What’s your default search engine? According to Net Market Share’s April report, Google still leads all the other search engines globally – by miles. Google has 68.65% market share worldwide, followed by Baidu with 16.99%. Next comes Yahoo – Global with 6.56%, and at fourth place is Microsoft’s Bing with 6.41%.
Obviously, Microsoft wants a larger share of that pie, whether in the US or in other countries. At this point, it seems that Microsoft is targeting Brazil to gain a larger market share for their search engine Bing.
If you access the site from a country other than Brazil, you won’t be able to see the offer due to geotardation. Thanks to Slashdot, we have an English translation of the offer:
Make MSN your homepage and Bing your default search engine and earn up to 60 minutes of calls to mobiles and landlines in Skype.’ … The Rules: ‘After receiving the voucher, this should be used until July 31, 2014. Once on Skype, the credits do not expire. The minutes are based on a rate of $ 0.023 per minute, but the number of minutes may vary depending on the destination of the call and the number of calls you make. The current value of the voucher is $2.00. [One claimed], the voucher will appear in your Skype account.”
So, on top of using Bing as your default search engine, your homepage has to be MSN. If you’re in Brazil and you use Skype regularly, this is your chance to get something free, albeit a very small amount.
Then again, I don’t know if that’s worth switching to MSN and Bing as defaults if you’ve been using something else for years – unless you’re actually ready for a change. I wonder if Microsoft will do this in other countries as well?