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vnewman2
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5/3/2016 | 11:58:41 AM
Re: Devil's advocate
@Joe - I love the doodles!  I think they are clever.  But you know, different strokes for different folks.  But @Joe what I'm really worried about is the riot you may start over National Teachers Day!  You know teachers love this stuff and feel underpaid plus underappreciated.  The least we can do is give them a day, no?

In all seriousness, I have to disagree with the UX on Bing - especially being a Mac user - the graphics and layout are terrible - there's a lot of noise going on. Completely awful.  It's all in the presentation, MSFT.
jries921
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5/3/2016 | 11:26:48 AM
Re: Strategic?
It is not exactly a secret that Mozilla is a non-profit that relies on sponsorship deals for most of its income.  If I read the article right, MS is pleading technical necessity, not economic advantage.  As aluded to in my previous post, I doubt its honesty.

In general, people are much more tolerant of money grubbing when it is done openly.
Joe Stanganelli
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5/3/2016 | 9:03:30 AM
Re: Strategic?
Well, sure.  Just like how Microsoft prepackages IE with Windows.  Or how Firefox signs a deal with a particular search provider for the Firefox landing page.  Etc., etc.  :)
Joe Stanganelli
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5/3/2016 | 9:01:50 AM
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@vnewman: I dunno.  I'm not seeing that.  I'm seeing a picture of a mountainous landscape.

Whereas on Google today, I'm seeing YET ANOTHER doodle.  They were cute when Google did them every now and then once in a blue moon.  But now they do them all the time.  This one is for "National Teachers Day" -- just another made-up #day that nobody actually cares about (unless you're a teacher or teacher-booster).

I think I see doodles more often than I see the actual Google logo these days.

In any case, functionality-wise, I still thing Bing has some catching up to do for regular old search, but UX-wise it's a wash.
vnewman2
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5/2/2016 | 2:46:26 PM
Re: Devil's advocate
@Joe - Visually, Bing leaves a lot to be desired.  People have gotten so used to the simplicity of the Google landing page that anything else besides a plain white screen is noise in comparison...at least when it comes to searching.  If you have a minute, go to the site now - what is that big, blue montronsity in the background?  
jries921
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5/2/2016 | 11:53:31 AM
Strategic?
There may be valid technical reasons for doing this, but it looks very much like an effort to "encourage" the use of Edge and Bing.
Joe Stanganelli
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5/2/2016 | 11:21:11 AM
Devil's advocate
You know, for all the flak we in the tech community give Bing, how many have actually *tried* it?

Does it have a long way to go?  Sure.  But it's still useful, it offers diversity of top results, and its maps solution seems to be a heck of a lot better.
jastroff
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5/2/2016 | 9:46:05 AM
Abbreviated Search
Well, it's a good point, but not when it comes to what amounts to an abbreviated search.

 

>> However, Microsoft is still looking for ways to make money off the OS outside the fees it charges OEMs to put it on their devices. Windows 10 and Bing are tightly woven together, and increasing the user base for Bing will generate more ad revenue for Microsoft.
Technocrati
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4/30/2016 | 3:05:45 PM
To Cortana or Not to Cortana ....
Micorsoft can worry about an complete experience.   But for those of us who just need an OS to work within, Cortana or No Cortana.

It does not matter to us.
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