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Bing in Chinese update

After the recent mass blocking of social networks, photo services, and Bing – Microsoft’s new search engine – the intertubes have again been unblocked and procrastination amongst expats has once again returned to the status quo.

With that in mind I thought an update to what Bing actually means in Chinese now that it is unblocked. I previously speculated the meaning could be quite a few things in Chinese. However, Microsoft have since launched the site with the characters 必应 which is “bi ying”. I’ve been told via the team at CBSi China it means “whatever you ask for i will satisfy you”.

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Microsoft’s Bing in China

In the nerdosphere today Microsoft announced a new search engine, dubbed “Bing” to be launched next week. In China bing.com is redirecting to cn.bing.com – leaving many (nerds) guessing what the Middle Kingdom will get in terms of a search engine.

In Chinese, Bing could mean a number of things depending on which tone you say it in or what context:

病 bìng – disease, sick
兵 bīng – soldier/military
冰 bīng – ice/cold
饼 bǐng – cake
并 bìng – bring together/merge

I’m not sure how the masses will take to it but a Chinese n00b like myself most commonly uses bing like “Wo bìng le” – I am sick…

Anyway, it seems to have taken someone by surprise judging by this screenshot taken today:

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What does IE 8 say about Web development in China?

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) was released late last week – another browser, “whoop-dee-do”, right? Well maybe, but, the new browser release is an interesting insight into the way Web development seems to happen in China.

In non-geek speak the new browser uses a new rendering engine which more closely follows open standards such as the Firefox and Safari browsers. This will, and has, caused many popular sites to break around the world – including Microsoft’s own sites. To combat this problem the Redmond company has released an ‘incompatibility list’ which display sites in ‘non-standards’ mode if the tool is downloaded and installed. To keep it simple, ‘non-standards mode’ reverts to the old rendering engines of previous Internet Explorer browsers – IE6 and IE7.

It’s a useful feature, but, what is striking about the list is the high amount of Chinese Web sites on it. Many are high traffic Web sites in China which haven’t updated their code to work with IE 8. For example the recent list included Tencent, Baidu, Sogou, Ku6, Tudou, YouKu, ZDNet China, Taobao, NetEase, 163.com, QQ, and Google China.

I’m not quite 100% sure of the reason; Is it lazy coding? Is it too soon to upgrade the code? Was there not enough testing time? Developers too busy with other priorities, Were Microsoft’s communication channels to Web developers in China poor? Is Internet Explorer 8 not worth targeting in China compared to other browsers? Are Web developers in China poor at building sites that comply to open Web standards?

It’ll be interesting to see where this goes in China, the world’s largest Internet population, in terms of market share for Microsoft. Not only does Redmond have to compete with Firefox, Chrome, and Safari but other browsers popular in China such as Maxthon.

I won’t publish the full list of incompatible Web sites here, because, they are constantly changing, but you can download the most current file from Microsoft here.