Confirmed: Bing Will Be The Default Search Provider For New Spotlight Feature In OS X And iOS8

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Last year, Microsoft became the default search provider for Siri in the iOS7. This year with the release of iOS8 and the OSX Yosemite, Microsoft Bing becomes the default search provider for the new Spotlight feature. During WWDC keynote demo, Apple demoed this feature as well. Microsoft later confirmed the same with the following statement,

Last year Bing became the default web search for Siri, and will now also be the default web search provider in the redesigned Spotlight search feature for the next generation of iOS and OS X. We’re excited about extending the Bing platform to help iOS and Mac customers find what they need to get things done.

Now, Microsoft has to deliver high quality search results to keep Apple platform users from changing the default provider back to Google. Because of the contractual agreements between Apple and Google, Google remains the default search provider in Safari in both OS X and iOS.

  • NGM123

    Great to see MS and Apple working together against the common enemy.

    • PoohGQ

      Trust me, Apple is probably giving MS a bone while MS gives back all the meat..

    • Vương Vi-Nhuyễn – 王微軟

      Sleeping with the enemy, it’s not something we didn’t expect, Apple wants the best, and Bing is simply better. 😛

      • SocalBrian

        It’s probably more a case that Bing is the best non-Google alternative.

        B.I.N.G. – Bing Is Not Google

  • Bugbog

    This is the second bite. Third bite, probably in another year’s time, will take the rest of the default [Safari] search away from Google.

  • pfizerdiamonds

    Excellent news for Bing. All of that search data helps refine search algorithms.

    • PoohGQ


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  • redtidal

    Just think, how much better Cortana will get from so much data.

    • PoohGQ

      Hecks, yeah!

    • Vương Vi-Nhuyễn – 王微軟

      Exactly, the more users use Bing, the more data Microsoft will gather, the better Microsoft’s own features get, Mac- and iPod-/iPhone-/iPad-users (iO.S.-users) only help improve the Windows + Windows Phone experience by handing Microsoft the data, Scroogle can walk away with its tail between its legs.

  • Sunovavic

    Great news but I wish they came up with a more catchy name than “Bing”… “Bing it” just doesn’t flow as well as “Google it”

    • Johan Spånberg

      Actually… I prefer saying Bing it than Google it… Bing is easier to say.

    • alukard

      You are just more used to that name than Bing that’s why its natural to you, to others that have never heard of it they will find it weird. Bing is just fine as a name, it just need more publicity.

      • Sunovavic

        actually no… when google first came it felt natural… Bing like what NGM123 says sounds chinese.

    • NGM123

      Agreed, sounds more like a Chinese laundry

      • Guest

        Kind of racist to suggest that a word that sounds Chinese is a negative. I can think of a billion individuals who might find it appealing.

        Racism is wrong no matter what direction it flows…

  • Zicoz

    I think that was pretty much confirmed when they used the Smart Search term.

  • alukard

    Even if Bing is great (and it is), people are too stuck on google so they will change it out of habit. You’d be amazed how many non tech educated users think google is the internet and even type website addresses in the search box instead of the address bar. I’m an IT trainer and I just sigh in despair at how much google has implanted itself into generations of users.

  • LexicoRed

    More great news. This will do more for Bing in months then all of the WP and Surface sold since inceptions.

  • tomakali

    does Microsoft have something like DWave?
    it will be a vital investment to process zillions of data in the future

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  • Ian

    No! Bing is not a good product. Microsoft does NOT do search well. Bing on Siri is horrible and I always have to re-search on google. Apple is just using MS as leverage against google. Once again proof that big companies are more interested in their own profits, rather than make things better for the customer.