Bing is streamlining technical searches, making developers happy

Microsoft's Bing search engine has a long way to go to dethrone Google and while this will not happen overnight, by pushing out updates at a consistent rate, the company is finding new ways to compete with the juggernaut. To build on its feature set, Bing has been pushing out a plethora of updates over the past year for both consumers and developers.

One of the consumer friendly updates is making downloads a bit safer with a new feature that extracts vital information when searching for an app. In the image you see at the top of this page, if you are trying to download Audacity, the card on the right side of the page has relevant information about where you can download the program, similar applications and other vital bits like platform support and the official site. 

Besides making it easier to find downloads, safely, Microsoft has also advanced search queries for developers easier. They have done this by streamlining the API and code search reference queries. As you can see in the example below, Bing was able to extract relevant information from dotnetperls.com and display it in the search results. This extraction of data can save you a click or let you know the types of content that will be available once you do click the link. Bing also has the ability to understand queries containing non-alphanumeric characters too.

These are a couple of features that Microsoft has brought to Bing to try and target specific queries and make them more useful for both developers and consumers.

Sure, these may not be revolutionary features and they may only affect a small set of searches but when you keep adding these types of features to a platform, they do add up over time to make the overall search experience better.

Source: Microsoft

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duckduckgo brings back totally relevant results. likely the intended information, CSharp.NETcode examples for twitter hashtags.

The Code sample feature did not work for me until I changed the display language to English. ... just a tip that might be useful to someone else.

Google is my primary search engine. If I don't get good results, then I'll try Bing. Bing has actually been better in the past for many technical searches.

Anyone note the links in the first picture above to potential spyware/adware (ads)? Sadly, these are what many people will download through. I bet Bing developers wouldn't dare click on an ad. No wonder why it's so easy to get a virus, even if you're using IE 11.

Finally! so far I have been like technical = google, anything else is bing for me. Hopefully this changes that

Now if they can fix the issue where you type in the search box and it searches something randomly on MSN not even remotely close to what you typed.

I started using Bing because of the rewards, but I always ended up Googling because Google has more results when it comes to developers. Can't wait to try it!

I prefer Bing in general but the one thing that usually sends me back to Google is technical queries. I'm glad to hear that MS is working to improve this.

Lol search is for hashtag example and result is for Hashtable - two completely different things. Pretty bad fail IMO :)

That being said not sure what c# hashtag example even means???

I figured it was probably showing that they even catch typos and show you what you likely meant. Pretty sure core C# .NET has nothing called HashTag.

Obry said,
Lol search is for hashtag example and result is for Hashtable - two completely different things. Pretty bad fail IMO :)

That being said not sure what c# hashtag example even means???


Google gets the exact same thing which leads me to believe theres no such thing as C# hashtag haha so it's both engines autocorrecting fixing it for you.

Obry said,
Lol search is for hashtag example and result is for Hashtable - two completely different things. Pretty bad fail IMO :)
It indeed is a different thing, but there also isn't such a thing as C# hashtag, so it corrected it.

Obry said,
Lol search is for hashtag example and result is for Hashtable - two completely different things. Pretty bad fail IMO :)

That being said not sure what c# hashtag example even means???

remove the "example" from the search query

Obry said,
That being said not sure what c# hashtag example even means???
Could be someone trying to figure out what a preprocessor directive is... Too bad the code example for "C# #if" is still wrong :p