Google Has the Least Bugs, Bing Has the Most Critters

September 16, 2009

(ChattahBox)—An army of software developers armed with their knowledge of code and nimble keyboarding skills were unleashed on the major search engines to uncover new bugs. After a week of bug hunting, the developers pronounced Google the least infested with severe pesky critters, with Microsoft’s Bing having the most bugs.

The bug testing was sponsored by uTest, which is a company that solicits bug testers, offering cash rewards to the best bug catchers and then pitches the service to companies. For the search engine test, the company recruited 1,100 software developers to discover bugs in the four major search engines, Google, Yahoo, Bing and and Google’s new Caffeine update.

Google was tested by the most developers and found to be the most stable of the four search engines, with the fewest severe bugs. Additionally, about half the bugs found in Google were functional and not the more severe technical or GUI flaws.

Microsoft’s Bing had the most bugs, but scored well on the quality of its search results and easy user interface.

Yahoo’s search engine actually tested the least buggy overall, but ranked last behind Google and Bing for its page load speed, real-time relevance, and overall accuracy.

Although Google’s Caffeine is not a stand-alone search engine, the testers still put it through the paces and discovered, although it was somewhat buggy, it ranked high for its speed.



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