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For good reason, Google has a reputation for using this sort of distributed computing system to reach new heights on the web. But Harry Shum, who oversees research and development for Microsoft’s Bing search engine, believes his company has now matched Google’s ability to build software platforms that can harness the power of tens of thousands of servers.
“What Caffeine is good at is freshness — how quickly you can crawl, index and serve documents,” Shum tells Wired. “This is something that we take very, very seriously [at Microsoft]. If you look at the freshness of our queries, I hope you feel that Bing’s freshness — search quality in terms of freshness — is at least on par with Google. And, yes, it all starts with the infrastructure.”
but Shum believes that Bing has finally reached a point where it can compete with Google on a technical level.
LOL, until they start sending me traffic. They'll remain no good to me.
We shouldn't think about this from a webmaster or SEO perspective. Webmasters may not like hearing it, but neither Google nor Bing sees webmasters and SEOs their primary concern. The average user is what concerns them. How much traffic they send you, or whether or not their ad-serving matches your page content perfectly comes second.
The bigger issue for Microsoft's Bing (and other search engines) is that Google has become synonymous with search.
It isn't that Bing is getting that much better. What's happening is that Google is getting worse.
@ J_RaD I cannot find the bit in the MS privacy statement about deleting you data. Can you point me to it?
joined:Dec 28, 2005
For me, Bing/hoo is "Good enough" most of the time.
Good enough that I've taken G off my search list on FireFox.
Somehow I figured out how to type "Google.com" into my address bar if I really, really, need another opinion. :)
joined:Dec 28, 2005
they sure are selling like hotcakes
joined:Apr 13, 2002