Bing Badly Needs a Misspelling Checker

Posted by Michael Pinto on Aug 16, 2010 in Tech |

Bing needs a misspelling checker

I believe very strongly that Google has an unhealthy monopoly on the internet, so for the past week or so I’ve switched all of my browsers to use Bing as the default search engine. For the most part Microsoft has done an amazing job of going from nothing to something to create a great search engine in a short amount of time, however there are still a few things that they need to beat Google. Having been born with dyslexia one of the things I love about Google is that their spell checker is amazing — in fact often when using Microsoft Word I’ll pop out of the program when I can’t get the spelling of a more obscure word. And this is the very sort of feature that not only does Bing need badly, but something that should also be incorporated into the online version of Microsoft Office.

Shown above and below is an example of what I’m talking about: As a comic book fanboy I was trying to figure out the spelling of Bill Sienkiewicz, and of course I knew upfront that I couldn’t remember the spelling. Trying Bing got me no where, however Google seemed to know from my search that I might be looking for Bill Sienkiewicz and politely suggested it to me:

Google checking your misspelling

I think if Bing could add this feature it would keep me from going to Google for the 10% or so of my searches that don’t work well, and my guess others might do the same…

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