Bing! Microsoft’s New Search Engine
Many users must be knowing by now , the release of Microsoft new search engine. Bing! http://www.bing.com/ Though it is also labeled Beta, i think it is more than the beta. But I still do not understand why most of the big companies software are released as Beta. Gmail still says it is Beta.
Ok. Let us see the features of Bing.First of all, the homepage has a good picture everyday. What i observed is that, the picture is different for US and other countries. India, UK etc have all 1 common picture and some countries like Israel , Arabic have no picture at all. But the photos are really cool. You can see here.
Homepage of US
Homepage picture for non-US
You can view Images, Videos in this search like Google. One of the better features is that, you can preview the videos without leaving the search page. Once you put your mouse cursor on the video , the preview starts playing. Hmm. nice feature if you got a slow bandwidth connection.
You can change the country of location too. You have different features depending on the country. For US, you can toggle with safe search, which can be seen under preferences. Strict, moderate, off. Depending upon the option, you can view uncensored content too…..Huh..
For web searches, if you hover over the link, you can see a vertical line with a dot in the middle, where you can see the preview of the website link content.
Also the way Bing shows the results is different from Google Search engine. As we know, Google shows its searches depending on what it calls Page Rank. This has been its win over situation over Yahoo! and other search engines for very long time. But Bing claims that its searches will be based on algorithms and manual review. Hmm. interesting! But how far will it do , as it claims to do. Google has fallen prey to its own Advertising strategy and we see so many irrelevant searches when we search for any particular keyword.
If you want to know how google works, you can take a look at this article. http://www.googleguide.com/google_works.html
Googlebot, a web crawler that finds and fetches web pages.
The indexer that sorts every word on every page and stores the resulting index of words in a huge database.
The query processor, which compares your search query to the index and recommends the documents that it considers most relevant.
If you want to know, how bing works take a look at this article, though it is too early to know the complete details of it. http://www.tipsopedia.com/how-bingcom-works-7856/. Also a comparative search of “how bing works” produced differet searches on Google.com and Bing.com.