Review Category : Bing

Bing seems to be dropping its feature of hovering over the right of search result to get more details. Instead of this, Bing introduced a cool feature that displays key result of the page such as movie ratings from IMDB, Flixster,etc, links to watch trailers from Apple,etc,. Today I came across an another handy feature Bing has been testing. If you search for a product/movie in Bing which is also listed on Amazon, then you can directly read some reviews of the product by just hovering over the reviews link to the right of the amazon product link. Cool, eh?? ...

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As expected Bing Maps team today announced the availability of Bing Maps Streetside view. The new Streetside view will replace the existing streetview of the Bing Maps. Google first launched the streetview images in US almost 4 years back which became famous wy of virtually exploring the world. But it was not so much convenient for exploring business collections, for which the new Streetside view from Bing will address the problems. From Bing Blog, If you take a look at a Bing map in Streetside view today you will notice that we’ve made a lot of changes. These changes represent a significant enhancement for desktop browsers, enabling you to quickly pan up and down the street to see the neighborhood and find businesses. We are doing this by providing street level panoramas so you can take a virtual walk through the streets with a view of locations and landmarks. As you slide ...

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Microsoft Research recently shared information on next generation search technology enabled by gestures. Currently, search in both PCs and mobile are enabled by typing the keyword or speaking through voice recognition. But Microsoft research has been working on gesture based search where a user will be drawing some gestures on the screen based on which search results will appear. A user draws two circles in the search window of a smartphone. In a moment, a bicycle and a bundle of apples appear on the screen, among other things with round shapes. This is Microsoft’s next-generation search technology called “gesture,” which enables automatic search of relevant information by drawing only; no word entry on a keyboard is necessary. Google’s Android platform have somewhat  similar application but that allows you to search only the contacts list by drawing the alphabet on the screen. Its also good to hear that this project is in ...

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Microsoft announced EyeWonder and Phluant as their partners to expand its mobile rich media advertising solutions in the U.S. Microsoft is serious about its advertising business is the recent days backed by Bing and MSN media properties. Recently Microsoft was awarded for two new innovative ad formats called “Filmstrip” format and “Sidekick” format. Check out the video of Filmstrip format after the break. Here is the screenshot of a Rich mobile ad format, From Microsoft Advertising Blog, These partnerships complement Microsoft Advertising’s current rich media offering provided by PointRoll, and will enable us to deliver more interactive and innovative ad experiences across Microsoft’s premium mobile browse properties, such as MSN, Windows Live Hotmail, Windows Live Messenger and FOX Sports.By supporting new rich media formats from our partners, Microsoft Advertising will be able to deliver greater value to our advertisers in the following ways: –Increased Reach: The supported rich media formats will be available across ...

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Qi Lu, President of Online Services at Microsoft talked with Xconomy on wide range of matters right from his personal and career experience at Microsoft to future of web. Here are some key points from his long interview, “The Web has far outgrown its heritage. It’s a full-blown digital society.” On Local deals: Google is built around half a million businesses (advertisers), Groupon is built around “the next 10 million businesses trying to reach customers digitally.” Facebook is key to Microsoft’s future on web. People make decisions in “a digital version of the world” by the help from Facebook. Mobile is the next big oppurtunity to tap on. On his personal carreer, “For me personally, one thing I bring with me is a relentless quest for excellence. It may take time, it may take a long journey, but anything we decide to do, we will settle for nothing short of ...

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Video: Facebook Friends Now Fueling Faster Decisions on Bing Today Microsoft accidentaly posted the press release of Bing’s latest feature update. Previously Bing search results included the ‘like’ data if you have signed into Facebook and connected your account with Bing, now its much more than just the ‘like’ data. Also Bing is announcing new Bing Bar, which includes the first universal Like button, making it easy for people to like any page on the Web. Here are the list of new features coming to Bing, Liked results, answers and sites. Cut right to the good stuff, by seeing what stories, content and sites friends have liked right in the search results. Planning a trip to Napa Valley, for example, can be overwhelming with hundreds of wineries to choose from — luckily, the likes of friends can narrow the choices on which vineyards are must-sees. Personalized results. Bing personalizes the search ...

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comScore Explicit Core Search Share Report* April 2011 vs. March 2011  Total U.S. – Home/Work/University Locations Source: comScore qSearch Core Search Entity Explicit Core Search Share (%) Mar-11 Apr-11 Point Change Total Explicit Core Search 100.0% 100.0% N/A Google Sites 65.7% 65.4% -0.3 Yahoo! Sites 15.7% 15.9% 0.2 Microsoft Sites 13.9% 14.1% 0.2 Ask Network 3.1% 3.0% -0.1 AOL, Inc. 1.6% 1.5% -0.1 *“Explicit Core Search” excludes contextually driven searches that do not  reflect specific user intent to interact with the search results. In March Experian Hitwise announced that Bing +Yahoo’s combined search market had hit the 30% mark, and now Comscore agrees that in April the two search contenders have also hit the mark. Both Bing and Yahoo, who’s search is powered by Bing, have gained market share, adding a combined 0.4%, while Google was down 0.3%. It seems while Google is attempting to attack Microsoft’s cash cows with ...

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Microsoft today announced the release of Bing Maps iOS SDK. The new SDK allows developers to use Bing maps in their applications in various ways. From Bing blog, Today, we’re excited to announce a new Bing Maps iOS SDK. This new SDK gives developers a set of Objective C classes to develop iPhone and iPad applications within Xcode, along with documentation and several sample projects to help them get started quickly. The iOS map control supports Bing’s road, aerial and hybrid aerial map styles, and includes the ability to add pushpins to the maps and access the user’s location via the GPS to locate the phone on the map. Bing team at Microsoft is ready to deliver the Bing experiences to literally all the platform in the world. With Partnership of Nokia-Microsoft, RIM-Microsoft, awesome Bing apps for iOS and fully integrated Bing on Windows Phone, The Mobile Search War has just ...

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Bing team today announced the release of streamlined Shopping experience on Bing. Bing Shopping allows you to research and buy various items. Bing search is not like Amazon because it doesn’t sell things by itself. Bing organizes the shopping data from the web and allows you to choose the item and the seller. The new updated experience allows social shopping, that is you can post your shopping items in the cart to Facebook to know your friends comments,etc,. From Bing Blog, First off, the new homepage brings together popular items and content so you can spend less time searching and more time shopping. Popular articles and categories are arranged next to top searches, popular products, and leading brands so you can research and browse items before making a decision. We also added the ability to connect your Facebook account to Bing shopping, so you can be instantly reminded of upcoming birthdays while ...

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Bing today enabled their new rewards program to some users in US. The new rewards program is much more integrated into the search engine which enables more engagement from the users. Your rewards credits will be shown at the top right corner near the sign in link as above. The rewards center allows you to manage your rewards earned and reedeem it for over 250 items available. For about 1000 rewards credits, you will get 1 month Xbox live subscription. You will get 250 credits for first time sign up. The credits will be awarded to you not only for the searches you make on Bing but also some reward links such as above will earn you more credits. This idea particularly increases the possibility of user to click the ads that are placed just below the reward links. What do you think of this new program from Bing? Start Binging ...

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From Bing blog, The Read/Write World is a project to index, unify, and connect of the world’s geo-linked media. Consisting of a cloud-based geo-indexing, matching and processing services, the scenarios it will enable include: Seeing your photos automatically connected to others. Being able to simply create immersive experiences from your own and others’ photos, videos,  panoramas, and models “Fixing” the world, when the official imagery of your street is out of date. Visually mapping your business, your rental apartment, or your local strip mall, and allowing everyone to explore it. Understanding the emergent information from the density and tagging of Geo-media Microsoft will provide open source viewing code and cloud-based services to power the Read/Write World, and will make available its beautiful map imagery and more than 50,000 “synths” and panoramas that have been publically shared to the Photosynth Web site. Read / Write World allows users to view fully ...

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  March 2011 Monthly Unique Visitors YoY change Google.com 150,571,274 -2.49 Facebook.com 140,739,084 +14.49 Yahoo.com 137,436,891 -1.07 YouTube.com 123,406,835 +19.92 Bing.com 89,992,028 +44.19 Wikipedia.org 83,076,477 +7.61 Live.com 75,929,602 +4.13 Amazon.com 75,960,479 +13.63 MSN.com 75,875,255 +3.19 ebay.com 68,501,779 -1.20 Microsoft.com 62,750,035 +4.94 Data from Compete.com Bing continues its rapid growth compared, according to Comscore growing to 13.9% of the US search market in March 2011 and with Yahoo’s share now has 29.6% of the US market, confirming Experian Hitlinks’s recent claim. In terms of the popularity of the site itself, Compete.com shows the site is now the 5th most visited destination on the internet, passing Wikipedia recently and well ahead of Amazon.com which hold’s sixth place. Its growth was also a stunning 44% year on year, compared to Google, which saw its visits drop by 2.5% over the same period. Google has been facing challenges recently, with Facebook ready to bump ...

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A persistent complaint we hear is that Microsoft’s services, for a global company, is extremely US-centric. Hopefully their partnership with Nokia will help change it. One of the first fruits of that collaboration is that Microsoft Steetview, their Google Streetside competitor, is coming to Europe, courtesy of Nokia’s Navteq mapping cars (pictured above). Microsoft will apparently start by snapping London between March and June 2011, according to their schedule here, and unlike Streetside will not aim to map the whole city and all the streets in the country, but will stick to the business district and tourist attractions, ostensibly to protect privacy, but a limitation which I feel will reduce the value of the project immensely. Both Microsoft and Nokia have earlier said that mapping technology will be one of the lynchpins of their collaboration, with Microsoft planning to use it for location-based advertising and the two planning to share ...

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