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Poll Results: Which search engine is the default on your browser?

See how your TechRepublic peers answered this question: Which search engine is the default on your browser?

On March 3, 2011, I asked the readers of the TechRepublic Microsoft Windows Blog this poll question:

Which search engine is the default on your browser?

I have taken a poll on this question a few times over the years looking to see if there has been any movement away from the obvious choice of Google. So far, as you can see in the responses below, there has been little to no change -- Google is the clear leader.

This is an interesting result to me, because it seems members at least try a new browser from time to time, but they stick with the proven Google for their default search engine, no matter which web browser is their current favorite.

As a follow-up to this poll result, have you even tried to use another browser-default engine recently? Was it bad or perhaps about the same and, therefore, not worth the effort?

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Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

19 comments
jayohem
jayohem

For some reason on one computer I use, even though I'm on the Google home page and typing in the Google window, Bing (present in a tool bar -- don't ask!) will grab the answer. One can get slightly unexpected results, sometimes in the order you'd expect, sometimes what the results are. That's usually the first hint that Bing has grabbed the answer. Their lists look similar so that's not a major clue. It's like driving up to the Mickey D window and have them hand you an order from Wendy's. That's nice, too, but I really wanted....

harlanharris
harlanharris

I hate bing - you have to uninstall it to get it to leave you alone. The same goes for AOL - unfortunately since I configure a lot of HP computers you also have to uninstall it to get it to stop the irritation. Ask seems to introduce adware. Most top of the line search engines probably produce about the same quality search results, so I rate the one that causes the least irritation as the best.

Softedge
Softedge

Cluster search engine. Very good. Looks through Bing, Google, Ask, others.

peanut88
peanut88

Give " www.mamma.com " a try.

V.H. Scarpacci
V.H. Scarpacci

I have so many search toolbars there is only 1/2" of browser display on my 28" screen. :-J

Sean Byrne
Sean Byrne

I use Google for most searching such as checking the latest news to finding troubleshooting information. For example, if I search for the error message in quotes or the error code, it'll usually find results showing a solution. HOwever, Google is practically useless for searching for certain searches such as software, where bad SEO takes place. For example, try searching for a video converter. The first couple of pages will be full of pay software results, where some have spammed discussion forums with the likes of how to guides to push up their ranking. Bing seems pretty good now, but I avoid Yahoo. For example, I am a moderator of Myce which is a discussion forum with about 2.5 million posts, yet a search for myce on Yahoo finds anything but myce!

cwarner7_11
cwarner7_11

Yes, I have tried another search engine. Yes, it is better than Google. Will I go back to Google or Bing? No. Will I tell you which search engine I use? No, because if it gains marketshare, marketers and scammers will start gaming it, too, just like they do with Google and Bing, which means I would have to spend a whole lot of time looking for my next search engine...

bartly
bartly

I keep looking for a search that will display what I'm looking for instead of trying to shove all of their advertisers into the result. If I search for a rubber ball I get super balls and bouncy balls and nubby balls and plastic balls and hollow balls. Why can't they just give me all the rubber ball sites and let me search for nubby balls if that's what I want? If I ever find a search engine that does that, that's the one I'll use. I hate having to wade through endless pages of non-related stuff all of the time!

tom.fioretti
tom.fioretti

that was the only reason I used BING. Nice bribes

oldbaritone
oldbaritone

All kinds of downloadable freeware will change your default search engine if you're not careful. It installs its "pet" toolbar, and resets your browser to another provider. Sometimes the "opt out" method is not very clear. IE defaults to Bing until you change it. So yes, I have changed my default search provider recently - back to Google after it was set to something else.

oldguardreindeer-techrepublic
oldguardreindeer-techrepublic

Often, I am overwhelmed by the sheer volume of query results. Yes, I know about related searches and wonder wheel and operators and such (e.g., double quotes). But what I'd really like is not a Google-ized weighted result but a result that has just exactly the phrase I entered in double quotes. There's a tool we could really use! Also, I miss the easy to use and understand "search within these results". Do you feel like you are spending more time searching than you used to?

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

Have you even tried to use another browser-default engine recently? Was it bad, or perhaps about the same and, therefore, not worth the effort?

Glenn_Jonas
Glenn_Jonas

WOW, I'll have to join your millions of followers right away!

oldguardreindeer-techrepublic
oldguardreindeer-techrepublic

But Bing (which is not quite duplicative of Google (read as not quite good enough)), Answers, Ask, About, Wikipedia, Yahoo! are also engines I use to "supplement" Google.

vegesm
vegesm

I tried Bing but i was so accustomed to Google that i didn't change after all. Google worked for me and I didn't feel the need to change.

bobp
bobp

ixquick.com delivers good results as far as I can tell (and they don't record my searches, unlike Google).

jasonbutz
jasonbutz

I have to always switch it when I get on to a Windows computer. When repairing other people's computers I will use Bing if that is what they have set as the default but it drives me nuts. I put it what I know should bring up a certain link and what I want isn't there. I know what queries I need for Google and that is why I stick with them.

RockerGeek!
RockerGeek!

I think the "I know what queries I need for Google" is why people haven't changed. I know that's why I haven't tried very hard to switch- b/c I know my way around the web through Google.... As a joke, I once said that people use Google for searches b/c they are searching for something-not deciding.

Papa_Bill
Papa_Bill

I wouldn't let anything make decisions for me. I'll dig for info with any engine, preferably Google, but *I* make the decision.

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