Microsoft Wins Big in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite

Yesterday Apple unveiled two major updates to its mobile and desktop operating systems, iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, respectively. Both systems will offer tons of new features and, more importantly, tighter integration with one another. However, buried among all of the chatter yesterday was a major win for Microsoft’s Bing team.

Bing is now the default search engine in Spotlight, the overarching search-everything software system inside both OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. Google still powers Spotlight in earlier versions of Apple’s software that are still available to the public. So what does this mean for you?

If you search for something in Spotlight like, Mario Kart 8, for example, it will query Bing instead of Google for the results it displays. In the iOS 8 beta we have installed right now Google is still the primary provider, but Microsoft told Search Engine Land that it will power both OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 in the future.

“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,” Microsoft told the news outlet. “We’re excited about extending the Bing platform to help iOS and Mac customers find what they need to get things done.”


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...