Yahoo search now powered by Microsoft's Bing

By on August 25, 2010, 2:48 PM
The partnership between Yahoo and Microsoft is finally coming to fruition. The companies announced today that the "transition of organic search" is finished, with Bing powering Yahoo's web, image and video searches on both desktop and mobile devices in the US and Canada (English only for now). The shift is planned for additional markets as well, but we haven't seen a detailed timeline.

With the initial phase complete, Yahoo will presumably focus more on refining its offering as a web portal, instead of investing heavily in its search engine technology. Meanwhile, Microsoft says the companies are working on the migration to adCenter, which is expected to be done sometime this fall. "Our primary goal is to provide advertisers with a quality transition experience in 2010, while being mindful of the holiday season."

Based on current estimates, Yahoo and Bing represent a combined 28% of the search market -- far less than Google's 66%, but the merger should still provide more competition to the big G. What search engine do you use, and for the loyal Yahoo users, are you bummed about the move?




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KG363 KG363 said:

I use bing and occasionally google

Way back when I used ask Jeeves

poundsmack said:

ya, i dont like the search results since they switched. I am not finding things as easily. google always found me too much and bing found me things i didnt want. yahoo was that one that was "just right" ...now their not. sad really, they had pretty good search technology under the hood too.

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I use both Bing and Google for shopping. It's amazing the differences the two come up with when looking for an item.

spikester48661 spikester48661 said:

for me I use yahoo and Bing. NO WAY GOOGLE!!

tengeta tengeta said:

I use Dogpile, so technically I use both and more. This was a really dumb move on Yahoo's part, but obviously a really good one on Microsoft's even if you don't like Bing.

kg363, I once remember an Ask that still had the Jeeves in it as well!

GonchuB GonchuB said:

Google all the way. Simple and straight to the point. No extra time loading background images as Bing.com does.

Thumbs up Google.

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Yeah, Google is the Undisputed winner for me, quick, efficient and always, I mean ALWAYS finds what I want, Bing is slightly slower and comes up with random finds. If I'm shopping for something though, I do use all other search engines to help find the best buy it is a shame yahoo is now using Bing though, have found 1 or 2 things on Yahoo that was of use.

LightHeart said:

I use Bing first and Google second.

Guest said:

Yea! I finally found someone else who uses Dogpile. My theory - why use a search engine like Google, Yahoo or Ask when you can use a mega-searcher like Dogpile and see ALL results.

Jibberish18 said:

I use Bing as my homepage and Google as my default search bar BUT I use BING much more for my searches. It all depends.

Eddie_42 Eddie_42 said:

AlltheWeb.com (Yahoo powered) Dont really know how this merger will affect it, but we shall see.

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I haven't used Google in a while now, and I don't usually need to click on even second page for what I search, hence I am not sure what this all the fuzz is about Bing not finding the right things. Frankly, there isn't much difference in them any way as long as you know what to find and how to. Major dislike about Google is how they keep in record everything we do much longer than the competition, and they are sort of just as sinister a corporation now as any other out there.

Chazz said:

but...but..but bing takes forever to load their single image on my less than dial up connection! /sarcasm.

I use both bing and google.

ravisunny2 ravisunny2, TS Ambassador, said:

Google needs to refine/modify its search algorithm.

Dishing out nonsense in record time, is hardly the hallmark of a good search engine.

tw0rld tw0rld said:

Whenever I use Google, "I always feel like somebody's watching me.....". I straight up don't trust them. Bing for me. No doubt they are prying also.

ravisunny2 ravisunny2, TS Ambassador, said:

And its weird how many naughty sites come up for an innocent, well intentioned search!

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Rick Rick, TechSpot Staff, said:

My theory - why use a search engine like Google, Yahoo or Ask when you can use a mega-searcher like Dogpile and see ALL results.

Just give me what I'm looking for -- I shouldn't need to scour 4-5 search engines for that and if I do, I'm using the wrong search site. Google does that for me.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Multiple choice response.......

And its weird how many naughty sites come up for an innocent, well intentioned search!

(A): So where's the down side with that?

(B): Your computer is infected. I seem to be able to find a computer part with no porn whatsoever in the results.

(C): Good porn, it's never around when you need it, and always around when you don't.

(D): Can I borrow your computer?

ravisunny2 ravisunny2, TS Ambassador, said:

Buddy,

(A): You don't see any down side ??

Apart from the chances of getting malware, some ISP can have your internet connection removed.

(B): My computer is NOT infected.

(C): Try googling for hotmail

(D): No, you most certainly cannot! The cost of transportation would be prohibitive.

And, it would come back full of the choicest invectives!

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Buddy,

(A): You don't see any down side ??

For myself, no.

Apart from the chances of getting malware, some ISP can have your internet connection removed.
Here in the "colonies west", we have what is called, "The First Amendment". One of its highlights is "freedom of speech", (and expression), We also have Title 18 USC, which deals with criminal matters. In a nutshell, 18 is the age of consent, records of the attainment of that age must be verifiable, and after that, most non violent pornography is legal. As to the malware aspect, this is why the great and wonderful wizard "E" created "recovery discs". I haven't lost mine, so I won't have to cook up some BS story for not having my Windows discs, or beg for help. Oddly, most of the malware victims are P2P users, malware from porn is a fair bit exaggerated. It's when you start thinking about free music, and a free copy of Photoshop CS-5 that all the trouble starts. My browser always goes to the site I ask, and judging by the malware forums, many people's browsers don't.

(B): My computer is NOT infected.
If that doesn't make you break out and sing, "zip ah dee do dah, zip ah dee yay" nothing will. I'm singing already, can you hear me?

(C): Try googling for hotmail
Should I use two words, "hot + male"? "Googling", that almost sounds profane in and of itself. "We googled until the wee hours of the morning"! See my point?

(D): No, you most certainly cannot! The cost of transportation would be prohibitive. And, it would come back full of the choicest invectives!
Could you be arrested for "invecting" in public...?

ravisunny2 ravisunny2, TS Ambassador, said:

Here in the "colonies west", we have what is called, "The First Amendment". One of its highlights is "freedom of speech", (and expression), We also have Title 18 USC, which deals with criminal matters. In a nutshell, 18 is the age of consent, records of the attainment of that age must be verifiable, and after that most non violent pornography is legal.

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Could you be arrested for "invecting" in public...?

My dear fellow,

X, XX, and XXX rated stuff is not permitted in many countries.

Yes, to the second part. Freedom of Speech does have its bounds.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

X, XX, and XXX rated stuff is not permitted in many countries.
You can bet your boots I ain't moving to Iran anytime soon, for that very reason.

You know, sometimes I get so confused, is this "X", is this double "X", is this triple "X", or is it just good, clean, fun, when only two women are involved.....!

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

Multiple choice response.......

(A): So where's the down side with that?

(B): Your computer is infected. I seem to be able to find a computer part with no porn whatsoever in the results.

(C): Good porn, it's never around when you need it, and always around when you don't.

(D): Can I borrow your computer?

well that's just my luck, when I Google 'hot chicks' I get incubators and KFC.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Over here we invective non stop, we have substituted another term for it, "hip hop (music?)". For example.........oh, better not.....

well that's just my luck, when I Google 'hot chicks' I get incubators and KFC.

Second wind; "Yo is one mighty fine steamin' hot chick", Da bone u bees gettin' ain't comin' from the KFC, "I'mma bang yo a** onna in-cu-bator....

See, you weren't interpreting the search results properly, "Boink, the penetration engine, from Microsoft".....!

Guest said:

Although it is a work-in-progress, I prefer more niche searches, so I like:

http://www.gooplusplus.com or http://www.gooplusplus.com/g5.php

The 2nd version under development is not compatible with Internet Explorer, however.

ravisunny2 ravisunny2, TS Ambassador, said:

@red1776

Perhaps, as the captain suggests, you need to get your system infected.

Guest said:

Oh great another great product ruined by Microsoft.

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