In the UK Google has been the dominant player in terms of search for some time is this something that is going to change?I suspect in terms of actual searches then Google will remain dominant however in terms of SEO unless your big business then I think you can forget Google. As you may or may not be aware I would consider myself as a PPC specialist but in terms of furniture and PPC it is a niche I have some track record in.
Lets take a look at searching for Ikea in Google this is what you get:-
Now lets us look at Bing;-
Ok so Wiki isn't a competitor but at least it is independent, are Google just slaves of the big corporations now, matter of time until the consumer gets this. Once this happens Google ceases to be cool or "out there" and they will drift of the radar. Google you are losing it as you search for big profits you are in danger of losing what made you great in the first place!
I can be something of a maverick but in my mind the results should contain Ikea at the top and then nine alternatives to Ikea, currently Google results look like an Ikea PR exercises.