Qi Lu, Microsoft’s Online Services President, announced at the Web 2.0 Summit today, that Microsoft’s new engine, Bing, has stuck a non-exclusive deal with Twitter. The deal is an important one because it will be the first search engine to bring in real-time updates. It is also important because there have been reports that Google, Bing’s biggest competitor, has been in talks with the social networking site, and hasn’t been able to come up with a contract. Many Internet users are saying that this is a “big-blow” for Google.
Twitter updates have been available for search on Bing for quite awhile now, but today will be the first time, Bing users will be able search keywords and watch real-time tweets from Bing’s website. Lu also said that this will open up many opportunities for future business deals among business’s world wide. (more…)