Key Microsoft Executive Yusuf Mehdi Leaves Bing Division For XBox

Yusuf Mehdi, who reportedly is the " longest-running executive in Microsoft’s Online Services Division," (which houses Bing) is heading over to the company's Xbox division. Reasons for the shift aren't entirely clear. But Mehdi is a key executive for "OSD" and was instrumental in the creation and successful launch of Bing. According to the internal memo obtained by Geekwire, Mehdi and his tenure are described as follows: Yusuf has been involved with leading Microsoft Online Services businesses longer than anyone else on the OSD LT, and has been a pivotal leader at critical milestones of [...]


Yahoo & Microsoft Proceeds With Search Ad Transition In 2012

Microsoft announced they are now ready to move forward with transitioning over the search ad technology from Yahoo to Microsoft in the European regions. Microsoft said, the "European roll out is scheduled to begin with the UK, Ireland and France in the second quarter of 2012." Yahoo and Microsoft have already transitioned the search ad technology in the U.S. and Canada, as well as some other regions. But the transition scheduled slowed as revenue figures did not meet estimates and advertiser expectations were poor. Yahoo and Microsoft has completed the organic transition less than a [...]


Ballmer: 70% Of The Time, Google & Bing Are The Same, So Try Bing!

steveballmer It's perhaps one of the strangest product pitches I've heard. Asked on stage at Web 2.0 Summit by John Battelle about his Bing search engine, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer encouraged the audience to try Bing because, well, it's pretty much the same as Google. The Ballmer 70/15/15 Challenge "I would issue you all a kind of challenge to try any search you want on Bing and Google," Ballmer said, explaining that 70% of the time, there won't be any difference in the results, that 15% of the time, Bing will be better and 15% of the time, Google will be better. Now, if Ballmer had said that maybe [...]


Dear Bing & Yahoo: Pushing Deck Chairs Around Isn’t A Good Plan

bing-yahoo-broken-featured I swear, it's like watching the Titanic having run into that iceberg, as Bing and Yahoo try to figure out what to do with their sinking ships of search. Except that the Titanic was big, and Bing and Yahoo are like small -- and they haven't run into an iceberg. They're being run over by the search supercarrier SS Google. "Did we just bump something," yells Capt. Larry Page to his Googler crew. "No, full steam ahead!" yells back first mate Eric Schmidt. "There were some senators in the water, but I think I've handled them." As for the wreckage of the SS Bing and SS Yahoo that Google also plow [...]


Bing Still Seeking Magic Formula To Challenge Google & Turn A Profit

bing-logo Despite making incremental gains in market share, Bing is still searching for the "secret sauce" that will help it challenge Google's dominance more quickly. That phrase -- "secret sauce" -- is how a CNN Money article explains what Microsoft thinks will ultimately set it apart from Google. The article describes a recent meeting in which Bing discussed its (latest) plan for growing its market share: At the company's financial analyst meeting in Anaheim, Calif., last week, Microsoft President of Online Services Qi Lu gave an impassioned speech about how Bing would improve search by "reorga [...]


MSFT Earnings: $17B In Quarter, $70 Billion For Year

Microsoft announced fiscal Q4 and full year revenue this afternoon. Growing 8 percent from a year ago Microsoft reported $17.37 billion in topline revenue and $6.17 billion in operating income. Revenues for Online Services, which houses Bing and online advertising, grew 17 percent for the quarter and 15 percent for the full year. However the division lost roughly $2.5 billion for the fiscal year. Xbox did very well. However consumer PC demand was lukewarm and Windows revenue decreased by 2 percent for the year ended June 30. Overall, the company reported gross revenues of $69.94 billion for [...]


Microsoft Buys Skype For $8.5 Billion, Now What?

microsoft-skype-hearts-featured Over the past week there were rumors that Google and Facebook were both interested in buying Skype. Then Om Malik reported that Microsoft was really the one interested and the Wall Street Journal confirmed yesterday that Microsoft would be paying a remarkable $8.5 billion for the company, making it Microsoft's largest acquisition to date: At a value close to $8 billion, the Skype deal would rank as the biggest acquisition in the 36-year history of Microsoft, a company that traditionally has shied away from large deals. In 2007, Microsoft paid approximately $6 billion to acquire online adve [...]


Apple Ousts Google As Most Valuable Global Brand

Google's four-year streak as the world's most powerful brand has come to an end -- not through any fault of its own, by instead due to the tremendous growth of Apple's brand value. That's according to Millward Brown Optimor's top 100 BrandZ annual rankings. The research company found Google's brand value to have slipped just 2% in 2011, to $112 billion. Meanwhile, Apple's value rose 84% to $153 billion, boosted by the latest version of the iPhone, the creation of the tablet category with the iPad, and expectations of a broadened strategy. Microsoft, steward of the Bing brand, came in [...]


Microsoft Q3 2011 Earnings: Search & Online Up 14% In Revenue But Still Losing Profits

microsoft-bing-money-featured Microsoft announced their 3rd quarter earnings, beating Wall Street expectations. They reported $16.43 billion for the quarter ended March 31, 2011, which was a 13% increase from the same period of the prior year. The Online Services Division, which is made up of Bing and MSN, had a 14% revenue growth year over year. Microsoft said the 14% growth was "primarily driven by increases in search revenue." They also said Bing's US search share increased to 13.9% this quarter. Although profits for that division shrunk even more, with a net loss of $726 million compared to $709 million the previ [...]


In Challenge To Google Places, Microsoft Launches “Bing Business Portal” For SMBs

bing-business-portal-featured This morning Microsoft is launching the "Bing Business Portal" (BBP). It replaces the the Bing Local Listing Center, and all listings already there have already been migrated over. The BBP allows local business owners or their agents or designated representatives to claim and enhance listings with additional content including deals. Business owners can also add links to Facebook and Twitter. Here's what you can do in the Bing Business Portal: Claim, create, verify, and manage local business listings Identify key search categories where you want your listing to appear Customize l [...]


Microsoft More “Ethical” Than Apple, Google, Yahoo, Facebook

Many people might not believe that Microsoft, the company that a decade ago was often known as "the evil empire," is now one of the most "ethical" internet companies, beating out Google, Apple, Yahoo, Facebook and other well-known online brands. That's according to the New York-based Ethisphere Institute (EI), which produces an annual list of "world's most ethical companies." The non-profit uses a multi-pronged methodology to determine an "Ethical Quotient" for nominated companies. Those that make the list are all considered "ethical." There's no further ranking or hierarchy. There were 110 [...]


Microsoft & Facebook No Longer Friends After Employee Poaching Accusations

Kara Swisher reports Microsoft is considering taking legal action against Facebook for allegedly poaching their employees. Facebook recently hired Microsoft’s global ad sales head Carolyn Everson. That sparked a deeper look at how Facebook may be going after Microsoft's talent. And Microsoft may potentially use legal action to prevent Everson from working at Facebook. It wouldn't be the first time Microsoft used legal measures to prevent former employees from working at other companies. "Microsoft was one of our earliest partners and is still one of our most valued," Sheryl Sand [...]


Obama’s Silicon Valley “Tech Supper” – Who Sat Where? Why Was He There?

Why was he there? Who wasn't invited and why? What did they talk about? Why was he really there? These are the questions being debated this morning about Obama's visit last night to the home (dare I say "lavish Woodside estate") of tech investor and Google board member John Doerr. Stanford University President John Hennessy (also a Google board member) was present and so was Google CEO Eric Schmidt, but not incoming Google CEO Larry Page. Who Was There? Here's the full list of attendees according to the NY Times, LA Times and SF Chronicle: John Doerr, partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield [...]


Microsoft Q2 Revs Almost $20 Billion, “Bing Division” Still Losing Money Despite Search Revenue Increase

Microsoft announced second quarter earnings yesterday, which beat Wall Street's expectations. The company reported a lot of good news about its revenues, profits and products, including Windows (PC) 7, Kinect/Xbox and Office. However Online Services, which houses all Microsoft's online operations including MSN and Bing, posted a $543 million loss. That's up from $463 a year ago. The company is on track to lose $2 billion for the year in that division, though ad revenues are up 23 percent. There was very little discussion of search in particular or Windows Phones except for the fo [...]


Microsoft Funding Anti-Google Trade Group Since 2007

Under the somewhat sensational headline, "Dark forces gunning for Google," The Telegraph today shared the story of ICOMP -- the Initiative for a Competitive Online Marketplace -- a European-based trade group that appears to exist mostly, or solely, to be a thorn in Google's side. On its website, ICOMP hits all the right notes. Its mission statement talks about "support for principles that are essential to a healthy online environment" and "the adoption of best practices to promote creativity, innovation, safety and trust." But the group also says that "no single company should be allowed [...]


Microsoft Records Their Q1 2010 Earnings, Bing Takes Loss Again

Microsoft announced their Q1 2010 fiscal earnings with a 25% increase in revenue, $16.20 billion for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2010. Operating income was $7.12 billion and net income was $5.41 billion, both up from the past. These reports beat Wall Streets expectations and the stock is currently slightly up in after hours trading. How about Bing? Well, Bing is part of Microsoft's Online Services Division, which took an operating loss of $560 million. That is much higher from the previous year, where they took a loss of $477 million. However, revenue did climb in that division, with [...]


Yahoo Search Ads Now Fully Powered By Microsoft adCenter

The Yahoo to Microsoft adCenter search ad transition in the U.S. and Canada is now complete. Both Microsoft and Yahoo confirmed the transition is now complete. Yahoo said: Today is a momentous day for us, as Yahoo! has completed the process of moving search ad serving for Yahoo! to the Microsoft Advertising adCenter platform in the U.S. and Canada. Additionally, this marks the completion of the transition of advertisers’ Yahoo! Search Marketing accounts to adCenter. From now on, to manage the ads displayed on Yahoo US or Canada, you need to manage them on Microsoft adCenter. Yahoo [...]


Japan FTC May Review Yahoo-Google Deal

The Wall Street Journal reports the largest online retailer in Japan, Rakuten has asked the Japan Fair Trade Commission to review the Yahoo-Google deal from a few months back. A Rakuten spokesperson said: The tie-up between the two firms would result in Google monopolizing information, which could hinder the development and growth of not only search engines but many Internet-related services in Japan. As we know, Microsoft said they will also challenge the deal where they said: We plan to present evidence to the Japanese FTC explaining why we believe that this deal is substantially [...]


Firefox 4 To Add Bing As Search Option

Bing announced that in the upcoming version of Firefox, Bing will be added as one of the standard set of search provider options. This will be on both the Mac and PC versions of Firefox 4. Bing said: We’re very excited to be included in the search engine choices in the upcoming version of Firefox. Having Bing in the "out of the box" list makes it easier than ever for the Firefox community to experience the benefits of Bing. Postscript From Danny Sullivan: The current default search engine in Firefox is Google, and that doesn't seem to be changing. However, it's a big boost for Bing to [...]


“Free Isn’t Free”: Microsoft Trying To Make Android More Costly With Patent Suit

News broke yesterday that Microsoft was suing Motorola for Android-related patent infringements. Microsoft said in a blog post that its patents cover a range of software functions used by Android devices (presumably this would apply to the iPhone as well): The Microsoft innovations at issue in this case help make smartphones "smart."  Indeed, our patents relate to key features that users have come to expect from every smartphone.  The ability to send and receive email on-the-go has driven smartphone adoption . . . Of course, for certain apps to run efficiently on handheld devices, th [...]


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