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Microsoft Bing versus Google & Yahoo

Just which performs the best?

We compare top features of three search engines - Bing, Google, and Yahoo to find out which is best.

Going local: all three

Bing presents a very nice overview of local restaurants, with aggregate scores for things such as overall quality and atmosphere, as well as specifics for factors such as portion size.

Google offers maps, star ratings, photos, and user content to facilitate delving into the details about a local business. Yahoo provided limited information about the local restaurant that I searched for. Yahoo delivered overall star ratings, a map, business hours, and pricing information.

My favorite: Bing

Health search: all three

From what I can tell, Bing provides shortcuts to top-notch health resources when you search for diabetes, influenza, or other health-related issues. Using the Explorer Pane, you can drill down into symptoms and prevention categories.

Yahoo Health search results pull up details on topics such as influenza, plus additional information on symptoms, causes, and treatments. Yahoo Health also lists informational videos related to your search.

Google search results for topics such as influenza fetch Wikipedia entries and information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Google's big health strategy has less to do with search and more to do with Google Health, a program for storing your medical records online, finding doctors, and connecting with online health services.

My favorite: Yahoo

Maps search: all three

Bing Maps offers nothing that Live Search didn't already have. But both Bing (at the bottom) and Google Maps supply a great many controls and direction tools in the balloon window that marks the address you're seeking.

Google has cool map tools such as Street View, while Bing counters with amazingly crisp 'Bird's Eye View' images of many towns and cities.

Yahoo breaks out direction tools in the left side of the webpage. Yahoo Maps gives you the option of viewing satellite images; however, images we saw seemed old compared with the satellite images offered by Bing and Google Maps.

My favorite: Google

  1. Just which performs the best?
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  3. Video search
  4. Shopping search
  5. Local search

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