Poor Microsoft is at it again, trying to get people to choose Bing over Google for web searches, with a revamped Bing It On Challenge. Getting people to switch from Google to Bing for search seems like the ultimate in lost causes, yet Microsoft persists like the ant trying to move that rubber tree plant. Nevertheless, they’re at least trying so I figured I’d give them a fair shot and take their challenge.
The new Bing It On Challenge asks you to try five searches blindly, each time you’re presented with the results from Bing and Google, side-by-side and unbranded, and you pick which you prefer. At the end, based on your choices it tells you which search engine wins. I took it, and Google won out for me.
Now, the thing is, the results given by both engines were usually similar enough that it was a pretty close call. Either set of results would have been fine. The fact that I chose the Google results four out of five times was probably a bit of random luck.
I wondered if there was a better way to compare the two search engines? Since the basic search results seemed close enough, how about we try to differentiate Bing from Google based on some other criteria? So I went ahead and created my own Bing It On Challenge, comparing the two based on their autocomplete suggestions for five searches. Here’s what I found:
Kids do, sometimes, smell like skunks, but they can also smell like a number of other things, including wet dogs. Google knows kids better. Advantage: Google
While my stomach does often hurt, I usually know why (nine out of ten times it's my lunch choice), so Google isn’t giving me much here, and I definitely don't want to know why Kourtney (Kardashian, I assume) is drinking butter. Bing, on the other hand, suggests some good papal trivia and some timely information on North Korea. Advantage: Bing