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Search Engine Market Share Worldwide Shows How Badly Microsoft's Chatbot Strategy (Hopes) and Vapourware Have Failed

posted by Roy Schestowitz on Feb 22, 2024

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Bing, which was marketed as the forefront "product" for chatbots (Microsoft paid the media a lot of money for hype campaigns), gained nothing at Google's expense and Microsoft is now much deeper in debt

Over a decade ago we made a wiki page entitled Bing Reality Log. "Bing" was always nonsense and Microsoft tried bribing people to use it. Bing was just awful. It was yet another rebrand of Microsoft's efforts at search engines. Bing had many layoffs last year and entire offices were vacated. Then Microsoft started to panic; it was looking for "chatbot" contingencies, not only rebranding "Bing Chat" but also sticking chatbot prompts in everything from SaaS to software like Windows and Office. It was a desperate effort by Microsoft to fake "demand" and "usage". Just stick that in everyone's face, right?

Of course it's backfiring; some people quit Windows altogether due to this. They write about it. 2 days ago Bruce Schneier published "Microsoft Is Spying on Users of Its AI Tools".

Speaking of the efforts to fake "demand" and "usage", Microsoft used OpenAI to fake "demand" and "usage" of Azure, in essence making Microsoft... well, Microsoft's biggest client. What a swindle.

Given the ample spare time that I have today, I've decided to show visually that Microsoft's "Google is doomed" FUD is worse than a bad joke.

Google share in late 2022, by country: (chart in ODF format, based on this data)

Google share in late 2022

And based on the latest data (CSV):

Google share in 2024

It does not seem like much has changed since the chatbots were 'unveiled' by Microsoft because Google maintains over 90% of "the market" (search) in almost every country.

Microsoft wasted money on electricity and media bribes. What does it have to show for it? Press releases about "AI" 'credits' in Europe [1, 2] and "AI" 'training' in India?

More meaningless nonsense to 'rekindle' interest in a passing fad?

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