I must admit that a few years back, I had no confidence in Microsoft’s search engine algorithm. However, in recent times, I think they’ve gained a lot of ground in terms of search results relevancy.
Although Google is still my preferred search engine, I occasionally use Live Bing. I never use Yahoo for searching, but I like the other services they offer, such as news articles, email and music videos.
You can compare search results on this site: http://blindsearch.fejus.com/. According to the poll, Google is the most favored, followed by Bing and Yahoo. I agree with the numbers. If you would’ve asked me 3 years ago, I would’ve told you Google #1, Yahoo #2 and MSN #3.
It’ll be interesting to see whether or not Bing gains ground on the search market. According to Nielsen, Google leads with 64% of the market share with Yahoo at 16.3% and MSN Bing at 9.9%. I think Yahoo has 2nd place only because so many people use their portal and email system.
Relevancy is the key to capturing search engine market share, and I predict that Bing will gain some ground in the coming months. The main thing I don’t like about Microsoft’s Bing is the name itself. I would’ve stuck with Live as the brand. Badda-Bing!