July search stats are in. And Bing has leapfrogged its new partner Yahoo into position #2 in the search market wars, reports Chitika.
Google, of course, maintained its gargantuan first place lead with 81% of the search market. But now, for the first time, Bing has taken over Yahoo’s hold of position #2, while AOL and Ask continue to fight for 4th place.
Now, browsers do play a role in search engine choice. Chitika reported earlier this month that Google searches made through the Firefox browser alone totaled more than either Bing or Yahoo searches. And Google’s contract with Mozilla, which makes Mozilla the browser’s default search engine option, is going to expire soon. Plus, Bing now powers Facebook’s Web search, which as you’ve all heard by now, has more than 500 million users. And withWindows Phone 7 phones starting to make their way to market, could all of these factors together help Bing start catching up to Google, the #1 search engine juggernaut?