In the course of the fourth Democratic debate on Tuesday night time in Westerville, Ohio, ex-tech govt presidential hopeful Andrew Yang took a seemingly pointless swipe at Microsoft when partaking in a dialog about breaking apart Huge Tech.
Commenting on Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s proposal to interrupt up tech giants like Fb, Yang mentioned encouraging competitors on a regulatory stage received’t repair the entire issues within the shopper tech house proper now.
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“We need to be realistic that [enabling] competition doesn’t solve all the problems,” he mentioned. “It’s not like any of us wants to use the fourth best navigation app… There’s a reason why no one is using Bing today… Sorry, Microsoft. It’s true.”
For sure, the presidential candidate’s blunt remark despatched Microsoft’s public relations crew scrambling to draft a response.
On Wednesday morning, Microsoft’s promoting crew tweeted, calling Yang’s consideration to a Could Bloomberg article praising Bing’s wholesome income progress in recent times.
“Oof Andrew Yang, we take it your math isn’t correct,” the company account tweeted. “[You] might want to crunch those numbers in MS Excel after reading this.”
The Bloomberg article highlighted the truth that Microsoft generated $7.6 billion in annual income from internet search promoting in fiscal 12 months 2019 (ended June 30), which represented a virtually 10% enhance from the earlier 12 months and a 40% leap from three years in the past.
Whereas the quantity pales compared to Google’s $120 billion in search promoting income over the identical interval, “it’s more revenue brought in by either Microsoft’s LinkedIn professional network or the company’s line of Surface computers and other hardware,” the article famous.
Globally, Google owns greater than 90% of the web search market. Microsoft’s Bing, Yahoo and privacy-focused opponents like DuckDuckGo share the remaining single-digit p.c market share.