Bing’s not bad

I saw today that Microsoft released their new search engine Bing and have spent some time playing with it.  It’s definitely been a pleasant surprise, which is much better than I ever thought Msoft could pull off.

Of course one of the best ways to test something is to do a head to head comparison. Here’s a little site, that allows you to search on both sites at once. For the handful of test queries that I threw at the two search engines I would say it was a toss-up as to who had the best results. The test would be even better if it stripped the formatting and randomized the display so you didn’t know which was which by the appearance or location. I think in such a test Bing could hold its own.

This is actually exciting to see a real competitor appear again.