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A look at Bing  (Source: Wired)
The public launch of Bing.com will take place soon

Microsoft officially launched Bing, a new rebuilt search engine that was previously spoken about and tested under the code name of Kumo.

Microsoft designed Bing to replace Live Search, and it will become Microsoft's default search on June 3.  Until then, it'll remain closed to the public, though on June 1 some Bing results will be shown when people use Live Search.

Along with being a search portal, Bing makes it easier for users to purchase items, purchase airfare and other travel arrangements, and to help find fast, relevant medical information.

There are a handful of different features users can look forward to while using Bing, with a Wired.com review revealing the pros and cons of the service.  

In addition to search for relevant links after a user enters a search query, the engine also retrieves and processes data, before rendering it in a way that's easy to read.  Bing monitors search history and displays it when a user is typing something, though this feature is somewhat easy to use -- unlike Google at the moment.

Wired seemed impressed by Bing, but remained wary that a lot of the best features Microsoft put into its latest search engine may be missed by casual users.

Learning from past marketing mistakes, Microsoft will invest up to $100 million to help make sure people browsing the internet know about Bing.  Live Search -- though never really able to take off -- wasn't marketed very well, which caused Internet users to forget about the search portal quickly.

"We want to do better," Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said during the All Things Digital Conference.  "There are times in our history where we've felt a little bit like Rocky.  It takes persistence in this stuff.  You don't always get things right."

Even though Microsoft and Yahoo are reportedly talking regarding a possible merger or buyout of Yahoo's search technology, Microsoft will rely on Bing until that deal takes place, if ever.

Google lead's the way with 64 percent of search queries in the U.S., with Yahoo trailing in second place at 20.4 percent, and Microsoft coming in third with just 8.2 percent.  Google continues to be able to charge premium amounts to advertisers, while Microsoft and Yahoo have struggled to keep advertisers interested.



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make or break
By smackababy on 5/29/2009 10:35:47 AM , Rating: 2
Browser integration will make or break this thing. If, for example, the new default search for IE becomes this Bing and no longer Google, well they score marketshare there. I know a few people who don't bother going to search engines and just type it in the search box. Granted, they are some of the less tech savy people, but still, marketshare is marketshare.




RE: make or break
By GWD5318 on 5/29/2009 11:53:36 AM , Rating: 2
Maybe my memory is defective, but the last few IE installs I performed had Live Search as the default in the search box. Of course, IE gives the option to change the default search to something else later.

Personally, I wonder how many user actually bother to do so.


RE: make or break
By KamiXkaze on 5/29/2009 10:22:24 PM , Rating: 2
Hopefully the EU doesn't call foul, and try to say how unfair Microsoft is again.

kXk


RE: make or break
By crystal clear on 5/30/2009 2:11:30 AM , Rating: 2
The EU is now ready to try the opposite measure: Forcing a bunch of browsers into Windows, thus diluting Microsoft's advantage.

In a similar fashion- Forcing a bunch of search engines into Windows,thus diluting Microsoft's advantage.


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