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Gates says Bing is a ‘better product at this point’ than Google

Published Feb 11th, 2013 2:56PM EST
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Don’t tell Bill Gates that he has to use Google (GOOG). During an “Ask Me Anything” session at Reddit, the Microsoft (MSFT) cofounder praised his company’s Bing search engine as a superior alternative to Google, calling it “the better product at this point.” Gates acknowledged he was biased in favor of his own company’s products but still encouraged Reddit users to give it a chance since “the work to make Bing better has been amazing.” Gates’ praise of Bing came in response to one Reddit user who sarcastically asked, “Do you guys really use Bing? I mean seriously…” Another Reddit user chimed in to defend the Microsoft search engine by claiming that Bing is “now better than Google for porn.” ComScore’s most recent search engine rankings show that 69.1% of searches were powered by Google in December 2012 while just 25.6% of searches were powered by Bing.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.