ComScore has released their latest statitics for the month of November, 2008 and Google remains the king of all search engines. This is not a major surprise, but what is surprising is that Microsoft still remains in the number 3 position at a lowly 8.5% of all searches. Even though Microsoft has adpoted a pay program, people are still remaining loyal Google users.
“RESTON, VA, December 19, 2008 – comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released its monthly comScore qSearch analysis of the U.S. search marketplace. In November 2008, Americans conducted 12.3 billion core searches, a 3-percent decline versus October, which can primarily be attributed to November having one fewer days in the month.
November 2008 U.S. Core Search Rankings
Google Sites led the U.S. core search market in November with 63.5 percent of the searches conducted, up 0.4 percentage points from October, followed by Yahoo! Sites (20.4 percent), Microsoft Sites (8.3 percent), Ask Network (4.0 percent), and AOL LLC (3.8 percent).”
What is also interesting is that even if Microsoft were to buy Yahoo, which they may or may not still do, adding Yahoo and Microsoft seraches together would only amount to 29% of all Internet searches. So what makes Google continue to be the leader?
What do you think?
You have to love this cat and mouse game Microsoft is playing on whether there will be a need for a service pack this year or not. In a previous article [here], I had mentioned that Microsoft representatives had stated that there would be no service pack, instead a series of hotfixes would be applied to Vista to correct some issues.
The contention is that Microsoft feels that Vista was so good right from the start that no service pack would be needed. There is also some discussion on the Internet that Microsoft may also feel reluctant to use a service pack that incorporates fixes for all problems, since some fixes only apply to specific situations. As you may recall, both service packs 1 and 2 for Windows XP had some undesired results after consumers installed the fixes.
The latest rumor is that service pack 1 for Windows Vista may be coming in October or November of this year. The CEO of Intel during a phone conference may have spilled the beans when he accidentally mentioned the October/November release dates. [Article here].But Microsoft is still playing hard ball and doesn’t want to confirm any specific release date.
Which brings up another thought. Was this actually a slip of the tongue by the Intel CEO or was it planned? Microsoft is a marketing genius when it comes to Windows. They are aware that many consumers and businesses are waiting for a service pack before they would even consider installing Vista on their machines. An October/November release would be ideal for the computer OEM’s who would love to have a highly profitable holiday season.
So what do you think? Will Microsoft come out with a service pack for Vista just before the holiday buying season?
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