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Amazon is our biggest search competitor, says Google's Eric Schmidt

By Himanshu Arora ยท 13 replies
Oct 14, 2014
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  1. Google chairman Eric Schmidt says that Amazon is their biggest competitor when it comes to online search. He made the remark during a visit to the headquarters of Native Instruments, a software and hardware company in Berlin, Germany, explaining that while Amazon...

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  2. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,632   +689

    I'm sure MS wasn't too happy hearing that. They would have preferred he use the "Bing" word. ;)
  3. TheDreams

    TheDreams TS Addict Posts: 628   +68

    Bing has fallen out of the ring, clearly beaten. Please welcome our newest fighter Amazon!
  4. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,159   +829

    I don't know, the reward program from bing might be something worthy to note, although it lacks some serious marketing.
  5. Eric Schmidt to EU: Don't look at the man behind the curtain. Look at Amazon or Facebook or some guy in his garage. Look anywhere but Google.
  6. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,729   +409

    That is the only reason I use Bing. I do a lot of searching at work and if I can get some credit for that I'm going to. Normally the results are 'good enough', but if I don't find what I'm looking for quickly I give up and go to google.
  7. TheDreams

    TheDreams TS Addict Posts: 628   +68

    I have never used bing, hell I didn't even know there was a rewards system.
  8. Bob Sireno

    Bob Sireno TS Rookie

    Bing rewards reminds me of the ancient S&H Green Stamps. You need books and books of them to get anything worthwhile. Still, if you do a lot of searching Bing Rewards can pay off.
  9. TheDreams

    TheDreams TS Addict Posts: 628   +68

    So if I just literally spent like 3 hours searching random crap, I can get rewarded? Starting now -_-
  10. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,729   +409

    They give you a boatload of rewards off the start. A lot of things are pretty worthless to exchange points for, or are far 'overpriced'. Some things are worth it, like I got 100GB of OneDrive storage for a year for free. I also did a month of Hulu Plus once, but Hulu is so terrible I have not wanted to do that again - although I'm having a lot of difficulty finding things I feel like turning in points for so I may have to do Hulu again. Or maybe just some Fandango cash...
  11. That's funny. I use Bing as my default search engine, and since I don't live in a country that can take advantage of those points, it doesn't have a pull factor. However, that aside, although there are "some" finer points that could stand improvement in their search algorithm as compared to Google's, overall when I cant find things on Bing, I generally cant get better results on Google either. Overall I rate Bings vs. Google on a scale of 20 as follows: 9:11 ever so slightly in Google's favour due to those finer points I mentioned. That said though, I still spend 98% of my search time on Bing and find it a very pleasant experience, but like with the Windows Phone vs. Android debate it simply comes down to what you are used to. Both are equally capable at doing what they were designed for, it just comes down to the experience and I find the difference in how Microsoft's services work to be refreshingly different. So if you find that Bing is a major change and don't like it having come from Google, don't worry I was the same, everyone is the same at first until you get used to it and then you will find that Google's way of doing things is strange and too different and don't like it. All you need to do is give it time, trust me you will find it worth it and the best part is that using Microsoft's services you don't get nearly as many adverts shoved in your face and you get comparable free service to boot.
  12. ibenzawla

    ibenzawla TS Rookie

    I prefer Bing for so many reasons besides the rewards which I have a lot of. I like the daily FrontPage pictures and the way top news stories are always neatly arranged and is visible as soon as you open the site. Also there is always a link on the search result for one to call directly instead of writing down the telephone number and then dial it. This is very thoughtful of them. One thing I will like to see them bring to Android and other OSs is local results which means if you search for Starbucks for example they bring the local result as well as anything else that has to do with the coffee giant. Overall I like Bing and it has worked very well for me.
  13. TheDreams

    TheDreams TS Addict Posts: 628   +68

    Not sure if joke or nah...Your like the first person I've heard that from.
  14. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,027   +197

    I thought yahoo or rogueware bing would be number 2.

    Bing has to many sponsored links with god knows what in them. Bing is the #1 reason old people cannot find anything on the internet.

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