Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 17th Sep 2013 23:12 UTC
Microsoft

With this release we've created a modern Bing.com experience - one that is faster, cleaner and more visually appealing. We believe that search can be beautiful as well as functional and efficient. With that as our goal, we evaluated fonts, spacing, color, visual scan patterns, the search box and even the underlying code.

My problem with this and recent moves by Google: when I do a regular search, I do not want my search results to be spammed by news, picture, and video results. Bing seems to follow in Google's footsteps by adding irrelevant crap to search results for the sake of looking cool, but at the cost of usability.

I mean, check this screenshot. How much of the page is reserved for actual search results, and not pictures, info boxes, news items, and god knows what else?

Exactly: none.

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RE[2]: User Engagement
by benytocamela on Wed 18th Sep 2013 07:38 UTC in reply to "RE: User Engagement"
benytocamela
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2013-05-16

Nonsense, if you go to google.com you are still greeted with a rather clean and spartan white page, not with a web-site-as-an-aggregate mess.

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RE[3]: User Engagement
by moondevil on Wed 18th Sep 2013 12:17 in reply to "RE[2]: User Engagement"
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2005-07-08

Until you search for anything that is.

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RE[4]: User Engagement
by Novan_Leon on Wed 18th Sep 2013 14:16 in reply to "RE[3]: User Engagement"
Novan_Leon Member since:
2005-12-07

But in Google's case the "mess" is all directly related to your search, which is much more preferable.

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RE[4]: User Engagement
by darknexus on Wed 18th Sep 2013 14:41 in reply to "RE[3]: User Engagement"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Until you search for anything that is.

Actually, I do get good search results with ddg, but you have to learn to be less verbose. It reminds me a bit of old Google, how any irrelevant word could skew your search results before they started filtering common words out of your search. E.g. If I'm searching for something specific such as an iOS 7 jailbreak, that's what I put into ddg. Not "how to jailbreak iOS 7" or "working jailbreak for iPhone 5S." Be specific, and direct to the point and you'll most often find what you're looking for quickly with it.
Of course, sometimes I can't use it as I do searches in both German and Swedish as well as English. For foreign language searches, ddg is absolutely useless at this point as it only handles English. Hopefully they'll expand to other languages in time. Until then, I do still have to go to Google for those.

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RE[4]: User Engagement
by No it isnt on Wed 18th Sep 2013 15:45 in reply to "RE[3]: User Engagement"
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2005-11-14

I use Google a lot. Search for proper information, and get proper information. Search for Kate Perry, and get a bunch of spam. Seems like Bing works the same way, to be honest.

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RE[4]: User Engagement
by benytocamela on Wed 18th Sep 2013 16:14 in reply to "RE[3]: User Engagement"
benytocamela Member since:
2013-05-16

... and then I get my results in a relatively well organized manner, with an unobtrusive sidebar of suggested products I could be interested in which I tend to ignore.

Bing is a bit more cluttered but not too bad either.


But I assume some of you won't be happy until either google or bing take you for a nice steak dinner and show you some good time out and around town before tucking you into bed, after typing a query.

Edited 2013-09-18 16:15 UTC

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