Fully online yesterday* but still in beta, Microsoft’s new search engine ‘bing’ may have hit on something. But is it enough to take the top number from Google?
First impressions of the site are that it is fast and surprisingly useable for a Google competitor. The front page opens quickly and when you mouse over a search result a pop-out menu appears. This menu contains a preview of the text of the page and a list of links on the page itself. Search sources can be refined to a specific website’s domain in the ‘advanced search’ menu or by simply typing the domain on the end of the term.
bing also introduces multimap, which seems just like Google Maps but with more information options for the places you search.
In my wanderings I found that going to bing in some other languages meant that there were no sponsored links, and some of these are in English.
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