If Microsoft admits that they’ve moved on, that’d be great. Even better, somebody could do the whole “Bing Sting” experiment all over again. That would prove if Microsoft is still copying results from Google or not.
If we assume that Google knows what we know, it feels to me like one of two things has to be true…
(a) Microsoft has moved on
(b) Microsoft is paying Google for results
If anything else were the case, I would imagine that we’d have seen a well-publicized court case where Google sued Microsoft. I’m obviously not a lawyer, but this seems like it would be prime ground for an intellectual property lawsuit of some sort.
If it’s (b), I think that would be colossally stupid of Microsoft as Google effectively owns their underlying business technology, and could theoretically revoke it at any time. But licensing / purchasing business-critical IP and services from other vendors seems to have a long history in the tech industry.
Absolutely. But those spats are publicized, aren’t they? There are no articles about this in the last 10-ish years from what I can tell, which is why I’m inclined to think it’s no longer a thing. There’d almost certainly have been follow-up articles, articles about lawsuits, something in that long of a period.