Google has been synonymous with search for years, and Bing -- poor Bing -- quickly became synonymous with sarcasm about why anyone would ever use Bing. Believe it or not, though, the two search engines aren't as different as the jokes would have you believe.
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Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
Android: Google Now on Tap was easily the coolest feature announced at Google I/O this year. However, you still can't use it yet. If you want to get an idea of how it works though, Microsoft has gone ahead and added the feature to its Bing app.
Windows 10 brings a ton of sweet new features. Among them, you can now search the web directly from the Start menu. However, it will always use Bing. The Bing2Google extension for Chrome will redirect your searches to Google instead.
Android: Just months after releasing Next Lock Screen for Android, Microsoft is back with a second lock screen replacement app. This one lets you search the web (via Bing of course), get notifications, check the latest news, and change your wallpaper -- all without unlocking your phone.
We've already discussed how Windows 8.1 integrates Bing results into all your system searches, and it now turns out Microsoft plans to include Bing ads amongst the mix in its final release. Fortunately, it appears to be fairly easy to switch that off.
One of the main changes in Windows 8.1 is that Bing is now integrated into search, so you see web results along with apps and files. But how does that actually work, what happened to the Search charm, are Bing's results any use in Australia, and can you disable them? Find out with our screenshot tour.
The word 'Google' has been widely embraced by the English speaking world as a de facto verb for internet searches. When you want to find something out online, you don't search for it; you "google" it. But what about Microsoft's rival search engine Bing? Over the past few days, I've been asking friends, family and co-workers to 'Bing' search queries for me. Here's a transcription of some of their reactions...
Kogan's recent IE7 tax was a cheeky way for the online retailer to promote itself, as well as a reminder that many people are still using seriously-out-of-date browsers. Has Microsoft now retaliated by removing the main Kogan site from Bing search results?
Face it: Google runs your life. The search giant turned web ecosystem owns your email, calendar and even your voicemails. Your most important data lives on Google's servers. What you may not realise is that, despite the quality of Google's products, someone else is doing it better -- and placing all your eggs in Google's basket isn't necessarily the best thing. Here's a look at alternative services you can use in place of Google's web apps.