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  • Browsers and search engines


    Susan Bradley

    By Susan Bradley

    If you are as old as I am, you will remember the revolutionary changes the browser Netscape Navigator and search engine AltaVista brought to our desktops.

    In what now seems like an overnight event, all those research topics that used to require a trip to our local libraries became a mere dial-up call away, using our light-speed, 9600-baud modems. Okay, a little patience was required in those days, even once those ubiquitous modems reached the dizzying heights of 56K.

    At about the same time, we witnessed the start of what was to become a decades-long browser and search-engine war, during which we all have probably changed allegiances several times.

    Read the full story in our Plus Newsletter (20.44.0, 2023-10-30).

  • Why is Bing worse than Google for finding Windows info?


    Brian Livingston

    By Brian Livingston

    Microsoft’s Bing search engine has a small but growing market share — chipping away at Google’s 90% dominance worldwide — but the Redmond software giant’s Web crawler can be surprisingly weak in showing you helpful Windows information from technology websites other than

    There are thousands of blogs and newsletters that post every possible factoid about Windows, from the fluffiest corporate press releases to obscure technical features you’ve never dreamed of.

    So what might explain the inadequacy of Redmond’s favorite search engine to deliver the Windows info users need to know?

    Read the full story in our Plus Newsletter (19.45.0, 2022-11-07).