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It has been around 2 weeks or a few more days since Bing was launched to the public. Since the launch of Bing, it has been successful and has received good reception. It has improved the IT giant’s market share in the search field and has been snatching usage share away from the long time search rivals Google and Yahoo. In the context of these things Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has came out and has advised not to get over-optimistic or have unreasonable expectations from the search sensation. He highlighted the fact that Bing still has a long way to go. He went on to say:
We have had some very good initial response.I don’t want to over-set expectations. We are going to have to be tenacious and keep up the pace of innovation over a long period of time.
He made a valuable point that one cannot succeed without having the required commitment and the vision of changing things when needed and necessary. In Ballmer’s opinion success can’t be achieved within a short time period. His words were:
We may be successful, we may not, but we can’t be successful without being committed to changing things, changing the approach, changing the business model, and you can’t give up in six months, or a year or two years.
Bing managed to secure 12% of market share in United States of Ameria for search during the course of this week. Prior to the release of Bing, Microsoft performance in the search market was poor to say the least. Since the launch of Bing, Microsoft has started to gain the lost ground, but as pointed out by Steve Ballmer, the service dubbed as decision engine has still a long way to go. Let us hope that the Bing turns out to be the thing Microsoft were looking for.
The all new Nokia E72 has great new features including optical scrolling and a five-megapixel camera. The E72 takes the very best of Nokia’s most successful QWERTY device and makes it even better. The frame is extremely slim of about 10mm with some sleek design touches and inside the device is treated to a range of user interface improvements too.
The optical navigation key makes scrolling through emails very easy as it also helps switch around the menus quickly and easily. The camera has been upgraded to a full five megapixels and heavy data users will have the support for up to 10.2Mbps connections over HSDPA. The audio jack has also had the upgrade treatment with 3.5mm jack now appearing on the top of the device.
Nokia Messaging is also there and now supports for Instant Messaging accounts including Yahoo! Messenger, Google Talk and Ovi, and many others. Email set up is easier than before through Nokia Messaging, Mail for Exchange and IBM Lotus Notes Traveler.
Sound quality on calls is improved with the addition of active noise cancellation and navigation gets a improvement with addition of a digital compass. Maps is also integrated and comes with a lifetime walk and 10 days of turn-by-turn navigation, if activated within the first three months.
The Nokia E72 is expected to begin shipping in the third quarter of 2009, estimated retail price is €350.
StatCounter Global Stats, which performs the task of analyzing Web site traffic released a report just a couple of days ago. According to this report, Bing has made tremendous ground and has managed to grab some market share from long time rivals Google.
StatCounter conducted an activity of analyzing search engine use on Thursday and found some interesting results. As always Google continues to dominate the US search engine market with a 71.47% share, Bing managed to grab 16.28% of the market whereas Yahoo was able to acquire only 10.22% thus getting the 3rd spot. Aodhan Cullen, CEO of StatCounter raised a question that whether it is just the initial success or will Bing build on it. He said:
It remains to be seen if Bing falls away after the initial novelty and promotion but at first sight it looks like Microsoft is on to a winner. Steve Ballmer is quoted as saying that he wanted Microsoft to become the second biggest search engine within five years. Following the breakdown in talks to acquire Yahoo at a cost of $40 billion, it looks as if he may have just achieved that with Bing much sooner and a lot cheaper than anticipated.
In the global market, Statcounter reports that Bing is making some progress. In the global market, Google is still the leader and has 87.62% of market share. However good news is that Bing gains the second spot by having 5.62% of the market share. With this market share, Bing managed to go past Yahoo which has 5.13% market share.
There is one thing however that is bothering me a little bit. Isn’t it a bit early to call Bing gaining the second spot and claiming that based on the statistics collected by just one source. What do you think?
As Reuters reports, Yahoo Inc is thinking of purchasing companies which would help it become a strong competitor and player in the social networking field. Also, as Ari Balogh who happens to be the Executive Vice President of Products, said that they are hoping that this move will also initiate the revamping process of its family of products. While pointing to the valuations that came down from levels six to nine which happened a few months back, he said
It is a good time to be buying now
Althought the Yahoo Chief Officer was quite reluctant to give out any specific names, Balogh did mention the fact that Yahoo definitely has had conversations with companies and corporations regarding partnerships and promising and eye catching possibilities. He said besides search, Yahoo is thinking of building its own platform and thinking towards basic computing. He said
I can guarantee you there will be some acquisitions, and we will do some stuff in-house
Yahoo is expected to launch new products during this fall which will provide users with a more unified experience throughout its network of websites. Yahoo hopes that these products will also highlight the company’s strategy to grow again, considering the fact that most part of 2007 was affected by the failed deal talks with Microsoft. Yahoo is striving very hard to gain an edge over its competitors which surely include search engine giants Google and the ever famous social network Facebook.
While Balogh admitted that Google has won the search engine battle, he also shared his belief that more can be done with the search. His words were
The thing I will tell you is that, core to great experiences for people online may not necessarily be this version of search. I believe search is going to be far richer … there’s a whole other round or two to go in the search game and that’s where we intend on playing.
In reference to the talks of search partnership going between Microsoft and Yahoo, Balogh said that the decision in this matter is dependent on Yahoo’s board and Carol Bartz who is Chief Executive for Yahoo. He however hinted that Yahoo is keen to invest in its own search capabilities. Balogh said
Search technology is a vital part of the consumer experience that Yahoo delivers, and having leading edge scientists and technologists who understand search technology and where search is going is critical to Yahoo.
So let us see what Yahoo does in terms of new partnership and hope that whatever they do it turns out to be fruitful for them.
Yahoo! has introduced a new voice search feature in an update to their iPhone app. To access voice search, open the app and click on the Y! icon (with the word “More” underneath) in the right lower corner of the screen.
Then click in the Yahoo! oneSearch box. The keyboard will pop up and a large, spacebar-like box with the words “Press + Speak” will be available. You can say your word or phrase, and then tap again. The app will “interpret” and then it will provide with the results. The initial results will pull up local options (which are hit or miss) but keep scrolling for typical organic results. Keep scrolling even further for universal options like news, photos, and answers.
Yahoo! app nearly every day to read the news. That, along with the Yahoo! Inquisitor app are two of the most useful apps I’ve seen in the productivity, news, and reference categories. I’m very impressed with what Yahoo! is doing in this space.
The long-awaited upgrade to Microsoft’s search engine will soon make its debut. Sources with knowledge of the situation said the company is expected to demonstrate it at our All Things Digital conference next week.
Danny Sullivan has a nice write up on what we can expect from Microsoft. There are questions about when it is launching, what brand will it go under and how it will compete with Google. Microsoft is struggling in the area of both branding the engine and making it as good as Google.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is scheduled to appear onstage at the event, a three-day event that hosts top players from the tech and media industries in interviews by AllThingsD.com Co-Executive Editors Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher.
Code-named “Kumo”, the search engine is a major effort by Microsoft (MSFT) to raise its hand to table stakes in the battle for search market share with Google (GOOG)–something it desperately needs to do.
According to the latest metrics from comScore (SCOR), Google’s share of the search market rose to 64.2 percent in April from 63.7 percent in March and from 61.6 percent from a year ago. Meanwhile, Microsoft’s market share for the month topped out at 8.2 percent, down from 8.3 percent in March and 9.1 percent a year ago.
Lets see what will happen next, as I wrote that Google has already widens its gap against Yahoo. Will Google do same with Microsoft as well? Or vice versa?
Today I read a very interesting article regarding the two giants of search, yes I am talking about Google and Yahoo. Very recent Americans conducted 14.8 billion online searches in April, up 3 percent from the previous month, and Google is still the search engine of choice for the vast majority of those searches.
Reston-based comScore, which tracks Internet traffic, says: 3
Yahoo still accounts for more than twice the traffic of third ranked Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT). Microsoft’s sites accounted for 8.2 percent of all searches in April, down a fraction from the previous month. Ask Network and AOL LLC rank as the fourth and fifth most-used search engine sites, with 3.8 percent and 3.4 percent, respectively.
AOL’s share of searches posted the largest month-over-month decline among big sites, falling 0.3 percent from March.
A comScore report last month showed Yahoo (NASDAQ: YHOO) falling to fourth place among the most-watched Internet video destinations, being overtaken by Hulu.com.
Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) dominates the video category as well, largely because it owns YouTube.
Today I came across a post, with very attractive and catchy topic “Google launches stand-alone contacts manager.” This post is all about Google’s new stand-alone contacts manager. According to CNET news Google has launched a contacts manager that users of services like Google Docs, Picasa, and Calendar can use, without having to be a Gmail users.
The major aim of this contacts manager is to let the users share contacts more easily between different services. Google Contacts is just similar like any other contacts function. You can easily import and export your contacts from other sources such as Outlook, Outlook Express, Yahoo, or Hotmail. For Apple you must use a utility called "A to G."
If you are part of a business, school or other organization using Google Apps, the administrator will have to enable this functionality within the control panel by clicking on the "add more services" link, finding the "Contacts" option and clicking the "add it now" button.
After reading about this feature it looks cool, but thing is where will other contact services go? I didn’t see anything really innovative.
You can have Google Contacts here.
Geocities was acquired by Yahoo in 1999 with the intent of extending Yahoo’s reach with its Internet advertising and services.
According to the Geocities Help, it is stated that Yahoo have decided to discontinue the process of allowing new customers to sign up for GeoCities accounts as Yahoo is focusing on helping the customers explore and build new relationships online in other ways. Yahoo will be closing GeoCities later this year.
According to the questions posted on Geocities Help page, it is also stated that if you are existing GeoCities customer your accounts have not changed. You can continue to enjoy your web site and GeoCities services until later this year. Yahoo just wanted you to let you know about the closure as soon as possible. More details will be provided about closing GeoCities and how to save your site data this summer.
Yahoo does not offer another free hosting service. Instead Yahoo is recommending an award-winning Yahoo! Web Hosting service, which includes a personalized domain name (such as widgetdesigns.com) and matching email, new site building tools, unlimited disk space and bandwidth, premium customer support, and more.
As a Yahoo! customer, you also can now use your free Yahoo! profile as a central point to manage your identity, activities, and interests across Yahoo! and make it easy to connect and share with the people who matter to you most.
Up till now no specific date is provided but it is just said that later this year Geocities will be no more available.