Open Office VS Bing

It seems that MS Bing is either really bad at search, or is allowing it's results to be unduly influenced by either money or corporate policy. I'm leaning towards the censorship version of the story, myself.

Do a search for open office in Google. Now do the same one in Bing. You'll notice the complete absence of openoffice.org in Bing. They send you almost everywhere but to the right site.

Think that's odd? Or maybe just a coincidence? Try searching for "openoffice.org". Nuff said.

Here is the real kicker - Bing's automated recommendations and suggestions all clearly show people are searching for openoffice.org, but I guess that's just too bad.

For shame, Microsoft.

UPDATE:

Matt and Vanessa did some checking, and found it was a technical glitch, and not an evil conspiracy. Although I'm happy the net result is positive for searchers, I'm annoyed at myself for not checking deeper into other possible explanations.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Time to apologize as it turns out OpenOffice.org is blocking bing from indexing?

Anonymous said...

Using Bing's user agent to access www.openoffice.org (msnbot/2.0b (+http://search.msn.com/msnbot.htm)clearly returns an Access Denied page.

So, accidentally or not, OOo are actively blocking Bing from indexing their homepage.

Orangeno said...

Did you ever used the search term "maps" on bing? Look at that result! This search site is far from completion.

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