Microsoft’s new search called ‘Bing‘ is made public today. I just played around with a varied set of tests on Bing and here is my review based on my findings. As always, my very first search query is ‘http’ and the very first impression for me was a total disaster. It was damn faster though! Bing said it found about 13,100,000,000 results for the search query! While the very first page displayed the top 10 search results for the search query ‘http‘, only one was relevant while the remaining 9 were totally irrelevant (see the attached image). This is a massive let down for me. However Srinath who is experimenting at the same time in US is getting different set of results! he gets to see this. Whatever, it doesn’t seem to like non-US netizens!
In its current state, Bing doesn’t appear to be the next best thing in search as the search relevancy is the most important aspect for web search which hasn’t really impressed. Apart from that, I have found few interesting things, search for the words like ‘google‘ or ‘yahoo‘. You will get to see just one result found for each. I think that is pretty impressive and nice of them to keep it short and simple instead of bombarding with seamless number of search results when compared to traditional search engines.
Another feature I like is the mouse-over pop up screen that appears to the right of the search results. It gives a sneak preview of the article excerpt in a convenient pop up window. Yet another fact I like the most is the response time for displaying the search results.
Now coming to the multimedia search, few nicely thought features are available. Few to name would be the endless scrolling in image search works very well (it may be recalled that this was first introduced in Live’s image search). At the same time video search is excellent too. You can play back videos within Bing, this feature helps to quickly preview them. There is also a mechanism to filter images by size, layout, color, style and people – yet to explore more on this. Here is another caveat – do an image search with your exact name as in ‘facebook’, Bing will show up your facebook picture! you decide whether it is good or bad :)
Haven’t explored much on maps and news search on Bing. Though some of the features are really good, the only thing that I am very skeptical is the releavancy. If that main aim itself is compromised, I don’t find any reason to use it again. What is your take?