I’ve long been anti-Microsoft migrating first to Linux and then to Mac OSX. I’ve been using OpenOffice since the days it was first released (remember Star Office?). I used Mozilla long before Firefox every came out and even stopped supporting some older versions of IE with Onomojo. Needless to say, Microsoft would have to do something extremely well to catch my eye and even more so to actually get me to use it.
I have a confession to make. I’ve been using Microsoft’s Bing search engine more and more lately. I feel my results are more relevant and less spammy. It seems these days 5 out of the 10 search results on Google are simply screen scrapers reposting content and dumping Google Adwords all over the place. Of course Google is going to rank those higher simply in the name of profits. They of obviously will never admit to that though but think about it. If they generally rank sites with Adwords on them higher, they can make a significant more amount of money per day. Its hard to believe any corporation would ignore that fact. Certainly, a publicly traded company is at the mercy of shareholders who are only interested in the pursuit of more profits. With that being said, Google still has to maintain credibility in its search results so the same game applies but I simply refuse to accept the idea that Google doesn’t inflate rankings of sites that use Adwords onsite. Just do a few random searches and you’ll see what I mean.
I’ve been finding that Microsoft’s Bing search engine is pulling more relevant results and less junk results than Google. I don’t have any data to back that up. Its just my general perception of the results. One thing I really like is Bing’s image search. It does an Ajax call to keep the page scrolling down so you never have to click on the next page. Hover over an image and it magnifies it some with details. All in all, Microsoft is onto something good with their Bing search engine. I think its going to be a major competitor within the next year. I’ve already noticed that I go to Bing first for some types of searches.
People are trendy. They like the latest trends and naturally migrate towards trendy sites. Bing will win more and more search traffic if Google doesn’t up their game. Google long ago stopped actually innovating and instead went into operational mode since there’s no real competition out there. They’ve just been trying to position themselves to maintain that dominance without actually bringing anything new to the table. Bing is coming out swinging. Its only been a few months since it went live and its already making converts out of long time anti-Microsoft people like myself. In my opinion, that says a lot both about the technology behind Bing and the lack of innovation from Google. Take it for what its worth.