Okay maybe that is pushing it but you don’t see too many 10 year partnerships in the online space. The announcement which many of us in the industry have been waiting to hear for a couple years now finally came through today. Yahoo and Microsoft signed a deal that puts them as search results partners.
In the deal Microsoft’s new Bing search engine (yes, it is actually from Microsoft even if they are have done a very good job of trying to cover that up to the general public) will provide the algorithmic results to Yahoo and the technology for how the paid search results are managed, while Yahoo will be selling the premium search ads.
The move is long-awaited even for those that didn’t necessarily see the move as a good one. What it does is put the resources of the #2 (Yahoo) and #3 (Microsoft/Bing) search vendors together to compete with Google which has been maintaining a 2 to 1 share over both of them combined fairly consistently.
If you haven’t used Bing, I do recommend trying it. It was a vast improvement over their previous attempt, results appear to be better and the display/interface is much improved.
Its about time someone finally stepped up to the plate to challenge Google. I fully expect Google to react well and roll with the news just fine. But it will be interesting to see how the industry reacts and how the ad sales pick up for Yahoo/Bing. At the end of the day I’ll always say it is about the results, so if they want to break into Google’s share over the long term it will take more than a marketing blitz, but at least they’ve made a change. It was time to adapt or die.