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#1 BajiRav

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 09:30

I am in Israel for a month and I have been feeling the pain of bing no being up to the par for simple functionality that I take for granted in the US.

well, Microsoft/bing should be embarrassed for having bing behave differently just because I am geographically in a different country even for information that has nothing to do with my location (I am logged in with my US based account).

 

Consider this example, flight status by searching for flight info (simple search started from IE address bar)

 

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This stumped me because earlier today I remember this search working from my phone (same US based account) so I tried from the phone and sure enough it works

 

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then tried from my Win 8.1 laptop and it worked too!

 

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So what the #### is wrong with bing.com? I guess only Microsoft can screw up like this!




#2 Skiver

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 09:41

Works from the UK :)

 

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I have a server in IL that i have access to, just ran the same test and it worked fine for me.



#3 derkim

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 09:46

in Germany/on German Bing site not working

 

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#4 Nick H.

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 09:53

I get the first result when I try from Switzerland. Interestingly, when I head to Google and type in the same search criteria I get the result that you're looking for. I didn't know Google would do that.

#5 Torolol

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 09:59

click gear/settings icon,

choose "Worldwide" and choose "United States" for better search result.

 

US is the better "world" according to MSFT.



#6 OP BajiRav

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 10:00

I have a server in IL that i have access to, just ran the same test and it worked fine for me.

Huh! That's weird then, I have no idea why it doesn't work for me.
 

I get the first result when I try from Switzerland. Interestingly, when I head to Google and type in the same search criteria I get the result that you're looking for. I didn't know Google would do that.

 Yeah - these searches are really useful and I use it all the time. Package/flight tracking, simple calculations, currency conversion etc.

#7 68k

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 10:01

Both Google and Bing worked for me, however Google's result was significantly clearer.



#8 OP BajiRav

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 10:02

click gear/settings icon,
choose "Worldwide" and choose "United States" for better search result.
 
US is the better "world" according to MSFT.

wow - that worked but still the why remains. :/

I should be able to track flights irrespective of my region. :s

Edit: They don't have an option for Israel in those settings, which is funny because I am in a building about a block away from Microsoft's ILDC



#9 George P

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 10:03

Yeah, I don't know why the bing.com web site doesn't just show the same things for every country yet, the backend is the same, the data sources are the same, makes no sense to hold it back.



#10 XerXis

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 10:59

even the calculator doesn't work when you are outside of the US :(

 

I like Microsoft products, but the way they treat the rest of the world has always left me stumped



#11 jakem1

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 10:47

Works from the UK :)

 

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I have a server in IL that i have access to, just ran the same test and it worked fine for me.

 

I'm on holiday in Australia and it works here too. In fact, I've been pleasantly surprised by how good the local search results have been here. Local Scout on my Lumia has been working really well.



#12 ACTIONpack

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Posted 18 March 2014 - 03:56

Bing needs a lot of work. Not as good with user name and phone number search. Google does a better job.