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Google up, Microsoft down in November Web searches

Web searches rise again for Google in November and drop again for Microsoft as U.S. searches overall increase, Nielsen says.

Searches at Microsoft's Windows Live Search site dropped again in November from a year ago while Google's continued to rise, according to Nielsen Online figures released on Monday.

Searches at Windows Live Search fell 16.7 percent year-over-year, giving Microsoft 9.1 percent market share in the U.S. in November.

Google's searches rose 21.7 percent, for 64.1 percent market share, and Yahoo's searches dropped 1.4 percent from November 2007, for 16.1 percent share.

Total searches for the month exceeded 8 billion, up 9.6 percent from a year earlier.

In October, Google's searches rose 8.1 percent, giving it 61.2 percent share, while Yahoo's searches declined 12 percent and Microsoft's fell 19 percent year-over-year.

Top 10 search providers for November 2008, ranked by searches (U.S.) Nielsen Online