In March, it will be two years since I switched to Bing as my default and primary search engine. (it was known as Kumo from March to May of 2009)
- I find the top page of Bing results to be as good as Google.
- I return to Google about 30% of the time for difficult topics (mostly in long tail research mode). Rarely as the first of a string of search though. Usually only if Bing disappoints.
- Depth is not as good on Bing in the page 2+ results.
- Bing is much easier to use and faster to use. More reliable. Even if I can't find what I want - I will stick with Bing first to avoid the interface mess of Google.
- Rarely do I search images, but when I do, Bing rocks.
- I use Google maps over Bing maps 100% of the time. Google Maps is Google's best effort to date. I do find Bing maps to have fresher and more accurate driving directions and addresses.
- News - Google is almost always fresher at news than Bing.
- Bing has better history because the index is more stable at Bing. I can count on a result to be there from Monday to Friday.
Where Bing disappoints:
- 2nd page results.
- Ads vs results are not always clear if you are clicking on an ad or not.
- Filtering. I occasionally run into adults in clean searches.
- Ads are extremely 'broad match'. Too much. I find alot of useless ads on Bing. (search for "hp printer driver downloads" and compare)
Where Google disappoints:
- Ease of use. Once the bastion of easy usage - Google is now king of the flashing, moving, and intrusive page. Google has put so much visual stuff on to the SERP's, it truly is hard to sort out. From Maps, multi-indents, to ever changing irreproducible results, it is a cluster that you can't count on. It just isn't reliable or trusty worthy to me. You can't even send a simple query to a friend any more because they won't see the same thing.
- Compatibility. I use numerous devices to connect in a day (Opera Desktop, PalmPre, iPad, iPhone, FireFox *nix, Win, *pple). I continuously run into compatibility issues on Google. I find Google is basically suitable for IE and Chrome. After that, it is a crap shoot if Google is going to work for any particular device or browser. I am tired of involuntarily being on Google's beta test team.
- Google results are so heavy with the 'authority' brands, that good content is often buried. I find this most often true when searching for brand name related content. For example: right now I am researching Zimbra email server and it is hard to find content that wasn't generated by Zimbra.
- Google results are unpredictable and untrustworthy. You can count on that to stay the same from monday to tuesday or even the next hour.
- Sharing results with friends is hard because results are so wishy washy.
- Google is so busy trying to be some body, they have forgot that they already are some body. New Coke anyone?
- Bing - stay the course. You got me to change for 2 years, you are doing something right.
- Tried Altavista or AllTheWeb lately?