Hadlee Simons / iandroid.eu
Bing has gained a negative reputation over the years, as many people (deservedly or not) view it as a poor alternative to Google. However, iandroid.eu colleague Calvin Wankhede recently revealed that he was using Bing as he was getting paid to do so via Microsoft Rewards.
That got us wondering whether readers would be willing to switch to Bing, and we posted this question in Calvin’s article. So now that a few days have passed, here are the results.
Would you consider switching to Bing?
This was a popular poll, accruing over 2,200 votes as of writing. It turns out the single most popular option was “only because of ChatGPT integration,” accounting for a third of all votes.
Meanwhile, 29.8% of polled readers said they’d only switch to Bing if they got paid. This effectively echoes Calvin’s reason for switching to Microsoft’s search engine.
Otherwise, 23.7% said they would indeed switch to Bing without needing ChatGPT or payment. Finally, 13.2% of surveyed readers said they wouldn’t switch to Bing at all.
Nevertheless, it’s interesting to see that 86.8% of respondents are open to switching to Bing in some form. But it’s also interesting that 63.1% of polled readers either need remuneration or a potentially game-changing feature like ChatGPT integration to hop aboard the Bing bandwagon.
- PhoenixWitti: “Hmm…can’t reach this page” is all I’ve ever seen in Bing. It’s awful.
- rrwards: Your poll missed the best choice lol. “No I won’t switch, but I will do the daily bing activities for 3 min a day while on the toilet at work”
- SethNW: Nope, because 10-20USD per month just isn’t enough for me to consider change. Especially when this is, if I max out my points.
- Albin: Oddly enough, I have more privacy concerns about Bing than Google, in that I’ve siloed Google/Android use under a nonsense Gmail identity, while my Microsoft account is with the real credit card ID “me” and MS is clearly moving toward commoditizing user data.
- BaritoneGuy: I have been using Bing for years. Regardless of the engine it is all about crafting the search request. I almost always get what I am looking for in the first four results. Most of the time it is the first one. I go out of my way to avoid the Google ecosystem. First and foremost they are an advertising company. If there was a viable alternative in the Android world without Google always lurking in the background I would likely move to it as I do find some of the Apple stuff frustrating.