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2:33 pm on Jun 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I find myself going to Bing every day now - just to see the pic of the day. That is some awesome photography going on there. I find it ironic, that the feature has been in place since early last fall, and only now has the press decided it is a "new" feature.
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A nice fresh look to a search engine, Ask do something a little similar with skins - but Bing looks and feels a little more classy.
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>>since early last fall

The "Live" demo by MS at Pubcon kind of brushed over the whole concept too. I agree, the photography is stunning and the information is neat. The only part I cannot stand is the "Wanna see it again? Install Silverlight ... yada yada yada".

Wanna see me quit using Bing? Ask me one more time if I want to install Silverlight or force me to use it on your search page.

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It's funny, the more I use it the more I like it. Those side menu rollouts for each link is pretty cool and yes the home page pictures are really good.

I also like the video section and being able to scroll over the vid and see a short snippet run.

I think they have done a good job this time.

Should Google be worried, no but I do believe Bing is going to get more of the market share and that's all the wanted.

I would not be surprised if Google does some advertising of their own in the future.

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>if I want to install Silverlight

Double ironic when you consider MS's sites work perfect in Opera, while Googles has problems from Gmail to Docs.

So ya, I installed silver light. Seems to be a more/better/different product than the much maligned flash. (but, I don't care for any adobe software at all)

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Over the years, webmasters who Google wronged have always said I'll tell all my clients, etc. to use another search engine other than Google. Well, there never really was one that could compete until now.

Lately, Google has pushed my buttons so as an experiment, not only did I switch to using Bing, I also told 5 clients that the next big thing was going to be Bing and they should give it a shot. I talked it up so they would try it and 3 out of the 5 had already seen the commercials.

Turns out 4 out of the 5 liked it so much, they made it the default search in their browser and the 5th one neither disliked it or liked it but was so used to Google they didn't switch.

One of the biggest things the 4 liked about it that made them switch was the way it is presented.

Interesting.........

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Brett, I'm with you on this, I thing Bing's homepage picture is worthy of a visit. If they had a gallery of past homepages with picture sources it would be good.
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If they had a gallery of past homepages with picture sources it would be good.

There is a little back arrow in the lower right corner, when you hover the anchor element pop up text displays "Want to see it again? Click to install Silverlight and view past photos."

That was the source of my sarcastic comment earlier. I'm too stubborn to install Silverlight so I cannot confirm if that is a gallery of past pictures and source references but you may want to have a look if it interests you.

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I had only really used it from my top right search thingie I hadn't even noticed the photos! Yes they are rather lovely...

And I have been using it by default for about a week now, I actually really like the results so far.

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>I'm too stubborn to install Silverlight

Doesn't it come with IE8?

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Not if you use IE8 in the portable version :))
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>>IE8

?
I use a web browser when I get on the internet ;)

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Brett - as soon as I saw Bing, I reckoned it was the image that could be the "killer feature" - it will bring back people time and time again. Gates purchased Getty Images a few years back I believe, so this could be the big payoff!
 

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