We recently reported that Microsoft might beat Yahoo in global digital ad market share. Microsoft is projected to increase its market share from 2.45% to 2.54%, while Yahoo is projected to lost market share. In terms of revenue, Microsoft will increase by more than 20% over 2013 to reach $3.56 billion. Google remains the dominant player with Facebook growing fast in the second place. The other part of the story is about the search market share. Since the Bing/Yahoo deal was announced, Bing has continued to grow its market share at the expense of its partner Yahoo. As per comScore U.S. search market share data for June, Yahoo’s market share has fallen below 10%, a new all-time-low for the company. Google: 67.6 percent Bing: 19.2 percent Yahoo: 9.8 percent Others: 3.4 percent Overall, the desktop search market is shrinking and the mobile search market is growing at a rapid pace. Currently, Microsoft’s ...

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  As per the latest report from eMarketer, Microsoft might beat Yahoo in global digital ad market share. Microsoft is projected to increase its market share from 2.45% to 2.54%, while Yahoo is projected to lost market share. In terms of revenue, Microsoft will increase by more than 20% over 2013 to reach $3.56 billion. Google remains the dominant player with Facebook growing fast in the second place. Yahoo’s push to maintain its position as a top global ad seller will take another hit in 2014, according to new projections from eMarketer. Though Yahoo’s ad revenues will be back in the black this year, increasing its global digital ad revenues by 2.7% after a decline of 2.1% in 2013 to reach $3.53 billion, the company’s share of the $140.15 billion digital advertising market will fall from 2.86% to 2.52%. At the same time, Microsoft will grow its net worldwide ad revenues by ...

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David Pann, general manager for Microsoft’s Search Network today blogged about the performance of Microsoft Bing Ads and their future. Microsoft revealed that clicks on Bing ads are up 30% from a year ago, and mobile ad clicks jumped 133%. Microsoft cited no.of new features they added over the past few months such as the new Call Extensions, product ads and new ad formats. Microsoft also promised advertisers that they will be able to manage 1 million keywords by year-end as opposed to the current limitation of 100,000 and also offer ad performance reports in under a half-hour as opposed to the current 4 hours delay. Finally, Microsoft also said that they are 200% committed to Yahoo partnership. Our clicks are up by 30% — nearly a third — in the past year. Mobile clicks are up 133%, a reflection of both the huge growth in that segment as well as ...

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Microsoft today announced that they have hired former Yahoo and Google executive Preston McAfee as their new chief economist. Preston, was most recently director of Google strategic technologies and previously Vice President and Research Fellow at Yahoo. In his new role at Microsoft, Preston McAfee will be responsible for leading a team of economists who will work closely with Amy Hood, chief financial officer, and business and engineering groups across the company on developing new business models and metrics, designing marketplaces for advertising and apps, assisting with government relations and policy, and developing an economic strategy for the company. Harry Shum, Executive Vice President, Technology and Research, at Microsoft commented the following on McAfee, This isn’t the first time Preston will be a chief economist. For five years, from 2007 to 2012, Preston was chief economist and research fellow for our search partner, Yahoo!, where he captured our attention by ...

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At the inaugural Code Conference (#CodeCon) where @karaswisher and @waltmossberg are engaging Microsoft CEO @satyanadella in a more than hour-long onstage conversation, there were lots of things discussed. When Kara asked whether they are going to sell Bing business to Yahoo in the future, he declined that Microsoft has no plans to sell Bing business to Yahoo. Kara on search: Are you still going to compete heavily against Google, and how? Nadella says the core value of Bing is a lot more than Bing.com. But, he says, Bing has 18 percent market share on its own, 30 percent with the Yahoo traffic it serves — about the market share of the iPhone. No plans to sell search business to Yahoo. “We are very happy to partner with Yahoo serving the search results.” Source: Recode ...

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David Pogue, a well known NYT tech editor who was known for his hatred towards Microsoft products has now joined Yahoo editorial team. Today he posted a video and an article on the recently revealed Surface Pro 3 device. Surprisingly, he was well impressed with the Surface Pro 3 device. The video he posted comparing an iPad to a Surface Pro 3 is so great that even Microsoft can publish it as a promo video. I’m sure this video and his post will be an eye-opener for many consumers who really had no idea about what Surface can do. Here is the last few words from his post, But if you own or carry around both a tablet and a laptop, then the Surface is calling out your name. There’s nothing like it. It’s so much better than the sales figures would indicate. We, the buying public, are not giving ...

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There has been a lot of buzz about Alibaba lately. Their upcoming IPO is set to make a few people billionaires and many more millionaires. It may in fact be the biggest IPO ever in recent history. Analysts estimate the company is worth between $136 to $250 Billion. Within technology companies this puts Alibaba’s worth below Apple, Google and Microsoft and on the lower end, just under Facebook and Qualcomm. For those not familiar with Alibaba, it is the Chinese version of Google, Amazon, Ebay, and Youtube combined. Among its early investors include Japanese based Softbank and Yahoo. Softbank CEO and founder Masayoshi Son recently bought Sprint in the United States and is looking to also acquire T-Mobile. Son was an early investor Yahoo and owns the majority of Yahoo Japan. Son was instrumental in also convincing Yahoo to invest in Alibaba. In 2005 Yahoo invested $1 billion in Alibaba for ...

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Microsoft already allows their users to import their email from Gmail to Outlook.com, due to the success of the program, they are now announcing today that users can use Outlook.com to import and manage your email from Yahoo Mail and many other IMAP-enabled email providers. Microsoft has now implemented a import wizard in Outlook.com that allows users to import and manage your mail from Yahoo Mail or many other IMAP-enabled email providers, or from Gmail. You can keep your old email addresses, but manage them all from one place: Outlook.com. Importing your email from Yahoo Mail Importing your Yahoo Mail into Outlook.com is simple. To get started, navigate to Options and then click Import email accounts. Select Yahoo, enter your Yahoo email address and password, and then click Import. This will also set up your Yahoo email address as a “send from” account, meaning you can continue to send emails from your Yahoo address, right from ...

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Yahoo has changed significantly since Marissa Mayer took over the company.  In fact before she became CEO, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer had a deal with then interim CEO Ross Levinsohn wherein Yahoo would turn over its entire search business — patents and all — in exchange for Microsoft’s large online media property, MSN.com, and long-term, guaranteed cash payments.  Within 24 hours of hearing the deal Mayer killed it and fired the executive who had spent months negotiating it.   A few months later rumors came about that Mayer had met with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to discuss the possibility of partnering to create a search engine. Some time later Mayer tried to slow the rollout of its search deal with Microsoft.  Court filings showed Mayer questioned Microsoft’s commitment.  A U.S. judge ended up ruling that Yahoo must adopt Microsoft’s search technology in Taiwan and Hong Kong under their partnership.  Mayer ...

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Many years ago when Android started to become more popular and eat into the iPhone’s dominance, Apple made a decision to lessen their reliance on Google.  In what became a PR nightmare, Apple created their own mapping solution and stopped using Google Maps.  In addition on the backend, Siri is now powered by Bing.  This was done well over a year ago and an announcement was made at the time.  Up until now we have not had any numbers as to how many queries Bing receives from Siri users.   Qi Lu, the longtime head of Microsoft’s search and online services, shed some light on this in a recent interview with Recode: We haven’t heard a lot about search in a while. We’ve heard that Yahoo hasn’t been very happy with the partnership. Is it critical to Bing’s future to have that Yahoo partnership? We’re very happy with the Yahoo partnership. ...

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Microsoft has been under a storm of criticism lately over reading the emails of a blogger’s Hotmail account linked to an ex-Microsoft employee who leaked Windows 8 builds.  Microsoft looked through the Hotmail account without getting a court order.  However, this issue is slightly more nuanced than it seems.  A corporation, in fact, cannot get a court order to search themselves.  Microsoft Vice President and Deputy General Counsel released a statement clarifying the matter: Courts do not issue orders authorizing someone to search themselves, since obviously no such order is needed. So even when we believe we have probable cause, it’s not feasible to ask a court to order us to search ourselves. However, even we should not conduct a search of our own email and other customer services unless the circumstances would justify a court order, if one were available. Microsoft has issued some guidelines on looking customer data during ...

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Given some of Marrissa Mayers recent comments about the Yahoo/Bing search alliance, you may have believed that the money Yahoo was receiving from Microsoft amounted to a rounding error on the accountant’s spreadsheet.  But perception does not appear to be in line with reality as it was revealed today that the revenue from Microsoft accounted for nearly 1/3 of Yahoo’s revenue last quarter! I do not think I am exaggerating when I say that is much more than anyone expected.  Yahoo reported that it had $1.139 billion in revenue last quarter (GAAP), which means Microsoft gave Yahoo around $353 million as part of the search alliance. Yahoo agreed to disclose more details on its revenue tied to search and display advertising after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sent letters to the company asking for clarification.  The company outlined the portion of revenue it gets from a search agreement with ...

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Microsoft has grown quite fond of doing Reddit IamAs (‘ask me anything’) recently.   It is one of the many practices still continued from the Steven Sinofsky era.  And to the company’s credit their employees have been fairly honest and open in answering questions.  Following the Visual Studio 2013 launch well known Microsoftie Scott Hanselman along other members of the ASP.NET team held an IamA on reddit.  The questions asked often veer off the intended topic. User “bmoneybryan” asked: For Scott Hanselman (@shanselman): This is pretty off-topic, but I believe you once mentioned you worked from home, if a new CEO inserts a policy like Yahoo or HP where you have to work in the office at Microsoft, will you still be working at Microsoft? Some employees mentioned you’re an expert in African-American culture, is this true? Mr. Hanselman answered the questions quite honestly: Working from Home: Yes, if they tell me I have to move, ...

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Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has been on a shopping spree lately.  Since she took over Yahoo she has made a number of acqui-hires including Stamped (a mobile-review app maker), OnTheAir (in broadcasting video chats or interviews to online audiences)  Snip.it (clipping service for the web), Alike, Jybe (a social recommendation site), Summly (a news condenser app maker), Astrid (a task-management app), GoPollGo, MileWise, and Loki Studios (develops games based on user’s location).  Most of the deals have been under $30 million. Now Mayer has set her eyes on Tumblr.  Tumblr was founded in 2007 as a micro-blogging service.  Tumblr has raised $125 million from investors including Spark Capital, Union Square Ventures, Sequoia Capital, Greylock Partners, Insight Venture Partners and the Chernin Group.  Tumblr now has a reported valuation of $800 million and Yahoo’s current offer is $1.1 Billion in cash.  Mayer believes this acquisition is vital to turning Yahoo into a more mobile centered company.  Almost ...

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The Sunday Telegraph, via Business Insider, reports that Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer is in talks with Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg about a search tie up. Apparently Yahoo has been looking to extricate themselves from their 10 year deal with Microsoft, launched in 2009, and Facebook has been looking to get into the search game, with Mark Zuckerberg famously noting  they are in a “pretty uniquely positioned to answer the questions people have”. The Yahoo partnership has been central in keeping Bing, which has only 16% market share on its own, relevant against the Google behemoth, which has 66% share. Together with Yahoo, which is powered by Bing, Microsoft has access to around 30% of the search market in US. Loosing access to this stream of data would be extremely detrimental to the quality of Bing’s search results. Of course it is likely that Microsoft’s deal with Yahoo is air ...

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As Microsoft’s search engine Bing gains credibility, Google appears to be suffering the consequences. Compete has found as Google’s search share has dropped 2.6% between July 2011 and 2012 that Bing has seen a 4.2% increase in market share. Fortunately for Microsoft, Bing has become the desired search engine for new platforms such as the new improved Kindle Fire as well as Windows 8 and Windows Phones; meaning that it’s nothing but good news for Microsoft. Google still dominates approximately 65.7% of the market in comparison to Yahoo with 15.1% and Bing with 19.2%; but to be fair, Google has been active since 1998 and Yahoo in 1994, whereas Bing was only created merely 3 years ago in 2009.  In addition Bing is responsible for Yahoo’s market share as Microsoft has a deal with Yahoo to provide search results for their search engine.  Hopefully the integration of Bing with Windows ...

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