Review Category : Bing

Microsoft today announced a new Facebook app called My Bing News. Using this app, you can browse today’s top stories and subscribe to the categories that interest you most – like Politics, Entertainment, or Sports.  Or you can specify a specific topic to follow – like Lady Gaga, the Green Bay Packers, or Dancing with the Stars.  My Bing News will automatically pull the most important stories based on your interests from sources across the web into a personal My News homepage tailored just for you. Since its a Facebook, you can easily share what you are reading with your friends, comment on them, etc,. Try it out here. Via: Bing blog ...

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According to Business Insider Microsoft’s Bing just scored a big win, with Eliane Fiolet at UberGizmo, after some hands on time with the Fire HD, mentioning that "The search box is powered by Bing." The last Kindle Fire’s search box was powered by Google, suggesting Microsoft has stolen the business from the search giant. Bing has been slowly gaining market share on Google in US, with Bing holding 15.7% share in July, according to Comscore, compared to 66.8% for Google. The Kindle Fire HD also uses Nokia Maps instead of Google Maps for location services. With Google providing Android as a free, open source operating system in return for revenue via search,  every Android tablet sold by Amazon is increasingly a loss for Google. Via BusinessInsider.com ...

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Microsoft Bing team today announced the integration of Quora data in Bing Social Search results. Since last spring, Microsoft has been adding more services to improve the social search results. Now with Quora, you’ll see top answers and posts on a variety of topics — from Movies to Politics. Bing users in the U.S. will begin to see top Quora contributors in the Bing sidebar. You can hover over their name to learn more, and click to go directly to the answers they have shared, bringing the wealth of shared knowledge on Quora to Bing users. Read more in the source link below. Source: Bing ...

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Bing Search The Bing team has produced a series of videos showing off their Windows 8 apps which will be installed by default on the new OS. The team separated out the features of the Bing website into individual apps, such as Search, News, Weather, Maps, Travel and Finance. The Bing Search app makes heavy use of the Snap feature as demonstrated in the video above. Travel, Weather and Maps The Travel app has more than 3,000 destinations, 360 degree panoramas and will allow one to book flights and hotels straight from the app. The Weather app offers hourly, daily and 10 day forecasts and features rich, engaging imagery. The Maps app offers traffic information, while the News app is photo-rich. News, Finance and Sport The Finance app will offer key market indices via a live tile and rich graphics. The Sports app will offer top sports headlines, live scores, ...

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Microsoft Bing Fund team today announced the first two startups that will be part of this new program. The two startups are Buddy Platform and Pinion Tech. Buddy, based in Kirkland, Washington, provides a fully hosted and managed toolset of web services for application development, plus rich analytics about application usage. The Buddy Platform considerably reduces the amount of time mobile and web application developers spend writing, testing, and managing server-side code. Its cross-platform APIs support common scenarios such as user accounts, friends and group lists, messaging and chat, geo-location services, photo albums, metadata, gaming, push notifications and crash reporting. Located in Bellevue, Pinion originally hails from Australia. Pinion’s mission is to support the online gaming ecosystem, helping gaming communities worldwide generate revenue by placing gamer-targeted interactive advertising on their servers. More than 300 gaming communities are already part of the Pinion family, and major advertisers have included Sony, XBOX, McDonald’s, ...

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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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