Microsoft unveiled its improved search engine called â€œBingâ€ this week and is doing so without the help of Yahooâ€™s search engine, as negotiations for a possible deal are stalled.
â€œNegotiations always ebb and flow and right now theyâ€™re in an ebb position,â€ Yahoo chief executive Carol Bartz told Yahooâ€™s Tech Ticker on Wednesday. â€œThereâ€™s not that much going on.â€
Bartz and Microsoft chief executives both appearing at the conference spoke at the Wall Street Journalâ€™s â€˜D: All Things Digital conferenceâ€™ in Carlsbad, California, saying they were open to some sort of deal but did not disclose details.
Microsoft is trailing behind rivals Yahoo and search leader Google.
Google had more than 64.2 percent of all U.S. Internet searches in April, or 9.5 billion out of 14.8 billion total searches, data firm comScore reported recently. Yahoo had 20.4 percent while Microsoft came in third place with 8.2 percent.
Microsoft could make headway in the search market by reaching an agreement with Yahoo, which is showing signs of improving fundamental strength, wrote J.P. Morgan analyst Imran Khan in a research note earlier this week.