Review Category : Bing

Microsoft today announced the release of MapPoint 2013 for US and Canada. Microsoft MapPoint is a powerful mapping software that makes it easy to combine business data with mapping and location. Using MapPoint, you can turn complex business information stored in spreadsheets and data tables into easy-to-understand maps. You can even use MapPoint with your compatible GPS locator to add real-time routing and directions. MapPoint can also be used for travel planning, etc, along with Business Intelligence. Following are the improvements over the previous version of MapPoint, New: Updated maps of the United States and Canada, new look and 2.5M points of interest New: Hotel and restaurant reviews and ratings Demographic Data: Combine business data with demographics to find and target potential customers, and focus your business decisions Integration: Insert maps into the work you do in Microsoft Office GPS Ready: Create routes and share to your navigation devices1 Create Sales ...

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Microsoft Bing Maps today announced that they have added about  215 TB Of Bird’s Eye Imagery to Bing Maps. Most of the data is from United States and also features certain areas in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Tokyo. You can try out some of the new release from the following links, Padre Island, Nueces County, Texas Little Spokane River, Washington Crystal Cove State Park, Newport Beach, California Orange County Airport, California Clearwater Harbor, Florida Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Dallas, Texas Bing Maps Bird’s Eye view has a total of 1,388,593 square kilometers of imagery. Last month Bing Maps team announced a significant release of new Aerial and Satellite imagery for Bing Maps. Read about it here. Read more at Bing Maps blog.   ...

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Microsoft Bing team today announced the integration with Foursquare on Bing search results. With Foursquare integration, you will begin to see tips and recommendations from foursquare in the sidebar column on the right hand side of the screen. Now when you’re planning a trip to that destination, you can find people who are knowledgeable about the place you’re searching, based on what they’ve publically shared on foursquare. Its a pretty neat feature and will be rolled out to US users starting today in phases. Check it out at Bing.com. Read more at Bing blog. ...

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Microsoft has today announced its new program from Bing division called Bing Fund.  Bing Fund describes itself as an Angel Investor with an incubator. That pretty much explains everything. Bing Fund is looking for startups that are building online or mobile experiences that incorporate fresh insights. Microsoft will offer the startup with the following, • Subsidized use of unique APIs from Bing’s data ecosystem • The opportunity to access certain technology assets developed by Microsoft Research • Assistance from Bing Fund team members who specialize in design, engineering, marketing, and building businesses • Consultations with Subject Matter Experts at Microsoft, some of whom are world experts in their areas • Exposure to Microsoft executives • Connections with our partners and customers • Funding • Co-workspace for startups located in the Seattle area. You can read more about it here.  ...

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Microsoft today announced that it has now over 2700 venue maps on Bing Maps platform. Venue Maps are nothing but detailed maps of places like airports, malls, parks, etc,. For example, you can locate the shops at a Mall using Venue maps. Venue Maps locations are from over 30 countries across the world and they are going to update it constantly. You can  even browse through the whole list of venue maps at www.bing.com/maps/venues. You can try Bing Maps yourself  here.   ...

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Today, Microsoft Bing rolled out its updated Image search UI for customers around the world. The new UI is more attractive and easy to use than ever before. Following are the four main things delivered to customers, Bigger thumbnails – We’ve made our results much larger so you can find exactly what you want with fewer clicks. We trimmed out all our empty whitespace and filled it with pictures to make image search more visual. Magnifying glass – When you hover on an image, you’ll immediately get a blown up preview that follows your mouse around. You can hold up this “magnifying glass” to any picture and see its size, title, and where it comes from. It’s smooth, fluid, and a little bit addictive. Filter bar – You shouldn’t have to hunt to find what you want. That’s why we made it easier than ever to reach Bing’s advanced search ...

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After the partnership with Qwiki few days before, Bing today announced the partnership with Yelp, the leading local listing service. Starting today, people in the US will begin seeing even more rich Yelp data in Bing’s snapshot (the center column) and relevant Bing Local pages allowing you to scan reviews at a glance or dive into rich content such as photos and restaurant reviews. Read more at Bing. ...

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Bing today announced the integration of Qwikis within the search results. Qwikis are interactive presentations combining images, videos, maps and spoken narration. You will start to see a link for certain search results found on Wikipedia and to interact with a Qwiki simply click on the play button under a Wikipedia entry in the Bing search results. It will provide you a dynamic way to interact and learn about a given topic or more often than not present new information avenues to explore. Qwiki will also work great on Xbox+Kinect combination and I hope Microsoft integrates them on Xbox as well. Read more at Bing blog. ...

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Microsoft today announced  the partnership with Encyclopedia Britannica to include Britannica Online answers directly in the Bing results page. The snippets from  Britannica  will provide a quick overview of the subject, a thumbnail image, and useful facts and figures. Earlier, Microsoft used to include its own Encarta Online in the search results which is now replaced by this one. Anyway, we will get new answers valuable and helpful in our search for information! Read more at Bing blog. ...

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  Last week at Search Summit in San Francisco, Microsoft Bing announced a new version that will feature enhanced social experience during search. The enhanced new Bing is now rolling out to Bing US account users and initially people with Bing Rewards account were sent an email by Microsoft to try this stuff. Here’s what you can do with new Bing, For example, if you’re searching for diving spots in Hawaii, you might see a friend who lived in Hawaii, your sister who shared photos from her honeymoon in Hawaii, and a buddy who “likes” a restaurant in Hawaii. You can then ask them for recommendations right from Bing. You may not always see friends you expect to show up for a number of reasons. Bing uses public Facebook information and content you’ve given Bing permission to use, such as friends’ photos on Facebook. We won’t match friends based on ...

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Microsoft Bing today announced the biggest change since its inception on delivering search results for end users. Bing integrated social signals from Facebook and Twitter even before now, but the integration was stuffed into the search result blue links. But now, the Bing search results page was re-designed to incorporate features such as social which I think is pretty remarkable. The new design has three main elements to it. Core Web Results: Relevant, comprehensive and trustworthy. With the latest updates, we are delivering the results you expect.   Beautiful, relevant, results are the first thing you see. Instead of cluttering your results with social updates, we’re honoring the purity of the core web results making it easier to focus on the links you need to get things done. Snapshot: Get it done faster. Snapshot is the center column on the Bing search results page, nestled between the web results on the ...

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Video: Search with friends Today, Microsoft Bing announced a new Social search feature that allows you to perform web searches along with the input from your friends. You can just connect with your Facebook friends to perform this kind of search experience. It combines the traditional way of searching with a social experience to it. More info coming soon. You can watch the Bing webcast that will go live soon here. Try it at http://www.bing.com/explore/new   ...

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Today Bing announced the redesign of its search results page in US. The new look offers  fresh, de-cluttered experience and more modern look. There is no “left rail” in the new design and the related searches content is moved to the right. Microsoft has also improved the page-load times and relevance under the hood. I think this design is just the beginning of something big that will come soon. As Bing team mentions in their blog, “This refreshed design helps you do more with search—and gives us a canvas for bringing future innovation to you.” What do you think of this design ? Source: Bing   ...

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Searching the web was never so rewarding ! Some of you would have heard about Bing Rewards programs that allows you to earn points which in turn can be redeemed for Amazon gift cards, Microsoft Points, etc, and now even Skype Calling Credits. With 100 Bing reward points you will get a 60 minute Skype calling credit. With Skype credits, •Call landlines or mobile phones •SMS to mobile phones directly •Set up a Skype To Go number2 and call abroad from any phone •Access Skype Wi-Fi through third-party hotspots You have to just search the web using Bing to get all these stuff. Signup for Bing Rewards now here. via: Bing.com/rewards ...

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Microsoft Bing team today announced the availability of 3 new apps for Windows 8. These apps can be downloaded from Windows 8 Store for free. The three new apps are Weather, Finance and Maps. Weather: The Weather app offers a visually beautiful preview of current weather conditions, helping you prepare for the latest conditions with hourly, daily and 10-day forecasts. Designed for Windows 8 and featuring rich, engaging weather images, the Weather app makes the content you care about available at your fingertips or via the click of the mouse. Finance: The Finance app provides a quick overview of key market indices via a live tile and helps you stay on top of fast-changing market conditions, so you can make more informed financial decisions. Swipe or scroll through colorful charts for a quick read of the day’s events. Rich graphics also help you find the latest mortgage, auto and credit ...

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