Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Microsoft Bing - A quick review

Microsoft launched it's brand new search (oops I mean, decision) engine two days before the scheduled date. Here's a quick review (and of course, comparison) of Bing with two major search engines Google and Yahoo!.

Did you mean...
One of the most important feature that is missing from Bing is spelling suggestions. Its a must for any search engine.

Web and Images
Bing provides good search results for web and images. Plus the categorization for images is also very good, especially the option for searching images with "Face only" and "Face and Shoulders". This can be used to find images with people only very easily.

Local Search
Google has vast amount of data for local listing (I guess from Google Maps), that's why Google shows local listings with web site and phone numbers for almost every search. In comparison Bing does not have that much of data so we miss out local listings.

Currency Conversion
Google's currency conversion feature is very handy.
Bing and Yahoo! don't provide currency conversion.

Courier Search
If a package number such as 1Z9999W99999999999 is entered, then both Bing and Google show a link to track that package. But Yahoo doesn't.

Another handy feature is that entering 'Time' shows current local time in Google. Bing and Yahoo! both miss it out.

Enabling All Features
You may not be able to access all the features of Bing (like Shopping, CashBack etc.) in your country. To access and try all the features, click on the country name on the top horizontal navigation bar and choose United States - English.

1 comment:

  1. Nice article. Bing has come along pretty well in its initial phase. I wrote an article on MS Bing which has been followed with a good discussion, please find it here http://strat.in/2009/06/back-with-a-bing/