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Microsoft's new search engine: Bing

Microsoft's new search engine: Bing

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Microsoft has just released a new search engine entitled Bing (but it's not Google).  The philosophy behind it is something that Bill Gates has talked about for a long time.  Today, Search returns a lot of results (regardless of whether it's Google, Yahoo or Live).  However, it's too much information.  There are too many results to go through and it can be frustrating to find what you want.  Sometimes the first returned result is what you want, but many times it isn't and you have to hunt through pages of irrelevant links.  Think back to how many times you've searched for something and the first result is a dead link.

The idea behind Bing is that it sifts through the irrelevancy to bring you stuff you actually want to see.  It is designed to improve the user experience such that when you search for something, the results you get back are actually the results that have meaning to you.  Less search with Search.  The overall philosophy is sound.

Spam processing is similar.  There is a lot of noise when looking for the signal.  It is difficult to separate random spams and messages that aren't spam when attempting to find the stuff you actually want to find.

How do we Bing spam data?

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  • Still on the beta stage and certainly has a long way to go.  Let's wait and see how far this search engine goes.

  • I've been using Bing for a few days now and I must say I really like it so far. I think the name could have been given a bit more consideration but that is a minor gripe.

    Karl

  • I have used it a few times and I find it pretty terrible.

    Here are some examples to try:

    "us president"

    "us vice president"

    It is using Encarta Encyclopedia which is obviously out of date, I thought that the whole point of a search engine was to search for the answer.

    Instead they look up the answer in a database and expect a human to update the database manually.

    I'll be sticking with Google I think.

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