Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Bing VS Google - Part 1

Most of you are already wondering….So how is Bing different from Google? Should I even bother?

I have not been a supporter of Microsoft and its product and naturally stayed away from its BING search engine, touted to be (one day) better than GOOGLE. The very thought of something replacing Google is blasphemous to many since we google more than we eat and sleep.

In the last few days I went over BING in some detail and looked at some features. (This post deals with organization and layout). Here are some interesting (& different) features:

Organization in Bing is a bit different and depending on how you like your placement, you might prefer this to Google!

The search results are divided into categories and these are placed visibly on the left panel of the page (and also within the results). This keeps the layout neat.
Below this left panel of categories are the related searches that list other items that are similar to the searched term. This can be a useful tool.
The search results (but not all) can be previewed when you hover your mouse pointer at the right side of the search result(s). This quick view can be a useful time saving feature during your searches.
There is also an enhanced view (I think only) for Wikipedia items that you can view within the Bing page. This might be helpful in quickly getting information while still staying within the search engine and other categories that Bing displays.
Bing also lists your search history helping you track your searches (this can be modified for privacy reasons).

Bing might have a long way to go to beat Google considering Google is well established, but the new features might give users and Google itself something to think about! Just to have another strong search engine is what the end-users need!

Technologies: Google (Search Engine), Bing

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Sujan Manandhar
Technology Integration Specialist,
Foreign Language Center
Ohio State University