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Why did Microsoft eliminate the Farecast airline price predictor site?

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In March 2014, Microsoft eliminated the Farecast airfare price predictor functionality from Bing Travel to direct resources to other areas that provided the company the greatest opportunities to meet the travel needs of its users. The functionality was incorporated into Bing Travel after Microsoft's purchase of Farecast in April 2008.

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As of April 2015, Microsoft offers Bing Travel via the Internet and an app for Windows phones but does not provide fare prediction functionality. Oren Etzioni, the founder of Farecast, expressed the opinion that Google's April 2011 acquisition of ITA Software, which provided the data used in the fare prediction algorithms, was a factor in the decision to remove the functionality.

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