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Tech Report - Microsoft’s Bing takes on Google

By Paul O’Reilly

After much speculation and ballyhoo from the press and blogging communities alike, Microsoft finally took the wraps off Bing, its new search engine, with an announcement last week from CEO Steve Ballmer.

While Bing is not expected to make major inroads into Google’s overwhelming share of the search market anytime soon, Bing is a serious attempt by Microsoft to re-establish itself as an important search player. To this end, it has submerged a number of awkwardly-named MSN brands like Live Search and Live Search Maps into Bing and generally centralized access to all its non-gaming web-based products into the one clean Bing portal.

Although Microsoft insists on calling Bing a “decision engine” as opposed to a search engine, it’s clearly taking aim at Google and it will live or die with how well it compares to the search market leader. If first impressions count, then the Bing home page certainly scores points. Instead of the Google minimalist approach, occasionally interrupted by eccentric treatments of the Google logo on high-days and holidays, Bing looks like it’s going to greet users with a stunning “picture of the day”, complete with easily-accessible links if you want to find out more.

The fresh look of the home page is further enhanced by restricting links to the six most popular categories: images, video, shopping, news, maps and travel. The sub-pages under these headings are similarly bright and clutter free, with all the important information above the fold. The images section is particularly well constructed, with the ability to sort by size, layout, color, style and people.

The main web search tool doesn’t stray too far from the Google standard. Results for most searches are returned with sponsored links at the top of the page, clearly distinguished by background color. More sponsored links are to the right of the search results. The left side is devoted to organizing the search results, with additional intuitive links, navigational tools, and a search history, which can be easily disabled if required.        

Although still in “preview” mode at the time of writing, the site is fully developed and is expected to be fully functional and bug free for its official launch date of June 3rd. One thing for parents to watch is the preview feature for videos. Although I had set preferences (accessed under Extras on the top right of the home page) to a strict filter, lots of inappropriate videos made it through. A child only has to drag the mouse over a video for it to start playing.

All in all, Bing looks like a worthy competitor for Google in the field of search, particularly as Google pours its money into developing dozens of other business and consumer web-based tools. But don’t expect Google to cede market share lightly. It’s not a company that’s known for complacency!    

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