Firefox with Bing Introduced

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Microsoft and Mozilla have teamed up to include a new version of Firefox with Bing built in as the default search.

“Now Firefox users who are Bing enthusiasts can use Firefox with Bing to use the Web the way they want without having to take extra steps to navigate or customize their settings to Bing,” says Bing’s Tor Steiner.

I’d be curious to know what percentage of Firefox users are “Bing enthusiasts,” or for that matter, what percentage of Bing users prefer Firefox to Microsoft’s own Internet Explorer.

Still, any increase in default search experiences powered by Bing should help Bing to some extent. Firefox does control about 20% of the browser market (StatOwl).

“Firefox with Bing offers the latest version of Firefox with Bing set as your home page and the default setting in the search box and AwesomeBar (where you can also type in queries as well as Web addresses),” says Steiner. “If you already have the latest version of Firefox, then you just need to download the Bing Search for Firefox Add-on to set the same preferences.”

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Firefox with Bing itself can be downloaded here.

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  • Steven

    Soon you’ll hear people saying “just Bing it” instead of “just Google it”. While I like the feel and display of Google’s results, the results themselves are less relevant than Bing’s are to whatever I’m searching for. Google really made a mess of their index by creating Panda. Just compare the same search in Google to that of Bing and you’ll see Bing gets it, while Google is still trying to fiddle around with tweaks to see if Panda will ever get it. If Panda is really a separate layer to Google’s algorithm like Google claims it is, then why couldn’t they give it as an option until people feel that Panda results are better than what Google was displaying? Google often releases new interfaces by allowing people to choose between the old or the new interface, and so Panda should have been an option. If nobody used it, then wouldn’t that be a clear signal to Google they still need to work on the Panda layer more, instead of throwing it down the throats of everybody and taking the “if you don’t like it, go somewhere else” approach?

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