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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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I think it's brilliant!

When I search for our main key phrase our company website is listed on the first page not once but twice!

Compared to Google's bottom of page two listing it gets my vote!

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if this is....

if this is the latest and greatest thinking out of Microsoft they are headed the way of the American auto manufactures. Going Going Gone!

Need a bailout do you?

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Anonymous Coward

Image search

Everything looks lovely - except having to roll over images to see the site they're from. I often search using image search because I can quickly scan for likely sites - but the picture alone's not enough to tell me that.

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Paris Hilton

Errr!

Who the fuck is this Bing Google Guy? Sounds like a twat to me.

http://www.scroogle.org/ ftw.

Paris, cos she can bing my google anytime :)

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Paris Hilton

See?

"there are unfortunate side effects when it comes to porn - seriously, didn't anybody inside Microsoft see that one coming?"

I see what you did there...

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Paris Hilton

Too many comnplaints

About bing bringing up too many pr0nz sites. seriously, is this possible?

Paris, 'cuz her video plays when you roll over her.

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@Search within search

Um ... there are ads all over Bing, just like Google, Live Search, ad infinitum.

And if you guys think Bing won't beef up its monetizing ... BZZZT. Wrong. If there's one thing Microsoft knows, it's penny sucking. You can rest assured that whatever Bing looks like in its rollout will bear faint resemblance to what it will look like once the public has started to really use it. Same goes for its functionality ... it will change a LOT in the coming months, both for its good and your bad.

And don't forget that Microsoft is that sweet little company that just can't help 'helping' ... from unrequested 'updates' that modify third party software to keeping the leash on throughout the life of a system, Microsoft has proven over and over again that if given the opportunity to stick their finger into your pie ... they will do it without hesitation.

At least Google only pays attention to you when you are using its services, or are on a website that feels compelled to use its services.

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Bing

Tried bing today in the UK - beta version. Liked it. thought it was much cleaner to use than Google and the search results were fine for the things I looked for (real stuff). I am sure the results will improve over time as well.

Not sure why gthe reviewer seemed to have the usual 'well its Microsoft so lets knock it' attitude. Its nice to see an alternative to Google.

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Re: Errr!

FAIL!

<https://ssl.scroogle.org/cgi-bin/nbbwssl.cgi> FT-real-W.

P.S. I think Bing (or is it "Bing!") warrants a looksie. I personally think it's trying to be jack-of-all-trades, which may not work out too well, but it may prove to be a worthy adversary to the allmighty Google.

-dZ.

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Pleasantly surprised

I've tried live.com a couple of times over the last few months (and live.com has had that daily photo with hotspots home page for ages), but I always ended back with Google.

I just tried a search that google didn't help with yesterday, and bing came up trumps on the first link.

Microsoft also has the best website for checking "gas" prices, on autos.msn.com. It's interesting to note that a search on bing for "gas prices" only turns up the msn site in 3rd place. bing and google both put gasbuddy in the number one slot (that site looks like a refugee from the 90's, complete with annoying animated gif ads).

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What World are we living in??

Seriosly, I keep checking the URL and it says Theregister.co.uk but I then scan over these posts and I don't see how this is happening. What the heck happened to all the microsoft haters? only a few of you are showing up to badmout Bing?

Come on, there is so much to beat up on it at. The name initially sounds stupid. All the news before people actually used it was how horrible it woudl be and how spending 100M was useless and pointless and another FAIL!

Now, after people have actually used it!! ACTUALLY USED IT! They have a few positive things to say? Where is your conviction to hating people? or did all the pro MS people just show up to comment and the hater decided to shut their pie holes because wow, it was actually kinda nice to see a nicely designed search engine (whose colors weren't designed for 1st graders - come on the primary colors on google look like a joke when you go there now) and it actually delivers good results (AKA it works well).

Just amazing to see these posts. I would like to see more haters read my post and come back here with some conviction. I think with all the good news on Win7 and now Bing that you guys are scared that you can't sit up on your pedastal and look down at a company stumbling and play the arrogant know it all and pontificate about how they would do things much better.

Come on people - Keep hate alive.

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Joke

Italian American search engine..

badabing.com

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Meh

Fire up Bing and search for Phorm.

Lots of links to subpages of phorm.com. Google still gives a better set of hits against the same term

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Gates Horns

Good old days...

"That's our goal of not just providing links but helping you solve the key task that you're trying to do"

Surely that feature needs its own animated icon. How about a paperclip?

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@Jason

//.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???? ///

search microsoft KB, you will find the reason/patch..... this is a known "feature"

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weirdo!

@What World are we living in??

"keep hate alive" - mate, seriously, go home and find a rope!

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Linux

Bing-bang-dosh

When i first saw it. I thought someone had been playing with some dns tables on my net. Until i worked out that it was live search.

The stupid images in the background are useless/slow to load.

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Happy

MS' uphill battle

Yes, IE may default to Live Search, but when we got my 11 year old a new computer and he was using it for the first time to search for something on the internet for his homework, he typed "Google" into the Live Search box, which took him to the Google home page, and only then did he enter his search terms. Dominant mindshare, or what?

At that point I set his default search engine to Google, although I was laughing so hard it was pretty tricky to aim the mouse accurately.

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It's all in...

..the mentality.

We're all so used to google that we've begun to think like google when forming our queries. We know what works best so we optimise our queries to get the most suitable matches.

Unless bing works in the the same way we're going to have to start again which I don't particularly fancy.

That and I don't really want to use MS (though at least they thought ahead with a catchy name that could easily become verbified - "Just bing for a local curry house will you...". If only the people behind cuil (!!) had thought of that!)

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Since no-ones

said it yet, may i be the first:

Beta Bing, Beta Boom!

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