Washington State chooses new decision engine

Bing is slowly gaining traction in the U.S. search market

Washington State’s Department of Information Services has integrated Microsoft’s decision engine, Bing, into the state’s Internet portal.

“Adding Bing to Access Washington will improve the relevancy of search results on the portal, allowing users to find the information they are looking for faster and with greater accuracy,” said Jim Albert, the department's deputy director of operations.

Washington’s Web site provides a range of relevant information for citizens, businesses and visitors.

According to Web analytics firm StatCounter, Bing is slowly gaining traction in the U.S. search market. The search engine had 9.41 percent of the market in July, up from 8.23 percent in June. Google still dominates the U.S. market with 77.54 percent in July, slightly down from 78.48 percent in June. Microsoft unveiled Bing in May 2009.

The Washington State Department of Information Services provides telecommunications, computing and digital government services to state, local and tribal governments; higher education institutions; and qualified nonprofit organizations.

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Reader Comments

Wed, Sep 2, 2009 CCurtis Boston, MA

I wonder what "integrated Microsoft’s decision engine, Bing, into the state’s Internet portal" really means. As an internet site, it's probably already crawled by both Bing and Google. Does it mean a custom integration that indexes ONLY the Washing state portal, and thus returns more focused hits?

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