Review Category : Bing

Few weeks back, Microsoft announced a new feature to find free online courses and books on Bing. When you search Bing for subjects such as trigonometry or history, Bing will now showcase a list of popular, free online courses available on the Khan Academy site to the right of search results page. They also added a new book finding feature that showcases whether a given title is available online for free or for reservation at your local library. Today they are expanding the features focused on education by showcasing school ratings, rankings and academic indicators directly in Snapshot. Now when you search for a given school- from elementary to high school to higher ed – Bing will showcase (where available) how they fare nationally, within the state and what their STEM rating might be.  They also display how the community surrounding the schools rate. Check out New Port High School results page ...

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Microsoft today announced the launch of the Ad Controls creative solution in the UK. These ad controls are a rich and engaging video, image and content solution running across the Windows 8 advertising platform. For the first time, Microsoft partnered with the 7stars to collaborate with the brand team at Nominet to find the best way market  launch of the new .uk domain. This high-impact creative solution will be running across PC & tablet users from 14th July through to the 11th August. Focussed around the concept of ‘Shorter is Sweeter’ the final ad execution seamlessly combines video, imagery and editorial content to engage and educate consumers on some of the most commonly used abbreviations that have become engrained into everyday language. Gabi Sillars, Digital Account Director at the7stars had the following to say about the campaign  “When planning this launch campaign we were focused on reaching digital natives to drive awareness and understanding of the new ...

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  As per the latest report from eMarketer, Microsoft might beat Yahoo in global digital ad market share. Microsoft is projected to increase its market share from 2.45% to 2.54%, while Yahoo is projected to lost market share. In terms of revenue, Microsoft will increase by more than 20% over 2013 to reach $3.56 billion. Google remains the dominant player with Facebook growing fast in the second place. Yahoo’s push to maintain its position as a top global ad seller will take another hit in 2014, according to new projections from eMarketer. Though Yahoo’s ad revenues will be back in the black this year, increasing its global digital ad revenues by 2.7% after a decline of 2.1% in 2013 to reach $3.53 billion, the company’s share of the $140.15 billion digital advertising market will fall from 2.86% to 2.52%. At the same time, Microsoft will grow its net worldwide ad revenues by ...

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We already know that Microsoft is working on bringing Cortana to Windows platform. Microsoft’s Marcus Ash (Group Program Manager for Windows Phone – Cortana) and Rob Chambers (Group Program Manager, Applications and Services Group) revealed during a panel that Cortana will move beyond the phone. And a job listing from Microsoft also pointed out the same. They were looking for members to redefine the personalization experience on Windows and to help create serendipitous moments of discovery and satisfaction for the users and enable signature experiences that make Windows your indispensable companion in the real world. Today, an old Microsoft Research video was discovered which shows an early prototype of a automated personal assistant called Louise built to work on Windows. Project Louise is an ongoing, multiyear prototyping effort to build an automated personal assistant. This demo highlights the Louise Personal Assistant serving as a conversational natural user interface (NUI): multi-modal ...

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European Union court ruled last month that search engines like Google should be able to remove personal links of users on request. Google has already started implementing this Right To Be Forgotten request form last month, and as per Search Engine Land, it has been taking in about 10,000 requests per day. This law applies for Bing too. Microsoft Bing last month revealed that they are working on a special process for residents of the European Union to request blocks of specific privacy-related search results on Bing in response to searches on their names. In a statement to NYT on Wednesday, Microsoft said, “Developing an appropriate system is taking us some time, We expect to launch a form through which users can make requests soon.” While Google had over 70,000 requests so far, Microsoft has received a small fraction of that number. Source: NYT ...

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David Pann, general manager for Microsoft’s Search Network today blogged about the performance of Microsoft Bing Ads and their future. Microsoft revealed that clicks on Bing ads are up 30% from a year ago, and mobile ad clicks jumped 133%. Microsoft cited no.of new features they added over the past few months such as the new Call Extensions, product ads and new ad formats. Microsoft also promised advertisers that they will be able to manage 1 million keywords by year-end as opposed to the current limitation of 100,000 and also offer ad performance reports in under a half-hour as opposed to the current 4 hours delay. Finally, Microsoft also said that they are 200% committed to Yahoo partnership. Our clicks are up by 30% — nearly a third — in the past year. Mobile clicks are up 133%, a reflection of both the huge growth in that segment as well as ...

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Last month, Bing team rolled out a new feature in which when a user search for “World Cup Predictions”, or any group matches (both preliminary as well as later in the single elimination rounds) they will display the chances of each respective team to win. This feature became quite popular as Cortana team integrated the same into Windows Phone. With the power of Bing, Cortana got all its predictions correct till now in this world cup. Google also joined the prediction arena with their own prediction for all the matches. Recently, Google got Germany – France match result wrong as Germany won over France making their prediction wrong. Meanwhile, Corana got it correct. Today, Google explained why they got it wrong in their blog post, read it below. And so it went in the quarterfinals. We gave France a 69% chance, but we were wrong. Germany defeated France 1 to 0. ...

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Microsoft has announced their plans to discontinue all of their offline mapping software products in favor of Bing Maps. It includes Microsoft AutoRoute, Microsoft Streets & Trips and Microsoft MapPoint. Since all these are traditional software products, the retirement of these products will not affect software already installed. Current users may continue to use Microsoft AutoRoute, Microsoft Streets & Trips and Microsoft MapPoint to plan their travel adventures and Microsoft will provide online support until at least July 2015. “The success of these products would never had happened were it not for the loyal and supportive fans who purchased the product and its various iterations over the years,” shares Larry Petersen, test lead for Microsoft Streets & Trips. “Speaking at RV rallies over the years, I’ve loved hearing about our avid customers’ experiences using the software to plan and enjoy road trips across North America. The feedback and enthusiasm from our ...

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Microsoft today updated their Bing Search app for Android in Play Store. This is a minor update with three notable features. This app now supports full screen browsing, support multiple browser tabs and more. What’s New: • Support for multiple browser tabs • Full-screen browsing support • Shortcuts to Bing Maps and News from the menu Bing Search App for Android allows you to find relevant answers on the internet. In addition, you can save money with Bing Rewards, keep up with trending stories and images, and set the daily homepage photo as your Wallpaper with one click. I use an Android device as my secondary smartphone and I use Bing everyday to enjoy beautiful daily homepage images. This app allows you to set them as your phone’s wallpaper with one click. Download Bing Search app from Play Store here. ...

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Every July 4th on Independence Day, there will be a spike in people across the US who search for “fireworks” on Bing. Microsoft Bing team decided to study the data to get new insights about it. For that, they created a “firework index” which is the number of searches containing the phrase “fireworks” divided by the total number of searches (for a given location on a given day) and they take this index as correlating to the general level of interest in fireworks. Find the result below. The striking thing you can notice is that southern portion of the country has a relatively mild interest in the fireworks. The least interested fireworks enthusiasts call Louisiana and Mississippi home. The Northeast appears to be home to the most rabid firework fans.  The most fervent firework searchers can be found in Rhode Island and New Hampshire. On the west coast, Washington State stands out ...

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As per latest reports, Microsoft is planning to enter Korea’s search engine market in a full-fledged way in the second half of this year. When Microsoft launched Bing in 2009, Bing was launched in beta in Korea. Microsoft partnered with local technology company Daum Communications to improve its search results. Till now, the service remains almost the same from which was launched 5 years back. Microsoft is now looking to change this by entering the marketing with a aggressive push with strengthening its cooperation with Daum Communications while boosting its own Bing service. Microsoft is also planning to bring Bing News, Bing Images and more to Korean market by partnering with local companies. According to the industry, Microsoft Korea plans to strengthen its cooperation with Daum Communications while boosting its own Bing service. Microsoft has been preparing its crucial “News” category in cooperation with domestic journals, producing a new title ...

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Microsoft today announced couple of new feature in Bing that will allow students to find new content both online and offline. When you search Bing for subjects such as trigonometry or history, Bing will now showcase a list of popular, free online courses available on the Khan Academy site to the right of search results page. They are also rolling out a new book finding feature that showcases whether a given title is available online for free or for reservation at your local library. Explore Free Online Courses We’re constantly adding more items to the billions of people, places and things that make up our Bing knowledge repository.  In this case we have indexed Khan Academy courses and charted their relationship with popular subjects (e.g. humanities, geometry, trigonometry.)    All you need to do is search for a subject, if there is a corresponding set of online courses we showcase them directly ...

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As we all know, Microsoft has an exclusive partnership with Twitter for integrating tweets inside search results. Today, they announced an improved Twitter experience in Bing search results. Microsoft looks at a number of signals including tweet quality, retweet count, freshness of tweet, user profile info and verified status, among others to display the tweets in search results. New features: In the milliseconds that it takes to type a few letters, Bing automatically showcases the top matching hashtag suggestions.  For instance, if you start typing “#dailysh” in the search box, Bing automatically helps you complete the query. Searching for the hashtag “#dailyshow” then surfaces top results from Twitter in the search results. Bing also helps you find specific Twitter handles. Say you are looking for Ashton Kutcher’s Twitter handle and start typing “@a” in the Search box on Bing. You will see top suggestions for Twitter handles that match your ...

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Last month, Microsoft China released chatbots named “Xiaobing” in Chinese which allowed WeChat users to have conversations like how Windows Phone users do with Cortana based on pre-stored data or Bing’s web search. Xiaobing also brings reminder, search, weather, horoscopes, travel, entertainment, food and drinks info to users via WeChat. However, Tencent (parent company of WeChat) banned Microsoft’s chatbots of WeChat citing privacy concerns that Xiaobing could leak details of private user conversations and hence “violating the platform’s regulations and harming the user experience.” Yesterday, Microsoft China announced that its chat robot Xiaobing has been revived on the Sina Weibo platform. We are yet to find more info on how it works in the revived version. Source: ecns via: Liveside ...

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  Based on previous reports, we already know that Microsoft is working on a smartwatch. The smartwatch will work with iPhones, Android and Windows devices. Forbes reported that it will continuously measure heart rate through the day and night and will offer up to two days of battery life. Today, Venturebeat confirmed that the rumors and report from Forbes are true based on their sources. Venturebeat also reports that Microsoft’s HealthVault will become a key offering the upcoming Microsoft wearable product. Microsoft HealthVault helps you gather, store, use, and share health information for you and your family. Hundreds of apps and services can share the health related data directly to HealthVault. They also added that Microsoft is still months away from releasing its health wearable. Hopefully, Microsoft will release it before the end of this year! Source: Venturebeat   ...

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Back in April, Microsoft announced the availability of Bing Knowledge Widget. The JavaScript-based widget for webmasters that detects and visualizes entities on the webpage and displays rich information about the entity.  A visitor to your site need simply hover over the objects you’ve selected in the backend to see the widget come to life along the right-hand side of the screen, showcasing content related to each entity, directly from Bing’s knowledge repository. But then, webmasters have to add the embed code to thousands of pages to enhance their websites with the rich entity information from the Bing Knowledge system. Now, you can manage them from a single place in the cloud. Today, we are taking the next step and are making it even easier for webmasters to put Bing Knowledge to work on their sites by integrating the functionality to do so into Bing Webmaster Tools. Now, you can easily manage multiple Bing Knowledge Widgets ...

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