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Microsoft Bing Search Launches Early Preview

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 5 years ago | from the badda-bing dept.

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An anonymous reader writes to mention that Microsoft has rolled out a preview version of their Bing Search site earlier than expected. Microsoft's hope at putting a dent in Google's ubiquitous search presence, Bing has several new features including Bing Cashback, Bing Video, and Bing xRank. "Bing Video is really great because of the new thumbnail video feature. Try searching for E3 at Bing Video and you'll quickly see how it works. Simply hover over a video and it starts playing instantly. This is fantastic from the consumer's point of view but what about the publisher? It's almost like Microsoft is stepping on their toes by deploying video search in this manner. Would a user still click on to the site if they can watch the whole video from within the search results? Fair use definitely comes into mind here. Perhaps there should be a 30second limitation on the 'thumbnail preview?'"

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Weird... (5, Interesting)

FredFredrickson (1177871) | more than 5 years ago | (#28172405)

What's interesting, for me, about other search engines and their "usability" is the fact that my eyes are trained to parse google results. Google search results look official and informative. I can't use Yahoo or MSN (or Bing for this matter) because their search results look sterile.

Sometimes it's the lack of information- as little as giving me the page size (7kb). Sometimes it's the margins. Bing has a left margin. Google doesn't.

I'm not saying that these differences make a BAD difference, except this: Internet users learn quickly about scams. The first time I accidentally clicked on those fake search results on an ad-search mis-direction page, I learned to pick up on these differences quickly.

In fact, it's subtle, but you can usually tell when a computer has an infection that hijacks your google results- because they don't look right (older infections changed the results, new ones redirect REAL results.. but that's a different conversation).

The point is- my mouse won't go near, let alone click, on things that I think are tricks or advertisements. For some reason, I trust google a lot. So much that my eyes are trained to see it's results and disregard others. I'm reluctant to click on bing results.

I encourage slashdot users to try bing out, and tell me it doesn't look foreign to you! Tell me you don't feel weird clicking it's results! The internet trains you quickly that you are to embrace familiarity, because you will be quickly punished for not doing so.

Re:Weird... (3, Insightful)

mccalli (323026) | more than 5 years ago | (#28172519)

I encourage slashdot users to try bing out, and tell me it doesn't look foreign to you! Tell me you don't feel weird clicking it's results! The internet trains you quickly that you are to embrace familiarity, because you will be quickly punished for not doing so.

I understand what you're saying, but I have a different perspective. Yes, the results page looks different to me but in fact that has meant I've paid more attention to it. I've been trying this out every so often and it's looking promising. Wish they'd get rid of the picture from the front page, but other than that I think I'm going to stick with this for a while. Its "Pages from the UK only" thing (insert your country here...) seems much more accurate than google.co.uk's, for instance. I might be imagining it, but it seems that way to me so far.

My current homepage is google.co.uk. I'm going to set bing.com as my homepage for a week to see how I get on with it - so far it's found things that Google didn't and missed a whole load of Google-oriented spam sites, so looking promising at first glance. I'll see how it truly is after a longer term test.

Cheers,
Ian

Re:Weird... (3, Insightful)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 5 years ago | (#28172607)

so far it's found things that Google didn't and missed a whole load of Google-oriented spam sites

Until the spammers note that Bing's marketshare is big enough to set their sights on. It's the whole exploits are concentrated on the most popular software out there paradigm again.

I do like some aspects (video included) of this though. I find the shopping to be about as good as Google's, nothing special. Could definitely do without the noisy background, though. I crave simplicity!

Re:Weird... (1)

mccalli (323026) | more than 5 years ago | (#28172779)

"so far it's found things that Google didn't and missed a whole load of Google-oriented spam sites"

Until the spammers note that Bing's marketshare is big enough to set their sights on. It's the whole exploits are concentrated on the most popular software out there paradigm again.


Oh yes, I completely agree. It took a while for Google to become so spam-infested though, so hopefully we get a reasonable break in the meantime.

I do like some aspects (video included) of this though. I find the shopping to be about as good as Google's, nothing special. Could definitely do without the noisy background, though. I crave simplicity!

Indeed. Is actually the one thing putting me off making it my homepage, but I'm going to do it just to give things a try. Have been less satisfied with Google of late - not necessarily their fault as such, but there's so much targeting of them that's it's getting harder to sort wheat from chaff.

Cheers,
Ian

Re:Weird... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28172825)

fuck your mother and your father

Re:Weird... (2, Interesting)

causality (777677) | more than 5 years ago | (#28172927)

"so far it's found things that Google didn't and missed a whole load of Google-oriented spam sites" Until the spammers note that Bing's marketshare is big enough to set their sights on. It's the whole exploits are concentrated on the most popular software out there paradigm again. Oh yes, I completely agree. It took a while for Google to become so spam-infested though, so hopefully we get a reasonable break in the meantime. I do like some aspects (video included) of this though. I find the shopping to be about as good as Google's, nothing special. Could definitely do without the noisy background, though. I crave simplicity! Indeed. Is actually the one thing putting me off making it my homepage, but I'm going to do it just to give things a try. Have been less satisfied with Google of late - not necessarily their fault as such, but there's so much targeting of them that's it's getting harder to sort wheat from chaff. Cheers, Ian

Maybe the best defense against the spammer is multiple successful search engines owned and operated by different companies. In other words, I don't like the idea of a Google monoculture any more than I like the Windows monoculture and the instant widespread success of malware that it enables. With spammers and others who want to "game" the search engines, it seems to me that the same principle applies.

Re:Weird... (3, Interesting)

Jake Griffin (1153451) | more than 5 years ago | (#28172875)

Some of the things I use quite a bit on google search are the calculator feature, as well as just asking a basic trivia question that comes up while I'm browsing. Both such examples fail on bing. "1+1=?" returned a bunch of nonsense, which is expected because bing doesn't have a calculator, but "How tall is Steve Nash?" returned his stats in the first result with a picture, which is nice, but it is not his height. You have to look to the third result to see how tall he is. Google on the other hand returns this as the first result: Steve Nash â" Height: 6 FT 3 in. Very simple, quick answer. This is the reason I will stick with Google for the time being.

Re:Weird... (1)

Jake Griffin (1153451) | more than 5 years ago | (#28172895)

Steve Nash â" Height: 6 FT 3 in.

That was supposed to read: Steve Nash -- Height: 6 FT 3 in.

Re:Weird... (1)

BenFenner (981342) | more than 5 years ago | (#28172535)

I never jumped on the Google bandwagon because Altavista was always good enough for me.

The results look almost identical to Altavista results.

No paradigm shift for me.

Alta Vista (2, Insightful)

AliasMarlowe (1042386) | more than 5 years ago | (#28172819)

Altavista was always good enough for me

I really liked Alta Vista also - when it supported boolean queries with the NEAR keyword. I really miss that NEAR keyword, it could transform a search so easily into something worthwhile. When Alta Vista morphed into a yet another Google-style search, I moved to Google.

Re:Alta Vista (1)

causality (777677) | more than 5 years ago | (#28173163)

Altavista was always good enough for me

I really liked Alta Vista also - when it supported boolean queries with the NEAR keyword. I really miss that NEAR keyword, it could transform a search so easily into something worthwhile. When Alta Vista morphed into a yet another Google-style search, I moved to Google.

I remember that. I used to use Altavista back when the URL was altavista.digital.com and back in the day it was great.

Re:Weird... (2, Insightful)

rsborg (111459) | more than 5 years ago | (#28172599)

What's interesting, for me, about other search engines and their "usability" is the fact that my eyes are trained to parse google results. Google search results look official and informative. I can't use Yahoo or MSN (or Bing for this matter) because their search results look sterile.

I just tried Bing (Did Chandler approve of this?) and it does look like Google, with the exception of the left border as you state (and that weird mouseover line-with-a-dot on the right hand side)

Microsoft really did embrace (phase 1 of embrace, extend, extinguish) Google's format here... The same size font on result headings, the url (without the protocol identifier, in green) and even the "cached" link. And I don't think it looks bad, since many sites basically embed google site-search within their frame, as a quick and easy way of searching their site, and the results look similar to Bing.

That said, it does say a lot that Bing UI look just like Google's search UI embedded/framed within Bing's page... it isn't bad or good, but it does show that MSFT realizes they are NOT the big fish in the pond here, and that they are going for a low-profile look-alike entry so people aren't too scared off.

Re:Weird... (1)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 5 years ago | (#28172609)

I don't feel weird clicking it's results.

Re:Weird... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28172753)

How do you click it is?

Re:Weird... (1)

Saint Stephen (19450) | more than 5 years ago | (#28172797)

They look pretty similar to me. I know what you are talking about, but Bing does a pretty good job of mimicking Google.

I did the "cheeseburger" test on it - if on Google, I search for Cheeseburger and the first page of links are all people trying to get me to buy cheeseburgers, I know Google's evilling up the results. If on the other hand I get all kinds of cool interesting things about cheeseburgers, I know I'm getting the "truth."

The result sets look almost the same to me and the output is bland enough. The margin and images don't bug me.

Re:Weird... (1)

pornserver (1565445) | more than 5 years ago | (#28172855)

The page loads quickly, they have a nice little side thing that gives you more info on the page. Looks fine. Definitely will use this with google search.

Re:Weird... (2, Insightful)

brian0918 (638904) | more than 5 years ago | (#28172921)

If you feel at risk clicking on things, then certainly Bing's mini preview window should make you feel even more safe, not less. With that said, I'll probably be sticking with Google.

Re:Weird... (1)

Mprx (82435) | more than 5 years ago | (#28172945)

The left border definitely gives it a spammy feel. If I came across a Bing results page unexpectedly I'd probably mistake it for a link farm and immediately close it by mouse gesture without even reading anything. Would take less than a second.

Foreign alright. (1)

zonky (1153039) | more than 5 years ago | (#28172971)

Bing thinks I'm from the UK, presumably based on language settings, rather than in New Zealand, (which it could determine from IP.).

Re:Weird... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28173183)

"The point is- my mouse won't go near, let alone click, on things that I think are tricks or advertisements."

Sometimes I'm the opposite, it's been so long since I've had any malware I forget what it's like. Maybe I should use my XP partition more huh? It'd cure that feeling without me trying to force it manually.

Re:Weird... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28173325)

sterile? the look the same

And Slashdot couldn't even link to it? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28172425)

I guess I'll just have to Google it.

Re:And Slashdot couldn't even link to it? (4, Funny)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 5 years ago | (#28172553)

Nope, this is a Microsoft product. You have to fucking Google it.

Re:And Slashdot couldn't even link to it? (5, Interesting)

neoform (551705) | more than 5 years ago | (#28172841)

I wonder how Bing stands up against Google..

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3604/3585051300_d23a37a32e_o.png [flickr.com]

Re:And Slashdot couldn't even link to it? (1)

Miladinoski (1280850) | more than 5 years ago | (#28172981)

Mod parent up! That picture is awesome!

Re:And Slashdot couldn't even link to it? (4, Insightful)

Iphtashu Fitz (263795) | more than 5 years ago | (#28173263)

That's one reason why I never liked MSN Live and other MS search products. They're obviously very biased towards Microsoft products. Google, if anything, is biased towards open source & their other offerings like gmail, etc. but their search results aren't so blatantly biased that way. I purposely don't want to use a search engine run by a corporation with a wide range of products and services like MS because it's so easy for them to game the results to suit their needs. That's why I stick with Google for most of my searching and venture out to others like ask.com, yahoo.com, etc. when I want to try something different. Unless MS can demonstrate that their searches aren't biased towards their products & services then I'll continue to avoid using them.

cool (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28172471)

I gotta binge. IF anyone needs me, I'll be in the bathroom dropping an obama.

I'll be the first never to say... (4, Funny)

MoonFacedAssassin (539728) | more than 5 years ago | (#28172473)

just go Bing it!

Re:I'll be the first never to say... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28172569)

Right,

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Re:I'll be the first never to say... (2, Funny)

qoncept (599709) | more than 5 years ago | (#28172653)

Ya betta Bing it!

Re:I'll be the first never to say... (0)

Cro Magnon (467622) | more than 5 years ago | (#28172673)

Well, I binged your mama!

Re:I'll be the first never to say... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28173197)

You binged her? Does that require special equipment? (A funnel comes to mind..)

Bing, bong, binger, bang (2, Insightful)

stefanlasiewski (63134) | more than 5 years ago | (#28172963)

* The reponse from a Bing search: "Bong" (like 'Ping' and 'Pong')

* A person who searches on Bing: A binger (or is 'banger' a better word?)

* When referring to Bing search results in the past tense, it's a "Bang", like "Ring" and "Rang". Or maybe it's "Bung", like "Ring" and "Rung".

Hm... I didn't mean to make rude comments about Bing, but the name kind of lends itself to some bad nicknames.

Re:I'll be the first never to say... (1)

castorvx (1424163) | more than 5 years ago | (#28173199)

I think your signature makes that statement have more meaning than you want.

Re:I'll be the first never to say... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28173225)

BaddaBing!

The knights (1)

winwar (114053) | more than 5 years ago | (#28173235)

that said Bing.

To close to Bung, the anus of slaughtered animals (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28173301)

Well it is http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bung

2: the cecum or anus especially of a slaughtered animal

Re:I'll be the first never to say... (1)

Rhabarber (1020311) | more than 5 years ago | (#28173319)

Yea, did it and clicked the sponsored link.
I wonder how much $$ flows from MS to Google per click.

I guess I'll have to repeat ;)

Meh (5, Informative)

thetoadwarrior (1268702) | more than 5 years ago | (#28172491)

It's google with a background image, a flashy video preview and a not quite right page layout.

Re:Meh (3)

smallshot (1202439) | more than 5 years ago | (#28172847)

I thought the same thing. Layout and all is googleish.

At least they did one thing right... they used Adobe Flash instead Microsoft Silverlight. I may be forced to work in windows, but I refuse to install silverlight just to go to a microsoft website that has a video on it.

Microsoft Bing Search Launches Early Preview, (1)

Capt.DrumkenBum (1173011) | more than 5 years ago | (#28172495)

and no one uses it after a quick burst right after it is announced.

Re:Microsoft Bing Search Launches Early Preview, (1)

CRCulver (715279) | more than 5 years ago | (#28172881)

At least with startups like Cuil those quick bursts let devs install an air hockey table and beanbags in their office, or even go through lots of blow and hookers, and feel the rush of knowing your going to be the next Google (before it all comes crashing down, of course). Meanwhile, over at Microsoft the launch of a new technology isn't changing anyone's lives.

Re:Microsoft Bing Search Launches Early Preview, (1)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 5 years ago | (#28173223)

I'm sure I'll be using it periodically for years, just to make jokes about how I'm using the search engine that goes 'Bing'.

bing live bam boom bust balls clusterfuck (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28172513)

this is like blackwater changing their name to somthing else

Re:bing live bam boom bust balls clusterfuck (1)

Gilmoure (18428) | more than 5 years ago | (#28173349)

The Happy Lil' Elves Magic Forest Company is still a viable provider of onsite security and defense. Don' let their name fool you.

To disable tracking (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28172555)

Add www.bing.com/fd/ls/* to your filters.

Re:To disable tracking (1)

dzfoo (772245) | more than 5 years ago | (#28173085)

Or use NoScript. Searches just fine without JavaScript.

        -dZ.

Let's watch thumbnails! (1)

drunken_boxer777 (985820) | more than 5 years ago | (#28172579)

While it might be useful to watch video thumbnails to quickly find something, I don't think I'd actually watch entire videos in thumbnail mode. There is a reason my monitor is larger than EGA and I no longer use a 56.6 kb modem. Why watch thumbnails?

Yah. Just find the stuff I want you to find (2, Insightful)

Colin Smith (2679) | more than 5 years ago | (#28172621)

Clicking or hovering over a video is inane crap. Do the hard stuff please, it involves some rather advanced mathematics and shit load of computers, not flash/javascript.

Google are btw getting worse at finding the stuff I need, so there's an opening there.

 

Yeah but.... (5, Funny)

Utopia Tree (1040146) | more than 5 years ago | (#28172637)

www.BingIsNotGoogle.com

Re:Yeah but.... (1)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 5 years ago | (#28172887)

www.BingIsNotGoogle.com

I also found Asus' http://itsbetterwithgoogle.com/ [itsbetterwithgoogle.com] to be very convincing.

Re:Yeah but.... (2, Interesting)

jamesmcm (1354379) | more than 5 years ago | (#28173035)

Microsoft has been using a lot of recursive, GNU-style acronyms recently like XNA - XNA's Not Acronymed and now Bing - Bing Is Not Google.

Maybe they think this is why everyone is using GNU now? :P

It's nice and all (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28172641)

... But It's Not Google

Google and Bing side by side.. (5, Informative)

Wescotte (732385) | more than 5 years ago | (#28172713)

comparison [flickr.com]

Re:Google and Bing side by side.. (1)

BabyDuckHat (1503839) | more than 5 years ago | (#28172799)

And that, my friend, says it all.

Re:Google and Bing side by side.. (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28172941)

Try a side-by-side of "antitrust m", too.

Search for "Linux" results in Microsoft products? (4, Interesting)

stefanlasiewski (63134) | more than 5 years ago | (#28172997)

I noticed that also.

Here are the first four "Search suggestions" for when I type "linux":

linux
linux windows
linux microsoft
linux vista

Is this because Microsoft inserted itself into those search suggestions? Or is it because the majority of Bingers are using Microsoft products and thus the results are skewed ?

Huge amount of text ads (2, Insightful)

Via_Patrino (702161) | more than 5 years ago | (#28172723)

What first impress me is the huge amount of ads in the search results. Searching for "sql server [bing.com] " I can only see two real results before having to scroll the page and is hard to distinguish the ads on the top of the page, from the real results.

Re:Huge amount of text ads (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28172947)

I tried your query. My SERP had only one ad at the top and one at the bottom. Both were labeled "Sponsored Site" and had a different background color. They were quite easy to distinguish and took up little screen real estate. (For reference: The Google SERP for the same term exact same ad at the top and another 8 on the side to boot.)

Looks like a parking site or a DNS redirect. (4, Interesting)

msimm (580077) | more than 5 years ago | (#28173295)

If I'd hit your link on accident I'd have assumed it was just another domineer squatting a high value (?) name. Who ever designed the page layout probably doesn't know the first thing about composition, my eyes can't seem to decide where to focus because all the blocks seem to be competing. Like an uglier version of google with over 1/3 of the top of the page (all you see before scrolling) dedicated to advertisements with not one, but TWO search boxes (the second simply to search within microsoft.com) which will probably frustrate and confuse as many users as it might help.

Re:Huge amount of text ads (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28173359)

There's one ad and that's enough to push results down so that you only see two results?

Maybe you should upgrade that 10" monitor.

My Firefox 3 Crashes on Bing Video Mouseover (1)

bjo987 (1567291) | more than 5 years ago | (#28172727)

Video mouseover is kinda cool in bing, until it spits some action script error at you and then crashes your browser.

Re:My Firefox 3 Crashes on Bing Video Mouseover (1)

Jabrwock (985861) | more than 5 years ago | (#28172883)

Which Firefox? I'm using Ubutu 9.04 /w Firefox 3.0.10, and it works just fine.

Re:My Firefox 3 Crashes on Bing Video Mouseover (1)

treofan (960278) | more than 5 years ago | (#28173303)

Same here. Must have something to do with the Adobe Flash plugin? I have the latest version, too.

First impressions (3, Informative)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 5 years ago | (#28172733)

Ok, seriously... what's with that 80 KiB background JPEG on the homepage?

Image search is actually nice, though I would put the filters at the top instead of the left. The results leave a bit to be desired (tried "portable mame cabinet", hoping to find something I looked at a few days ago - no luck there). Also, scrolling down loads more pictures automatically. No need to go to "page 2" for more results. That's actually nice. The size/weight info on hover is a nice touch too.

Flashiness.. Bleugh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28172735)

We don't want lots of flashy stuff in a search engine. Just give us the simple results with no fluff.

I gotta admit that some of the previews looked enticing (shopping/price comparison) but doesn't that start bringing Bing into other territory in competition with other review sites?

It is the whole issue of features vs. bloat: where do you go with features that seem great, and where do you stop... because if you don't stop you start making something so clunky and unwieldy no one can use it.

If they can make grokking the web easier I think that will be great, but knowing Microsoft there will always be that little thing wrong that just throws you off...

I've "bung" a few queries (1)

melted (227442) | more than 5 years ago | (#28172739)

And aside from the expanded snippet feature (which is pretty clever) I don't see anything new or exciting. WTF?

Re:I've "bung" a few queries (1)

Jabrwock (985861) | more than 5 years ago | (#28172953)

The video preview is nice (3 7-second clips play when you mouse over). I liked the expanded snippet too.

its all about the data (3, Insightful)

jsnipy (913480) | more than 5 years ago | (#28172743)

no interface means anything without the index and data to back it.

In a word, it sucks (0, Troll)

TheLastUser (550621) | more than 5 years ago | (#28172755)

Big surprise, the video refuses to load unless you have Windows Media Player. Despite the fact that I view wmv's all over the net just fine with mplayer, yet somehow MS can't seem to make this work. Typical. MS needs to get a clue and realize that they can't expect to gain market share in new areas if they lame out all of their products to try and reinforce their OS monopoly. They don't seem to be able to see the flip side of their reasoning, which is that loss of OS market share will be amplified in their other products rather than mitigated. Do they honestly expect to pull market share from youtube while telling users to go away until they install windows?

Re:In a word, it sucks (1)

stefanlasiewski (63134) | more than 5 years ago | (#28173113)

I'm on a Mac, and I don't have Windows Media Player. For me, the previews are played using Adobe Flash Player 10.

Re:In a word, it sucks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28173251)

I'm on Ubuntu 8.10 and it works fine for me - using Flash as well

Nice try! (1, Insightful)

HommeDeJava (986338) | more than 5 years ago | (#28172759)

Rather than trying to compete on general research against Google, Bing's strategy is to select the targeted queries as the search for goods and services (travels, restaurants, cars, etc). I cannot comment on the outcome but the idea is very good especially since such queries are the most likely to bring the $ dollars from advertisers. However, the trick is good but I see nothing that Google cannot ultimately counter ...

You want to know something funny? (5, Interesting)

E. Edward Grey (815075) | more than 5 years ago | (#28172761)

I realized just now that if some other company had started up and created a new search engine called "Bing" I would probably find it really charming. But when Microsoft does it, it just seems like The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show. The human subconscious is a player-hater.

Re:You want to know something funny? (1)

BabyDuckHat (1503839) | more than 5 years ago | (#28172877)

Worst results ever.

Re:You want to know something funny? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28173143)

Word. It's like how we all get super tired of the overexposure of music and celebrities--same thing with software products. Eventually I just wanted JLo to just go away and die and now I really want the same thing to happen to Beyonce/Rhianna-I just get tired of the same old thing being thrown at me. As far as products go, I wanted GM to die for making ugly shitty cars. And for the past 10 years, I've wanted microsoft to die for ugly shitty software. Also, the queen of england has to go too-but that's just because she's too damn old.

Re:You want to know something funny? (1)

warriorpostman (648010) | more than 5 years ago | (#28173155)

"Just rastify him by about 15% or so"

Somebody needs to take on Google (2, Insightful)

bonch (38532) | more than 5 years ago | (#28172801)

It may as well be Microsoft. Right now, Google has no real competition.

Guess what microsoft did (5, Informative)

Conspiracy_Of_Doves (236787) | more than 5 years ago | (#28172821)

Apparently, Microsoft has acquired the domain bingsucks.com.

Re:Guess what microsoft did (1)

ais523 (1172701) | more than 5 years ago | (#28173111)

Usual defensive acquiring of domains, to stop anyone else registering them. Most major companies do it, there's nothing unusual involved there.

Not to worry (4, Funny)

msimm (580077) | more than 5 years ago | (#28173365)

Nobody has registered bingsucksballs.com [bingsucksballs.com] yet.

slashdot scientology (0, Offtopic)

jpules (1567301) | more than 5 years ago | (#28172843)

hi slashdot

wtf, scientology ads on the site now?

i rock up and see the gaudy thing to the right

fail

it's not april first, so that's out. maybe some other joke I don't quite get?

Typo that stuck (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28172845)

This was just a typo that stuck. What happened was bill typed a message to some underling searching for his Bong that he misplaced and typed bing instead of bong. Someone saw the word "Search" and Bing" in the same email and had a brain fart.

Did anonymous even try the video search? (4, Informative)

Jabrwock (985861) | more than 5 years ago | (#28172853)

When I moused over video results, it seemed to do "skip play", fading out and in between jumps, as it "sampled" the video in 7 second clips. After 3 clips (from throughout a 20 minute video), it looped. Very nice for getting a feel for the video contents and quality.

So I don't understand the beef about "Would a user still click on to the site if they can watch the whole video from within the search results?" because the user clearly can't watch the whole video from the search results.

Re:Did anonymous even try the video search? (2, Interesting)

hansamurai (907719) | more than 5 years ago | (#28173041)

I also rather like the image results, I can't speak for the actual images themselves, but the way they're presented is so much nicer than Google with a convenient dynamic load as you continue scrolling down the page. Live search did this too.

Plus they find 1500 images for my site, five times as many as Google.

I really exist (1)

tsa (15680) | more than 5 years ago | (#28172859)

I Binged (Bung?) and found myself, which indicates that Bing works well ;). I got approximately the same stuff as with Google.

Re:I really exist (1)

E. Edward Grey (815075) | more than 5 years ago | (#28173039)

Bang? Bebinged?

This thread is starting to sound like a Blue Man Group concert.

Pitiful (1)

mrawl (124150) | more than 5 years ago | (#28172913)

Truly awful. Very annoying layout. It's just a cynical marketing rebranding to attract eyeballs to the miserable failure that was live.com. Vintage M$, absolutely pathetic and contemptible. "Bing" yeh, right - well done boys.

Life, The Universe, And Everything (2, Funny)

sys.stdout.write (1551563) | more than 5 years ago | (#28172943)

But it fails [bing.com] to answer this important question!

Notice how Google gets it right [google.com] .

Re:Life, The Universe, And Everything (3, Funny)

Jake Griffin (1153451) | more than 5 years ago | (#28173247)

There is one thing Google can't search for though: Chuck Norris [nochucknorris.com]

Bing is a bad choice of name... (1, Funny)

DontBlameCanada (1325547) | more than 5 years ago | (#28172969)

A common typo for me is hitting "o" instead of "i".

>> Bing has several new features including Bing Cashback, Bing Video, and Bing xRank.

A typo of that sort renders these, "Bong Cashback", "Bong Video" and "Bong xRank". Those search terms could easily result in fetching sites distinctly, NSFW.

Does anyone else... (1)

phillymjs (234426) | more than 5 years ago | (#28173023)

...hear Stephen Tobolowsky as Ned Ryerson in Groundhog Day exclaiming "BING!" every time they read the word?

Also, does anyone else ponder why Microsoft's product names are either really generic and boring, or totally cheesy and cringe-worthy?

~Philly

They copied google, proved they cant innovate (1)

Stu101 (1031686) | more than 5 years ago | (#28173069)

I just had a look. Man what utter dogshit. It has pretty much copied Googles thinking on minimalist, but even fucked that up with a picture background. Morons.

To my mind, it's just a bad copy. And the name, man, which tard thought that up.

I really hope MSN stays were it is, insignificant. Only because it would be nice to see MS NOT win due to $$$ for once.

Interesting behavior on my linux box (1)

dvh.tosomja (1235032) | more than 5 years ago | (#28173179)

Ubuntu 8.04 all updates, Intel Atom 230, Intel GMA 945, Firefox, Noscript, Adblock Plus, Gnome, No compiz, sk_SK locale.
When I search "foo" on bing.com and then click for search images, Xorg suddenly get 98% load.
When I switch to another tab load go back to 0%.
Anyone has same behavior?

Video search blows up the the Flash debug player (1)

kingcool1432 (993113) | more than 5 years ago | (#28173181)

The video site is unusable (literally) if you have the debug version of Flash Player installed. I keep getting this error popup which says Error #2044: Unhandled AsyncErrorEvent:. text=Error #2095: SmartPreviewNetStream was unable to invoke callback onMetaData. error=ReferenceError: Error #1069: Property onMetaData not found on SmartPreviewNetStream and there is no default value. at SmartPreview() at SmartPreview_fla::MainTimeline/frame1()

Redundant results (2, Informative)

Via_Patrino (702161) | more than 5 years ago | (#28173231)

It doesn't merge results from a same website.

With apologies to Dennis Miller... (3, Funny)

sootman (158191) | more than 5 years ago | (#28173275)

To learn more about Bing, type "bing search engine" into Google.

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