Yahoo has finished transitioning its search back-end to Microsoft's search platform in North America, the two companies announced Tuesday. A week is all it took for the entire process to be completed. It was quite an inimitably productive week for Bing: Microsoft's share of the US search market nearly tripled. This is the first concrete step the two companies have taken on their way to implementing the 10-year search and ad deal they both agreed to last year.
“Yahoo! Web, Image, and Video search experiences on both desktop and mobile devices are now powered by the Microsoft platform in the US and Canada (English), with more markets to come. The speed in which this was completed is a testament to the great work and partnership between a number of Yahoo! and Microsoft employees, the ranks of which are numerous,” said Shashi Seth, senior VP of Yahoo search products.
At Microsoft’s annual meeting yesterday, the rumor-mill began churning out tweets claiming Microsoft’s Bing search engine will be getting some new features. From the tweets that were posted (they have since been deleted), it appears that the Bing maps will get some additional functionality including pictures and Silverlight integration.
Overall, it’s all speculation. Some of the information received points to a launch date as early as next Monday, others claim anytime this fall. Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet got in touch with a Microsoft spokesperson who said: “We’re very excited about some of the new Bing features set to roll out over the next few months, but have nothing to announce today.”
If you haven’t already, would you switch your primary search engine to Bing if it offered new features? If so, which features are important enough to make you switch?
No Star Trek talk this week. Scout's honor. Instead, the gang talks about futuristic technology that's here today! Several technology conferences going on this week hosted product announcements from Google and Microsoft. At the I/O developer conference in San Francisco, Google announced their support for HTML 5 and the ambitious Wave service. 550 miles away in San Diego, Microsoft revealed their Bing search engine that will replace Live Search. The team also tries out Hulu's desktop application, and ponders its ramifications for Boxee. As always, we take a few listener questions and Gordon spills his thoughts on James Bond in his rant of the week. Join us for all this and more on this week's No BS Podcast!
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