Microsoft's Bing is the search engine of choice in Yosemite's new Spotlight

Microsoft's Bing is the search engine of choice in Yosemite's new Spotlight

Apple's keynote for the 2014 WWDC event is history but there are still some interesting news bits that are slowly being discovered from the massive two hour briefing. One of them was officially confirmed by Microsoft as it stated the updated Spotlight feature in OS X 10.10 Yosemite and iOS 8 will have its web searches powered by Bing.

The news comes from Search Engine Land, which got a comment on the subject from a Microsoft spokesperson:

Last year Bing became the default web search for Siri, and will now also be the default web search provider in the redesigned Spotlight search feature for the next generation of iOS and OS X. We're excited about extending the Bing platform to help iOS and Mac customers find what they need to get things done.

The statement did not reveal if any financial deal were made between Microsoft and Apple for this newly revealed search agreement. While Bing does indeed handle search results for Siri on iOS, Google is still the default search engine for Apple's Safari web browser. However, Apple did reveal ths week it is adding the DuckDuckGo engine as an option for Safari with OS X 10.10, which claims not to track the searches of its users.

Source: Search Engine Land

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Gazoobee says:

This is a good move. Alternatives to Google have been just as good for a long time, the only difference is the poor interface that Bing and Yahoo use instead of Google's more useful arrangement.

If spotlight is giving the search a new, better visualisation for the front end UI, the back end engine matters far less.

kch50428 says:

One can go into settings on iOS and under Safari, you can select the default search engine from the choices provided... Including DuckDuckGo.

WixosTrix says:

As mentioned in at the end of the article.

Gsarfin says:

In the last week or two on my iPhone 5S, my default search engine in Safari has switched from google to bing a few times without me telling it to. Every time it happens I switch back to google. Not sure if there's a bug/virus or if apple is quietly pushing out tweaks to safari making bing the default.

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Jas00555 says:

I have a feeling that Safari will use Bing by default in OS X 10.11

vinny jr says:

Google is the best search engine period. Nothing comes even close. The day that I can not use Google as my search engine of choice on my iPad or iPhone I will no longer use IOS. To drop the best search engine for whatever reason is in my opinion not looking out for the user experience. I understand that Google is still there as a choice, that is a good thing. I hope that IOS will always keep the # 1 search engine as a choice. Just My Opinion.

jharr100 says:

So you are only on iOS for Google...i think you should switch to Android then...you will get a much deeper experience there.

jrod986 says:

For desktops, I actually use Bing over Google. Web searches are indistinguishable and Bing has a vastly superior video search. There also the bonus Bing reward points.

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JStaggie says:

They are't "dropping it": it's still an option you can select. They're only changing the default.

I do think that Google often has the best results, but since only about 30% of the page is now actual search results, it really has become less useful. The big news for me is that DuckDuckGo will now be available to select in Safari and I use that regularly on my PC and Mac.

WixosTrix says:

This is huge for Bing, particularly on iOS, which is actively running on hundreds millions of devices. Even if 2/3 of the people who update, switch it back to Google, it would still mean millions of new Bing users.

I would have been another win if they were able to work it out so that Siri used Bing's audio search to identify music instead of Shazam.

counterculture says:

Even how Spotlight search brings up Wikipedia entries as a Top Hit is Apple's subtle (and not so subtle) way redirecting users from the Google platform.

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Dev from tipb says:

As long as it remains user selectable, no problem.

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Dev from tipb says:

As long as it remains user selectable, no problem.

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GeniusUnleashed says:

There's a reason I never use Siri for search. The fact that I can't change it is one of the reasons I'm about to switch back to Android. Very big brother.

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GeniusUnleashed says:

There's a reason I never use Siri for search. The fact that I can't change it is one of the reasons I'm about to switch back to Android. Very big brother.

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jharr100 says:

Bing is a really good. I use Bing every day - although I will admit google maps is much better and from time to time I will google somewhere to get streetview...but for regular searches...there is no difference.

Hollyw0od says:

Completely disagree to the no difference line.

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parishyoung says:

The new look Spotlight reminds me of how Bing looks (esp on Xbox)

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Hollyw0od says:

Bing is horrible. There's a reason everyone is playing catch up to Google in that realm. Tried bing for two months to try to take advantage of the rewards program. Free stuff isn't worth having to deal with that site.

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Hollyw0od says:

Bing is horrible. There's a reason everyone is playing catch up to Google in that realm. Tried bing for two months to try to take advantage of the rewards program. Free stuff isn't worth having to deal with that site.

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