dstiles - 11:27 pm on Jan 27, 2012 (gmt 0)
From the very beginning, back in the '90s, I worked on the principle that TLD extensions should reflect the country you are in, not the country you want to sell/info to. That was the way the web was promoted back then - at least outside of the US, which has always taken "possession" of the .COM/etc TLD as their very own. The initials WWW should have been a clue to (eg) G and (now) to Bing.
Until now G has been the only one to punish our UK domains, forcing us to add .COM domains just to keep the businesses running. Other engines respond properly to the search words, such as travel UK or travel USA.
If bing has now gone regional it's going to get worse.