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Bing- A Microsoft Decision Engine - My 'Try It'

Posted 06-01-2009 at 08:41 AM by Mr. ameya sathe

Today is 1st June 2009. I have fired up the ‘Internet Explorer 8’ – a Microsoft web browser offering. I type just ‘slackware.org’ in the address bar. The circular motion on the tab started. More it takes time to load the page; more I dread. I dread the live.com search engine web page. Even; if you type the complete web page link given by live.com, say for example slackware.org; its still going to return live.com web page L.
OOPS!! I strayed away. Instead of being represented with slackware.org / live.com I was represented with bing webpage. For a moment; I thought I had some kinda of spyware installed in my PC.( Though; I never visit any other sites except our usual linux sites(especially www.linuxquestions.org ) & other usual sites. ) I searched across the internet, using Google search engine. These are the search results returned by Google search engine. http://www.google.co.in/search?hl=mr&q=bing&meta=&aq=f&oq=
Ok!!! So; bing.com is actually a website for the Microsoft Search Engine Bing — A Decision Engine for the Way You Search.
Nice Caption. Decided to learn the features from the horse’s mouth itself. The mouth is here - http://www.discoverbing.com/behindbing/productGuide.aspx.
I decided to try the ‘Try It’ as told by the horse.

1. ‘Hovering’ Try it: Hover over one of the hotspots on the homepage to be taken to a fact you likely didn’t know.
My Observation : Yes, I gained the knowledge of their actual links for each hotspot.

2. ‘Autocomplete’ Try it: Go to Bing.com and start typing “mahog” to see how Autocomplete can make the task of typing your query easier.
My Observation: The word mahog was not autocompleted.

3. ‘Best Match’ Try it: Enter “Target,” “UPS” or “Facebook” in the search box
My Observation: For the search query; “Facebook”; it just showed the best match.
http://www.bing.com/search?q=Facebook&form=QBRE&filt=all
But; when I queried RTO,Pune( Well; a government body for issuing driving licenses. ); it did not return the Best Match i.e. the web page of the govt body itself.
http://www.bing.com/search?q=RTO%2CPune&form=QBRE&filt=all

4. Deep Links Try it: Enter “Samsung,” “Seattle Times” or “Engadget”
My Observation: Yes; sometimes just shows the names of other web pages in that particular web page.

5. Quick Previews of Your Results Try It: Fourth of July
My Observation: It works only for some websites . The first result doesn’t return any preview at all.

6. Instant Answer Try It: Weather
My Observation: The weather for Mumbai,India was returned. I expected the answer for the city of Pune. Yes; it immediately gave me option of changing location. It took me to the Preferences Page. Voila!! For a moment; I thought that I was on Google Preferences Page. On the top; it instructed me to see the highlighted section. There was none of it.

7. XRank Try It: Enter “Britney Spears” on the Home Page. Then, click on xRank in the Explore Pane
My Observation: The Explore Pane is actually refered as ‘More’. The xRank is 16 & if given through Explore Pane; it comes to 110. Oh!! So much big difference.

Well!! Overall; this decision engine is demonstrating it’s a beta version. It’s a like a bingo game. A lot of chance with A lots of eye candy thrown here & there. But; still WYSIWIG principle is never to be forgotten. This is where the site fails to. A lot of similarity to Google search engine lay-out. In the next blog posting; I would explore the other areas of this decision engine. Till that time; have a bing bing bingo time.
-Ameya Sathe
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