4. Bing shows more video, if you can bear to look
For whatever reason, the conventional wisdom is that Bing is the porn search engine of choice. Wander through some of Reddit’s Microsoft forums, and it’ll eventually come up. Heck, The Daily Dot even dedicated an entire article to it.
Part of the reason is that, even with filtering turned off, Google now takes a rather puritanical attitude toward filtering copyrighted videos, while Microsoft has adopted a more libertarian approach. Bing simply shows you videos about your search topic from around the web, whether it be “baseball” or “boobs.”
That’s not to say that Bing is a shadowy corner of the web full of smut and depravity. Thumbnail images of anything Bing thinks is for adults only are actually blurred out by default. But if you’re searching for something tagged Not Safe for Work, be aware that Microsoft will show it to you (assuming your search filtering options allow for it, of course).
Oddly enough, neither Google nor Microsoft shrinks much from violence. Both turned up what I assume to be complete videos of various hostage beheadings from the Middle East, none of which I cared to watch.
Make the switch
If you’re a lifelong Googler and Bing’s advantages intrigue you, great. Here’s how to switch.
As you probably know, Microsoft and Google each offer their own browsers to go along with their own search engines. With Microsoft’s Internet Explorer or Edge and Google’s Chrome, the browsers are preconfigured to use their respective search engines by default, accessible via the search bar at the top of the screen. (Of course, you can visit Bing.com or Google.com and search there anytime you’d like.)
Switching Chrome’s search provider to Bing is relatively simple: In the upper-right corner of the browser, you’ll see a tiny menu icon that looks like three horizontal lines on top of each other. Click it. Near the bottom of the drop-down menu, you’ll see Settings. About halfway down the Settings page, you’ll see a box for selecting your Search engine.
Microsoft hides its search engine configurations as well. If you have Internet Explorer configured to use Google, go to the URL bar and click the magnifying-glass (search) icon. At the bottom right of the drop-down menu, click Add. Click the tiny Bing icon at the bottom left to set Microsoft’s search engine once again as your default.
About the only change that Bing currently foists upon you is sending you to Bing Maps, not Google Maps. And if you’re searching for videos, guess what: Google’s YouTube isn’t exactly Bing’s first choice.
Bing offers as-good-as-Google search capabilities, plus many little added conveniences and rewards to entice you to switch. Doing so takes just seconds. Are these enough to make you try out Bing yourself? It’s worth a few minutes of your day to check.
Updated on August 8 with updated information about Microsoft Rewards.