Bing catches up with Google again with new Image Match feature

In June 2011, Google added Search By Image, which lets users find where a specific photo has been used on other websites. Today, nearly three years later, Microsoft has added that same functionally to its Bing search engine.

The Bing blog has more information on the new addition, which Microsoft calls Image Match. Microsoft says that Bing users who search for images will see a button at the bottom with the Image Match phrase. Clicking on it will bring up an number of different versions of the same picture in terms of its size and resolution so users can pick the best one to look at or use?

Microsoft adds:

If you come across an image online and want to find more examples, hit ‘image match’ near the search box on Bing.com/images and paste the specific image URL. Alternatively, if you have a popular or well-known picture on your computer that you want to match, you can also upload directly to Bing.com/Images and we’ll match the results.

Earlier this month, Microsoft added a virtual scientific calculator in its Bing engine, which is something Google has had for nearly two years, which proves that even though Bing has a number of unique offerings, it can still be behind its biggest competitor in other features.

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Sorry, can someone tell me how to do this on Google? I don't use Bing, but didn't realise it was available on both until this article.

Mugwump00 said,
'Images' (along the top right now) then the camera button in the search field....

Thanks very much. That's really cool!

There's also a "search by image" extension for Chrome that makes it far more convenient: right click any image in any page -> "Search Google with this image".

Welcome to another Search Engine war. Whatever the interface of the search engines, the most important for me is fast and accurate searches that I can get on it.

If you are going to call out Bing as 'catching' up, you REALLY need to get your facts correct, or you look like a complete tool.

This information is so poorly researched in so many ways it is embarrassing...

(What next, you going to say Bing's indoor mapping feature is NEW and catching up to Google as well, even though it existed long before Google's?)

Google hasn't quite caught up with the quality of Bing's language translator yet either...

So that's two things I'll use Bing for over Google. Regular web search though, Bing still has some catching up to do.

james.faction said,
Google hasn't quite caught up with the quality of Bing's language translator yet either...

So that's two things I'll use Bing for over Google. Regular web search though, Bing still has some catching up to do.

Let me translate my reply to your comment:

I have a red suit while the fox ate cars with financial penalties.

-translated using google translate.

MUCH better implementation than Google. I love how you don't have to upload the image or paste a URL... you simply find an image and if it's low quality, click "Image Match" and it finds identical images in higher-res... AWESOME

I am sure Google will have that feature soon. Right now, you can do a broad search of specific resolution/range. But not on a specific image. I may use Bing more for image searches depending on results.

Hope MS and Google keep trying to out do each other. Win for everyone.

techbeck said,
Hope MS and Google keep trying to out do each other. Win for everyone.

Yes, this is healthy competition. I like the end result.

techbeck said,
I am sure Google will have that feature soon. Right now, you can do a broad search of specific resolution/range. But not on a specific image. I may use Bing more for image searches depending on results.
Are you sure Google can't image match any result? See my comment above: http://www.neowin.net/news/bin...tch-feature#comment-2529849 And of course Google also allows you to enter a URL or upload an image without having to search first unlike Bing.

Nope, I'm not blind and bing.com/images only shows a blank search box here. How hard would it have been to add the Image Match icon beside it similar to Google's camera icon? But no, apparently that's too hard for them to do everywhere and only a few get to enjoy it. Nice job Microsoft, keep it up.

Romero said,
Nope, I'm not blind and bing.com/images only shows a blank search box here. How hard would it have been to add the Image Match icon beside it similar to Google's camera icon? But no, apparently that's too hard for them to do everywhere and only a few get to enjoy it. Nice job Microsoft, keep it up.

Did you look at my screenshot? Exactly what you described is right there. Are you outside of the US?

Enron said,
Did you look at my screenshot?
I did. Why do you think I said in response "apparently that's too hard for them to do everywhere"? This makes no sense to me. Why on earth would they not push the same code out everywhere, and instead make things more difficult for themselves by deliberately splitting the experience and having to now deal with maintaining separate pages? Nonsensical to say the least with no justification I can possibly think of.

Earlier this month, Microsoft added a virtual scientific calculator in its Bing engine, which is something Google has had for nearly two years, which proves that even though Bing has a number of unique offerings, it can still be behind its biggest competitor in other features.

And even though some of the comments told you that Bing always had a calculator, you still keep spewing the same crap.

This feature, however, is new and neat and I'm glad Bing copied it from Google who copied it from TinEye.

Bing didn't copy it from Google. Google doesn't have an 'Image Match' button for images you already found without uploading or pasting a url. This is completely different.

-Razorfold said,

And even though some of the comments told you that Bing always had a calculator, you still keep spewing the same crap.

This feature, however, is new and neat and I'm glad Bing copied it from Google who copied it from TinEye.

i still use TinEye!

j2006 said,
Bing didn't copy it from Google. Google doesn't have an 'Image Match' button for images you already found without uploading or pasting a url. This is completely different.
I would say they just enhanced Google's. Bing also had the "uploading and pasting a url" thing found on Google.

j2006 said,
Bing didn't copy it from Google. Google doesn't have an 'Image Match' button for images you already found without uploading or pasting a url. This is completely different.

Google does't have a text button, but if you drag any image on the results page in to the search box it will match it. Same thing just a different method.

j2006 said,
Bing didn't copy it from Google. Google doesn't have an 'Image Match' button for images you already found without uploading or pasting a url. This is completely different.
Incorrect. You can drag and drop as NoClipMode noted, and also click any image result and then click the "Search by image" link to locate more sizes. It's also had these for years now.

Romero said,
Incorrect. You can drag and drop as NoClipMode noted, and also click any image result and then click the "Search by image" link to locate more sizes. It's also had these for years now.
Wow its true! Thanks man! Learnt something from yours post. I didn't know it is hidden there so long!

tanjiajun_34 said,
Wow its true! Thanks man! Learnt something from yours post. I didn't know it is hidden there so long!
You're welcome; it's always nice to share useful tips (both with others and when I learn something new).

j2006 said,
The "Image Match" feature was only in select test areas in US. Now it's global.

I believe this was available before image match.

j2006 said,
The "Image Match" feature was only in select test areas in US. Now it's global.
Don't think it is global... I don't see in Bing Singapore. This is the problem I have with Bing, they always take years to roll out new stuffs for other countries except the USA.

tanjiajun_34 said,
Don't think it is global... I don't see in Bing Singapore. This is the problem I have with Bing, they always take years to roll out new stuffs for other countries except the USA.

Ditto. That's why (while I despise Google as a company) I do not use Bing. Way to go Microsoft.

It's way better. For google you have to click the stupid camera button and upload a pic or paste a URL... with this, say you're looking for an image for a document... and the image is not high-res enough. You simply click the 'Image Match' button and it'll find identical images in multiple resolutions. No uploading required. Love this!

Enron said,
Article says you can do that on Bing now too.
Don't see it, what am I missing? Do I need to sign in first?

Edit: Ok, so it seems I need to search for an image, then click on any result and then click Image Match (or click the Image Match icon on any result thumbnail), then when it takes me to the page with More sizes there's now an Image Match link to the right of the search bar, clicking which pops up the URL entry textbox and file upload option. How completely brain-dead is this? Why hide it and make it so damn complicated, Microsoft? I can go to Google's image search, click on the camera icon right there in the textbox and bingo, there are the URL and upload options. Why do I need to search for something and image match a random image first before getting the option to upload my own image to image match? The UI designer for Bing should be fired, and I mean by a firing squad. People who are saying that Bing's implementation is much better than Google's especially for image matching via URL or file upload need to have their heads examined, seriously.

Edited by Romero, Mar 14 2014, 4:25am :

Romero said,
I can go to Google's image search, click on the camera icon right there in the textbox and bingo, there are the URL and upload options. Why do I need to search for something and image match a random image first before getting the option to upload my own image to image match? The UI designer for Bing should be fired, and I mean by a firing squad. People who are saying that Bing's implementation is much better than Google's especially for image matching via URL or file upload need to have their heads examined, seriously.

You're doing it wrong. Seriously. Way wrong. It's no more difficult than Google.

Go to images.bing.com, click on "Image Match", paste URL or upload image.

The process is identical to Google, except instead of a camera icon, it says the word "Image Match" next to an icon.

rfirth said,

You're doing it wrong. Seriously. Way wrong. It's no more difficult than Google.

Go to images.bing.com, click on "Image Match", paste URL or upload image.

The process is identical to Google, except instead of a camera icon, it says the word "Image Match" next to an icon.

I don't see it. Can you post a screenshot?

rfirth said,

You're doing it wrong. Seriously. Way wrong. It's no more difficult than Google.

Go to images.bing.com, click on "Image Match", paste URL or upload image.

The process is identical to Google, except instead of a camera icon, it says the word "Image Match" next to an icon.

It's much harder. Theres no image match link on Bing, unless you first click on a image and then click image match. Atleast for me.

Also with Google images you can simply drag a image on to the image page and it will upload and match it. Way easier, this Bing feature is a mess.

like google's it doesn't work unless you use something so obviously popular or the exact same image.

both are pretty worthless. I noticed google tends to over-match sometimes producing what looks to be random images, while bing tends to under-match.

j2006 said,
It's way better. For google you have to click the stupid camera button and upload a pic or paste a URL... with this, say you're looking for an image for a document... and the image is not high-res enough. You simply click the 'Image Match' button and it'll find identical images in multiple resolutions. No uploading required. Love this!

You know you can just drag an image and from the search results into the search bar and google will search for images similar to it right? That works the same for images on your desktop. While a drag is slightly longer than a click I would hardly say that this makes bings implementation "way better"

rfirth said,
You're doing it wrong. Seriously. Way wrong. It's no more difficult than Google.

Go to images.bing.com, click on "Image Match", paste URL or upload image.

Way wrong? Really? I don't see the Image Match link unless I Image Match something first. How is that easier than Google's way? This means if I want to Image Match a URL or a local image I have to first Image Match some random image in order to get at the option to enter a URL or upload. Unless the Image Match option turns up immediately when you open Bing's image search page the same way Google does it, it is needlessly complicated and pretty useless.

NoClipMode said,
It's much harder. Theres no image match link on Bing, unless you first click on a image and then click image match. Atleast for me.
Exactly.

Edited by Romero, Mar 14 2014, 5:37pm :

Romero said,
Way wrong? Really? I don't see the Image Match link unless I Image Match something first.

That's not how it works on my end. I just go to Bing Images and the Image Match link is right there in my face. Can't miss it.

Enron said,
That's not how it works on my end. I just go to Bing Images and the Image Match link is right there in my face. Can't miss it.
Without searching for anything at all or image matching something first? Can you post a screenshot? Because that's definitely not what I and many others are seeing. If this turns out to be a regional thing it would have to rank amongst the most idiotic regional restrictions of all time.

Romero said,
Without searching for anything at all or image matching something first? Can you post a screenshot? Because that's definitely not what I and many others are seeing. If this turns out to be a regional thing it would have to rank amongst the most idiotic regional restrictions of all time.

You should calm down.

"The experience will be rolling out to users over the course of the coming days."

Wait a few days and then complain.

Either they implement something the same way everywhere or not at all. Rolling out over time doesn't involve implementing the feature half-way and moving on. After all it's not as if adding an icon next to the search box is such a huge undertaking compared to implementing the actual Image Matching which has been done fine. I strongly suspect this thing was overlooked and so it'll stay until someone complains. I'll be sure to leave feedback for them. Perhaps they'll listen.

P.S. I'm not angry but irritated for sure. When they trail behind the competition so much that it takes them three whole years to implement the same feature, they need to get it right and avoid missteps. I'd love to dump the competition for good and start using Bing full-time, except I'm forced back a lot of the time. They've had enough time and need to ramp it up and get rid of all the geographic restrictions too if they aspire to be a serious contender worldwide.

Edited by Romero, Mar 15 2014, 10:15am :

Romero said,
Either they implement something the same way everywhere or not at all. Rolling out over time doesn't involve implementing the feature half-way and moving on.

It isn't just install on one server. They have thousands and thousands.

rfirth said,
It isn't just install on one server. They have thousands and thousands.
So, what does that have to do with what I said? They rolled out the actual Image Match feature just fine but forgot the code for the icon besides the search box in some places? That small bit of code is gonna get rolled out later in some regions? That actually makes sense to you, as opposed to just pushing out the same code everywhere one server at a time (so you either have the entire feature or not at all)? Nope, just looks like sloppy implementation to me. I have already left feedback about the same so let's see how fast they respond, if at all.

Romero said,
So, what does that have to do with what I said? They rolled out the actual Image Match feature just fine but forgot the code for the icon besides the search box in some places? That small bit of code is gonna get rolled out later in some regions?

Every company does this. They roll out updates across their servers slowly. That way, if something goes wrong, they catch it before it affects every customer. Give it a couple days.

I still think it's a sloppy oversight because it affects entire regions. Let me be blunt, my irritation stems from the fact that I have occasion to use Bing outside the States for months on end (as at present) so my perspective is not limited to those who just know how it looks and behaves in America. Sure I'll wait a week or a month and report the bug via various channels but there's a good reason it's not my default search engine yet. Let's hope they get this one thing fixed at least and not three years later either.