Why Bing Image Search is better than the competition

The majority of people may prefer Google Search over any other alternative search engine, but when it comes to searching for quality images, Bing Image Search excels. Recently, Bing published a blog, explaining why the Microsoft’s search engine can produce better image search results. Here is the detailed report of why Microsoft feels, Bing Image Search is better than the competition, along with some examples.

Bing image search

Bing Image Search excels

It won’t be a right statement if we say that Google doesn’t give expected results at all. In fact, Google made quite a lot progress in recent years, and Google’s image search results are pretty good too. However, here you will see what new features Bing has to offer when it comes to Bing image search and which make Bing a better image search engine than the competition.

1. Quality of images has been improved in Bing image search

Bing says they can produce better quality images than ever before.  Now Bing returns mostly the High-resolution images for any search, as compared to Google.

Bing image search

2. Better understanding of the object being searched

Earlier, search engines used to refer to the text that was used to describe a particular image. This text was being used as the information to search for a relevant image. Or, the web page that contained this image was used as a reference. However, now Bing can isolate the image from the rest of its elements such as text that surrounds it and the web page that hosts that image; and can derive the image’s position and size. This way, images that are not up to the mark are omitted from the search results. In an official blog, Bing shows an example of such images.

Bing image search

As you can see in the above example, the images on the right-hand side are filtered out from the search results. For such filtration, certain criteria are used such as whether the object is in the background or the foreground.

3. Displaying Hero Images in Bing image search

This is yet another feature that makes it better than Google. Bing can display Hero images. A Hero image is a large banner image that is prominently placed on a web page. Bing uses this Hero image experience while displaying the image results. However, instead of placing the Hero images at the center, these are placed in the top left-hand corner in the Bing image search. This is because majority of the people across the globe scan the images from left to right. This way, users get high-resolution Hero images placed at the beginning.

Bing image search

4. Colour-wise search results

Even Google has the feature of displaying images by filtering them by color. However, Bing has a better understanding of the color, because it detects whether the color is used in the background or used for a particular object.

Bing image search

5. More filtering options for people

Bing certainly has one thing that Google does not have. This is the extra filtration that can be applied while searching for people; especially celebrities.

Bing image search

There is a tab called as ‘People’ where users can select the options such as ‘Just Faces’ or ‘Head & Shoulders’. As the names suggest, users can filter the Bing image search results for only faces or the images with head and shoulder of the person.

6. Various filters

Bing brings more number of image filter options for the users than Google.  Following are the filters that a user can apply to view the proper set of images:

  1. Size: Small, Medium, Large, Wallpaper
  2. Colors: Color Only, Black & White
  3. Type: Photograph, clipart, Line drawing
  4. Layout: Square, Wide, Tall
  5. People: Just Faces, Head & Shoulders

Bing image search

With so many filters and options to choose in Bing image search results, it certainly becomes a better search engine than the competition in terms of image searches.

Do try out Bing.com Image Search and let us know what you think of it.

Now read: How to find Similar Images Online using Reverse Image Search.

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