By Matt Mondok | Published: November 28, 2006 – 07:32PM CT
As you can see in the table below, Windows Live Search is lagging very far behind not just Google but Yahoo as well.
Search engine market share, October 2006
In the past year, Microsoft’s Live/MSN Search has been the only engine to actually lose market share according to Nielsen. The group claims that Microsoft’s market share has declined a total of 8 percent from last year. Conversely, Google’s stranglehold on the search engine industry can be attributed to the estimated 3 billion searches that were executed on the site last month.
What do you think the problem is with Windows Live Search? After using it off and on, I’ve found that it’s not a bad product, but at the same time, it’s definitely not up to Google standards when dealing with the relevance of results. That aside, many people aren’t even willing to give Windows Live Search a chance, or for that matter, they just don’t know that it even exists. Finally, Windows Live Search entered the game late and gave users very little reason to switch search providers. It makes sense that few people are using the website for rummaging the ‘Net.
On a more positive note, Windows Live Search is beating AOL which falls below 6 percent market share.