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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 2:57 pm    Post subject: Will Bing finally work for Microsoft? Reply with quote

Microsoft have tried a few strategies to break the search monopoly held by Google, with things like the cashback search engine they tried last year. Now they've launched Bing, their latest attempt. Will it crack the stranglehold?
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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I must confess, this is the first I've heard of it. Embarassed

I've had a read and it's a bit too early to comment until we can see it in action, but I'm not reading anything that makes me think Google should be at all concerned.

I guess making it part of Windows 7 could help them a little but I'll reserve final judgment until I can have a play with it for myself next month.

Interesting choice of name... no doubt they're hoping people will start using it as a verb one day... Question

Here's a preview, folks... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=et0rUzRAXGE
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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've reviewed it as much as possible in my weblog at http://tinyurl.com/m3znlt

In short, it's a sad mishmash of functionality that's been available with other engines for a long time. I've not seen anything to make me think that it's going to be anything other than another Microsoft train wreck. They've never understood internet search and this ridiculous fiasco of a search engine (oh, sorry - *decision* engine) simply illustrates this.

Of course, it may do wonderful things in which case I'll happily contradict myself, but I see no sign of it from their sad little video.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, I've played around with Bing, which is short for 'But it's not Google' or 'Basically it's no good', depending on your preference.

It's simply Live.com with a bolt on new interface. Results vary widely from really good to mind boggling WTF? There's very little that's original, and has mostly been culled from what Google is doing now, or Ask has done in the past. They're trying to make out their super new features are uh... super new features when they're options other engines have had in the past. They're also removing site results from the UK version for reasons that I don't know, and from the silence from them once I'd asked them about it neither do they.

In short - typical Microsoft train wreck.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From a results point of view, for the few searches I tried, it was very good.

However, I think Microsoft needs to come up with something pretty earth-shattering if it's going to take market share away from Google. Having a pretty background isn't going to do that.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some stats on Bing from Hitwise.

http://weblogs.hitwise.com/robin-goad/2009/06/initial_bing_stats.html


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 12:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting. I'd like to see what the graph is like when 'the dust has settled' in a few months time.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Be nice to know what numbers Google are getting as well Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes... problem is, though, if Google was on that graph, all the other lines would pretty much follow the x axis. Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very true. The other numbers do seem very small though. Sure Yahoo had more than a few percent of the market. If those are any guide Google must have 90% of the market.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try a blind search test to see if you prefer Google, Bing or Yahoo..

http://blindsearch.fejus.com/

My results were 100% Google on the 6 test searches that I ran...
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found that very interesting indeed. I ran ten different searches and these were the results:

bing
bing
bing
Google
Google
bing
Yahoo!
Google
bing
bing

So that's 6 votes for bing, 3 for Google and 1 for Yahoo!

I'm surprised. The bing and Google results were usually very similar, with Yahoo! usually lacking any real quality.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How many of those searches were for keywords ranking our own sites though? I dare say we're a tad bias in such circumstances Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They were in some cases (not all) for terms that I'm familiar with (and would have results featuring) but I tried to look at the results objectively.

It would be nice to see the results of all users testing it.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 15, 2010 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seems now MS are paying $3 to a charity if users set Bing as their default search engine.

http://tnerd.com/2010/07/14/microsoft-pays-3-to-set-bing-as-the-default-search-engine/

After their now abandoned attempts at cashback searching this does seem to suggest MS are getting a bit desperate.
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