Coffee Break: Google, Google, Gmail, Bing Vs. Google, Blogs on Paper, and Michael Jackson doesn't crash the Internet


Morning coffee mugI’ve got six goodies for you today.  Google just announced a new operating system based on their recently released web browser, Chrome.  Is it a threat to Windows? They also recently removed a little word that’s been hanging around your Gmail screen since you joined the tens of millions of users of that popular email service: “Beta”

Just to transition away from a heavy Google news day, we’ve also got a review of Microsoft’s new search engine, Bing, which was launched about a month ago, and how it compares to Google.  David Pogue seems to be quite smitten, but the numbers aren’t in Microsoft’s favor.  Since launch, Bing has been hovering at around 3% market share, while Google is still at around 89% (source: StatCounter).  But just because it’s the little guy doesn’t mean it’s not great.

Now, I know the web is a big part of your life, so why not take it with you?  Well, many of us do, in the form of smart phones, net books, laptops, and even the Kindle.  One guy thought it would be great to offer a different take, and started printing a newspaper of sorts with only blog content.  I don’t think it’s as crazy as it sounds, but the venture has recently closed.  This is a good read for anyone starting a new business.

And finally, in case you haven’t heard, Michael Jackson has died.  How much of an effect did he have on modern culture?  Enough to make people wonder if following his death and memorial online would cause the intertubes to crash. The internet pulled through just fine – but take a look at this article to get a sense of the scale of these things.

Happy reading!

1. Google Plans a PC Operating System
By MIGUEL HELFT and ASHLEE VANCE
Published: July 8, 2009
Google announced it is developing an operating system for personal computers, a direct challenge to Microsoft.
Source: NYTimes.com

2. In Chrome, Hints of a Real Rival to Windows
By MIGUEL HELFT and ASHLEE VANCE
Published: July 9, 2009
Google promises that its Chrome operating system will put an emphasis on speed, simplicity and security.
Source: NYTimes.com

3. After Five Years, Gmail Finally Sheds the ‘Beta’
By MIGUEL HELFT
Published: July 8, 2009
By signaling that its online applications are mature, Google is hoping to increase its minuscule share of the business software market.
Source: NYTimes.com

4. Bing, the Imitator, Often Goes Google One Better
By DAVID POGUE
Published: July 9, 2009
Microsoft’s rechristened search engine, Bing, makes a concerted effort to organize search results in more helpful ways than Google, and often succeeds.
Source: NYTimes.com

5. Blogs-on-Paper Idea Runs Out of Steam
By Claire Cain Miller
Published: July 7, 2009
The Printed Blog, an audacious experiment in printing blog material to distribute in newspaper form, has stopped publication.
Source: NYTimes.com

6. The Web Holds Up During Jackson’s Memorial Service
By Jenna Wortham
Published: July 7, 2009
Video sites and social networks appear to have kept running smoothly during the memorial service and tribute held for Michael Jackson.
Source: NYTimes.com

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6 Responses to “Coffee Break: Google, Google, Gmail, Bing Vs. Google, Blogs on Paper, and Michael Jackson doesn't crash the Internet”


  1. 1 George September 2, 2009 at 1:00 am

    i have been evaluating the search results of Microsoft Bing compared to Google and they are comparable. Bing gives almost the same relevant search results just like Google.

  2. 2 Gabriel September 2, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    I’ve kept following the Bing vs. Google search results and looked at what our clients’ sites are getting from each and there’s definitely a difference in many cases. Here’s a nifty tool for comparing the two: http://www.blackdog.ie/google-bing/

    The bigger question is what will happen when Google Caffeine launches. Here’s a comparison done on zdnet: http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=3699

  3. 3 Acneboy September 11, 2009 at 6:33 am

    Bing search engine gives almost the same search results as Google. Looks like Google will now have a tough competition when it comes to search engine technology.

  4. 4 Jimmy Sy November 2, 2009 at 6:34 am

    i have been using the BING search engine for a couple of weeks. it seems to be as good as Google but for some reason i would still want to stick with Google search engine

  5. 5 Heather May2 January 18, 2010 at 6:12 am

    my default search engine is Yahoo but now i am using BING because it is much better than Yahoo. i heard that Bing search engine would power Yahoo search also.

  6. 6 Kymm February 4, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    i think that Bing is not as good as Google. Google would still index new websites faster than Bing. Microsoft would still need a lot of catching to do with GoogleBot.


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