Bing Is Five Years Old

Jun 3, 2014 • 8:12 am | comments (28) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Bing Search

Bing Birthday Design at SER

Today is Bing's fifth birthday and as you can see, we dressed up our site to celebrate the big day. Five years old! Truth is, they really launched on June 1, 2009 but they should have launched on June 3rd. Technically, Bing holds their birthday is June 3rd and not June 1st.

That being said, Bing has come a long long way. You can read the official post from Microsoft on their strides on the Bing Search Blog and a more less biased take by Danny Sullivan named At Five Years Old, Bing Has Come Far Yet Has More To Grow.

Honestly, I am surprised how far has come but at the same time, I am also surprised they haven't come further in market share. Their search engine is pretty good for being only five years old but their market share doesn't reflect it.

Here are Bing's future thoughts, much of what other search engine services are thinking:

The idea of launching a browser, going to a website, and typing in a search box? That’s so 2009. The best is not yet to come but on the imminent horizon. As the world of devices constantly changes and new form factors come into play there will be a need to better use information, either by seeking it out or having it pushed to you, and take action. Bing has shifted its focus to be in position to be the search for this new, changing world.

You should expect relevant information to come to you when and where you need it. You should expect experiences to adapt to you and your context, instead of the other way around. You should expect proactive experiences that anticipate what you need. You should expect information to be actionable for what you need at home or work. Only Bing and Microsoft can provide all of this, and we couldn’t be more excited for the next five years and beyond.

Here is Bing's home page today and they encourage you to walk through the gallery of Bing home pages.

Bing Birthday Home Page

Happy Birthday Bing!

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Yo Mamma

06/03/2014 12:23 pm

I wanted to learn more so I clicked on Learn more and got a search in bing for "Earth (planet)" WTF??? Nothing to do with what it promises, just a boring search When Bing performs like this it tells me there is a big opportunity for someone else. That excludes Google after it sold its soul to advertisements

Barry Schwartz

06/03/2014 12:24 pm

Yea, was disappointed by that myself.

Yo Mamma

06/03/2014 12:28 pm

Now I see that one must use the 2 navigation arrows to flip through their pictures. Jeez Bing, no engineer could have made this experience a little less confusing?

Robert Stahelski

06/03/2014 12:56 pm

Yes the idea of going to a browser then going to a search engine's page is so 2009. That's why you have the search built into the url input too bad bing is default on the worlds most buggy, flawed, exposed, and bad browser; Exploder (explorer). Chrome is a big help for Google while Explorer is a weakness for Bing.

Yo Mamma

06/03/2014 01:08 pm

I like Chrome for 2 reasons: #1 Its fast #2 I install ADBLOCKER to block all Google's nasty advertisements I dislike Chrome for 3 reasons: #1 Its Google and nothing Google does is trustworthy IMO #2 Its bookmarking sucks. In fact their entire menu sucks. #3 Nothing Google does is COOL. Functional yes, efficient yes, but lacks coolness, something you can't learn in grad school. The Google Corporate Moto "Don't Be evil" came from Paul Buchheit (lower ranking Google employee), not the founders of Google. Its a moto that nobody, even the people at Google fully understand, but its their best shot at being adversarial and somewhat cool, but its more contradictory and hypocritical than anything else.


06/03/2014 03:03 pm

Ah, Bing 5. Let´s consider Bings achievements in the last 5 years. Well, that was quick. Why is Bing just such a massive failure? Why can´t Bing with all the cash Microsfoft has in it´s war chest not even offer up a small whimper of competition to google. So much promise yet so many wasted opportunities. Can´t say I´m looking forward to the next 5 years. More damp squid to follow me thinks!


06/03/2014 03:13 pm

Go to Bing add type in- how do i

Scott Milsom

06/03/2014 03:20 pm

Bing may be 5 but Microsoft have been crawling the web since 2003. I still think that Bing's results are disappointing.

Yo Mamma

06/03/2014 03:38 pm

Go to Google and type in 'HOW TIGHT' Compare auto-populated results with Bing. Bing is far the most civil, but the first YAHOO result will leave most blushing. Google's results pertain mostly to sex, not surprising to those masturbating male geeks that produced it

F1 Steve

06/03/2014 03:41 pm

How the mountain view from up there, or is it now an ivory tower?? ;)

Yo Mamma

06/03/2014 03:44 pm

Its been a safe situation with Bing, which I prefer over Google's quest to dominate world currency, world searches, world shopping, world video, world music and know everything the world knows


06/03/2014 04:45 pm

I'm not seeing what you are seeing in autocomplete... I'm thinking personal search history might be the difference :) ... Don't get me wrong... google sucks... don't read the first results from a search for "pink socks" (Way to suck at search Google) ... just not seeing what you are seeing in your example.


06/03/2014 04:48 pm

Actually... Click for click bing converts better for online retail and with a higher avg cart. The only complaints I have about bing is that they don't have MORE clicks for me to buy and their campaign interface could be more streamlined for power users.


06/03/2014 04:53 pm

I like chrome. It lets me communicate more efficiently with the NSA. Its got nice debugging tools too. Safari is just as good but doesn't have the cool NSA integration.


06/03/2014 05:32 pm

Yeah I'm not seeing either. maybe you should clear your history Yo Mamma.

Yo Mamma

06/03/2014 06:00 pm

This is what I see and its nothing to do with me sighing in or history - BING wins IMO for relevance I can say that I have NEVER ever worried about how tight a condom fits or how tight a virgin is or how tight a dog collar is, this is purely what these search engines consider most important


06/03/2014 09:25 pm

Google pink socks... then decide. Note that having safe search on doesn't matter. Also note that the ads are all on topic... it is just organic web results that are way out of line.


06/03/2014 09:30 pm

I was just teasing you because my autocompletes are different. The pic helps.

SEO Expert : Seogdk

06/04/2014 03:38 am

Hi, Many many happy returns of the day......Happy birthday......!!! Well Bing is successfully completed 5 years......congrats. Your article reflects brief of Bing's 5 years journey as well as focused on some truthful insides of Bing. Thanks for sharing such information.

Najam Un Nisa

06/04/2014 04:28 am

Hy ! Many many happy returns of the day .congrats and all the best for your next achievement :-)

Grammy Winner Taylor Swift

06/04/2014 04:38 am

Relevance is relative to the individual.

David Watkinson

06/04/2014 05:01 am

It sounds as if they are saying that the future of search will be them providing info to you when they think you need it. Isn't this what google already does? I search google on my PC for my banks local branch details and my phone pops up and tells me how long it will take to get there based on the present known traffic. I would hope that bing wouldnt try to constantly push info out. For the average user it would be good, but I think for many of us, our searches are sporadic and random. I may be checking the weather every day to wait for a break between the rain and sunshine so I can get to the bank. What I don't need is that info displaying every day after. I think the key to getting this right is behavior tracking which a number of android apps are doing quite nicely.

Rahul Saxena

06/04/2014 10:46 am

Congrates Bing for its Five Year web journey, Hope it will continue its journey to achieve another 5 year milestone web journey for next 2019

Yo Mamma

06/04/2014 11:36 am

"Relevance is relative to the individual" if you were logged in and a history was being projected, but if you are not logged in, what is RELEVANT is "Having a bearing on or connection with the matter at hand." and suggestions offered are based on AVERAGES or POPULARITY on the topic. In Google, 2nd on the list is the custom fitting of a condom. Obviously there are many concerned about the correct fit of a condom and have searched in Google for the answer - Not Who in their right mind searches for the exact snugness of a condom? My guess is the same nerd, male virgin, that masturbated 10 times a day and also wonders about the 'tightness" of virgins. Seriously, a pathetic suggestion for untold results for what a person would look for with the title 'HOW TIGHT' Just goes to show how useless most of Google's search results are


06/04/2014 12:12 pm

Those autocompletes have nothing to do with the search engine and everything to do with what people are searching for on the search engine. Surely you know this...even you couldn't be dense enough to actually mean, "Google's results pertain mostly to sex, not surprising to those masturbating male geeks that produced it" Are you brand new to how this search engine thing works or...?

Scott Milsom

06/04/2014 04:26 pm

The "pink socks" search looks fine on both search engines. Not something that I have searched for myself though... Try something like "holidays" and let me know what you think of the results?


06/04/2014 07:34 pm

You clearly didn't look at the results... Go back an look again...

Dung Master

06/07/2014 12:34 pm

Good Search Engine

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