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How are you getting on with Bing?

Posted on 22nd Oct 2009 at 13:10 by Mark Mackay with 39 comments

Mark Mackay
Since the release of Microsoft’s new search engine named Bing, it’s been something of a hot topic. The company’s previous attempt at a search engine, Live Search, was a woefully lacklustre addition to Internet Explorer and something of a non-event for the world of internet search.

Clive blogged his thoughts about Microsoft being on to a winner with Bing while Alex thought otherwise. But has Google gone unchallenged for such a long time that it’s possible the search giant could be caught unawares by a decent newcomer?

After Microsoft had put up a microsite on bit-tech to raise awareness of its new search engine we got a chance to talk to some of the techy guys at Bing. After learning more we thought that the search engine actually looked mighty promising and we decided to investigate more. Early last month we wrote an article titled Bing Vs Google, where we pitted the search engines against one another and found that Bing was a lot more than a simple refresh of Live Search.

How are you getting on with Bing?

We had to use the US version of Bing and the US version of Google for the article as Bing is still in its Beta phase in the UK. Many of the features that are on the US version, such as cash back, aren’t confirmed to migrate over the UK version of the search engine. However if the UK version shapes up to be close or the same as the US version then Microsoft could indeed be on to a winner.

Ultimately though, it depends if people take to the new search engine as Google is so established. Some of the bit-tech team have been using Bing while others are still unconvinced. We were curious as to how our readers were getting on with Bing, if at all. Have you been using it? Has it replaced Google in your home page or are you adamant that the Google - with it’s multitude of tools - will remain your favourite?

Let us know your thoughts.

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GFC 22nd October 2009, 13:29 Quote
When it came out I tried it a couple of times. But to be honest, even if bing is better (which I'm not convinced yet) I'll still be using google just because I'm so used to it.
stonedsurd 22nd October 2009, 13:56 Quote
Same as GFC.
I'm just too used to google.

I did obsessively double-search on bing and google to compare results something like 2 months ago, but even then google gave me what I needed quicker and better.
Jamie 22nd October 2009, 14:06 Quote
After installing Windows 7 the other day and using IE8 which defaults to Bing search I had my first genuine experience with it. Bing failed to give me what I was looking for so I headed over to google and got exactly what I wanted in the first few results.

Bing still isn't good enough for me.
Stuey 22nd October 2009, 14:08 Quote
As I conveyed in the ad-like Bit-tech logoed survey, it's okay, but not a substitute for google. I've noticed that a lot of sites are now featuring "look this up on Bing" links.

Bing can throw all the money they want at trying to get people to come over, but if it will succeed, it will take time.

I use Bing cashback, and have used them for brief product shopping, and find it ever so slightly better than google's product search.

What I still don't get is how Bing is a "decision engine."
Veles 22nd October 2009, 14:11 Quote
Bing?
Digibull 22nd October 2009, 14:22 Quote
I find that both come up with such varied results I tend to use both. I work as an IT support rep who is the main contact for roughly 200 users across Europe and sadly I can't answer every query off the top of my head so I do turn to a search engine on a regular basis. With the same string both will give me different hits.

What I would say its the best comparason between the two (and I highly recommend this is searched out of work, behind closed doors and the other half bribed out of the house with a tenner for a bottle of wine (yes i am cheap date)) is to type in 'porn'. Google will bring up a list of all the free porn streaming sites... Bing will give you definitions and wikipedia.

Also a good URL for comparason: http://www.bing-vs-google.com/
Blademrk 22nd October 2009, 15:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by Veles
Bing?
But It's Not Google

used it once or twice, but as my search engine tends to default to google guess what tends to get used...
Xir 22nd October 2009, 15:26 Quote
...well Bing is "familiy filtered" isn't it?
which is a reason not to use it ;-)

Other than that? Meh, has no pluspoints over google really.
And yes, that "survey" really was more an ad than a survey, wasn't it? No criticism allowed in this survey.
Stuey 22nd October 2009, 15:52 Quote
The "survey" popped up again. What the heck?

imho, I'm becoming even more less inclined to use Bing the more I see it advertised.

Why is google so ubiquitous? Ease of use, and a solid reputation.
The_Beast 22nd October 2009, 16:52 Quote
Am I the only one who googled Bing to find it?
ffjason 22nd October 2009, 17:00 Quote
I still find that it doesn't give me the results I want, where as google is much more accurate. I can also navigate google easily where as bing just looks cluttered.
Cutter McJ1b 22nd October 2009, 17:07 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by The_Beast
Am I the only one who googled Bing to find it?

I lol'ed
Tim S 22nd October 2009, 17:12 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by The_Beast
Am I the only one who googled Bing to find it?

:D
bradders2125 22nd October 2009, 19:38 Quote
I used to use live search religiously but moved to google. Tried bing but google is my default search engine.
M7ck 22nd October 2009, 19:50 Quote
Google has never left me dissapointed, I will continue to use Google.
thefriscokid 22nd October 2009, 21:39 Quote
What is Bing again?
Furymouse 22nd October 2009, 22:02 Quote
I use Bing at work as Google is blocked by our OpenDNS. I honestly don't see much difference between the two and me sticking with Google at home is more than likely down to pure habit.
AngusW 22nd October 2009, 22:05 Quote
Well its more or less instinct now to type in www.google.com when i want to search something so i can't see me changing that very easily. Plus googles better imo
D-Cyph3r 22nd October 2009, 22:12 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Veles
Bing?

QFT
salesman 23rd October 2009, 00:23 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Xir
...well Bing is "familiy filtered" isn't it?
which is a reason not to use it ;-)

Other than that? Meh, has no pluspoints over google really.
And yes, that "survey" really was more an ad than a survey, wasn't it? No criticism allowed in this survey.

You can turn the family filter off, but be warned.

I love Bing's video search. Bing's layout is amazing when it comes to displaying videos which is now the search engine I turn to for a video search. You guys should give it a try.

Bing vs Google for just a normal web search, Google wins in my book, Bing is pretty though.
Red 5 23rd October 2009, 01:04 Quote
So Bing has been covered in blog posts, an article, a survey, and now another blog post which points out a microsite I was previously unaware of.



Ho-hum.
r4tch3t 23rd October 2009, 01:36 Quote
Used it a few times, but I always had to go back to Google to find relevant results. I may not have given it a fair shot, but when Google presents the results I want on the first page and Bing doesn't have them on 2-3 pages, Google wins.
Horizon 23rd October 2009, 04:39 Quote
yeah and they need to beef up their image search big time.
The_Beast 23rd October 2009, 05:11 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cutter McJ1b
I lol'ed
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tim S
:D


You guys just won't admit it. You googled it too, don't lie, I know you did.
thEcat 23rd October 2009, 09:51 Quote
What possible reason would I have for encouraging the use, by using and therefore bolstering the figures, of a Microsoft controlled search engine?

MS have enough influence over the computer industry.
Trefarm 23rd October 2009, 10:56 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Red 5
So Bing has been covered in blog posts, an article, a survey, and now another blog post which points out a microsite I was previously unaware of.

Welcome to the world of Dennis Publishing... :(

I don't use bing, it was the image search that put me off, the filters are useless especially the size ones.
I'd like a little more choice than too small to see, too small to use, too small and everything else.
Xir 23rd October 2009, 12:55 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by AngusW
Well its more or less instinct now to type in www.google.com when i want to search something so i can't see me changing that very easily. Plus googles better imo

Type? it's my startpage :D
Quote:
You guys just won't admit it. You googled it too, don't lie, I know you did.

Guilty ;)
Brooxy 23rd October 2009, 13:00 Quote
Bing? As in Bada bing bada boom?

Too much advertising for it - I refuse to acknowledge it if I can help it because of this..
jim48509 23rd October 2009, 13:15 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Xir
Type? it's my startpage :D



Guilty ;)

;)
alpaca 23rd October 2009, 23:30 Quote
bing bong, bing bong...
Almightyrastus 24th October 2009, 11:27 Quote
Can't say I had heard anything about it until that "survey" (read, ad) thing popped up.

Still not tried it, sticking to Yahoo or Google
Horizon 24th October 2009, 19:00 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Xir


Type? it's my startpage :D

Yeah, I just hit CTRL+T whenever i want to goo... search for something.
The_Beast 24th October 2009, 19:24 Quote
http://www.bing-vs-google.com/

here's a site to compare the two
Kiytan 25th October 2009, 02:12 Quote
I've tried bing, Can't say as I'm overly impressed, google just seems overall better at getting the results i want.

Plus i use Igoogle as my homepage, something that as far as i know, bing doesn't offer
woodshop 25th October 2009, 02:19 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by The_Beast
Am I the only one who googled Bing to find it?

no
Mentai 25th October 2009, 05:36 Quote
I prefer bings image and video search, I use google for everything else still.
Perforated 26th October 2009, 11:14 Quote
I've not been back to bing since I last read about it here. It's very much an "it ain't broke" decision.

Plus, searching for anything is "ctrl+K" or just straight from the location bar, both of which default to Google or can be modified with a click or a keyword for wiki, imdb, whatever.

Bing seems superfluous, and I think that's something it will suffer for for a long time to come.
Xir 26th October 2009, 13:08 Quote
Must revise my opinion:

hav been planning a trip through south-east asia, and couldnt "route" from one city to the next using Googlemaps, Yahoomaps or Viamichelin.
Bing however routes.

So: one feature of Bing that Google doesn't fullfill: routing in the likes of Thailand/Vietnam/Laos
dyzophoria 1st November 2009, 18:46 Quote
id think id give bing some more time, its too early to say if its better than google imho, i would really like something to challenge the likes of google though :)
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