dstiles - 5:12 pm on Jul 9, 2011 (gmt 0)
I have used ixquick and later startpage for at least 18 months (they claim to be the same SE but read on...).
A couple of months ago startpage switched to being a proxy for google so I switched (back) to ixquick, which quoted its meta sources (bing amongst them). Now ixquick has stopped quoting its metas ources and it's likely I will switch to someone else - shame because I got most of what I wanted from startpage/ixquick but I suspect ixquick may become a proxy for google as well.
I have recently begun using bing for more extensive searches (eg for things I cannot find extensivley on ixquick) and for research into my web sites' positions.
Since moving to startpage/ixquick I have not used google except for uploading one of my client's databases to google base (froogle) - another mess in the making.
My wife uses google sparingly for research into our sites' positions but that's about it.
We manage well as searchers without google whom, sad to say, we promoted actively in their early years.
Also sadly, our customers rely on google SERPS for at least part of their trade. It would be nice to add a suitable block in robots.txt but we can't do that for a while yet. :(
Bing? I have never been comfortable with MS OS, from DOS onwards, although until a couple of years ago I used Windows exclusivley. I am almost completely on linux desktop/[aptop now although my wife and our servers still use Windows (wife because that's what our customers are compatible with). My attitude to pre-Bing SE incarnations was similar to my attitude to Windows: very wary, mainly because of the company itself.
I now trust Bing FAR more than google but am still wary of committing too much to it outside of plain search.
If bingdude reads this - sorry, but it is a big step forward. :)