Reply Sat 24 Oct, 2009 05:47 am
Has anyone tried Microsoft's Bing? All the references I can find are aimed at businesses and other commercial users to solicit their ads. But who can use it if it's only B2B? O must be looking it up in the wrong way somehow.

Any guidance?
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Intrepid
 
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Reply Sat 24 Oct, 2009 06:32 am
@Tomkitten,
Bing is very similar to Google. Are you using bing.com?
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djjd62
 
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Reply Sat 24 Oct, 2009 06:36 am
joefromchicago
 
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Reply Sat 24 Oct, 2009 06:46 am
http://jamievalentine.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/bing-crosby-1949.jpg
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engineer
 
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Reply Sat 24 Oct, 2009 08:43 am
@Tomkitten,
My son's gone completely over from Google. I still like Google for the integration with other Google features like Google Maps.
Tomkitten
 
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Reply Sat 24 Oct, 2009 08:45 am
OK, I got it. I don't know why Google lists all the business-oriented places first. And I don't know why Bing in the address line brought up similar stuff as well as Bing Crosby pix. However, I've got it now.

I like the subdivisions, especially Shopping. I'm looking to buy (maybe) a laptop, and found Laptops brought a lot of really relevant information geared to helping the user make comparisons and decisions. It's as if Bing sifted through the Google listings for me.
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Intrepid
 
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Reply Sat 24 Oct, 2009 12:17 pm
@engineer,
engineer wrote:

My son's gone completely over from Google. I still like Google for the integration with other Google features like Google Maps.


Bing also has Bing Maps. Actually I find the directions to be superior to Google in that they are more detailed and even let you know when you have gone too far.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sat 24 Oct, 2009 12:37 pm
@Tomkitten,
I've tried it a couple of times [www.bing.com] and as expected ... I was underwhelmed with the searches. It's a tad overhyped and certainly not a Google killer as its trying to establish itself as.
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Tomkitten
 
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Reply Sat 24 Oct, 2009 12:42 pm
@Intrepid,
I don't like the way that maps are scrunched on the right side; they don't give you any feel for the area or the route. The directions are great, although in requesting Westwood MA to Newton Centre I was sent to Newton Centre Park which, in spite of living for 17 years in Newton I am not familiar with, by that name, anyway.
Mosqua
 
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Reply Mon 14 Dec, 2009 06:52 am
@Tomkitten,
Bing is just like google, just it doesn't show as many searches as google
Intrepid
 
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Reply Mon 14 Dec, 2009 07:18 am
@Mosqua,
Mosqua wrote:

Bing is just like google, just it doesn't show as many searches as google


In my tests, I have found that Bing quite often finds more occurances than Google.
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Intrepid
 
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Reply Mon 14 Dec, 2009 07:21 am
@Tomkitten,
Tomkitten wrote:

I don't like the way that maps are scrunched on the right side; they don't give you any feel for the area or the route. The directions are great, although in requesting Westwood MA to Newton Centre I was sent to Newton Centre Park which, in spite of living for 17 years in Newton I am not familiar with, by that name, anyway.


Not sure what you mean by scrunched on the right side. I have not seen this. I see a large map on the right that can be zoomed.

Bing maps has now included 3D view and Street View as well. I have a GPS so it doesn't really matter to me. I do, however, find both Google Maps and Bing Maps to be quite acceptable and accurate. With Bing being a bit more accurate.
Tomkitten
 
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Reply Mon 14 Dec, 2009 02:38 pm
@Intrepid,
Well, when I went to look at the maps on Bing about 1/3 of the screen was taken up by the map which didn't allow for sufficient enlargement to provide a good overall view of intersections.
Intrepid
 
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Reply Mon 14 Dec, 2009 03:00 pm
@Tomkitten,
You can zoom in and out and drag the map around. Same as Google.
DrewDad
 
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Reply Mon 14 Dec, 2009 03:49 pm
@Intrepid,
Intrepid wrote:
Same as Google.

That pretty much sums it up for me. Same as Google, so why bother?
Intrepid
 
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Reply Tue 15 Dec, 2009 12:48 am
@DrewDad,
Some may not be open to change. I am. It is no bother. I still use both.
chai2
 
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Reply Tue 15 Dec, 2009 01:29 pm
@djjd62,
djjd62 wrote:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0YLD_9lRGU[/youtube]



In the book "The Joy Luck Club", one of the characters had 4 sons; Matthew, Mark, Luke and Bing.

That fact did not make it into the movie. I wish it had.
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DrewDad
 
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Reply Tue 15 Dec, 2009 02:20 pm
@Intrepid,
There's a difference between being open to change, which I am, and embracing change for its own sake, which I do not.

When it becomes more useful than Google, I'll start using it.
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