It looks like Microsoft and Apple have long buried the proverbial hatchet, where at one point in the past for both companies, it looked as though they were unable to come together and work as a team. Having said that, the enemy of my enemy is my friend, and with Google arriving on the scene with its Android platform, things have changed dramatically, so much so that now Apple and Microsoft are pretty bosom buddies. With the announcement of OS X 10.10, the desktop operating system from Apple will now make use of Bing to run its web searches.
Apple is further distancing itself from Google and expanding its relationship with Microsoft Bing in the next version of Mac OS X, Yosemite, unveiled earlier today and scheduled for broad release earlier this fall. An overhauled version of the Mac OS X Spotlight search will rely on Bing for web searches, the Redmond company confirmed this afternoon, after Apple listed Bing among the service providers powering the feature earlier today. “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,” said Stefan Weitz, Microsoft senior director of search, in a statement this afternoon. “We’re excited about extending the Bing platform to help iOS and Mac customers find what they need to get things done.”