Yandex will be the Windows Phone 8 search engine in CIS states

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Continuing the arrangement in place with Microsoft on Windows Phone 7, Russian Internet giant Yandex will be providing the search engine service for Windows Phone 8 in Russian and countries in the CIS (reports The Next Web).

The countries covered by the deal are...

  • Armenia.
  • Azerbaijan.
  • Belarus.
  • Kazakhstan.
  • Kyrgyzstan.
  • Moldova.
  • Russia.
  • Tajikistan.
  • Uzbekistan.
  • Turkmenistan.
  • Ukraine.


Microsoft's acknowledgement that Yandex is a a better option for consumers than Bing in certain territories is a mature and sensible decision, and I'm happy to see this relationship continue. It will be hard-coded into the OS, which is a pty. At the very least I would have loved to be able to switch to Yandex next time I am in the CIS region.

This decision will probably lead to many people wanting to have an option to switch their Windows Phone to another search engine (I can hear the knee-jerk reaction asking for Google in the distance), but it's not as simple as changing a search engine box in a web browser. Search is built in to many levels of the core operating system, and I suspect it takes a fair amount of engineering and testing time to make the switch.

The full report can be found at The Next Web.

 Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine.

Source / Credit: The Next Web