Bing And Kayak Bury The Hatchet


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Microsoft and startup travel site Kayak have made peace: under a new partnership, Kayak will provide flight information to Bing Travel.When Bing Travel launched in June 2009, Kayak reportedly sent a letter to Microsoft accusing the giant of ripping off its design. Both sites let users compare flights from different providers, and the results pages are laid out almost identically, all the way down to a slider that lets users select desired departure and arrival times.

No lawsuit was ever filed, and since then the two companies have found common cause in trying to block Google’s acquisition of competing travel site ITA. In November, Kayak filed for a $50 million IPO.

Under the new partnership, Kayak will power the flight results on Bing, letting Microsoft concentrate on providing unique features like price predictions, which Microsoft got through its $115 million acquisition of Farecast in 2008.

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