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Why I use Bing

svijaykoushik profile image Vijay Koushik, S. πŸ‘¨πŸ½β€πŸ’» Originally published at svijaykoushik.github.io on ・3 min read

Hello world! It's been a long time since I posted an article since I couldn't find time. So here's a quick post originally posted on my blog.

After giving a try to Bing I made a switch to it as my default search engine a couple of years ago. Though I made a switch, it is not 100% complete. I occasionally use Google from time to time. Without further ado here are 5 reasons I made a switch to Bing.

1. Homepage Background

This is the main reason I switched to Bing. On the early days of trying Bing I was working for a company where I used to start the day by opening my mail box on my browser. Bing, greets me with Gorgeous and colourful backgrounds (dubbed Image of the day) every single day. It may be a cute animal, a serene scenery, an elegant culture or marvelous achievements that we humans made. Sometimes the backgrounds may be short clips or even 360deg pictures. The cool thing is that it allows me to download the background if I like it so much and make it my wallpaper on my device. Making my homepage Bing was and is the favorite way to start my day. Homepage BackgroundA typical Bing homepage with an alluring background

2. Personalized Image feed

Speaking of colourful images, Bing Image search allows me to make a personalized list of favorites (Broad topics like Animals to specific topics like cute cats) and show them as a feed with updated images on every visit. If the home page doesn’t satisfy me, then this will. Personalized Image feedMy Personalized Image feed

3. More Image search

Other than an image feed the image search has a few neat features that often help me. Among them the following two are my favorites

a.GIF search

Posting GIF comments on social media is very fun. When I search for gifs I don’t have to click on every result to see the animation in action, instead I just hover over the results to see the preview. If I am on mobile the gif just auto plays! Given that enough time is given to load the gifs in both the cases. GIF searchHover to preview GIF.

b.Search Within

The search engine also has the feature to search within the image i.e. a part of the image. Whenever I need to find similar pictures of a part of a photo from a selfie or other pictures I highlight the area to be searched and get the results. The downside is, the accuracy of the results depend on the quality of the highlighted part of the image. Search WithinSearching a part of an Image.

4. Video Preview

Another Important feature I like is the video preview. Often I search for solutions for OS or software problems, or video songs. Rather than starting a video, I hover over the result to get a short preview. It is to be noted that the preview option, if disabled by the publisher of the video will not work. Video PreviewPreviewing videos on Bing.

5. Code Samples

This awesome feature is specific to programming. Since I like to code I always search for solutions for my problems on the web. In Bing, I get code samples among the results (Obviously from stack overflow). If it’s a generic problem like bubble sort I get an editable & executable code samples. Getting what I need on the results page helps me save time. Code SamplesExecuting a code sample of bubble sort method of sorting a list.

As said in the beginning, I did not completely switch to Bing. It’s not perfect; I tend to use Google If I’m not satisfied with the results. These reasons stated here are based on my personal preferences and my perspective of usability. One advantage of using two search engines is that One can find Interesting information (trivial or important) on one site that the other fails to display. And I apologize for bad quality of Images. I had to compress them to save load time.

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Vijay Koushik, S. πŸ‘¨πŸ½β€πŸ’» Author

Hi,
I myself have been thinking about changing the way I address the community. Thanks for pointing this out. I I've made your requested change.

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Sean Killeen

That's awesome! Thanks so much for making this change; I appreciate how receptive you were.