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Considering the amount of time, money and effort that's gone into Bing, Microsoft's made some truly odd decisions in connection with its new search engine. Never mind the odd name. Did Microsoft really not foresee that Bing could be used as a handy way to side-step porn filters? And was it really necessary to bolster Wikipedia's …

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Para. 11: ... search box that likes to the search engine on the site itself.

Think that should say links not likes!

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Looks OK

Works OK. I would have to try it more to see if I could be arsed moving from the Big G though.

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Site preview

You could use Bing, or you could install Snap's plugin for Firefox. It's not a particularly original feature.

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Gates Horns

meh!

Perhaps it will imporve overtime.

I must admit i hadnt been drawn to some of the features you mention, so maybe i will go back and see if i can enjoy the ruchness of the new product. I will see wat and if there is any mterial a i can circumnavigate the firewall before being sacked ;o)

my main problem is core functionality, that is to say for my usual range of searches it brought back generally results with a low relevance compared to other search products, Google still is the engine of choice, more alarmingly for my purposes even yahoo ranks above Bing!?

Maybe, and interestingly - if as you indicate i choose an "optimised" search then the experince is different and that does raise some quesitons as to the purpose of a search engine?

Is it just a means of presenting or regurgitating a mass of commonaly available information readily available on a day to day basis from a 101 sources, or should and can it be used as an investigative tool? If the former, then bing wins, if the latter then it fails so far!

Why did they also not go the whole hog and call it Bingo! and not Bing!??

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Bing!

I thought Bing was quite a clever choice of name... "... hang on, I'll search for it... there it is... bing!". Or in the UK case "beta bing!"

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IE most popular browser?

According to the stats at W3C schools it's now FF.

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Balance in the marketplace?

Bing actually works well for me and it shows my own sites at the top of a search so what can I say? Although I'm generally anti-MS, I'll give this a go for a while because I like to see more search engines and Google is starting to worry me.

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To be honest...

...I actually quite like it....

Does stand out and every search doesn't return a "Find ...... on ebay"

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Program Manager Nathan Buggia

Buggia, lol.

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Dear Mr Smith

Bing looks good for previewing porn, no need for expense claim

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It's All About Results.

Had a quick look entered the query, leaving cert paper 2 mistake, which is quite topical in Ireland at the moment. The first five pages of Bing returned nothing relevant. The first five results from Google were exactly what I was looking for. Anyone remember cuil? I still hope it will become a viable alternative to Google the competition will keep them on their toes.

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share

You mention 'market share', by which you're referring to query share, but rather pertinent to this article is the fact that Live Search reached around 30% of searchers, compared to 90% or so for Google. While that's not massive, the discrepancy between searcher reach and query share suggested that any new MS search engine needed to be more 'sticky', and get people to return to it. Hence, I guess, the catchy brand, and the 'one-stop-shop' style approach to things like booking flights and so on.

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Tracking?

One good reason to use bing is to reduce google's ability to keep tabs on us. MS seems to be more wary of upsetting their customers by retaining information on them, but time will tell.

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Porn search..

I had dickens of a time, trying to turn that bloody Filter off. :D

Sadly it wasn't quite as simple as changing the Settings, but I stil managed to do so somehow.

All I can say is keep up the good work there Microsoft! You finally figured out that the Internet is for Porn!

Google should probably start to watch there backs now!

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Microsoft's Bing Bang On Target

Unfortunate that Microsoft chose to name their new search Best Match, the same as eBay's despised "unfinding experience" but it does seem to be bringing an increasing amount of targeted traffic to my eCommerce blog.

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Bing gets it wrong

I tried it out and found that if I opened Bing in IE I got Bing Australia. If I opened Bing in Firefox I get Bing U.K. Twould seem sthat the only people who use Firefox, According to Microsoft, are U.K.ians.

That being said I still rather prefer Google, at least they know where I live.......mmmmmmm maybe not so good

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Linguistic Inflation

"Bing can get the user's intent spectacularly wrong at times. Bing has a mobile version, m.bing.com, on which I searched for Windows Mobile. At the top of the results were glass companies in the city of Mobile in the US state of Alabama."

How is that spectacularly wrong? Not what you wanted perhaps, but hardly a "spectacularly wrong" guess. Mildly amusing at best? Now if you had let it know you were interested in Operating Systems you might have had a point. Or maybe in your life your example really does count as something spectacularly noteworthy. I, on the other hand, have seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. Spectacular, you see.

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And of course

Firefox has had add-ons that give you a preview of a web page for a long time. And there are ample websites to help you searching through restaurants, or whatever business yo are interested in. Some of these are quite good. So there is still nothing new under the sun.

But I guess it's ironic that the company that drives people crazy by forcing them to click and click and click before they can get something done on their local machine (are you sure you want me to do what you told me to do?) is trying to save us a few clicks on the internet by embedding external media sources, content previews and (heheh) wikipedia.

I'm just wondering how /fast/ bing is, compared to google. I'd think all those nifty previews eat bandwidth and server CPU. Also interesting that they feed the beta to the entire world sans USA. They get the Real Thing and we have to wait six to nine months. Well, at least we know where we stand, Microsoft!

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Microsoft

Microsoft are so far behind in terms of search engines because it's too difficult to find the information you need.

I've tried using Live Search for all sorts of things from finding photoshop tutorials, to researching topics for my degrees and I just find it cumbersome to use, with little in the way of useful results.

I don't know why this is, but they need to get it sorted if they want to take on Google search. I don't really like Google that much as a company (in fact I prefer MS), but most people, including me will go straight for their search engine because at the moment it is the best for most types of search.

The term "Google it" is nearly always used these days rather than just saying "do a search".

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comfy

i like Bing. It's worth a good week or two using it before dissing it or writing it off.

Being comfortable and knowing what to expect from Google is one thing, but i have found bing to be very relevant and the added features are a bit more interactive. Bing actually makes Google look really dated.

Both engines are obviously similar but at the same time do certain things very differently.

Maybe it's time for a change, i can't think of a product which has remained at the top slot forever, (apart from maybe windows!), walkman fell to ipod, maybe Bing will do the same to Google?

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this is nothing like...

this is nothing like...live search, it's a total revamp. Whatever they have done, they have done right.

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it will be in the results !

i have used google for years even had a gmail account when it was invite only.

But lately microsoft are getting my attention

e.g. free push mail with live.com account (have a old hermes running WM6.1)

Would of prefered gmail but this actually seems to be doing quite well.

I do get a tad annoyed to the amount of comercial stuff i get in my google searches considering i dont really buy off the internet :/ if i do i go to names i already know e.g. argos cpc maplin.

If they can deliver decent resuts without to much crap for buying stuff i will be happy

Google is a automated shopping trolley now :(

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Pat

Hang on, have they just put Google in a frame?

It looks JUST like Google. Same layout, same text-ads column, same colours even. I think maybe Bing is just a very light frameset and some css.

If imitation is the finest form of flattery, MS just sucked Google's lolly.

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is it really going to matter?

It's early days but bing looks really good from what I've seen so far... and yes I do trust MS more than I trust Google. The problem really is that any search engine needs to reach a critical mass of users before it really explodes, in the days of the Google The Dominator(TM) that's harder than ever to do, bing might go end up as a footnote - yet another example of the better technology losing out to the market.

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Yahoo

Yahoo is a pretty darn good alternative to google. I can find everything I need, at the same discovery rate.

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London Weather

"Type "London weather", for example, and you get a summary of weather in London now and for the next five days."

Odd that the first hit on Google is exactly that.

Obviously bing searches google.

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Pleasantly pleased

So far.

Takes me back to when Google was an uncluttered search engine and did just that. Wikipedia comes out tops in some searches but not all, I haven't noticed overly undue prominence.

The irony of trying to avoid 'all the world belongs to us' Google by having to turn to Microsoft :-)

The only complaint I have is that I'm using 800x600 and pop-up previews are off screen to the right when there's plenty of wasted blank space on the left.

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Rubbish at images

The image search does a much worse job than Google's one - the results are related to the search term maybe 20-30% of the time rather than 50-60% ( unscientific estimate, but this is about user perception anyways ) and it doesn't seem to use any metadata about the image, just the file name.

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but will it recognise m$ product names?

seriously, if i search for COM components will i just get dot com links??

or SQL server will i actually get info on microsofts SQL server??

or .net perhaps i'll actually get information on the framework, rather than matching URLS

or Money - perhaps it will give me info on microsoft Money

or ditto for Project, Word, Access....

i was actually waiting for a product called "the" from m$... i've always wondered whether choosing words so generic that they're hard to search for was part of the remit for m$ product names!

Paris because googling that always returns relevant results (eh? a city in france you say...?)

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Porn Research

Good results for "milf", less good for more obscure categories like "gilf" and "oma".

I will wait on windows users to report on more alternative lifestyle choices search results like "daddies" and "twinks".

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@Peter Page

all these moments will be lost, like tears in the rain

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Let's see how well it survives being gamed

For every website owner with legitimate content, there are dozens of frankly evil ones, who will try to misdirect web users onto their sites for any number of unwholesome ends. Gaming any primary route, that users rely on to find content, is about the easiest way for malicious websites to hoover up hapless victims. Successful search engines actively work against these efforts, and the more successful the search engine becomes, the harder this gets. The fumble over the porn previews was of concern because it was a side effect of how Bing was designed to work: it wasn't the result of someone actively targeting the feature. It reveals a niavety, on the part of the developers, that I do not think will prove resilient, against the jading experience of having to run a search engine effectively, against attackers with seriously bad intentions, for years, while trying to stay ahead of them.

Search is about much more than finding something that looks about right, and making a mashup of it. If more people start using Bing, then attempts to game it's search criteria will move into full gear, and at the moment, its search criteria do appear rather childishly obvious.

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Bing = Obvious Name

Surely world+dog realises that Bing is a recursive acronym for Bing Is Not Google? I'd have plumped for Zing though.

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@Ivan Headache

"Obviously bing searches google."

Check your logic.

You have reached this conclusion because if you type "London Weather" in both then it brings up information about the weather in London? It might just be possible that both search engines are set up to return weather forecasts independently of each other?

Moreover, given that today they return different forecasts, I fail to see how either is getting their information from the other.

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date relevant

Google and Bing do not seem to get the date relevance of stuff.

E.g. if i search for a tech term on google or bing i may get a link to a forum that has not changed in 3 years ABOVE a more recent entry in another forum.

How relevant is not just a case of how many words match but how up to date.

Hmm.... seems like bing is just google in an iframe...

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Where in the world???

I've built three XP PCs this week in the UK and the PCs are all set to UK settings (natch) but everytime the IE8 setup runs through it defaults Bing to the Spanish version.

Donde esta UK version????

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@Sampler

No, you may have read it wrong. The stats on their pages show the browser share just for W3Schools. It isnt an idication of overall trends on the Internet, it says so towards the bottom of the page.

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@Sampler

Why the hell does no one read the disclaimer on that page?! W3School's users are hardly going to be indicative of general browser use - they're all web developers!

Every time the question of browser market share comes up some idiot mentions that site and says that FF is winning. Try checking the GA accounts of some websites and you'll see that FF is still well below IE in most cases.

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BING?

Am I the only one that when I say 'Bing' in my head it's always in the voice of Doug when he slaps Chandler's arse in that early episode of Friends? :)

This is quite nice to use, but I still found the most relevant results to my query a few pages in. The interface is clean and crisp like Google which is good.

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Search within search...

I quite like this idea.

I'm not sure about a search engine trying to make decisions for me, but at least there's no advertising.

Anyway, the world needs more than one set of answers, so I don't see why anyone should complain at a different approach - it can only be a good thing, surely?

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Re: Bing = Obvious Name

I'd have gone with Ping :)

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In the words of Dr Raymond Stantz “he's an ugly little spud isn't he?"

Seriously, I looked at it last week, gagged and typed in "google" and clicked the link, then, just for good measure, I pressed back and then typed in "google" and clicked the link again.

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A different point of view

If I search for trim in both google and bing. Google's first result is the trim function in the php manual.

Bing favours trim.com the website of a brand of manicure products. The php function is 3rd.

Interestingly Google returns trim.co.uk (9th) before trim.com (10th) presumably because I am in the UK.

Bing looks pretty good, much better than the old live search. However just being good isn't going to make people switch from Google they need to be significantly better. I guess they just have to hope that they can gain market share by being the default search in IE.

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Best search engine?

clusty.com

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I Love it!

This is great! I am really suprised! The results are good for my searches, and I have been using it all day instead of Google. The old LIVE search was a heap of junk and never gave decent results, but this is actually accurate, clean, some nifty features, not Google and GOOD!

I will give it at least a week to be fair to it. I am pretty bored of Google, and the millions of results that take me to fake blogs, ebay pages, expired pages and or chinese pages.

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BING BANG BALLS

Competition to Google I'm all for but competition from Microsoft?

I'd sooner search the internet myself.............

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Re: a different point of view

"If I search for trim in both google and bing."

If I search for trim, I get pictures of ladies. Maybe it's a language thing. Now, about that fuzz ...

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Search engines

The Google search is pretty good, but nothing's perfect and there's always room for another kick at the cat. Google's chief drawbacks are, as Lee Jackson put it, "the millions of results that take me to fake blogs, ebay pages, expired pages and or Chinese pages" and the simple fact that it's part of the privacy-invasive Googleplex. For the latter reason, I avoid the use of Google search these days, and use Google almost exclusively for Maps (which I do not enter search terms into) and Images, which I use to track down pictures of certain plants. Indeed, when Google took over one of the main blogging sites, I deleted my blogs and my account.

These days I use Ixquick for most searches. It claims not to retain your IP address (but that may be a meaningless claim), and is something of a meta-search engine. Good old Altavista is still out there, too, and I don't know how many others.

It seems to me that diversity is the key element to having a perfect world as far as search engines are concerned. There's more than one way to spider the web and more than one way to analyze and organize what you find, so the more the merrier.

PS: Re Google and privacy. It strikes me that the time is coming when the whole concept of "targeted ads" will have to be thrown into the trash barrel, along with Google's own propensity to spy on you, Phorm, Nebuad, and God only knows what other snooping systems. The simple fact is that "targeted ads" are INHERENTLY at odds with online privacy and it's time for everyone to realize this.

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