Online retailer Amazon.com has dropped Google as its search result provider and selected Microsoft’s new Windows Live Search instead. The change affects both Amazon’s A9.com search engine and the company’s Alexa toolbar and Web site.
The move is the first public show of support for Microsoft new search technology, which will eventually replace MSN Search after it leaves beta. Although neither Amazon nor Microsoft announced the switch, it follows rumors that eBay was also talking to the Redmond company in response to competition from Google Base. Amazon, like eBay, allows its users to sell their goods through the online store.