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Analyst: ‘high’ likelihood of Bing/Apple iPhone search deal

There is a “high” likelihood of Microsoft winning an iPhone search deal with Apple, according to a BusinessWeek report. Citing a note from Collins Stewart analyst Sandeep Aggarwal, the report states that Aggarwal met with Microsoft executive on February 10, and although the employees present at the meeting “did not confirm or deny any chatters on the likelihood of Microsoft wining Apple search deal for iPhone,” the executives did say that “for right economics” Microsoft would very much like to win the contract to become the default Internet search engine on the iPhone. BusinessWeek reported that the two companies were in negotiations over the possible deal earlier this year; a later report from Silicon Alley Insider indicated that Google may be paying Apple as much as $100 million per year to keep its place as the default search engine on the iPhone.

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bing sucks!! i will also dump the iphone if they eant o be so greedy and change what works and what ppl like..

1.The technical search results like “binomial theorem” will never endup in what you were actually looking for. It might end up in the history, stories ont hat topic which you as end-user will never bother about, that sucks!
2.The biggest negative to me so far is the fact that Bing buries news search off the main page. I do many news queries every single day. Frequently I’ll be searching for something via Google and click on Google News. The fact that Bing makes you click on “more” to get to news search frankly flabbergasts me. This seems so basic that I honestly can’t believe someone at MSFT could not figure this one out. Instead of getting “news” search on the main page you get Shopping, MSN and Windows Live. How is it that MSFT has room for those search items but not “news?”
3.I’m not entirely happy with the search results. A case in point. Earlier today I was trying to find Microsoft’s Bing Blog so that I could leave some of these comments there. So I did a search on Bing for “Bing Blog” Microsoft. What comes up? Lots of less than relevant stuff, but anything but the actual Microsoft Bing Blog. What I was looking for. By contrast, I do a search for “Bing Blog” Microsoft on Google, I actually can find the Bing Blog in the first page search results.
It also feels to me like Google consistently has Wikipedia entries higher up the search results list than Bing. I might be wrong on that, it’s just the impression that I got after doing several searches. Frequently Wikipedia contains the most relevant info on a search subject and I like seeing them displayed more prominently.
4.The Bing stuff feels sluggish to me. Several times when I tried to load the Bing Blog (and most frustrating after I typed a lengthy comment) the page wouldn’t load as fast as google does. It seems to be hanging on “transferring data from” and so the community experience has not been good.
5.Microsoft only lets you set your settings preferences to allow 50 results per page during searches. (Google by contrast allows you 100 items per search on a page.) Paging sucks and the less that I have to do of it, the better.
6.Microsoft Maps need a ton of work. I use Google Maps a lot, mostly to set up maps of things that I want to photograph in various cities. MSFT seems to have a similar way to build your own maps using Bing Maps. They call them collections. I started making a “collection” of neon signs in San Francisco that I still need to shoot, but was really put off that my “collections” list is a huge box that blocks about 40% of my map view (you can’t drag this menu any place but directly over your map). With Google your saved locations sit in a column on the left side of the page and doesn’t block your map view.
7.Result relevance was never as good as Google. First 2-3 results were tolerable, following were very vague.

Posted by matt on February 14, 2010 at 4:19 PM (CST)


$100 million dollars a year just to be the default search engine on a phone!!!!

Posted by on September 2, 2010 at 5:57 PM (CDT)

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