Microsoft Bing the (new) search engine from Microsoft is live today for everyone. My first impression is that atleast it is better than the live search, live search really sucks. There are some nice features in Bing, but whether users will stick to it or not is difficult to tell now.
I tested bing with some queries and vanity searches, it shows pretty good results in some cases but for some keywords it pulls up lot of junk which is not relevant to the one you are searching, same like Live search. Microsoft whatâ€™s up is this really a new search engine or dressedup live search. But some results are good may be they tweaked live search, i didnâ€™t use live search recently so I canâ€™t tell now.
If you are outside US like me, then you will see localized Bing, change it to United States, there is a link in the top right corner to change. I was greeted with a France version, i changed it to US immediately, features like search history is missing in these localized versions.
On the left side of the search results you will see your search history, related searches. Using related searches you can drill down your search to get what you wanted in the first place. of course of you use exact queries it is not of much use anyway. Search history can be saved if you login with MSN ID.
Bing gives sub categories for known queries like places, i searched for Hyderabad, India it showed up results, along with sub categories for the search including maps, weather etc. But for more general queries it just shows all search results and no sub categories.
Bing search results show longer text from the web page when hovering on the search result, a small icon will show up on the right side, place your mouse on this to see longer text and links from the web page.
Nothing much changed from Live search, you can zoom the images and allows to scroll continuously to see more images with out clicking next page links. Shows Images in 4 ways, small thumbnails, medium thumbs, large and large with descriptions.
Video search is something interesting, the videos will start playing if you hover your mouse over the video. With the preview you can see what the video has to offer before going to the site. Video search offers filters like length of the video, resolution and source.
Bing shopping results are very good, they will carry Microsoft Cash Back program links wherever applicable and also it shows the discount you will get with the product purchase. The shopping results can be drilled down to price ranges, using categories, brands and other options.
Overall Bing shows some promise and offers better results than live but not better than Google results. Still it is early to say whether users will like it, since it is new may be Microsoft guys will tweak it more to improve the results. Have you tried Bing yet?, if so what do you think?.