Bing up 51% in the past 12 months

Microsoft launched Bing.com back on June 1, 2009, which replaced their existing Live Search. The young search engine, or proclaimed decision engine, is only a fresh 14 months old, but has managed to jump 51% in just 12 months in the US, according to Search Engine Land.

Although Bing is still a way off from being a serious threat to dominate Google, it has managed to sustain a much larger audience from the days when it was still Live Search.

The organic take-over is expected to gain as much as 159 million users from Yahoo!, with over 15 million from Canada alone, and 144 million from the United States. The organic take-over could see a massive jump in Bing users by more than double, and could increase the search engine to roughly 28% total market share next month.

Bing currently holds 13.6% market share, less than one percent under Yahoo! search, which is still holds 14.3%. Google still comes in with a whooping 64.2%, and has lost a full percentage in the past 12 months. While Yahoo! is still on a steady decline, which will rapidly continue over the next few months, Bing will acquire these users from the USA and Canada from the Yahoo! takeover by Microsoft.

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If only Google revamped their UI..... sight. It isn't simplistic, it's childish looking! Bing looks so much more professional.

>> IMO

Mouettus said,
If only Google revamped their UI..... sight. It isn't simplistic, it's childish looking! Bing looks so much more professional.

>> IMO

Agreed. Well maybe they are busy in other stuffs now. I feel that Microsoft's designers are better than ever. I like Windows Aero, Windows 7 Phone design, Bing Maps design and Bing itself's design.

In terms of result quality, I thinks Google is still the winner.

Mouettus said,
If only Google revamped their UI..... sight. It isn't simplistic, it's childish looking! Bing looks so much more professional.

>> IMO


That's why google has a majority market share. It doesn't get in your way, and provides a minimalistic interface. Just look at yahoo, yuk!

To me Bing looks very messy and unnecessary. The Google homepage simply features the search bar, with results displayed in a very straight-forward manner - there's nothing "childish" about it, unless you're referring to the occasional doodles commemorating important historical events. Whereas the Bing homepage currently features an image of a lion and random factoids.

I would say that Bing is objectively and subjectively inferior in terms of interface. For instance, searching for "wings" on Bing gives you orange headings, black headings and grey "see more results" littered along the results - Google sticks to a standard formula of link, description, URL, with indented results denoting pages from the same site. Bing just doesn't seem to be as focused on usability.

I would use Bing more, but Google is the complete package in the UK. When I fire up Bing, some services are not really provided by Bing (product search) and it is jarring when the main search, image search and maps are so good and you get some second rate product search engine.
If I have to open Google for one search type, I end up using it for all searches.

I use Chrome 6 to search on Bing and cannot get the search suggestion feature, instead it gave me search term that i searched before. Weird. Does anyone here have the same problem?

Bing might have similiar good results as Google for "stupid" searches where people just enter something and click on the first result. For me Bing is worthless because I can't confine the results to ones found in the last week, last month etc. Also, Bing doesn't show when it indexed the results. Google even shows when there was last activity in a forum thread.

With Bing I feel blind.

8inch said,
Bing might have similiar good results as Google for "stupid" searches where people just enter something and click on the first result. For me Bing is worthless because I can't confine the results to ones found in the last week, last month etc. Also, Bing doesn't show when it indexed the results. Google even shows when there was last activity in a forum thread.

With Bing I feel blind.


I agree the lack of these searches isn't good. I find myself using timeframe searches more and more regularly -- it's excellent to filter through old news when using common search strings, but for stuff that has happened recently. For example, when Apple released their new iMac series just recently, it's very easy to just search for that and tell it to give me the results for the past month only. That's still huge amounts of material, but only relevant stuff.

Side note, I even am liking Live Mail more than Gmail now-a-days. Thinking of making my Live Mail account my primary even...

I've done numerous searches with both Bing and Google and find that Bing more often than not finds much more relevant hits than Google does. I'm glad there is a contender in this arena, as it drives innovation in this sector. Google now needs to respond in the search field.

I use both Bing and Google, however google has been doing a lot of evil lately especially with privacy concerns and then they sold us all out by abandoning net neutrality and teaming up with verizon and because of that i will use google less and less.

Ultravires said,
I use both Bing and Google, however google has been doing a lot of evil lately especially with privacy concerns and then they sold us all out by abandoning net neutrality and teaming up with verizon and because of that i will use google less and less.

+10

How I wish that these figures reported worldwide trends... I think that would be a completely different ball game. Bing hardly features in the rest of the world due to Microsoft's strange fixation of only servicing the US and UK. The US market has already been won (by Google) - if you want the market of tomorrow then you should be targeting emerging internet markets instead of trying to worm your way into gaining share in existing ones (which would be - and has been - a costly affair). Google has started targeting emerging market, for example they have been opening offices in Africa and deploying their services to those local markets. Yet if you use the local version of Bing in those places, it's still a stock standard search engine with no value added services… Microsoft has been doing some amazing things, but the one thing they urgently need to start doing is to adopt a more global vision since they are alienating millions of users, who are easier and cheaper to win over than the ones they are currently targeting!

FlawedBlake said,
How I wish that these figures reported worldwide trends... I think that would be a completely different ball game.

Nah, it still looks kind of the same...

http://imgur.com/oWqbU.png

It does well in the US, but get binged hard in the a-- worldwide.

denisvj said,
Firefox and google here , sorry m$ .

Same!
M$ are too ignorant as a company in whole to get my attention.
They used to be good, lovely '90s and early 2000

I still find it funny that don't more people use Bing, since:
A) They buy a new machine, that has Windows pre-installed.
B) ...with IE pre-installed.
C) If the balloon thing is still active (for Win7) users normal people pick IE (or just ignore it) as it has the word "Internet" in it - and probably only know of it.
D) In IE, Bing or MSN (so long time ago I actually saw it) is the default page...

But still they fail to grab people. They switch actively to Google.

And let me guess you own one or Apple products and probably got one recently despite them being so arrogant that we need a new word in the dictionary for it!

As for share and pre-installs, I'd argue that choosing your search engine for the avg user is as simple as typing in http://www.google.com each time. Google won share without search bars and preinstalls through word of mouth. Why do you think Microsoft should win back share in any other way? After all, if your PC comes preinstalled with say AOL search what do you do and WHY?

Tpiom said,
M$ are too ignorant as a company in whole to get my attention.
They used to be good, lovely '90s and early 2000
You're not really suggesting that was the golden age for a 'nice' MS, right?

Tpiom said,

Same!
M$ are too ignorant as a company in whole to get my attention.
They used to be good, lovely '90s and early 2000

I still find it funny that don't more people use Bing, since:
A) They buy a new machine, that has Windows pre-installed.
B) ...with IE pre-installed.
C) If the balloon thing is still active (for Win7) users normal people pick IE (or just ignore it) as it has the word "Internet" in it - and probably only know of it.
D) In IE, Bing or MSN (so long time ago I actually saw it) is the default page...

But still they fail to grab people. They switch actively to Google.

Yes, because these were the reasons why Live Search was gaining so many users

....oh, wait....

I don't mind if they collects my informations (not even sure if they did or not), after all it is to improve the search result. What other points to collect informations on what you search?

tanjiajun_34 said,
...What other points to collect informations on what you search?

To control your life and soul...jk. Your habbits then sell them back to the spammers and adverts. It goes full circle really. How do you think they make money?

vice le von said,

To control your life and soul...jk. Your habbits then sell them back to the spammers and adverts. It goes full circle really. How do you think they make money?

It only makes their adverts service better so what?.... I don't want to click the ads, what can they do? And it only makes adverts better for you what. Like I see an advert that I might be interested vs I see an advert that is totally not related to me and I will not be interested in. Which is better?

I use gmail and google calendar all the time so it's just easier to do everything in one place. But I guess this is partly why google created gmail and every other service they offer to begin with...

SpecialK. said,
Isn't Yahoo Search and Bing Search the same thing in America? Making Bing's market share 27.9%?

That chart is for July, the yahoo and bing deal didn't start till a few days ago, so the change won't show till you get marketshare numbers for Aug.

I doubt bing is good enough to compete with google. But good for them. It's tough getting so much marketshare these days in the computer era.

Quick Shot said,
I doubt bing is good enough to compete with google. But good for them. It's tough getting so much marketshare these days in the computer era.

Doubt all you want... or better yet - try it for yourself. I swear, Bing does not send your credit card information to Microsoft if you try it!

On a more serious note - what won me over is a) much better relevancy when Bing became Bing and b) much less search spam results. Plus Bing actually innovates a lot!

Quick Shot said,
I doubt bing is good enough to compete with google. But good for them. It's tough getting so much marketshare these days in the computer era.

It's silly to doubt. It makes more sense to try it yourself.

I tried it and realised it's better than Google (in my opinion).

Quick Shot said,
I doubt bing is good enough to compete with google. But good for them. It's tough getting so much marketshare these days in the computer era.

Something tell me you haven't seriously use Bing.

BigBoy said,

Doubt all you want... or better yet - try it for yourself. I swear, Bing does not send your credit card information to Microsoft if you try it!

On a more serious note - what won me over is a) much better relevancy when Bing became Bing and b) much less search spam results. Plus Bing actually innovates a lot!


i have issues looking for C# and VB help on bing, keeps giving me chinese websites.
google however gives me microsoft's help/kb websites -.-

thats kinda weird

Excellent news Keep it up, Microsoft and consumers Let's hope Bing overtakes Google Search sometime in the future.

Calum said,
Excellent news Keep it up, Microsoft and consumers Let's hope Bing overtakes Google Search sometime in the future.

That'll teach Google and their privacy invasion attitude.

you obviously forgot MS' attitude years back. how old are you!

thenonhacker said,

That'll teach Google and their privacy invasion attitude.

Calum said,
Excellent news Keep it up, Microsoft and consumers Let's hope Bing overtakes Google Search sometime in the future.

You are expecting a lot for something that does not do much in many countries.
Where Google Maps is perfect in Denmark...
Also a danish/swedish map site does what Google does not so Bing is never needed for Scandinavia.