Woz revises his "most astounding" Bing review

Woz revises his "most astounding" Bing review

Summary: When Fudzilla posted a story under the linkbait headline yesterday that read Apple founder praises Microsoft I have to admit that I got sucked in. I was immediately skeptical, but really, who could resist a headline like that?

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When Fudzilla posted a story under the linkbait headline yesterday that read Apple founder praises Microsoft I have to admit that I got sucked in. I was immediately skeptical, but really, who could resist a headline like that?

Turns out that the piece was about Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's unveiling of its new search engine Bing at the All Things Digital Conference in California and, more specifically, Steve Wozniak's reaction to it, which he called "one of the most astounding software demo I've ever seen" (video).

I got in touch with Woz to ask him more about his thoughts on Bing and he had this to say:

I tried Bing last night about 2 AM and was very happy with the results but it's too small a test to draw conclusions from. I mainly wanted to see if it was lousy off the bat, but it seemed very nice. It got the sort of results I most wanted at the top. The visual appearance drew me to the right elements in the right 'order' (priority). Secondary searches were successful as well (using the categories to the left).

When asked if he thinks that Microsoft has enough features and sizzle to unseat Google Woz responded:

After using Bing for a month I'll be in better shape to really have a conclusion, comparing it to Google search.

What's your review of Bing? Does it have a chance against Google?

Topics: Microsoft, Browser, Cloud, Google

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  • Here is my prediction on Bing

    Apple zealots will declare Bing a failure unless it takes 70% marketshare in the first month, which it won't. When asked how successful Apple's search engine is, Apple zealots will shuffle uncomfortably and then blurt out [b]ZUNE!!![/b]
    NonZealot
    • Waste of space

      NZ this has what exactly to do with story at hand? Nothing? Ok, then, please continue being a "Non" Zealot.

      I do not think "Non" means what you think it means.
      meelder
    • And yet...

      You haven't even noticed that Bing is competing in the world of search engines. Apple doesn't.

      You're just getting lamer.
      zkiwi
      • RE: Woz revises his

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    • Sad times for the windows fanboy:-(

      With declining market share, stagnant product suite, and profit dependent on the same two products as a decade ago.

      Forced their overlord into releasing blatant copies of your competitors
      products whilst claiming to spend an order of magnitude more on R&D
      (yet unable to claim innovations).

      Few new ideas, even fewer making it to market. Staff jumping ship. All
      that remains is a stream of press releases talking about upcoming
      products (and how good they'll be) to a market that has heard wolf
      cried far too often.

      All that is left is for the fanboy to attack others with behaviour that
      describes themselves. Fortunately this saves use from reading their
      typically uninformed or untruthful analysis.
      Richard Flude
      • Would have believed you only if you're not a certified ABMer yourself..

        So your opinion is trash talk as usual that only a few zealots seem to appreciate which is miniscule if I may add.
        transposeIT
  • Can you explain the title of your blog?

    What did you mean when you wrote that Woz [b]revised[/b] his review? If he changed his mind at some point, I didn't see any evidence of it in your blog. He started out by saying that it was, and I quote, [b]astounding[/b]. Then, when asked if it would unseat Google, he said he would get back to you. I didn't ever see him say that Bing wasn't astounding or that he had changed his mind and that he was no longer impressed with it.

    So Jason, please answer the question: How did Woz revise his initial assessment that Bing was [b]astounding[/b]?
    NonZealot
    • He mistyped. He should have said "clarifies"

      And you misread. Woz didn't say Bing was astounding, he said, "one of the most astounding software demoes I?ve ever seen." If you watched the video you saw that he did like it, but, as stated in the story, he reserves judgment for now.
      bknabe@...
      • Clarifies is incorrect too

        [i]If you watched the video you saw that he did like it, but, as stated in the story, he reserves judgment for now.[/i]

        This is factually incorrect. He was asked 2 [b]different[/b] questions.
        [b]Question 1: [/b]What was your reaction to the demo?
        [b]Answer: [/b][i]one of the most astounding software demo I've ever seen[/i]

        [b]Question 2: [/b][i]When asked if he thinks that Microsoft has enough features and sizzle to unseat Google[/i]
        [b]Answer: [/b][i]After using Bing for a month I'll be in better shape to really have a conclusion, comparing it to Google search.[/i]

        The first question was asking him if he was impressed. He was. The second question was asking him if Bing would unseat Google. He said he reserved judgment for now.

        To suggest that this was a revision, a clarification, or an alteration would be like suggesting that answering 1+1=2 and later answering that 2+2=4 means that you are "clarifying" your earlier answer. The questions were different and his answer to one was not related at all to his answer for the other.
        NonZealot
  • RE: Woz revises his


    It can't be explained except to say that he is trying to sucker users in or the writer is the worst sort of apple zealot who goes to bed fearful that MS might have done something that doesn't suck at which point he has an identity crisis.

    Incredibly bogus headline. Really though Woz was not reviewing Bing when he said astounding. He was reviewing the demo but no where in your quote did not change that estimation. It sounds like he is taking a reasonable approach to looking at Bing unlike the writer.
    Helio99000
    • Apple Zealot

      " the worst sort of apple zealot who goes to bed fearful that MS might
      have done something that doesn't suck"


      Yes, we live in fear of that ever happening !

      We put our Macs to sleep, climb into bed and stare at the ceiling, shaking
      with fear that Microsoft will finally do something that doesn't suck.

      A M$ Vacuum cleaner, for example.
      Jkirk3279
  • RE: Woz revises his

    Bing has been an outstanding search engine to use. Its just simple joy and pleasure for my PC. I've already made it the default search engine on all my web browsers. It returns relevant results to what I'm looking for and the suggested search also relates to the search query. It will not unseat Google but its going to put a large dent into their market share. I wouldn't want to be a Google employee knowing that Bing is out there and what its capable of doing.
    Loverock Davidson
    • Now that's far more like it...

      As in you're sounding more like Mike Cox. However, you didn't get to the beating the MCSE's and/or brandy etc with your Microsoft rep.
      zkiwi
  • Advanced search interface is very messy

    The "advanced search" interface is extremely messy and not at all intuitive. That alone will kill it for a lot of folks. It doesn't even have an "advanced search" link or option, which gives the impression it has no "advanced search" function.
    Rick_R
  • Bing is more than astounding!

    Oh wait...I thought they were talking about Bing Crosby...my
    bad.
    CowLauncher
    • Yes, Bing is more than astounding to owners of

      BMW Motor Bikes.

      Don't just take my word for it, look for yourself: http://www.bingcarburetor.com/
      InAction Man
  • I am revising my view of this blog

    to <i>dishonest</i>. Sounds like Jason O'Grady couldn't fathom an Apple co-founder actually speaking positively of something Microsoft.

    Nowhere do I see a "revision". The careful disclaimer about needing more experience he also expressed in the video clip.
    honeymonster
    • i dunno if we need to react so harshly...

      and call Jason "dishonest". It sounds more like he just used the wrong word to me. Maybe "Amends" or "Qualifies" would have been a better term.
      lostarchitect
    • You have no right to complain!

      No one is forcing you to read it and you seem very determined to keep using these forums to push your agenda.
      InAction Man
  • RE: Woz revises his

    I've tried Bing on a about 30 queries for
    real-world issues at work and at home;
    my first impression: this product works.

    But, for images, the results seem
    somewhat random.

    The look and feel of bing invites
    attention and usage; I like it - and this
    is one of the few times I've said that
    about a Microsoft product.
    wilkinsRunner