get more of the market share. Opera is an innovator. Such & Such. However, it's rarely happened. When Opera does get even the smallest spike in popularity you guys jump for joy saying I told you it would happen, and than it dies off after a month and you go back to the "It will happen next time" attitude.

Don't get me wrong, I commend you for this. I like the fall down and get back up attitude. I'm always rooting for the underdog; Doesn't mean I'd place my money on him.

As I pointed out I still use Google. I use it for most of my web stuff, However, Bing has its place and competition is a key factor to making things better. Without it everything would stay the same, and as an Opera user I'm sure you can understand, and even hope, that things need to change. Change is good.

Liam Wolf said,
People who use Opera, like yourself, are fanboy's through and through. They have always said that Opera will get more of the market share. Opera is an innovator. Such & Such. However, it's rarely happened. When Opera does get even the smallest spike in popularity you guys jump for joy saying I told you it would happen, and than it dies off after a month and you go back to the "It will happen next time" attitude.

Again u don't know what u are talking about because Opera was growing as a browser since the day it was released the company faced whole ton of obstacles on the road such as not having money to make it free or advertise it at all, "Microsoft" which blocked it from all possible web sites and tried to destroy it completely, if u don't believe this ask "Netscape" they will tell u... Then "Mozilla" made a "Firefox" which wasn't rly a good browser until version 3 and easily over took "Opera" being a huge company sponsored by "Google" and advertising "Firefox" on every single web site possible. Now after "Google" gave up on "Firefox" they advertise "Chrome" every were possible while most of people don't even know what "Opera" is or only heard of it from a law suit on "Microsoft" for which they hate it. "Apple" blocking "Opera Mini/Mobile" in app store. I understand that all u can say is that all the "Opera" users r just fan boys same as u are "Google" fan boy. "Chrome" can't do even half of thing's i do in my browser... I have tried a lot of browser and i like my "Opera" i can name u a bunch of thing's which id like to improve in it but i still prefer it over others. So u can call me a fan boy or w/e u want but u can't prove ur point here because u clearly don't understand what it's like to be a bug in world of giants I bet after all this still all u can say is if it's so good why nobody uses it ?! :)
P.S. Why do you use "Google Chrome" ?

Hmm, I use Firefox & Opera. I never said I use Google Chrome. Actually, I've advised against it. So, don't go making assumptions just because I say it is the only browser gaining market.

Ofcourse it was growing since day one. I'm just saying it has stopped growing with the number of users, and that the facts point out that it has been losing users. However, you decided to skip that and go straight to my rant about Opera Users, which all you have just done is prove what I had said in it. You have that never give up attitude. Even when you're beat.

You've also proven half my points. You've went from "Are you saying 40 Million isn't a lot" to "No one really knows what it is". Yeah, you're really a sharp one. Along with the assumption that I don't know the power of Opera. When I actually use it as my secondary browser. You than use those assumptions to insult my character when I'm analyzing your posts and finding actual ways to insult yours and your arguments.

I don't own anything by apple except for OsX on a hackintosh, and I rarely use that at all. Which is why I'm making a new computer. So I could honestly careless what apple does with their product. I use Opera Mobile on my phone.

Your assumption that I follow trends is extremely wrong. I normally avoid them unless they offer me some advantage. Like using Firefox as my main browser or Windows as my Main OS.

I'll go ahead and make some assumptions too, because I also like to play that game. I can go ahead and make a guarantee that I've used more browsers than you. I can guarantee that you'll try to find some way to argue with me. Probably make up some more lies or assume something here and there that isn't correct in order to make yourself appear correct but than I will make you look stupid. No, I'm not arrogant. Arrogance is believing you're better than everyone. I believe everyone is on the same field as me. I'm Egocentric. I love myself.

The data I collected on the Opera fanboys, was from myself and other people I've met that used Opera. You're just proving it correct.

So you can call me arrogant or w/e you want but you can't prove that you have no veiled arguments because you clearly don't understand what it's like to have an open mind & not be a brick (aka dense). I bet after all this you'll still try to find me and be idiotic. Instead of giving in to someone who actually does know what he's talking about.

P.S. IAA

lol... o yes of course all u do is insult me again and again same thing no prove of ur point... i never intended to insult u or say anything bad about u, unlike u i'm only trying to prove my point which i did and u did not. All u say is "u fan boys" i know everything about u all...

I'm sorry about my wrong view on that u use "Chrome" i just miss understood u when u said that u use Google as ur default search engine...
And i also agree that "Chrome" is gaining market and WILL in future...

Of course nobody knows how many users are there for sure...And maybe ur right that "Opera" has been losing user as competition is really strong
and I never tried to deny that, although i wouldn't completely agree... I also think that "Opera software" is not making correct decisions on some things...

And still i don't understand what ur trying to say by that u don't use "Apple" branded product's and that u don't know "Power of Opera" when i never tried to point that out... All i was trying to say is that Opera has tuff times grabbing some market share. Also that I have used a lot of different browsers and i prefer Opera and u say something stupid that u used more browser =| that doesn't even make any scene because i don't care...I never made an assumption that u follow trend's lol...

It's really funny to me how immature u show ur self by insulting me and not proving ur points... I'm rly sorry if u were insulted in any way, i have never intended anything of that way...I have never called u any names unlike u and i never take anything personally and wish u same, i don't know and don't understand why u think that i would call u arrogant or w/e....

Wow, first you insult me and than you get mad at me for insulting you? Okay, after I'm through with this post I will be the bigger man and not respond to any of your comments.

I've presented points. Anyone can see my points above. You than come at me with insults & assumptions instead of actually trying to debate against my points. Now you're saying I can't prove the points that I provide direct evidence to that proves them? & and that you & me are currently proving my analysis right by continuing to fight? Hmm, that doesn't make much sense.

No, you did say that I didn't know the "Power of Opera" maybe no in that sentence but you implied it with "You don't know what it's like to be a bug in a world of giants" and you brought up apple so I quickly gave you my opinion on that front. You also assumed I was following the Google trend which means you assumed I followed trends.

The fact I pointed out that I have used more browsers than you was to prove I knew what I was talking about. I've used the browsers. I know the features. I know what's good and whats bad. Thus that is relevant.

You denied that Opera was losing users in your first post saying that Opera was gaining more and more users everyday. Which if they're losing how do you expect them to gain?

You don't even seem to be understanding the basis of the fanboy argument. I've also called myself a fanboy here, and it's not used as an insult or to help the argument (or destroy it). It's used because it's a theory that I came up with and than gathered data and you're proving that my theory is correct. I was actually proud of that, and you should be too being I said some good things about opera fanboys.

I don't believe I've called you names. I've called your motives and actions idiotic and stupid but not you, yourself, stupid, and if I did than I'm sorry.

That last part was intended to be sarcasm. If you read it it basically said exactly what yours did but I used my own words.

Anyways, I'm done arguing with you. Either you accept that I've already provided evidence for my claims which was (and the only thing I claimed against you) that Opera wasn't gaining market, Competition is good, and Bing is a decent search engine. Though I don't think either of us tried to prove or sides on that one and just went with Opera's market and Competition is good.

Azmodan said,
Strengthens? If you take Silverlight as a minus and divide over the overclogged websites with irrelevant information no user wants to know about, I'm pretty sure the you'll get the correct equation.

I wish all these XP/Vista/7 machines with iexplore wouldn't redirect to Bing's site, maybe they'll show the true numbers they can compete with Google.

Like the way firefox automatically goes to Google?

Azmodan said,

TIP: Google hasn't released it's OS.

TIP: We are talking about search engine market share. Google's result is skewed by firefox defaulting to them, as is Bing.

It's not just firefox though. Opera does, Chrome does, and doesn't Safari as well?

So, in fact, aren't Googles numbers skewed even more than Bings when you talk about browser search box usage?

rob.derosa said,

TIP: We are talking about search engine market share. Google's result is skewed by firefox defaulting to them, as is Bing.

PROTIP: I was pointing the obvious fact that every Windows machine comes with Internet Explorer installed. Guess what's the default search page on it?