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Apple Dumps Google Search For Microsoft's Bing
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User Rank: Ninja
6/4/2014 | 7:31:42 AM
Re: bling? say it ain't so...
In Apple's defense they haven't removed options they have added options they are just steering the default search engine over to Bing which does look to be a jab at Google.  The options for default search engines expanded and include DuckDuckGo and Yahoo besides Google and Bing.  What I find most interesting through this is that Apple picked a past rival to get under the skin of what they see as their biggest current rival.  Funny how the old saying keep your friends close and your enemies closer applies here.
Li Tan
Li Tan,
User Rank: Ninja
6/4/2014 | 3:52:41 AM
Re: bling? say it ain't so...
I will sit there still with finger crossed. The decision is not really made by the vendor but by the end user. What the user community will say will finally determine its destine...
User Rank: Apprentice
6/3/2014 | 8:09:24 PM
bling? say it ain't so...
Bling?  Really?  Come now Apple, that's the WORST choice you could make.

Stop the politics Tim,  let the USERS decide which search engine they want...

....oh,  wait, sorry, I forgot this is Apple we're talking about.
User Rank: Strategist
6/3/2014 | 7:43:15 PM
Re: Google has an edge, will be missed by Apple users
@Charlie: you can count me in among the "teeth-gnashers" on this one. seems to me the goal should be offering th best availsble services to your customers, not playing games of one-upsmanship with competitors.

Which leads me to wonder: What, in your view, has been the most egregious example of this type of competitive one-upsmanship among tech companies that has ended up being bad for customers?

The US mishmash of cellular systems in the early days of wireless and proprietarty handsets for each carrier is one of my favorite examples for having slowed down adoption of cellular and hampered quality of services in the U.S. compared to toher countries.

What's yours?

Charlie Babcock
Charlie Babcock,
User Rank: Author
6/3/2014 | 7:08:00 PM
Google has an edge, will be missed by Apple users
I use Bing for about 40% of my searches and it meets the Prairie Home Companion's standard of "pretty good." But Google still clearly has an edge in speed and quality of results on hot, new topics. So some Apple users are not only going to notice, they will gnash their teeth and think once again what life might be like outside the Apple reservation. 
David F. Carr
David F. Carr,
User Rank: Author
6/3/2014 | 6:13:25 PM
Will Google be missed on Mac OS?
Will be interesting to see whether this backfires the way kicking Google Maps off the iPhone did, initially. My guess is no: for the functions where people would use the default search function (rather than taking a browser to, Mac users are likely to find Bing meets their needs just as well.

Of course, I'm thinking functionally. Does Google brand loyalty run deep enough to provoke outrage over this move?
Thomas Claburn
Thomas Claburn,
User Rank: Author
6/3/2014 | 4:34:48 PM
Will it switch users?
As far as I can tell, Spotlight in OS X 10.9 doesn't have a way to set the Web search provider. Does this mean everyone who upgrades to 10.10 will get Bing? And if so, will Google be a non-default option?
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