Firefox 4 likely to feature Bing as search engine option [Update]

Yesterday Robert Scoble, renowned tech enthusiast and blogger, tweeted that he had heard Bing will be announced as the default search engine on the new Firefox today. He later clarified the news to state that Bing will only be added as a search option in Firefox 4.

Mozilla is expected to announce later today its plans on whether it will add Bing as a search option to its Firefox Internet browser. This follows a recent screenshot of Firefox 4, via Liveside, in which Bing was shown off. It is certainly an interesting choice of website to show considering Mozilla have previously made little mention of Bing.

Google and Yahoo! are currently the two search engines in Firefox’s search engine list and now that Yahoo! is powered by Bing, in the US at least, it makes sense for Bing to sit beside the two.

If this news is correct then it will add to Bing’s credibility as the search engine to combat Google. Mozilla will be following Apple’s footsteps too, Bing was recently added as a search option for the Safari web browser.

It's unclear what else Mozilla may announce today. On September 14 Mozilla made available the latest version of the Firefox beta, number 6. This was one day before Microsoft announced its own beta version of Internet Explorer 9.

Update: Mozilla and Bing have announced that Bing will indeed one of the "out of the box" options of search engines in the up coming build of Firefox 4.

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Perhaps I'm missing the point, but what does that screenshot actually show? Firefox with a tab with bing.com loaded in it... what's special about that? The search bar still has Google selected.

LOL at all the people who think the article is saying Bing will be the default. Yayy reading comprehension.

/only uses Bing Maps, prefers Google web search
//both engines are getting better and better

fenderMarky said,

And why google copied from bing?

He won't reply. People like these are just anti-microsoft fanboys. They just post random crap and go babk to their sh**h*les...

And I will still set it to Google.

I give Bing a try every so often but every time I found what i needed much faster on Google.

Does everyone else notice that people who say Bing is bad compared to Google are people who have never actually used it and just repeating or assuming crap? I have used Bing/MSN 90% of the time over the last two years. Bing has improved over the years and is still getting better. I'd argue that for 95% of searches, Bing is just as good as Google and for some types of searches, it is even better.

babyHacker said,
I'd argue that for 95% of searches, Bing is just as good as Google and for some types of searches, it is even better.

Well yeah of course. But people won't know that until they take the blinders off and actually try it.

babyHacker said,
Does everyone else notice that people who say Bing is bad compared to Google are people who have never actually used it and just repeating or assuming crap? I have used Bing/MSN 90% of the time over the last two years. Bing has improved over the years and is still getting better. I'd argue that for 95% of searches, Bing is just as good as Google and for some types of searches, it is even better.

It's normal. People are resistance to change even if something better is out there.

babyHacker said,
Does everyone else notice that people who say Bing is bad compared to Google are people who have never actually used it and just repeating or assuming crap? I have used Bing/MSN 90% of the time over the last two years. Bing has improved over the years and is still getting better. I'd argue that for 95% of searches, Bing is just as good as Google and for some types of searches, it is even better.

Agreed. Bing has improved a lot. Bing is the only search engine i use right now. I am extremely happy with it. Google is good too, but i prefer Bing.

I tried using Bing but always get better results with Google, like how Google has a discussion tab also you can search through, not sure of Bing has that, bunch of times I want to search for a discussion.

OceanMotion said,
Google still pay for it, runs out soon I think. Microsoft could step in if they wanted and fund them instead.

google backstabbed mozilla, if i where mozilla i'd go with bing just to tell google to go f*ck themselfs.

mozilla helped google to get its marketshare, google then started eating away mozilla's marketshare with chrome.
as most users on chrome switched to chrome from firefox, not from IE, safari or opera.

It would be cool if they added it as the actual default engine (obviously still allowing users to change it). Microsoft may get more market share then

Yandex is also in Firefox search engines. Google/Bing (Yahoo)/Yandex depending on the part of the world. But Yandex is going worldwide, so could be expected as default in Firefox 5 or 6.

Gary7 said,
Bing has always been an option.

True but I think the idea here is that it may be bundled by default. Right now it isn't.

The Halo said,
Actually I think Bing is very good - haven't used Google in a few months.

Bing Maps is spectacular, hands down. Gives Google Maps and MapQuest a run for their money,

The Halo said,
Actually I think Bing is very good - haven't used Google in a few months.

I think it is good. I have been using it more and more lately, altough I still need to use Google sometimes...

thenonhacker said,

Bing Maps is spectacular, hands down. Gives Google Maps and MapQuest a run for their money,

I still use Google Maps because I used public transit. I think Bing Maps looks great but they need to add public transit support.

wixostrix said,

I still use Google Maps because I used public transit. I think Bing Maps looks great but they need to add public transit support.

They fairly recently pushed out public transport support for a limited number of cities. Maybe your city is one of them. I know Houston isn't

Hm, I still think the most popular search engine should be the default. Because it's the most popular one. Not that it's hard to change the default, of course. I wonder what led to this decision, if true?

Yesterday Robert Scoble, renowned tech enthusiast and blogger, tweeted that he had heard Bing will be announced as the default search engine on the new Firefox today. He later clarified the news to state that Bing will only be added as a search option in Firefox 4.

Google is still default

Northgrove said,
Hm, I still think the most popular search engine should be the default. Because it's the most popular one. Not that it's hard to change the default, of course. I wonder what led to this decision, if true?

I agree Google probably should be default and it is but I'm not sure its for the same reason. Ford sell many more Focuses than Aston Martin sell DB9s, the Focus is the more popular car but it doesn't mean it is the best.

Northgrove said,
Hm, I still think the most popular search engine should be the default. Because it's the most popular one. Not that it's hard to change the default, of course. I wonder what led to this decision, if true?

Google is default because they pay Mozilla not because they are more popular than others.

Cool, it's getting better. Good to have a contender.

How do you change the address bar search to something other than Google ? For example, if you type in the wrong address or only part, it asks google even when your default is something else.

OceanMotion said,
Cool, it's getting better. Good to have a contender.

How do you change the address bar search to something other than Google ? For example, if you type in the wrong address or only part, it asks google even when your default is something else.

Maybe you're using the public Google DNS?

Ridlas said,

Maybe you're using the public Google DNS?

Google public dns doesn't do redirects.
The one way I know to do it is to type about:config in the address bar then to look for keyword.URL. Change that address to the search address you want to use. There is probably a better way but that's my method. Now if you do a keyword search in the address bar it will use that instead.

shinji257 said,

Google public dns doesn't do redirects.
The one way I know to do it is to type about:config in the address bar then to look for keyword.URL. Change that address to the search address you want to use. There is probably a better way but that's my method. Now if you do a keyword search in the address bar it will use that instead.

Cool, that's it. I changed it to "http://www.bing.com/search?q=";

The Google setting took you directly to the first hit it seems. Not sure how to replicate that, but happy to know it can be changed.

omnicoder said,
I still prefer Google over Bing but I'd be willing to give it a shot I suppose.

Bing has it's advantages just like Google has theirs. Lately bing has been improving. That's been seen by taking over the search results for Yahoo in the US.

omnicoder said,
I still prefer Google over Bing but I'd be willing to give it a shot I suppose.

Google results have been less and less relevant. I find that the results are swayed towards buying and selling products rather than being educational and having good utility

omnicoder said,
I still prefer Google over Bing but I'd be willing to give it a shot I suppose.

I'm a Firefox user, and I temporarily set my default search to Bing on the Address Bar. So far so good! I like the results especially on Maps. Sometimes I make another search for Google when it comes to Images. Bing needs to index more images to catch up with Google.

shinji257 said,

Bing has it's advantages just like Google has theirs. Lately bing has been improving. That's been seen by taking over the search results for Yahoo in the US.

Outside of the US, Bing sucks. It isn't even out of beta yet. We don't have maps at all.

Google is still big outside of the US, simply because most Microsoft stuff never comes out in Europe (Zune HD, someone?). Googles stuff comes out in Europe too, though sometimes with a little delay, but at least we'll get it.
Not one hair on my head thinks of using Bing.

Vampire Trix said,

Outside of the US, Bing sucks. It isn't even out of beta yet. We don't have maps at all.

Google is still big outside of the US, simply because most Microsoft stuff never comes out in Europe (Zune HD, someone?). Googles stuff comes out in Europe too, though sometimes with a little delay, but at least we'll get it.
Not one hair on my head thinks of using Bing.

Way to generalise. It's fine in the UK, and as mentioned, not so slanted to trying to sell you ****.

omnicoder said,
I still prefer Google over Bing but I'd be willing to give it a shot I suppose.

i agree. having Bing can't be bad as it's competition but at the end of the day i also prefer google as it's quick to load which is most important for me as i am sure search results are probably close either way between google/bing so for me it's all about speed.

Vampire Trix said,

Outside of the US, Bing sucks. It isn't even out of beta yet. We don't have maps at all.

Google is still big outside of the US, simply because most Microsoft stuff never comes out in Europe (Zune HD, someone?). Googles stuff comes out in Europe too, though sometimes with a little delay, but at least we'll get it.
Not one hair on my head thinks of using Bing.


http://www.bing.com/maps works fine in europe....
bing search is somewhat flawed, but often better then google's SEO'd bull**** links on the first page, every other page is just random bull**** -.-