Some time ago in the dim and distant past, Bing put together a 'Bing it on' challenge. You typed in a search and got two sets of results, you chose the one you liked the best, repeated 5 times and then it told you if you preferred Bing or Google results. This worked for a couple of days, then for reasons that they never explained, they withdrew it from the UK. Now they have brought it back, so you can try the test yourself. This was my result:
Sorry Bing - but Google won 4 out of 5 rounds.
The results are interesting, with UK users preferred Bing 53% of the time, while Google was chosen 34%, with 13% who couldn't make up their minds. That's the overall result, but if you look at the data in a little more detail, with results from each individual search, Bing comes out on top 39%, with Google coming in a little behind at 32% with the don't knows at 29%. Now, if you're raising your eyebrows at this, you might want to have a look at an interesting critique of the Bing figures from Freakonomics.
I'm keen to see what my blog readers think. So, if you've got approximately 3 minutes to spare, take the challenge yourself, and post your result in the comments.