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Schmidt on Bing: MSFT Does This Every Year

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Google’s not worried about Bing, not one bit.

In a recent interview with Fox, Google CEO Eric Schmidt put forth the appearance that he’s not worried about Microsoft’s latest search engine Bing for a number of reasons.

"It's not the first entry for Microsoft. They do this about once a year," Schmidt told the Fox Business Network earlier in the week. "I don't think Bing's arrival has changed what we're doing. We are about search, we're about making things enormously successful, by virtue of innovation."

It’s true that, over the years, Microsoft has had a number of redesigns and brand changes for its search engine. Since the launch in 1998, we’ve seen MSN Search, Windows Live Search, Live Search and now Bing. However, Microsoft seems determined to push Bing as a “decision making engine” as opposed to a search engine similar to past endeavors, and Google’s Schmidt seems to believe that that alone will stop Bing from overtaking Google.

"Google is about getting all the information and organizing it. Yahoo has a different strategy. We think ultimately Bing will evolve to a different strategy as well."

Do you think Bing could pose a significant threat to Google or Yahoo? Let us know what you think of Microsoft’s new decision making engine in the comments below.

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    matchboxmatt , June 10, 2009 5:31 PM
    Ha, no.
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    theuerkorn , June 10, 2009 5:32 PM
    Does anybody really care? I mean Google is status quo, but to some degree also because it's a household name. Even if Bing was much better, as long as Google provides the info I am looking for, why change. One exception in the WolframAlpha engine (which also integrates into Google if needed).
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    sailfish , June 10, 2009 5:35 PM
    "Do you think Bing could pose a significant threat to Google or Yahoo?"

    The only threat it will pose is to the project manager responsible for spending oodles of MS cash to develop this dud.
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    Lan , June 10, 2009 6:01 PM
    Not likely.
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    fazers_on_stun , June 10, 2009 6:03 PM
    I've tried Bing mostly because I use MSN as my home page for the news & stock quotes. Seems OK. I like the feature of more info appearing when you hover the mouse over the links, but as for quality of the info it finds, I don't see a vast improvement over Live Search or Google...
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    rockabye , June 10, 2009 6:05 PM
    Decision making engine? I saw the ads saying how it's better than a search engine and I tried it but didn't see a difference. Also, google's shopping gave me more (and better) results for what I searched for. On the other hand, I do find bing more aesthetically appealing and the travel section seems like a good move. But for normal search, I'll stick with google.
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    grieve , June 10, 2009 6:07 PM
    I think it is unlikely anyone can push Google of their thrown right now… But it is M$, If they decided to throw enough money and resources into Bing, It may actually end up being decent.
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    jonpaul37 , June 10, 2009 6:08 PM
    Bing will soar simply for one reason, it has great porn searching and lets you actually preview by hovering over videos, kudos!

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    rockabye , June 10, 2009 6:09 PM
    fazers_on_stunI like the feature of more info appearing when you hover the mouse over the links
    Yeah that mouse-over feature is awesome. Especially in the videos section.
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    Vettedude , June 10, 2009 6:40 PM
    I love Bing personally. Its a very pretty search engine that gives results normally equal to Google. I use Bing over Google now just because it is prettier, and the mouse-over video search thing.
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    jacobdrj , June 10, 2009 6:41 PM
    Well, taking a different approach isn't a bad thing. Google is forcing at least an attempt an innovation from MS, and I applaud the effort.
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    hillarymakesmecry , June 10, 2009 7:48 PM
    I think bing is worthless. It keeps giving me garbage results.
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    p05esto , June 10, 2009 7:50 PM
    I really don't like Google much the past couple years. They simply annoy me.
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    Kary , June 10, 2009 8:08 PM
    Well, if Bing were competing against only Live search, I would have to say HUGE WIN.

    They have pared down the extraneous garbage on the interface and I can now use Bing to get results from Microsoft's knowledge base.... at least someone at MS was listening.

    Still, not quite as good of results as Google for most of my searches (usually technical searches).

    Bing does do a really good job of getting past my porn filters I installed at work...negative to me but could gain them market share :) 
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    falchard , June 10, 2009 8:41 PM
    I like bing very fast and accurate.
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    Anonymous , June 10, 2009 9:42 PM
    Bing poses about as much threat to google as the girl scouts selling lemonade down street pose to Lipton. :) -
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    7amood , June 11, 2009 12:11 AM
    after checking out bing... am interested
    but i'll always google first.
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    keither5150 , June 11, 2009 1:25 AM
    I like bing for searching for videos.

    The mouse over feature is awesome. It will soon be copied by Safari and listed as their latest and greatest feature.

    It will be tough to beat Google.
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    anamaniac , June 11, 2009 5:13 AM
    I saw the Bing commercials...

    All I could think about was the knights who said 'Ni'.
    Damn you Monty Python.

    And no, I don't think has a serious issue at their doorstep. Some loss of revenue maybe, but not huge.
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    1pp1k10k4m1 , June 11, 2009 7:00 AM
    I think Bing (after some use) is a poor attempt at some aspects of Web 3.0. It actually feels a whole lot more like "rebranded Live Search" than anything else. I've sought several "decisions" from it, and get poorer and poorer results with each iteration. Actually, on some queries I did not get a single relevant result. Though not every search was pointless I would say " remain securely at the top of internet usefulness and general inquiry, for now."
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