Microsoft's Bing search engine to go 'mobile friendly'

Microsoft said Thursday its Bing search engine would be reconfigured to give more prominence to "mobile-friendly" webs
Microsoft said Thursday its Bing search engine would be reconfigured to give more prominence to "mobile-friendly" websites, an acknowledgment of the growing importance of smartphones and other mobile devices

Microsoft said Thursday its Bing search engine would be reconfigured to give more prominence to "mobile-friendly" websites, an acknowledgment of the growing importance of smartphones and other mobile devices.

The announcement comes just weeks after Google implemented a similar shift. The moves by the two search engines could have big implications for , advertisers and for those who seek to optimize .

"Based on data from user's interaction with Bing, we have seen that mobile users are able to satisfy their information needs much faster on searches that return more mobile-friendly results," said Microsoft's Shyam Jayasankar in a blog post.

"With that in mind, we will be rolling out mobile friendliness as a signal in ranking."

Microsoft said however that mobile friendliness would be just one of the factors considered when displaying search results.

"This means that for mobile searches on Bing, you can always expect to see the most relevant results for a search query ranked higher, even if some of them are not mobile-friendly," said Jayasankar.

He said pages that are highly relevant to a search will not get penalized even as mobile-friendly pages get a boost.

"This is a fine balance and getting it right took a few iterations, but we believe we are now close," Jayasankar said.

He said the changes are expected "in the coming months."

More than half of Internet searches worldwide are estimated to be made on mobile phones, a trend that is driven by developing countries where smartphone use is higher than that of computers.


Explore further

Google embraces 'mobile-friendly' sites in search shake-up

© 2015 AFP

Citation: Microsoft's Bing search engine to go 'mobile friendly' (2015, May 14) retrieved 15 December 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-05-microsoft-bing-mobile-friendly.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
59 shares

Feedback to editors

User comments