Author Topic: Pro-privacy search engine DuckDuckGo hits 30M daily searches, up 50% in a year  (Read 220 times)

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It shows how fast things can grow on the internet.  That is pretty neat.

I hope for their sake, Bing doesn't jump the shark. They are dependent on Bing.

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It shows how fast things can grow on the internet.  That is pretty neat.

I hope for their sake, Bing doesn't jump the shark. They are dependent on Bing.
Bing is already profitable as a standalone business. And over time Yahoo! is leaking desktop search share to Bing in the US.
http://gs.statcounter.com/search-engine-market-share/desktop/united-states-of-america/#monthly-201601-201809
They have no incentive to end their search engine at this point.

They have already sunk billions into building Bing, are profitable running it, use some of its features in their other products, and might end up with a major market opportunity if regulators hit Google hard.

A few weeks back an article mentioned a Goldman Sachs analyst estimated Google was paying Apple $9 billion this year to be the default search provider on iOS & in Safari.

So long as Google has productivity software, a cloud hosting offering, etc. Microsoft keeping Bing around as a hedge to force Google to bid higher on search syndication partnerships is important for ensuring Google doesn't slide down their revshare on search syndication & plow those profits in trying to beat Microsoft with more subsidized hardware and such.

I think Chromebooks are already have a massive install base in schools & then Android powers almost 90% of mobile phones, so for Microsoft to shut down their search operation they'd be losing a very valuable hedge to try to keep a competitor honest.

Also even in the US the install base of desktop computers is shrinking as many people view tablets or phones (& other connected devices like Fire sticks, Chromecast, etc.) as good enough / all they need.