Let’s acknowledge the ugly facts first – Microsoft’s Live search engine is a piece of shit. Utter garbage.
So it hardly comes as a surprise that even Microsoft employees (a.k.a. Microserfs) don’t use this junk search engine.
As Google gets better and extends its search hegemony, Microsoft’s trashy search engine continues to lose ground.
Look at the below numbers put out by Nielsen Online the other day. They tell a sad story for Microsoft.
Google’s growth (27.6%) was way higher than the year-over-year growth for all searches (16.7%). Microsoft’s year-over-year growth was a mere 0.3%, way lower than the growth of all searches.
Over the last decade or so, Microsoft has poured hundreds of millions of dollars into its search sinkhole but has little to show for it.
Microsoft is now said to be working on a new version of its search engine code-named Kumo but given the company’s pitiful track record in the search domain, we are not optimstic that it’ll be any good or that Google faces any threat to its hegemony.
We don’t know anyone who uses Live search.
Folks, do you know anyone using Live? Bet you don’t either.
As we wrote 18 months ago, the history of Microsoftâ€™s Internet initiatives is littered with the carcases of failures – online advertising, MSN Internet access, CarPoint, MSFDC bill presentment and payment service, LinkExchange Banner Network, HomeAdvisor home buying service, Passport Express Purchase online shopping service, Electronic Wallet, MoneyCentral and more.