One of the first differences you will notice between Bing and Google is their main search page. Google is always very plain, with either the primary-colored Google logo above the search bar, or one of the much-loved “Doodles.” Doodles are variations on the Google logo that are meant to draw attention to a special event. Past Doodles have celebrated anniversaries of famous events, the birthdays of important people (historical or otherwise), and various holidays. Here is today’s Doodle:
Rolling your cursor over the image reveals a caption, “Mary Leakey’s 100th Birthday,” and if you click on the Doodle, you’ll get the search results for “Mary Leaky” from Google. I always thought these were fun, and add a bit of interest to the daily internet experience.
After using Bing for a few days now, I’ve come to really love their backgrounds, which change every day. The picture at the beginning of this post is the image for today, 2/6/13. The images contain several boxes with a “teaser” bit of information relating to the picture. Clicking on these boxes will lead you to more information. Considering that I was dubious about the formation in the picture being anything but computer-generated, I had to click through. Turns out it’s called the Fly Ranch Geyser, located in Washoe County, Nevada.
Further interested in this amazing formation, I clicked though to the Wikipedia article to learn more about it. What I realized from this experience is that the Bing wallpapers have sparked my curiosity much more than the Google Doodles. I find them more aesthetically pleasing than the often-cutesy Doodles, and so I have a better response to them. I also find that the topics covered by the Bing wallpapers are more unique: I already know who Mary Leakey is! Now, that geyser sure looks fascinating…
The Bing wallpapers are beautiful and informative. They aren’t always static, either, such as the flowing Skogafoss Waterfall of Iceland that was featured on January 31st, 2013. You can even download them to use for your own desktop, or even download Bing Desktop so that your desktop image changes daily.
Wallpapers from Bing are available here
To see past Doodles from Google, go here.