Thursday, June 4, 2009

Bing

Bing is a new search vehicle from Microsoft that is supposed to help you search, explore and decide. According to Microsoft, Bing is a search engine that finds and organizes the answers you need so you can make faster, more informed decisions. Below are the features Bing brings to the search engine arena.

Images – This selection shows various pictures of the topic you type into the search field. Hover your mouse over an image and you will see the title, size, Web address for the image, links to similar images and to send feedback to Bing. The photo also stands out as in a two dimensional view. Once you click on the image you are taken to a page where additional information is available on the image and the topic is expanded on to encompass all relevant information.

Videos – This selection is broken down into groups – TV shows, Music, Most Watched, News and Sports. You can also just type right into the search field and all the results for the topic appear on the screen. Once you select a video it opens in another window and starts to play right away. On the video page you can customize the video by length, screen size, resolution and source.

Shopping – On its front page you can take a tour to see how this section works, get cash back, read user reviews, and click on the Frequently Asked Questions. You can sort search results according to Best Match, Best User Rating, Best Expert Rating or Price. You can also select to show only the cash back items as your criteria for the search. There is quite a bit to see on these search pages so you definitely need to customize it so you would not miss what is important to meet your shopping needs.

News – This section starts with Today’s Top News displaying some with video and some without. The main screen displays World, US, Local, Sports, Entertainment, Business, Politics, Sci/Tech and Health news in this order as well as the tabs on the left hand side of the page with the same areas.

Maps – In this section you can get directions to a specified location, share this information via email or blog it through Windows Live ID, create a collection of this information for future reference, and you have the option of a general tour or a 3d tour video and you can print out the page information --- map and text, map only or text only. During my review, I found that the email links did not work for Gmail and AOL. After selecting the option I remained on the page without the email application opening up. When I click ‘Choose’ to select another email application, I was routed to make a select from an application on my computer. May be you will have better luck!

Travel – This section has tabs across the top for Flights, Hotels, Cars, Cruises and Vacations. The Cars, Cruises and Vacations tabs route you to Orbitz.com for this information. The Flights and Hotels tabs are like other travel pages that give you the options to customize and narrow your selection to suit your need.
Tour - You can tour Bing at http://www.discoverbing.com/tour/http://www.discoverbing.com/tour/

Preferences – This selection allows you to customize your Bing experience. There is a series of features under the General Settings group that apply to all your searches and another series under the Web Settings group that apply only to your Web search results

Once again we are given another option to choose from when the need arise to search the Net. Give Bing (http://www.bing.com/) a try and see how you like it as well as let your fellow Web Bytes readers know your thoughts on your Bing experience.

As always, email me with your topics and let’s have a good time learning together!

In His Service,
AvaByGrace

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