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Digby
07-06-2009, 09:54 AM
Micro$t has released their re-badged search engine Bing.

I have tried it a few times.

I quite like it. It is very clean and modern looking.

I like the way their backgrounds change (I got some nice dolphins today)

But they have a long long way to catch Google Up.

davidmmac
07-06-2009, 10:49 AM
I too like the colourful interface, but they do have a long way to go to catch up to google.

BigBadBob
07-06-2009, 10:59 AM
The Bing Maps is horrible. They have a long way to go to catch up with Google maps!

wainuitech
07-06-2009, 11:27 AM
Its Ok, actually found a answer to a question i was after faster then the same google search.

R2x1
07-06-2009, 11:44 AM
Maybe they should have called it Bling?. . . ;)

somebody
07-06-2009, 01:38 PM
I've used it for a while - it does what it says it does. I currently have it set as the default search engine in FF, and have found it quite good at returning the right results quickly.

It is missing some features though - for example, the ability to convert currencies by typing something like "1 NZD in USD".

Renmoo
07-06-2009, 03:38 PM
No, but for sure, "bing" won't become a verb any time soon.

bob_doe_nz
07-06-2009, 03:42 PM
It is missing some features though - for example, the ability to convert currencies by typing something like "1 NZD in USD".

xe.com/ucc

Easy to remember.

somebody
07-06-2009, 03:46 PM
xe.com/ucc

Easy to remember.

Yup - it was convenient to do it from the Firefox search bar though.

somebody
07-06-2009, 08:21 PM
This may interest PF1 members living in India (if there are any): http://thomashawk.com/2009/06/microsoft-doesnt-think-people-in-india-should-be-allowed-to-search-for-the-term-sex.html

Jen
07-06-2009, 08:38 PM
This may interest PF1 members living in India (if there are any): http://thomashawk.com/2009/06/microsoft-doesnt-think-people-in-india-should-be-allowed-to-search-for-the-term-sex.htmlI think it is safe to assume 99.99% of our members with Indian IPs are on the banned list. :p

Looks like a pretty basic filter MS are using to block the word "sex" from being searched on. If you put a word in front of sex, or combine it with some other common terms, it still works. You wonder why they bother. :rolleyes:

johcar
08-06-2009, 09:09 AM
Why would YOU be using that search Jen? Purely for academic/testing purposes I assume...

:D :D

Chilling_Silence
09-06-2009, 01:07 AM
I used it once, it gave me all the wrong results, but let's face it: As far as I'm concerned, Google can do no wrong, especially with everything they've done for me like Google Mail, Google Apps, Chrome, and soon Google Wave will blow the world away!

I can't wait :D

Biggles
09-06-2009, 02:39 PM
I think is way better than Live, and I do like the more detail tab the pops up at the right of each search result.

But that said, how do you attempt to challenge Google's dominance from a standing start? It's not like Google will stand still.

And having whacked my head against my desk repeatedly while dealing with Games for Windows Live when attempting to install an add-on for Fallout 3, I was again reminded that MS has an almost unrivaled ability to screw up things that should be dead simple ....

R2x1
10-06-2009, 11:07 PM
A staff member at work was somewhat infuriated to find that his computer (XP) is unable to access Google except via bling. He was ready to lower it the quick way for two floors. Fortunately a firewall clampdown on IE and a quick install of Firefox has solved the immediate crisis - has anybody else suffered this apparent hi-jacking? I can't understand how this could happen - he is protected (snort) by Nortons.

Speed kills - surf safe and slow with Nortons. Kills viruses by boring them to death.

bob_doe_nz
10-06-2009, 11:42 PM
Hehe. Microsoft's new search engines name reminded me of one of the C&C Red Alert 2 cutscenes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmJE4vlBsNY)

Agent_24
11-06-2009, 03:08 AM
It's certainly a heck of a lot better than their previous search engine

Sue
11-06-2009, 05:06 PM
Just tried it. Search choice of All or Australia only. I'm in Kaiteriteri SI. not Kimberly.
Same result with Firefox, Omniweb and Safari.
Epic Fail.

Their feedback server has been overloaded for the last hour.

Biggles
11-06-2009, 05:09 PM
Just tried it. Search choice of All or Australia only. I'm in Kaiteriteri SI. not Kimberly.
Same result with Firefox, Omniweb and Safari.
Epic Fail.

Their feedback server has been overloaded for the last hour.

There's a region setting at top right if you are using bing.com. Or you could just go to bin.co.nz.

somebody
11-06-2009, 05:13 PM
Just tried it. Search choice of All or Australia only. I'm in Kaiteriteri SI. not Kimberly.
Same result with Firefox, Omniweb and Safari.
Epic Fail.

Their feedback server has been overloaded for the last hour.

Who's your ISP? Maybe your IP address is within an Australian range, so Bing thinks that you're there, and not here.

Jayess64
11-06-2009, 05:19 PM
No, but for sure, "bing" won't become a verb any time soon.

Yeah, the name 'bing' does pose some linguistic difficulties. Perhaps it can be related to 'sing', 'sang', sung', giving us 'bing', 'bang', 'bung'.

Strictly, this would require persuading Microsoft to change the name to the noun 'bong'.

Hey, time for my medication...

Digby
12-06-2009, 09:07 AM
Yes Sue and Somebody - but Bing seems to have a feature where you can go to Advanced Search and choose a country to search from ?

This is great for me as I can check how my website is being indexed etc.

SurferJoe46
12-06-2009, 09:56 AM
Ahem!


Search king zings Bing: A combination of pre-launch buzz (http://click1.newsletters.siliconvalley.com/sfsssfldn_dbjybgjhqhq_zrmmfvfn.html), curiosity (http://click1.newsletters.siliconvalley.com/rqzzzkwrr_dbjybgjhqhq_hgkkysyt.html) and some eye-catching TV commercials (http://click1.newsletters.siliconvalley.com/xdwwwfczc_dbjybgjhqhq_ohttpnpb.html) brought a bit of a boost to Bing in its first week as Microsoft's search offering. According to comScore, the Redmond behemoth's share of search result pages in the U.S. gained a full two points, climbing to 11.1 percent during the debut days. Not particularly surprising, and certainly not enough to rattle the folks at Google.

In an interview with Fox Business (http://click1.newsletters.siliconvalley.com/sfsssfldb_dbjybgjhqhq_sflldndj.html), Eric Schmidt, the search sovereign's CEO, assumed an air of casual indifference to the latest assault. "It's not the first entry for Microsoft," he said. "They do this about once a year. Well, maybe every two years."

".....in 2005, Microsoft pushed MSN in a big way. Fairly soon after, things morphed into Live Search with a more limited push. We're two or three years past, and it's a major new brand that Microsoft is putting out there."

".....Somehow, it still feels a bit different than what they've done before. I guess it's a sense to me that this is the dice being thrown down the table for the final time. ... I don't think Bing's arrival has changed what we're doing. We are about search; we're about making things enormously successful by virtue of innovation."

And it takes more than flashy marketing to retain customer loyalty, he said: "You earn that. You don't just buy it with ads. You earn it, and you earn it customer by customer, search by search, answer by answer."

Of course, as Search Engine Land's Danny Sullivan notes, Schmidt can't afford to be overly disparaging when the antitrust hounds come sniffing, Google needs to talk about how strong the competition is.

Sue
12-06-2009, 07:48 PM
Bing Settings checked ~ current settings > Location Auckland.
Reset location > Saved Auckland NZ.
Reloaded.
Search still shows Aussie only or all with a photo of Ayers Rock....
ISP Vodafone Mobile Broadband NZ.

Whatever, Google at least knows where I am..

Sue
12-06-2009, 08:05 PM
Pic not loading..

Digby
12-06-2009, 09:31 PM
Thanks surfer Joe - those ads are quite cool.

Here is a video by Microsoft on what Bing does ! It actually does quite a few things !

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JFUEGeU-q0&feature=channel