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Robert Mathews
02 Jun 2009

I normally access my Hotmail account through Mozilla but this past weekend I noticed that Internet Explorer was acting wacky. The blue band at the top of the page would start flashing and nothing would work. I noticed the words Bing Development flashing in the URL line for just a second or two and thought I was being hacked. Nice of them to forewarn folks.

Posted by:

Durk
03 Jun 2009

Re: tight integration, see "Microsoft's Bing playing fast and loose with fair use?" on ZDNet -- http://blogs.zdnet.com/Howell/?p=245

Posted by:

Keith
03 Jun 2009

Right off the git... Go to Bing and do a search on Google. Now try Yahoo. Now type in Bing. .... a bit different. Not even subtle.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Actually, I think those results are fabulous. Bing has realized that most people who type Google or Yahoo into a search engine are not looking for information about those keywords -- they want to go there and search.

Posted by:

Joe
03 Jun 2009

I typed "FR-3111" into Bing, Google and Yahoo with 131, about 69,800 and 1,160,000 results respectively. The item I was looking for, a Mitsuba FR-3111 turn-signal flasher for my motorcycle received 383, about 100, and 10 hits each when adding the word "mitsuba" to the search.

They each certainly seem to be different.

If Bing can filter out those bogus sites that list ebay listings, or just "lists", I might be inclined to switch from Yahoo.

Posted by:

ML
09 Jun 2009

Haven't you heard? Bing stands for "But It's Not Google!"

Posted by:

E.
09 Jun 2009

Found out about Bing from an article which also mentiouned yaub.com, another recently arrived search engine. Been trying both in parallel since then.

Results in "Bing" (another sad attempt at a lively memorable name) are essentially the same as in msb/live search, and other otherly branded MS offerings. Not impressive. Excessive integration and stickiness and usual lack of concern for user privacy are not surprising.

"New" features unremarkable in the face of search engines like clusty (formerly vivisimo), or kartoo or even ujiko. (Not to mention the newest from google and the largely untapped, undocumented abilities of yahoo search, derived from inktomi.)

But back to the beginning: Yaub seems to take privacy seriously, has a surprisingly fast "real-time" results set, culling seemingly within minutes from twitter and the like, and allows to search traditional internet web and news sites, PDFs and PPTs, blogs, images, social networks and more with two clicks -plus the query itself, of course.

Worth a visit.

Posted by:

Jerry
09 Jun 2009

You like Bing, good. You do not like Bing and want it removed from your system? HAH! Not gonna happen. MS learned a lot from it's locked in IE trick, Bing is a permanent addition to IE whether you want it or not.

Posted by:

TanMan
09 Jun 2009

Jerry, Bing just replaced Live.com. If you don't want it, can't you just remove Bing from the search provider list? Click the down arrow next to the magnifying glass (in the upper right of IE), and select Manage Search Providers. Select your preferred search provider and click the "Set as default" button. Now you can leave Bing there for when you want it, or select Bing and click the "Remove" button. Nothing is locked, dude.

And the idiocy of IE being "locked" is mind-numbing. You can choose whatever browser you want and make that your default. You can even remove IE from your system so that you can't browse the internet with it at all. However, since MS uses the mshtml control for much of its user interaction, that (and its supporting code) must remain. It's just another dll MS includes in Windows. That's it.

And no, I'm not a MS believer. But I am a coder, and it's much easier to deliver a user interface using html, so I can't blame MS for making this decision at all.

Nothing forces you to use Windows (except maybe your place of work), or IE, or Bing. I use Firefox and Google on Windows, and I'm perfectly happy with all of them.

Posted by:

Mark Jacobs
09 Jun 2009

My first Bing search: To test it out I typed in the name of the city where I live. Top result the town courhouse. What is their page rank criteria?

Posted by:

Terry O'Connor
10 Jun 2009

I simply do not like Bing and want to remove it! Are you saying that Microsoft does not allow the option of removing it? That's just not right on several levels!!! Doesn't it also promote annoying ad pop-ups?

EDITOR'S NOTE: No, I'm not saying you cannot remove it. Bing is just a website, so close your browser and it's gone. Where did you hear that Bing was promoting popups??

Posted by:

Toby
10 Jun 2009

I'm no search guru, but Bing gave me more relevant results than Google when searching for "tick bite." Bing also categorized results into 'treatment', 'first-aid', 'symptoms', etc. I think for the casual search, Bing is good.

Posted by:

Dave S.
18 Jun 2009

I have not tried to look for this on Bing, but evidently there's a big problem with kids being able to easily get to p**nography and view videos.

According to Kim Komando, a syndicated computer guru who has a weekly show and daily "Computer Minute" on hundreds of radio stations around the country, most computer savvy kids can get around the simple blocks for that kind of adult material. Is this true?

EDITOR'S NOTE: I don't think the problem is specific to Bing. But yes, p**n is rampant online and there's really nothing to stop kids from finding it, aside from parental vigilance.

Posted by:

baffled
28 Jul 2009

tan man it appears tha bing is "locked" in manage search providers, the remove button will not highlight when bing is clicked nor will it change from being your default. so i can relate to the other user. any other solutions?

Posted by:

jay
08 Sep 2009

Bing also generates extremely annoying popup ads like electronic litter, and there is no feature to turn it off. it does not matter what your search pref is. it is just more msft invasive software crap. it also targets ads at you depending on where you serf or what you search for. google is just as bad. there both crap and their search results are often old, dead links.

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Don
26 Sep 2009

I think bing sucks, every sense it's introduction I have had nothing but trouble with microsoft virtual earth 3D and it's constant flashing when downloading. It will not center on a chosen fixed point and the close ups are not even worth the time to think about using it any more. I have never been so disappointed in the internet as I am with this "stuff". Microsoft is horse pucky any more. I want the old microsoft with out bing back. Yes the pop ups suck too.

Posted by:

Bobbie
12 Mar 2010

I am changing my homepage to yahoo. I do not like this BING page. Who in the world came up with this page and who gave msn the nerve to change it without my permission.

Posted by:

Ken Busler
08 Nov 2010

Even if you remove bing as your search engine, it still has links embedded in websites. I cannot seem to remove them.

Posted by:

Barb
11 Jun 2012

The continual blinking on the BING line is driving me crazy - will change my web page if I cannot make it quit blinking. I prefer Google search but like the MSN web page for news and for going into my hotmail. Guess I will go to FOX.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Blinking on Bing? I don't see any blinking when I use Bing.

Posted by:

jilani
17 Jun 2013

yes i had used bing. it is an excellent feature for serching images,videos, maps than other search engines.

Posted by:

Tofucato
31 Oct 2013

I am bored with Google and its strife for world domination...have used Google for 5 or 6 yrs now, maybe more, I don't know. For Ever. (I'm a nerd) But lately they just want to know everything about everyone and so I went over to Bing, well, MS isn't really different from a corporate of point of view - but I do welcome a change. With Bing the front page is fun and the search result are very satisfactory. So Bing it is for a bit. And if one is too overly concerned about all that privacy thing, which I'm not, I just hate to be pestered (I'm one in a trillion after all) the one can always use duckduckgo, or some such.

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