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Microsoft Web Search and Web Browser Shunned

Posted in Asia, Google, Microsoft, Search, Standard at 6:46 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Microsoft is taking a dump on the Internet and not everyone is willing to take it anymore

IT WAS very recently that we began logging the failures of Microsoft’s illusion of a search engine, called “Bing”. David Gerard sent a signal regarding Microsoft’s failure to gain anything of significance in China, which is the most connected country in the world (in terms of number of people with Internet access). From IDG:

China says no to Bing, Baidu ups lead over Google

[...]

Users went to Baidu for 75.7 percent of their online searches in China in the second quarter, a rise of 1.6 percentage points from the first three months of the year, according to iResearch, a Chinese Internet consultancy.

Bing was banned in China before.

In some recent articles which we cited, it came up that most surveys are heavily US-oriented, so when looking at it globally, Microsoft’s market share in search is apparently well less than 5%. Yes, it is a real uphill battle for a company that is falling downhill.

Even Microsoft's good friend, Shane O'Neill, is able to see what dirty tricks Microsoft has been up to.

Bing Search Tainted by Pro-Microsoft Results

[...]

The first of the search results about the Microsoft Word question linked to a page about how expensive Manhattan is (Is Microsoft competing with Manhattan now?). The top responses to the “Is Microsoft Evil?” question were, get this, a link to a New York Times story about whether or not Google is considered evil, a link about proxy servers, and a link to a story about Microsoft being charitable. Wow.

As we showed before, GNU/Linux and ODF are victimised too and it’s not the only offense of Bing, which should be reported to the authorities for anti-competitive practices. Microsoft is seeding distrust on the Web.

Speaking of Microsoft’s harms to the Web, watch this IE6 boycott as it develops. This morning in The Inquirer:

DEVELOPERS ARE SHOUTING at everyone who will listen to kill off Internet Exploder 6.

A campaign has started, sparked by 40 Internet start-ups who want their users to ditch Microsoft’s eight year old web browser.

Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) is most notorious for disobeying standards and making the Web far from secure.

Does Microsoft deserve a place on the Internet given its current behaviour?

“The Internet? We are not interested in it.”

Bill Gates, 1993

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