back to article Have you always wanted an algorithm that can search like Bing? Well, if you change your mind, one's on GitHub now

Microsoft has open sourced a machine-learning algorithm that powers part of its web search engine Bing. The code is designed to answer questions like, "When was Bing launched?" though we fear it can't answer the hardest questions of all: "Why is Bing still a thing?" and "Steve Ballmer?" “Keyword search algorithms just fail …

  1. jake Silver badge

    A problem where the answer is ...

    ... code from Microsoft?

    Colo(u)r me skeptical.

  2. Wade Burchette

    I gave up on Bing when I tried search Microsoft's own website with it

    I tried using Microsoft Bing to search Microsoft's own website. I was looking for some information about a certain BSOD. I don't remember what exactly, because it was years ago. But I do remember that I really couldn't find I needed so I tried using Google, then I found the answer I needed on the first page. It was at that moment that I decided to permanently banish Bing. Now I do not like Google as a company. It is just, sadly, there is no one better with the search engine.

    1. joed

      Re: I gave up on Bing when I tried search Microsoft's own website with it

      Nobody should be subjected to Bing search algorithm. All of MS search "engines" (web, sharepoint, store, windows) may as well be replaced with dice. Results would not become any more random.

      1. Maventi

        Re: I gave up on Bing when I tried search Microsoft's own website with it

        Add Outlook/Exchange to that list.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: there is no one better with the search engine.

      Just don't use Google.com directly. Stop feeding the dragon. There are alternatives you know.

    3. Unicornpiss Silver badge
      Meh

      Re: I gave up on Bing when I tried search Microsoft's own website with it

      These are my feelings exactly--while I don't necessarily trust Google's business practices, I have to say their search engine is the best in the business.

      Of course, comparing the ethics of Google and Microsoft is like trying to choose the less worst candidate in the last US presidential election..

      Now if Google would also stop salting the results with sponsored ads for worthless crap, we could all live happier, more productive lives.

    4. Nick Kew Silver badge

      Re: I gave up on Bing when I tried search Microsoft's own website with it

      Noone is forcing you to use it. I don't use it either.

      But I'm glad to hear they've opened the code, and I wouldn't rule out taking a look if it should become relevant to some task that presents itself.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Re: Where can I dowload Chrome?

    Why? Why would you want to put spyware on your device/machine?

    I know that Chrome has a gazillion fans but do you really want to keep feeding the monster that Google has become?

    Chrome is banned from my network. Chromebooks are forbidden.

    Google is IMHO as bad if not worse than Huawei for spying on us.

    Downvote all you like it won't change my opinion.

    1. Maventi

      Re: Where can I dowload Chrome?

      I don't want spyware, so no Chrome for me and no Windows either

  4. imanidiot Silver badge

    No thanks

    All well and good, but it also means that searching for very specific things becomes utterly impossible. Want to find something specific where the general public misuses a term completely incorrectly? You won't find a thing with BING because their "vectors" keep steering you back to what "everyone else" is talking about.

    1. chroot

      Re: No thanks

      > Want to find something specific where the general public misuses a term completely incorrectly? You won't find a thing with BING because their "vectors" keep steering you back to what "everyone else" is talking about.

      And Google does not do that?

      For these things I go directly to Wikipedia; no need for a web search engine.

      1. imanidiot Silver badge

        Re: No thanks

        Google is a lot better at allowing you to use specific search terms to steer away from the common (incorrect) usage and towards meaningful search results. Bing just keeps steering you back because it thinks it knows better what you want.

  5. Whitter
    Flame

    What I'd like is...

    A search engine that rates information about <blah> above some random shop/service selling something tangentially related to <blah>.

    It began with the deliberate avoidance of blog that were "messing up" the search results. (OK, probably true at the time).

    And its ended up with what is tantamount to search engines searching only business adverts, rather than "the web".

    </rant>

  6. NanoMeter

    Bing is good for one thing only.

    Bing is the porn search engine. Won't use it for anything else.

  7. Tom Paine Silver badge

    10/10 for the headline

    that is all

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