Apple's search engine deal with Google expires next year, Microsoft and Yahoo both want in

By Shawn Knight
Nov 25, 2014
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  1. Google could lose its second default search provider partner in as many years. Google's agreement to be the default search engine provider for Apple's Safari is set to expire next year and unsurprisingly, there a couple of companies that would...

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  2. In other news.... bings most searched term for the year is "google"
  3. AnonymousSurfer

    AnonymousSurfer TS Guru Posts: 451   +37

    Making it the default engine will only add people who don't use the internet often. People who surf the web a lot will already have a preferred search engine, so spending loads of money to make it default is kind of a waste of time in my eyes. Use that money to better your engine and it won't even matter that it's not the default option, because people will go to it by default when they need to search something. AKA, Google will still be top dog
  4. GeforcerFX

    GeforcerFX TS Evangelist Posts: 489   +123

    Were talking about apple devices, 90% of the users don't really care what search engine they use to get there porn as long as its shown there happy :) In all seriousness its between Microsoft and Google, Mozilla has lost touch with these "evil" corporate giants, Apple just wants the most money, and its really looking good for Microsoft atm since apple devs are pretty familiar with use the bing search engine. In the end your "hardcore" users have there favorites and they will switch it to which ever one they want no matter who wins the contract.
  5. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,464   +1,760

    Have any of these companies actually tried looking for something with Yahoo?

    Just think, Apple devices, Intel CPUs, and M$ providing the search engine. Now there's something that would be joined together in, "unholy wedlock".

    A circle jerk in any one of those board rooms after this "marriage" is, "consummated", would be enough to make a scoutmaster blush.
  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,341   +1,939

    It may be a big deal to Google, MS & Yahoo but to us it makes no nevermind, we just habitually and automatically set Google as our default search engine and it's off to the races.
  7. That is of course assuming people will actually want to use Google, don't you think? I use Bing, and it works wonderfully for me. 99% of the time, when I cant find something in Bing and I'm so frustrated that I try Google, I have exactly the same disappointing results. I was so used to Google's search engine that when I initially tried out Bing it felt off somehow, but then I got used to it and started using Google less and less to the point where I can go months without ever using Google. Sometimes Google's result set is better, and sometimes Bings is better, but overall I prefer the experience from Bing, which is why I stay with it. Today I really believe Bing has a much better user experience than Google for those that stick with it long enough to see that fact. Not that I actually use an Apple device, but for those that do, its one less step to do by having to switch the search engine to Bing.
  8. AnonymousSurfer

    AnonymousSurfer TS Guru Posts: 451   +37

    I think the reason many use google is because a lot of their other products are hooked up (gmail, youtube, adsense, calendar, books, etc) and it becomes the main hub for all of their stuff. While Bing can do some of that too (email, calendar, videos, etc) more people have already built up their online workspace on google. On a search engine level, they are indeed almost identical. I think the reason Bing and Google will continue to fight for the top as apposed to AOL and Yahoo is because the main pages are much less cluttered. When I go to either of those pages it feels like I'm on CNN or Foxnews, and it seems they focus more on that aspect than on the search engine. I don't know, just my opinion

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