Apple Still Considering Bing For iPhone

Yesterday word came out about what their deal with Google to be the default search engine on Safari and Mobile Safari is worth to Apple, making us suspect breaking the deal is unlikely, even in spite of their growing competitiveness. Today, however, rumors surfaced again suggesting that negotiations between Microsoft and Apple may still be taking place.

The info comes from Collins Stewart Analyst Sandeep Aggarwal, who got the strong inclination that talks were underway after meeting with Microsoft executives:

Likelihood of Microsoft winning Apple search deal for iPhone is high. Though Microsoft did not confirm or deny any chatters on the likelihood of Microsoft wining Apple search deal for iPhone, Mr. Apter told us that for right economics Microsoft would like to win the Apple search deal. We note that a Bing launching a search App for iPhone sometime ago. In our view, Apple search deal can be strategically very significant win for Microsoft not only because of Google and Appleā€™s history of working together but also because Microsoft has been lagging behind in terms of making in roads on fast growing mobile Internet market.

[via BusinessWeek]


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