So, Microsoft has spent a bunch of $$ on TV adverts for Bing during sports broadcasts... and I've read/heard several positive opinions both on it's own and in comparison to Google.
My question is, what makes a good search engine? My social media friends could provide one kind of answer, but I'm not sure that's the kind of answer I'm looking for. Back in the day, search engine choice really mattered - you had to know that AltaVista was good for certain kinds of searches (music and images I think, but less-so news) while yahoo could be counted on to return popular subjects, etc.
Back then, I would often search for an unknown, in contrast to these days when I have a pretty good idea of what I want, but am too lazy to hunt through my bookmarks or type in the URL correctly. This laziness is made possible by connection/search speed... but what am I missing? Is Bing better, and why, and is this a legit question or the uneducated ponderings of a old person?