Yandex becomes world’s fourth most used search engine

According to statistics, the Russian search engine edged its competitor Microsoft, which performs searches through its Bing, microsoft.com and other services, in November and consolidated its lead in December. ComScore data shows that Yandex processed over 4.84 billion queries (2.8 percent of global search market) in December.  

Russia’s search engine Yandex surpassed Microsoft by the number of processed queries, coming fourth after Google, Baidu and Yahoo, GigaOm technology news site reports referring to data provided by analytical agency ComScore. 

According to statistics, the Russian search engine edged its competitor Microsoft, which performs search through its Bing, microsoft.com, and other services, in November and consolidated its lead in December. ComScore data shows that Yandex processed over 4.84 billion queries (2.8 percent of global search market) in December, whereas Microsoft handled only 4.48 billion searches (2.5 percent).

However, GigaOm points out that Yandex still trails Microsoft search services with regard to the total number of users, 74.4 million versus 286.6 million people, respectively.

Google remained the world’s biggest search system with 114.73 billion (65.2 percent) queries recorded in December. China’s Baidu came second with 14.4 billion (8.2 percent) searches, and Yahoo was third with 8.63 billion (4.9 percent) user queries processed in December.     

Yandex leads the way on the Russian search market, where its footprint is estimated to be 60%, according to the Liveinternet statistics service. Google plays second fiddle in Russia with approximately 26 percent of the market. 

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