Facebook Search Moves On Without Microsoft’s Bing

Microsoft, which recently began accepting bitcoin for its digital products, will no longer be the primary search provider for Facebook. For years, Microsoft’s Bing provided search results for the world’s largest social network, but this weekend marks a shift in Facebook Search.

According to a report from Reuters, a revamped Facebook Search will launch on Monday, December 15th. The reports states that the new tool will give the company’s 1.35 billion users the ability to filter through past comments and other information from friends.

Facebook Search Facelift

Speaking to Reuters, a Facebook spokesperson said,

We’re not currently showing web search results in Facebook Search because we’re focused on helping people find what’s been shared with them on Facebook. We continue to have a great partnership with Microsoft of lots of different areas.

Microsoft also commented on Facebook Search stating,

Facebook recently changed its search experience to focus on helping people tap into information that’s been shared with them on Facebook versus a broader set of web results. We continue to partner with Facebook in many different areas.

It’s important to note that Microsoft and Facebook have a storied history dating back to Microsoft’s $240 million investment in Facebook in October 2007. This funding garnered Microsoft a 1.6 percent stake in the now publicly traded social network.

Currently, Microsoft’s Bing search engine accounts for close to 20 percent market share according to comScore. It remains the second top Web search provider in the U.S. behind Google.

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