It's enough to check the reviews of Vista on Amazon to hear lots of authentic stories of people who were disappointed because they couldn't get it to work – they give very specific problems they faced and these are not bloggers or some M$ hostile crowd –
these were just regular people having purchased the thing and describing their experience with it.
Bah! Why does every thread have to turn into a Vista bashfest? You don't like it, everyone knows that, but unless it's on topic, nobody really cares (unless they're interested in a flame war)!
As for Bing, well, I liked the name "Kumo" better for some reason, but I guess "Bing" has a way more better potential to catch on in daily person to person talk. Search results are so far relevant, and have some neat and useful previews next to them. My
persional opinion is that the current bar on the left side belongs on the right side, because most of the world reads text from left to right, and when there's something in the way that's 95% irrelevant, then it becomes a nag. Ditch the uneccessary toolbars.
Search sessions for one particular term last only a few seconds for most people and there's no room for even one tiny dot on the screen that shouldn't be there. I applaud Video Search - it's just works and feels great.
Image search, however, should include at least the image size below thumbnails, so we can distinguish low quality images from higher ones more quickly. Currency conversions would be a nice addition as well.
It's also cool that MS decided to keep the spirit of the previous Live Search home page with new images and neat facts to boost every day. Me likey. I have to say, the line between Google and Bing is getting increasingly thinner, up to the point where only
my search habit is in the way of making the switch.