The relationship status between social networking giant Facebook and tech bigwig Microsoft is no more “Complicated” but they have ‘unfriend’ each other and ended a four-year online relationship.
Facebook on Friday said that it will no longer continue using Microsoft’s search engine Bing for web search results.
In a statement, a Facebook spokesman said, “We’re not currently showing web search results in Facebook Search because we’re focused on helping people find what’s been shared with them on Facebook.”
But Microsoft will continue owning a small but valuable stake in Facebook.
Echoing similar sentiments, Microsoft released a statement confirming the development.
“Facebook recently changed its search experience to focus on helping people tap into information that’s been shared with them on Facebook vs. a broader set of Web results,” a Microsoft spokesman said.
Both the companies, however, remained committal of support in other areas.
Experts call the pseudo-breakup as both surprising and expected. They say the social networking site is developing its own search mechanism which is primarily focused on helping the Facebook users find information within its social network.
Two years ago, the company launched “Graph Search” that offered users to sift through friends with questions like “College classmates who like X-Men movies and Coldplay and live in San Francisco.”
Facebook is making various updation and taking crucial initiatives to develop its search mechanism.