Apple Sticks It To Google By Adding Bing In Spotlight Search

Jun 3, 2014 • 8:43 am | comments (13) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Bing Search

Bing LogoYesterday at the Apple WWDC event, which you can watch over here if you missed it, Apple showcased the new Spotlight feature in their preview of OSX, codenamed Yosemite.

Spotlight will be using Bing as the backup search feature built into Apple's core search feature.

Here is the slide that mentions Bing as a third party source for Spotlight:

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Here is the new Spotlight search bar in the OS X preview:

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Here are how the search results look:

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Obviously, clicking on a web result will instead take you to Bing in your web browser, as opposed to Google, as how it works right now.

On the OS X Preview page it also highlights Bing's role in Spotlight:

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And Bing said so in their 5 year birthday post, that Bing "powers Siri and Spotlight in the new OSX to help find answers."

So not only did DuckDuckGo win, Bing won even more. The loser here, Google.

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06/03/2014 12:54 pm

Besides, most of the search results are instant. Why would you even want to open a browser when all the info you need is available on your computer, instantly.


06/03/2014 03:20 pm



06/03/2014 04:40 pm

Yay apple! I now forgive you for dropping NuBus support 3 months after shipping it back in the 90's. I hold grudges for a long time. :)


06/03/2014 06:32 pm

The end is nigh, Google.


06/03/2014 09:33 pm

LOL Dammit end! Get nigh faster!

Dave Fogel

06/03/2014 09:46 pm

The less market share google has, the less then can do all these stupid penalties and BS screwing up peoples sites. I wish Bing had a 50% marketshare.

Peter Nikolow

06/03/2014 10:49 pm

The end isn't near... let just say that Apple used other sources to feed computers with information. This can be DDG, Bing or even Google. Isn't end of the world. But on other side 80+M devices working with Bing can do unpredictable results.

Grammy Winner Taylor Swift

06/04/2014 04:26 am

One underperforming company partnering with another underperforming company.

Bairi Rajendar

06/04/2014 11:47 am

Who says Apple is a underperforming company.

Patti Paz

06/04/2014 12:47 pm

Horray for Apple! At least there is ONE company willing to take on the fight. Wish there were more.

Patti Paz

06/04/2014 12:48 pm

Oh, my goodness. How do YOU define Underperforming?


06/05/2014 04:43 am

You one of Msft hired trolls?


06/06/2014 08:06 pm

"Spotlight will be using Bing as the backup search feature built into Apple's core search feature." Note: Backup... Google is still and will have a good market share, because it's the best company in the search business. Hate it or not, they are the best. So before you troll think about it...

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