Bing has rolled out their brand new interface, at least to U.S. users, and it has met with mixed reviews. While the new interface feels faster and Microsoft claims gives better results, the social aspects, mainly Facebook results in the right column, are a big change that takes some getting used to and also feel vaguely like a privacy invasion.
Paul Thurrott, writing over at WinSupersite, said he had problems getting the service to work and had to try three different browsers before being successful. Using Chrome I had no problems with the new Bing on the first try, but your results may vary.
By default, bing.com/new takes you to a search results page for the subject “movies” and you will find recommendation from your Facebook friends appearing to the right of the main search results.
On the whole I found the new interface to be a bit more appealing than the previous version, although if you use Google for the simple, clean look then this probably isn’t for you So, have you tried out the new Bing? What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.
The latest search market share numbers have been released and two trends have continued – Bing is up and Yahoo is down. The numbers have been posted by both Compete and ComScore and the trends shown by both are very similar. Unfortunately for Microsoft, while Bing is gaining share on Yahoo, they are not getting anywhere in their battle against Google, who continue to be the 600 pound gorilla in the room.
Google, while maintaining their strangle-hold, has not seen an increase since late 2011, but that changed between March and April when their market share increased from 65.5% to 65.9% according to Compete rankings. Meanwhile, ComScore showed a slight Google decrease from 66.4% to 65.5%.
According to Compete Bing increased their share from 18.0% to 18.3% and Yahoo dropped from 15.7% to 15.0%. ComScore listed the changes as Yahoo being down from 13.7% to 13.5% and Bing with a slight increase from 15.3% to 15.4%.
While the slight increases for Bing sound promising it seems that most of the gain come at the expense of Yahoo and not Google. That isn’t so good since Bing now powers Yahoo search. Bing has recently released a series of updates that add better search results, functionality, and interface which could lead to another increase when the May numbers are released. You can check out both share rankings posted below.
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Why Would IBM want to sell their patents? And to Google, nonetheless?
Think of it this way – You’re at a garage sale and you see a box of comic books (or records if you are not a comic nut). You buy the box for $20, hoping there is a valuable comic (record) in there. You pull out the important ones and what is left is a box of comics you don’t care about.
IBM has been gobbling up different companies throughout the years and some of the patents are like the odd comic books. Nortel is a great example – IBM had over 6,000 patents that they didn’t need. Therefore in May, they decided to auction off those patents that didn’t pertain to them. Google didn’t win that bidding war.
But , according to SEO by the Sea, IBM last week did find 1,030 patents that they sold to Google for an undisclosed sum. It was a hodge-podge of patents – from fabrication to database structures. These are patents that could keep Google from going to the courts for their Android devices, new products coming out on the market and other threats to future revenue.
It’s also a case of Google picking out the ones they need, then keeping a couple in the back pocket for future need (whether for selling or future projects). A couple of those patents relate to search methods. It will be interesting how that effects other search engines like rival Bing.
We’ll have to wait and see how Google utilizes these patents.
Bing has release an app that documents the massive damage from the May 22nd Joplin, Missouri tornado. The new app is a part of Bing Maps, which has become a really nice competitor for Google Maps. According the Bing team the photos come from “Surdex, one of our Global Ortho flying partners, captured these images 36 hours after the event at an amazing 7.5 cm resolution (which means each pixel represents an area about the size of a standard post-it note). Surdex is making these images freely available to government agencies as a public service (see their website for details).”
The app shows both before and after photos that document the sad damage of the massive EF-5 storm. Users can flip back and forth between both the before and after shots to see the changes.
To access it, you can visit the Joplin Tornado app page.
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