Judge says "No" to Yahoo's request to slow its Microsoft-Bing partnership rollout

Yahoo must continue to put Microsoft's Bing search engine in place in its sites that serve Taiwan and Hong Kong, even though Yahoo's CEO Marissa Mayer tried to get a judge to slow the roll out for those territories. On Monday, the judge ruled that Yahoo must abide by the earlier decision of an arbitrator who had found in favor of Microsoft in this matter.

According to Reuters, Meyer sought to change the agreement due to the upcoming retirement of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Mayer wanted to discuss the current deal between the two companies with Ballmer before he left. Yahoo agreed to use Microsoft's Bing search engine in 2009 in a 10 year deal, long before Mayer became CEO of Yahoo in 2012. Bing is currently the search engine for most of Yahoo's sites but a few territories have yet to make that transition.

Mayer has said in the past that she does not believe the deal with Microsoft has resulted in much of a benefit for Yahoo. There are rumors that Mayer would like to break free of the search agreement with Microsoft long before the 10 year contract ends but at the moment there's no indication that will happen anytime soon.

Source: Reuters | Image via Yahoo

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