Microsoft replaces Bing with Yandex as default search in Windows Phone

Microsoft has decided to replace its own Bing Search with Russia;s most popular search engine Yandex, as the default search engine on Windows Phone mobile devices to be sold in Russia.

Yandex has partnered with Nokia, Samsung, HTC and Microsoft to provide its search services on the latest Windows Phone smartphone models on the country’s mobile market. Yandex’s search engine is now installed on Samsung Omnia as well as on Nokia’s Windows Phone-powered Lumia 800 and Lumia 710.

“Launching Windows Phone in Russia, our goal was to provide our customers in this country with the latest version of a mobile operating system integrated with the most popular local web services and social networks. Now we are pleased to announce that the services of our strategic partner Yandex will appear on a wide range of smartphones supporting Windows Phone,” says Anna Kulashova, Director of Mobile Carriers and Service Providers Development at Microsoft.

Yandex has already developed Windows Phone apps like Yandex Maps and Yandex Market and many more are in the pipeline.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. He enjoys following and reporting Microsoft news and developments in the world of Personal Computing & Social Media.

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  1. Part of Microsoft giving renationalized services. They are going to incorporate country based services as first priority, in windows 8 as well. like handsets for china will have baidu as default search.. so and so. its in fact a seemingly good move, lets see how far does this catches up.

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