Review Category : Bing

Microsoft Research today posted information on project codenamed “Tiger” to develop next generation indexing platform for Bing based on SSD technology which improve overall efficiency and open doors for further improvements on Bing. Microsoft Research Asia and Bing’s engineering teams in China and the US collaborated to develop “Tiger,” the next-generation index serving platform for Bing. Index serving is the most critical infrastructure for any search engine. The new architecture in Tiger leverages emerging Solid State Disk (SSD) technology to improve overall efficiency and open doors for further improvements Source: Microsoft Research Video: Geekwire ...

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Video: Deluged by Daily Deals? Browse Over 200k Offers with Bing Deals Today Bing announced the launch of Bing Deals site. Bing deals is not an another daily deals site, instead it aggregates and presents the deals in a organized way. It covers deals from Groupon, LivingSocial, Nordstrom, Target and many others. Here are some other details on this new site, From Bing blog, Key Features: One-Stop Shop: The new Bing Deals experience aggregates more than 200,000 deals across the US, including local deals, helping you easily match multiple deals to ensure you’re getting the best one. There is no need to browse hundreds of websites or sign-up for multiple emails. You can find the best deals on the web at Bing.com/deals. Browse for the Best Deals: Bing Deals cuts through the clutter by cleansing and organizing deals, so irrelevant deals are filtered out of your experience. You can browse ...

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It seems Microsoft is working on Voice-Enabled Text Advertisements. From the recent patent publications by USPTO, Microsoft has got 3 patents related to Voice-Enabled Text Advertisements. Read their abstract below, VOICE-ENABLED TEXT ADVERTISEMENTS Voice-enabled text advertisements are delivered for presentation to users within electronic advertising environments. When an advertiser provides an advertisement to an advertisement delivery system, the advertiser may specify whether the advertisement is to be voice-enabled. The advertisement delivery system stores advertisements with an indication regarding whether each advertisement is voice-enabled. When an advertisement is selected for presentation to a user, the advertisement delivery system determines if the advertisement is voice-enabled. If a selected advertisement is voice-enabled, audio is generated from the text of the advertisement or audio previously generated from the text of the advertisement is retrieved from storage. The audio comprises voice generated by applying text-to-speech functionality to the advertisement text. When the advertisement text and ...

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At last Bing launches HTML5 video powered home page. Announcement from Bing blog, Here at the Bing homepage team, we’re always looking for ways to bring you a little something special. Today we’re really excited to announce the first ever video homepage. If you have an HTML-5 enabled browser, you now get all the beauty and intrigue of the Bing homepage with a little breath of life added. Users without a modern browser will continue to see the gorgeous still photography that we’re known for. Not getting the video and want to see what the fuss is about? Try downloading IE9 and going towww.bing.com. We won’t be programming a video every day, just when the mood strikes us. While this first video is US-only, we’ll begin rolling the video homepage out to international markets in the next few months – so stay tuned. If you’re interested in learning more about the evolution ...

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Facebook today announced their new TimeLine feature, and Microsoft watchers would have noticed that the Maps filter in TimeLine will show you the locations you have shared on Facebook using an embedded Bing Maps. Microsoft and Facebook have an ever deepening relationship, with Microsoft providing search in Facebook, Skype  video chat, Messaging integration with Windows Live and not the mapping service.  Microsoft is of course also a minor investor in the company, with a 4% stake. Via LiveSide.net ...

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Yesterday Bing team announced a new feature for Bing web search called Bing Action Buttons. When you search across 7 popular categories – including airlines, couriers (e.g. FedEx), restaurants, banks, rental cars, software downloads and hotels – you will be presented with buttons for top actions on the site, that directly take you to the page where you can complete your task. You can see how it will look like the above two images. This is not a ground breaking feature, but these simple little things helps you to get your job done easily when compared to Google. More on this feature on Bing blog.   ...

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Google is defending themselves in front of the US Senate, and of course is trying to diffuse accusations that they are a monopoly by claiming their competitors are a bit more competitive than they really are. Google’s Eric Schmidt’s opening comments should therefore be taken with a pinch of salt when he said: Among major search engines, Microsoft’s Bing has continued to gain in popularity, perhaps because it comes pre-installed as the search default on over 70 percent of new computers sold. Microsoft’s Bing is the exclusive search provider for Yahoo! and Facebook. Microsoft recently signed a deal for Bing to power English language search on the fast-rising Chinese search engine Baidu, which Baidu has acknowledged will help it become more competitive in markets outside of China. In addition to Internet Explorer, Microsoft has integrated Bing into its popular gaming console, the Xbox 360, which it is in talks with ...

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Similar to top image search trends, Bing has a page for top search trends. Bing Trends page allows you to visually explore the top search trends in Bing on the current day and even for the 5 previous days from the current day. Again this feature may be new or old, available/unavailable to some countries (It works in US for sure).  On the other note, I think Bing should globalize their product soon to counter Google effectively. You can try it out here. ...

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According to reports from Businessweek, Microsoft has filed a complaint against Google to FTC regarding unfair advertising rates. Google is already under scanner by senate regarding unfair business practices and adding Microsoft’s complaint will further make the case stronger against Google. Microsoft’s complaint as follows, Microsoft first complained in September 2007 that Google drastically raised the rate for an ad for Windows Live, a predecessor to Microsoft’s Bing search engine, one of the main rivals to Google’s Internet search, according to the person familiar with the matter. The cost increased to $5 per mouse click from 10 cents a click for placing a Windows Live ad next to search results for the word “hotmail,” Microsoft’s e-mail product, according to the person. Google told Microsoft at the time that the rate increased because users who clicked on the ad were directed to a low- quality website, according to the person. The ...

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Microsoft is investing and partnering with Adchemy, an advertising technology company. Techcrunch today reported that Microsoft has joined August Capital and the Mayfield Fund to invest $61 million in Adchemy series-E funding. Along with investment, Microsoft is also extending its partnership with Adchemy to provide ad technology to its Microsoft adCenter customers. Adchemy’s IntentMap technology allows advertisers improve their paid search campaigns and expand keyword coverage by using consumer intent instead of individual keywords. Another good move that would help Microsoft to better serve its advertising customers. ...

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Following the release of Bing powered Yahoo algorithmic search in some European countries like UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy last month, yesterday Yahoo announced that Yahoo Asia which includes Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam are now powered by Bing algorithmic search. In addition to that, more European countries like Greece, Poland, Romania and Switzerland were added to that list. As a result, advertisers can target much more wider audience using single platform and consumers may see much better results. ...

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At a Analyst Meeting currently ongoing Microsoft has illustrated its increasing reach in the US Search market with the above slide, which I think illustrates the accelerating gains there pretty well. As Microsoft’s market share grows there develops a virtuous circle where their search results improve due to more data and their income grows as advertisers are more likely to look beyond Google, drawing in more users and making the venture more sustainable. It is I am sure a circle Google would do anything to kill, but it has not been able to succeed so far in the last 2 years, and seems increasingly incapable of doing so. AllthingsD is coving the analyst conference (poorly) here. ...

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comScore have released their search market share  report today. Microsoft powered search continues to trend upwards while Google powered search slips. Both Bing and Yahoo increased their search market share while Google lost some points. From comScore, Month of August: U.S. explicit core search was up 9% y/y for the month of August a deceleration from +10% y/y in July. Google search was up 8.1%, Yahoo! up 2% and Microsoft up 44%. September Quarter (Quarter over Quarter) Pacing: We examine how the search quarter is pacing after the second month of the quarter. We define pacing as taking the reported period (month of July and August) and dividing it by the monthly average of the previous quarter. To that end, U.S. explicit core search is pacing up 2.7% q/q for 3QTD (vs. +2.8% as of July), with Google up 1.9%, Yahoo! up 4.7% and Microsoft up 5.2%. Share of Market: Google’s at share was 64.8% is ...

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Experian Hitwise have released their monthly stats for search market share in the USA, and the data continues to show an erosion of Google’s market share and growth in Bing-powered searches. In the 30 days July to August 2011 Bing and Yahoo search combined added nearly 1%, from 28.05 to 28.99, while Google dived around the same amount, from 66.05 to 65.09% of the market. Year on year the numbers are even more stark, with Google dropping from 71.59 to 65.09 percent, down 6.5%, while Bing-powered search increased 4.4% to 28.99 over the same period. While Google still has an overwhelming market share in the high 90% overseas, they make around 45% of their $30 billion plus revenue in USA, making each percentage lost by Google worth around $250 million. With Google still earning 97% of their revenue from the search business, the very unfocussed company, who makes a range ...

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Bing is currently testing a HTML5 Web app, and we can access it too. But the app is not completed, so its broken in many places, also it gives you an idea of how the app will be. Michael Gillett from MML have posted the above images showing search results and home page of new web app under testing. The app seems to be more optimized for touch, Windows 8 may be the reason behind it. Thanks to Tom Warren of Winrumors who tweeted the link to access this new web app. You can try it here, Bing.com/bingwin. ...

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Yahoo’s CEO Carol Bartz, has apparently just been fired , with CFO Tim Morse being installed temporarily in her place. The turmoil at the top may signify a change in strategy from the company, and while they still maintain they are looking for “organic growth” an insider has claimed “Yahoo is open to selling itself to the right bidder” according to TNW. Microsoft famously attempted to purchase Yahoo for $ 44.6 billion in 2008.  The company is currently trading for close to a third of the value to a market cap of $16 billion, and while Microsoft may once again by interested, I suspect on this occasion the only segment they would be interested in would be the search business, rather than the whole company. Microsoft already had an existing deal to provide the search back end for Yahoo, giving Bing a de facto 30% US market share. Do our ...

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