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The buzz on Bing

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(Read caption) Bing's homepage features a dominant image that users can mouse-over or click for more information.

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We are go for Bing.

As expected, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled a revamped search engine Thursday at the Wall Street Journal-sponsored D7 technology conference in San Diego.

I won't rehash the press release you can read here, but here are the hits:

Rollout – Launches worldwide at www.bing.com by June 3. Check out this site for a preview and videos, if you can't wait.
New look, new thinking – Left-hand panel offers categories: images, videos, shopping, news, maps, travel to start, but adapts as search terms are entered, trying to guess what a user's looking for.

Beating Google?

Many – including Ballmer – agree that Bing's success won't come in toppling Google, but in stealing market share. As things stand now, Microsoft's Live Search pulls in an 8 percent share. Google's at 64 percent.

PC Mag's hands-on provides a good rundown of the new features of Bing – including a look at how the revamp has changed features already present in Live Search.

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