Confirmed: Microsoft Bing will be default for Apple’s new Mac OS X Spotlight

yosemiteApple is further distancing itself from Google and expanding its relationship with Microsoft Bing in the next version of Mac OS X, Yosemite, unveiled earlier today and scheduled for broad release earlier this fall.

An overhauled version of the Mac OS X Spotlight search will rely on Bing for web searches, the Redmond company confirmed this afternoon, after Apple listed Bing among the service providers powering the feature earlier today.

“Last year Bing became the default web search for Siri, and will now also be the default web search provider in the redesigned Spotlight search feature for the next generation of iOS and OS X,” said Stefan Weitz, Microsoft senior director of search, in a statement this afternoon. “We’re excited about extending the Bing platform to help iOS and Mac customers find what they need to get things done.”

The move is a win for Microsoft’s search engine, and underscores the competitive tension between Apple and Google, particularly in smartphone operating systems. Google is expected to remain the default search engine for Apple’s Safari browser, for now, in what Danny Sullivan of Search Engine Land speculates is the result a contractual commitment.

  • mandrox

    after crapple’s stats about % who adopted their Mavericks vs Windows 8 BS, let the Crapplites use Groogle.

    • Josh Wooler

      Clearly apple computer owners are more happy with what they are offering in the way of OS than what Microsoft is offering. Lets not forget that windows 8 is somewhere from $120 to $199 obviously this is going to be a major barrier to adoption above and beyond the fact that many people I know are actually installing windows 7 or linux because they are so unsatisfied with windows 8. So a computer priced high with exceptional resale value and a free os that is updated every year with consistent incremental improvements as well as word processing suite for free or what windows if offering… I know what I choose and the numbers seem to be showing more people are making that choice.

      • Bruenor

        Percent vs raw usage:

        http://www.tekrevue.com/windows-8-outpaces-os-x-mavericks/

        Cleary you can’t compare OS-X adoption vs Windows adoption operating only on percent. Windows users never adopt new os release with same ‘speed’ like OS-X or even *nix. I really like W8, especially after update to 8.1, but I don’t buy upgrade in day one, i buy OS with new laptop last year… to this time Vista was floats my boat.

    • balls187

      I think your keyboard is busted.

    • Mark
  • Guest

    Congratulations to Bing on the big win!

  • Guest

    The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

  • Billy

    eggs.

  • balls187

    This is just makes more work for the user. Now they have to figure out how to use Google be default. The market has spoken. Bing sucks.

    • kynos65

      What sucks about it? I’ve only used it in a limited amount, but I appreciated its design and implementation of some key things. Now obviously, the main thing is accuracy in search – is that what you are saying sucks?

      • balls187

        Accuracy of results is really all that matters for search.

        When you keep having to fall back to google, just use google and save yourself the hassle.

        I liked the Bing Airfare Price Predictor. I liked the big beautiful images, I liked Bing Images. But ultimately I use search to find things. Google is clearly better for that.

    • JasonJoyner

      Most people haven’t ever tried it on purpose. Alot who have tried it don’t realize it. Bing powers Siri, Yahoo, now Apple’s Spotlight, Facebook’s web search, and many other major websites.

      • balls187

        I predict the #1 search in Bing will be “How do I make Google the default search in Spotlight”

    • Bruenor

      What sucks about Bing? Or where Bing sucks?

      I use both search engines because nor Google nor Bing are perfect, i figure that to search many ‘technical’ stuff Bing is better, but to things like for example ‘local entertainment’ (i think it is because i live outsite US) Google do better job.

    • David Ruck

      The new Spotlight looks like a big improvement no matter were the search results are coming from.
      http://instagram.com/p/o0Cz9otIk5/

      • balls187

        Try Alfred. It’s awesome.

  • rudy.rg5

    I was wondering why Chrome wasn’t working on iOS8 beta…