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January 12, 2012

Microsoft Bing Beats Yahoo in Search Queries for the First Time in December

comScore on Thursday released search engine data from December 2011, with Bing surpassing Yahoo in the number of search queries for the first time.

However, Google sites, of course, continued to reign supreme, gobbling up 65.9 percent of search queries conducted in December, up 0.5 percent from November.

Microsoft's Bing came in second, though not exactly a close second, claiming 15.1 percent of searches in December, a slight increase from the 15 percent it took home the previous month. Yahoo saw a decline from November to December, slippling from 15.1 percent in November to 14.5 percent in December, which allowed Bing to leapfrog Yahoo for the number two spot.

Rounding out the top five were Ask Network and AOL, hanging steady with 2.9 percent and 1.6 percent of search queries respectively.

comScore classifies these searches as "excplicit core searches," which means they "exclude contextually driven searches that do not reflect specific user intent to interact with the search results."