After trying out a few sample searches on BING, I want share these thoughts on the tool, as it has been developed to date. These comments are, of course, offered through the lens of an educator.
Web Search: Clusters results, as well as suggesting related topics. This may prove useful to students who struggle with narrowing broad-topic research projects.
Images/Video Search: Offers more refined results than Google images search, which any regular user can tell you will harvest many (sometimes more) only vaguely related images. USE THIS over Google!
Shopping: Interesting and useful, how Bing allows you to narrow results by type of product, price range, or brand. Afterall, each of us has different priorities.
News: Doesn’t really live up to it’s potential. Narrowing by location seems useful (the engine recognized my general location), but the categories and related searches are sparely populated and somewhat vaguely connected.
Maps: Search seems to want to take me to related businesses. Will provide a “birds eye view” of the business, if you are looking to recognize it as you drive by. Might be useful as it becomes populated. BUT, will it include non-commercial locations, such as hospitals, public centers, important landmarks, LIBRARIES?
More: Wish they’d put some of these categories on the front page! The Reference search mines some great resources. Students will find this useful!