So Microsoft got its wish. Thanks to a long-awaited deal with Yahoo!, the software giant is poised to become the clear No. 2 in the most lucrative Internet market of them all: search. Under the agreement, Yahoo will use Microsoft technology to respond to searches made on Yahoo sites and to serve up the ads that appear alongside the results. If the deal is cleared by antitrust regulators, which is no sure thing, Microsoft will triple its search market share to nearly 30% and become the only meaningful alternative to Google, which holds 65% of the market , BusinessWeek reports.
However, for the past several years, Microsoft has been stung by missteps, including a clumsy defeat last year in Mr. Ballmer's unsolicited bid to acquire all of Yahoo. Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system was pilloried for technical problems, and its videogame ambitions were nearly thwarted by widespread malfunctions of its Xbox 360 console , Wall Street Journal reports.
Bing is the new Internet searching system from Microsoft, the giant software company. Microsoft just took a big step toward making Bing a household name by combining it with the online search system run by Yahoo.
If the government approves the deal, then when you do an online search on Yahoo, Bing will be doing the work. You could be seeing a lot more of Bing everywhere , Washington Post reports.