Yahoo Inc must switch to Microsoft Corp’s Bing search service in Taiwan by Monday next week, a US federal judge said in upholding an arbitration decision blocking Yahoo from postponing the transition until next year.
US District Judge Robert Patterson in Manhattan said Yahoo must abide by the terms of the agreement it forged in 2009 with Microsoft to merge their search capabilities internationally so they could better compete with Web search industry leader Google Inc.
Yahoo told Microsoft last month that it was delaying the transition from its Panama search service to Bing in Taiwan and Hong Kong because of concerns about Microsoft’s commitment to Bing after the US technology giant’s CEO Steve Ballmer announced in August he would be stepping down within 12 months.
Microsoft initiated emergency arbitration and obtained a court order for Yahoo to complete the transition to Bing in Taiwan by Monday next week and in Hong Kong by Nov. 11.
Patterson, ruling in Yahoo’s petition on Tuesday last week to dismiss the order, said the arbitrator did not exceed his authority or disregard the law.
“We have unwavering plans to continue investing with Yahoo in the Search Alliance, now operating in more than 20 countries, and the Bing platform, which is central to our latest products,” Microsoft spokesman David Cuddy said in an e-mail on Monday.