Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Sep 2017 10:08 UTC

Consistency is Apple's main motivation given for switching the results from Microsoft's Bing to Google in these cases. Safari on Mac and iOS already currently use Google search as the default provider, thanks to a deal worth billions to Apple (and Google) over the last decade. This change will now mirror those results when Siri, the iOS Search bar or Spotlight is used.

"Switching to Google as the web search provider for Siri, Search within iOS and Spotlight on Mac will allow these services to have a consistent web search experience with the default in Safari," reads an Apple statement sent this morning. "We have strong relationships with Google and Microsoft and remain committed to delivering the best user experience possible."

Interesting move. The only logical move, of course - Bing is terrible - but still interesting if you look at the relationship between Apple and Google.

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RE: about time,
by avgalen on Tue 26th Sep 2017 14:56 UTC in reply to "about time,"
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Bing is terrible everywhere, but pretty good in the USA.
Here in The Netherlands I only use Bing for it's Image Search which is better than Googles, though not by much anymore

With Yahoo soon "gone" and now Apple "gone" as the two big reasons why Bing was still alive, all that Bing has left now is "Edge-Default" and that shouldn't be enough to keep it alive.
There already is hardly any competition for Google's search engine, so this step by Apple is yet another nail in the MS-coffin

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RE[2]: about time,
by haakin on Tue 26th Sep 2017 15:32 in reply to "RE: about time,"
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DuckDuckGo works quite well. I've been using it for a few months and I don't miss Google. It's my default search engine in my iPhone and in my computers.

Good searches and a nice privacy policy.

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RE[3]: about time,
by darknexus on Tue 26th Sep 2017 19:00 in reply to "RE[2]: about time,"
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Not well enough for me. I wish it did. DDG sucks when trying to research technical material compared to Google's results.

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RE[3]: about time,
by avgalen on Wed 27th Sep 2017 09:04 in reply to "RE[2]: about time,"
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I just did my yearly comparison test and searched for a few things in google/bing/duckduckgo. DuckDuckGo is just to elementary. For example when I search for my wife all 3 searchengines find her linkedin profile as the first result, but while Google and Bing mention most of the relevant information in their results (occupation, place of residence) I only get a generic "View NAME professional profile on LinkedIn. LinkedIn is the world's largest business network, helping professionals like NAME discover inside"
Basically the same happens for Youtube/FaceBook/etc. With DuckDuckGo I have to click through the results to read anything useful
When I switch to images in DuckDuckGo it only finds 3 while Google and Bing have pages full of them.
When I switch to videos in DuckDuckGo it does find many.

In my simple test DuckDuckGo couldn't keep up with the others and only had the "we don't track you" as it's advantage.

However, when searching for more complicated things (for example the word 'access' or abbreviation 'wca') I discovered the "Meanings" option in DuckDuckGo which simply put DuckDuckGo ahead of all the others in quality/relevance.

So which is best? From now on I will use:
* Google for most searches
* Bing for images
* DuckDuckGo for ambiguous terms

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RE[2]: about time,
by yerverluvinunclebert on Thu 28th Sep 2017 08:18 in reply to "RE: about time,"
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Does anyone use Edge?

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RE[3]: about time,
by darknexus on Thu 28th Sep 2017 19:42 in reply to "RE[2]: about time,"
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Does anyone use Edge?

Doesn't look like it. Even Microsoft don't, just try visiting the VLSC with Edge. The results are, to put it bluntly, hilarious. Visit the VLSC with a browser other than Edge and watch it pop up its advertisement for Edge, and you'll really be laughing. As if that isn't enough, Microsoft themselves don't even include Edge in Windows Server 2016; they only include Internet Explorer 11, a product they're supposedly phasing out.

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