Microsoft Corp is making early gains on Internet search leaders Google Inc and Yahoo Inc with its Bing search engine that launched a little over a week ago, according to industry data firm comScore.
“These initial data suggest that Microsoft Bing has generated early interest, resulting in a spike in search engagement and an immediate term improvement to Microsoft’s position in the search market,” Mike Hurt, comScore senior vice president, said in a statement.
comScore said Bing was off to a good start, but it remains to be seen if Microsoft can entice more users to the service with its big marketing campaign and hang onto them.
Microsoft’s Bing has lots of ground to make up. In April, the last full month for which figures are available, Microsoft’s sites took 8.2 percent of U.S. Internet searches, trailing Yahoo with 20.4 percent and Google with 64.2 percent. [24×7]
Give Youself a Raise in PayScale with Search!
Searching for a raise in pay? Bing, Microsoft’s new search engine, could help you make your case. The “decision engine” is partnering with PayScale, Seattle’s salary comparison company, to help searchers uncover data about the salaries that are beng earned by their peers in various job posts across the employment sphere.
As reported in Xconomy, salary queries about the 4,000 most popular jobs will be available immediately to people searching on Bing. Those who want more specific information will be directed to PayScale. But wsithout leaving ther Bing site, users will be able to access both national and metropolitan figures about salary. [24×7]
Seattle Welcomes World Health Leaders
The Pacific Health Summit arrives in Seattle this week, one of four major health gatherings converging on E-City. The non-public events include a meeting of the H8 (Health 8), made up of the leaders of seven bodies you may know by initials only: such as WHO, UNICEF, the World Bank and UNAIDS. This year, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the only private philanthropy, will also have a seat at the table. [24×7]