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Wolfram Alpha Integrated into Bing

     
1:23 am on Nov 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Bing and Wolfram¦Alpha Have the Answers [bing.com]

...we'll be providing access to Wolfram¦Alpha's advanced algorithms and expertly curated data within the Bing experience. This new and exciting work is completely aligned with our broader goal of enabling faster, more informed decisions. Specifically, we will bring nutritional information and tools into Bing's search results, as well as some straight up hard math and homework help.

7:11 am on Nov 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

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great! I actually use wolfram for math answers
9:14 am on Nov 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Wolfram Alpha was a great acquisition for Bing/Microsoft, and could well help form the making of a great search engine.

I am looking forward to seeing some of the live results from this.

9:25 am on Nov 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

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They just need to integrate Google's results now and they might have a half decent search engine.
10:19 am on Nov 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Ha ha, well I think they will become more commercial than Google...going by what I have seen in their commercials.
10:55 am on Nov 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

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wow. Wolfram Alpha is a sophisticated engine. Wish Google bought it. I cant see how Google will keep up with this.
11:38 am on Nov 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

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It's a licensing deal, not an acquisition.
2:46 pm on Nov 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I think about this , good move from Microsoft
3:05 pm on Nov 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

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So google could still buy it ;-)
3:44 pm on Nov 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

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They just need to integrate Google's results now and they might have a half decent search engine

and what is wrong with bings results? They seem good to me.

3:57 pm on Nov 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

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It's a licensing deal, not an acquisition.

Sorry, my mistake there.

6:39 pm on Nov 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Unfortunately the quality of search engine results is largely irrelevant to the vast majority of users. People don't use Google because it has better search results but because Google is synonymous with search. Using Google for search is a habit -an instinct at this point- and not a conscious decision. It won't matter if another company delivers better search results with a new search engine unless people want something better or different. The market is not demanding that of search. What matters is that another company redefines what search is and makes Google look passé. If/when this ever happens, Google will lose market share faster than they can spend money.
8:52 pm on Nov 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I agree with Copeland - if Microsoft wants to really take any market share from Google, they'll first need to show the market what better search results should look like. THEN they'll have to show the market that Bing actually has them.

That's why they launched with all that "decission engine" nonsense. It was a way to get around having to compete in the marketplace as a search engine. (Which, of course, Bing is.)

8:51 pm on Nov 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

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> What matters is that another company redefines what search is and makes Google look passé.

...redifining search. Copeland, what an interesting and profound post. Thanks.

Providing the typical 10 listings on 1st page does not fit the concept of redefintion. Perhaps a complete overhaul is needed.

12:15 pm on Nov 14, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Sadly quality is not the main market drive, exposure moves markets more than quality. Remember where Google came from? Google gained exposure from appearing on Yahoo, THEN the market noticed their quality. Perhaps WA will get noticed now.
 

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