So, there’s some slightly conflicting data Thursday afternoon from Hitwise on trends in search market share.
The data for June suggests Microsoft actually lost market share in the month:
- Google: 74.04% share, vs. 73.66% in May, 69.17% a year ago.
- Yahoo: 16.19%, vs. 15.55% in May, 19.62% a year ago.
- Microsoft: 5.25%, vs. 5.64% in May, 5.46% a year ago.
- Ask.com: 3.15%, vs. 3.81% in May, 4.05% a year ago.
On the other hand, Hitwise also provided week-by-week data on Bing alone - not counting the other MSFT search sites - that shows rapid growth. Here’s the company’s share of U.S. queries by week:
- Week ending June 6: 3.43%
- Week ending June 13: 4.57%
- Week ending June 20: 5.35%
- Week ending June 27: 6.63%
Here’s the data with Bing combined with the company’s legacy search sites:
- Week ending June 6: 4.30%
- Week ending June 13: 4.59$
- Week ending June 20: 5.39%
- Week ending June 27: 6.71%
So while June was not a great month overall for Microsoft’s search site, Bing seems to be growing at an impressive pace.