The update to Facebook’s search functionality announced last week, which will allow users to search posts that have been shared with them, claimed a victim in Bing, the search engine from Microsoft, as the social network confirmed that it will no longer include results from Bing in its search results.
Reuters broke the news late Friday, and Facebook confirmed the move to Reuters, with a spokesperson saying:
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 in lots of different areas.
Microsoft responded in a statement to VentureBeat:
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.
Bing and Facebook have been tied together in several ways for some time:
- The ability to search Facebook friends’ photos was added to Bing in August 2012.
- In January 2013, users of Bing’s Social Sidebar who connected their Facebook accounts to Bing began seeing more results from their Facebook friends.
- In March 2013, Microsoft’s update to its Bing Desktop application included tighter Facebook integration.
- In May 2013, users of Bing’s Social Sidebar were given the capability to like and comment on Facebook posts directly via that tool.
- Microsoft and Facebook teamed up on a hackathon in January at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., aimed at integrating Facebook Login with Bing and other Microsoft products, such as Outlook.
Readers: Did you find the Bing listings in Facebook’s search results to be useful?