Here is some more discussion from the Google blog about Microsoft’s new Bing search engine.
Microsoft’s search engine didn’t manage to become successful, despite of its many improvements, rebrandings and promotions. Nielsen reported that Live Search’s US market share in the US was 9.9%, while Hitwise reported that the most commonly searched terms on Live Search are “Google” and “Yahoo.”
Microsoft has many new distribution deals for Live Search, but the main problem is to have a product that’s good enough to keep the new users. The next iteration of Live Search, that will be publicly available soon, integrates PowerSet’s technology to offer an enhanced view for Wikipedia pages, shows only the top result for many navigational queries and an automatically generated menu of related searches. The service saves a list of recent searches and displays them in the left sidebar, next to the search refinements.