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  • Hoffman: Bing results are racist, antisemitic, pedophiliaic, conspiratorial

    Posted on October 10th, 2018 at 08:11 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I didn’t believe it until I tried some of the searches myself. Google comes up clean, but Bing barfs big-time.

    Chris Hoffman at How-To Geek: Bing Is Suggesting the Worst Things You Can Imagine

    Microsoft has a responsibility to clean up Bing. A major search engine (and especially one that is increasingly becoming a harder-to-turn-off default built into Windows 10) shouldn’t be suggesting its users search for racist garbage and images of underage children.

    Wonder if Satya has seen this? Bing’s come a long way since he was in charge.

  • Search engine market share – Bing and Yahoo neck-and-neck

    Posted on August 8th, 2017 at 08:02 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Add this to the long list of things I didn’t know.

    A tweet from @teroalhonnen led me to poke around the usage statistics for web search engines. Of course, Google’s far out in front. But I didn’t realize that Bing and Yahoo are neck-and-neck. Yahoo, for heaven’s sake.

    Statcounter says in July, Google ran 92% of market share, Bing was 2.55% and Yahoo 2.23%.

    The big Chinese search engine Baidu (which is probably underrepresented in the results) came in at 1.44% and Russian giant Yandex (also likely underrepresented) was 0.89%. Remember that Statcounter only tallies hits on web sites that it monitors, and, unlike Netmarketshare, doesn’t try to jiggle the figures for parts of the world that it doesn’t cover so well.

    Bing’s been on a downhill spiral for the past five years. In July 2012, its share stood at 2.96%. In July 2014, it ran all the way up to 3.84%. Last month’s 2.55% was the lowest score ever.

    This in spite of the fact that Bing’s the default search engine — and bloody difficult to change — on Edge in particular, and all versions of Windows 10 in general.

  • Cortana should be dancing in the streets

    Posted on September 29th, 2016 at 13:46 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Qi Lu leaves, Cortana and Bing to Shum, Office and Pall’s Skype go to Jha: This morning saw a breathtaking push to put Cortana in the driver’s seat.

    InfoWorld Woody on Windows

  • Cortana now restricted to Edge and Bing: It’s the clicks, stupid

    Posted on April 29th, 2016 at 08:28 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Likely the #1 way for Microsoft to make money off Windows 10.

    InfoWorld Woody on Windows.

  • Windows 10 search and Bing

    Posted on January 21st, 2016 at 15:13 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Fascinating mail from AA:

    I am a reluctant Windows 10 user (at work).

    Bing searchWhen I use the Windows 10 search box at work, the default view when I click the box is to see a bunch of tiles about what is “popular now”.  To me this a distraction, so I typed the following string into the search panel:    “dont show bing news in search panel windows 10”.

    When my browser pops up (Chrome, with Google search set as its default search tool, but ignored in this case), I get a very Bing-centric set of responses, but no answers.



    If I open my browser on my own, and perform the same search directly, I get a very different (and more useful) response.

    Google Search

    This is not a gripe about how disable Bing – I know how to do that now.    But it’s disappointing to know that Bing’s answers are seemingly adulterated.  Sigh.

    As always, thanks for being a voice of sanity in the land of Windows.

  • Want to work on Bing?

    Posted on May 17th, 2013 at 21:41 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Have I got an Easter Egg for you.

    InfoWorld Tech Watch.

  • Note to Satya Nadella: Bing needs you

    Posted on April 7th, 2011 at 04:07 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    If you look at US market share, Bing (and its partner in arms, Yahoo) have a respectable 30% share of the search engine market. But that share has gone nowhere in the past year.

    Internationally it’s a different story. Bing’s hit a whopping 3.9% share, and it’s not headed anywhere soon.

    Why? Several possibilities. See my InfoWorld Tech Watch post.

  • Google’s US search market share increases, but the rules changed

    Posted on October 15th, 2010 at 08:47 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Last month I wrote about Bing stealing Yahoo search market share, and explained why that didn’t mean much: as of August 24, the Bing engine effectively replaced the Yahoo search engine, so even if you see Yahoo on the screen, the results and the marketing oomph go to Microsoft.

    This month, comScore reports an important change. According to their just-released report, Google’s U.S. market share went up from 65.4% in August to 66.1% in September. At the same time, Bing/Yahoo declined from 28.5 to 27.9%.

    While the numbers seem impressive, you have to take them with more than a dash of salt. comScore changed the way it counts searches, in response to Google’s new Instant Search technology (which some wags note isn’t all that new, but I digress).

    As Cameron Meierhofer on the comScore blog explains,

    [T]he comScore panel provides visibility into all events that a user is conducting and all the HTTP calls associated with the user’s actions. Based on this insight, we have developed a priority scoring system that allows us to identify search results with explicit user action and interstitial results with a sufficiently long pause to suggest some level of implicit engagement.

    If that sounds like a situation just begging to mess up search site usage scores, you’re right. In the end, comScore punted, assigning an arbitrary time-out period of three seconds, “Query result pages without explicit user action, but with a pause of at least 3 seconds, are considered as indicating ‘implicit’ engagement and will count towards Total Core Search.”

    As a dyed-in-the-wool curmudgeon, I have to wonder out loud if comScore chose that three second threshhold before or after they saw the statistics for September.

    Any way, it’s a new race from this point on, and it’ll be interesting to see how Google and Microsoft fare. We won’t really be able to compare apples to apples until the October results are out.

    And, of course, the really important numbers in the long run are for mobile search. But that’s another story.