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Apple Dumps Google Search For Microsoft's Bing
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DDURBIN1
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6/9/2014 | 10:03:07 AM
Re: Will Google be missed on Mac OS?
@MichaelZ455, in Windows 8 Bing is now baked in, where as you had a choice previously now you don't.  Bing is used by the the OS's desktop and Metro searches. You can still use Google or install Google toolbar. 
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6/9/2014 | 9:47:15 AM
Re: Will Google be missed on Mac OS?
@majenkins; Unlike the GOP or DNC, I don't believe most people are naive about everything in their lives including search engines.
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6/8/2014 | 10:30:37 AM
Re: Will Google be missed on Mac OS?
I prefer google searches but I took the "Bing challenge" and actually prefer google in that test too.  That said, I use startpage.com for personal reasons but it does use google's search engine.

Apple should let their customers decide which is best.  Isn't this what the infamous Microsoft lawsuit was about?  Browser choice?  Why not let consumers choose which search engine they want.


I will say this about Bing and the inflated stats.  Ever see one of those articles on msn.com, where you have a list of "20 things....", "15 most expensive cities to live in..." and such?  Well, as you go through the article it is very vague and you have to click on the links to reveal each one to read the article.  That is 15 or 20 Bing searches just to read an article.  So as a result I woud have done 20 Bing searches to read an article and I am not even a fan of Bing.  To read such an article is as bad as having a video (usually with a video ad first) forced on you instead of just being able to read something.  You know what I do in both of these cases?  I just close the browser and don't bother proceeding.  If I actually want to read up on whatever the content was I startpage.com it.  Honestly I think I dislike pretty pictures in Bing searches when I just need content.


Microsoft being able to inflate stats does not make Bing a better search engine.  Apple is going downhill since Jobs died
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6/8/2014 | 10:21:40 AM
Re: Surprised
Wait, Microsoft isn't an Apple competitor?  Hmmm
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MichaelZ455,
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6/8/2014 | 10:20:37 AM
Re: Will Google be missed on Mac OS?
I didn't realize Bing had to be 'installed'.  I personally delete all toolbars if that is what you mean.  I do more than just search for things on my computers.  Toolbars tend to add some unpredictability to the computing experience by making decisions for you (blocking sites, redirecting things)
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6/4/2014 | 2:55:09 PM
Re: Will Google be missed on Mac OS?
Ddurbin, I suspect you are correct however I think most normal users prefer Google because they have never used anything else, and if they did it looked different so they changed back. When most people say "just Google it" few regular users are even going to realize there is another search engine available. Personally I prefer Bing, I usually find their results better, though not always, and like hate that Google starts wasting time searching before I finish typing. That is very distracting to me as I try to watch what I am typing. I know this can be turned off but it doesn't help to turn it off when your cookie cleaner essentially turns it back on a day or so later.
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6/4/2014 | 10:18:08 AM
Re: Surprised
I think Apples decision lies in Microsoft making Office available on iOS iPads where Google has no such leverage.  It's tit for tat.
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6/4/2014 | 10:11:12 AM
Re: Will Google be missed on Mac OS?
Bing is not the number one search engine on Windows XP, Vista, Win7 or even Win8 where users are forced to have Bing installed.  Google is dispite Microsoft bullying tactics to force Bing on everybody.  In the face of this acceptance Apple desides otherwise.  If Apple gives its customers a true choice, Bing won't be the search engine of choice for most.  If forced to use Bing I bet a lot of Apple customers won't upgrade, me for one.
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6/4/2014 | 10:09:46 AM
Surprised
I must admit, I'm surprised this didn't happen sooner. Highlighting the product of your main software competitor seems like an odd strategy, even if that service is traditionally considered better than the alternatives. 
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6/4/2014 | 9:48:02 AM
Google vendetta
Google continues to get under Apple's skin. But, to be fair, shouldn't Apple use the search engine favored by the most people as its default? I guess the enemy of my enemy really is my friend. Microsoft and Apple are getting too chummy. It's making me uncomfortable.
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