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The Thing About Microsoft's Bing

Written By Brian Hicks

Posted June 3, 2009

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I must admit, trying to portray Bill Gates as person deserving of our pity is a pretty tall order. As one of the richest guys in the world, pity is not exactly the first thing that comes to mind.

But since money isn’t everything—not even to Bill Gates—I can’t help but look at Microsoft and cringe every time they try to make splash with “new” product launch. In a way, it’s painful to watch.

I think that’s because Microsoft is always hopelessly behind the curve, introducing new products long after the market for them has been seized by somebody else. “Us too” doesn’t exactly make for much to write home about.

After all, products like the Zune came long after the success of the iPod and every upgrade to Internet Explorer is usually something I already have been doing for sometime in Firefox.  And I have yet to meet the young, hip computer Geek that doesn’t roll their eyes when I tell them I’m using Word on Vista.

It’s kind of like admitting I’m driving a Buick LeSabre.

So when I checked out Microsoft’s latest thing called Bing yesterday, I only did it out of a perverse curiosity—the same way I wanted to see the bearded lady at the fair when I was kid.

The funny thing is after trying Bing on about 10 different searches, it only made me appreciate my Google results even more for some reason. Why i’m not sure, but I doubt I’m the only one. So here’s a bet that Google has nothing to worry about when it comes to Bing.

And besides, was that really the best name that Microsoft could come up with after years of long, boring meetings in the conference room?

Internet jokesters are already making fun of it claiming that Bing is shorthand for “But It’s Not Google”.

And to add injury to insult there is even a glitch with Bing gives users access to porn without leaving the search engine.

Another cringe followed by a yawn.   I tell you there are some days I pity Bill Gates.

PC guy is funny for reason you know.

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