Review Category : Bing

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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Yesterday, we reported that Microsoft is planning to replace traditional CPUs in data centers with field-programmable arrays, or FPGAs, processors that Microsoft could modify specifically for use with its own software. These FPGAs are already available in the market and Microsoft is sourcing it from a company called Altera. The FPGAs are 40 times faster than a CPU at processing Bing’s custom algorithms. Overall system will be twice as fast as Bing’s existing system and Microsoft can decrease the number of servers that they already use in half. Doug Burger, the man behind this Project Catapult talks about this new era of computing.   Larry Larsen speaks with Doug Burger about the findings of a Microsoft Research and Bing research project that equipped servers with reconfigurable hardware, in the form of field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), to accelerate datacenter services. Based on the success of the pilot, Bing will roll out FPGA-enhanced servers in ...

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Microsoft deploys thousands of servers every year in its data centers to run its growing web services and cloud business. In fact, they recently revealed that have about one million computers in more than 100 data centers spread over 40 countries. Microsoft’s problem is that chips are no longer improving at the same rate they once were. They want to improve the data center efficiency. So far, all of Microsoft’s data centers are powered by traditional Intel CPUs running usual server software. Now, they are planning to replace it with field-programmable arrays, or FPGAs, processors that Microsoft could modify specifically for use with its own software. These FPGAs are already available in the market and Microsoft is sourcing it from a company called Altera. This whole idea was started by Doug Burger from Microsoft Research, he called it Project Catapult. In a first for Microsoft, he approved a 1,600-server pilot-system to ...

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European Union court ruled last week 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. But, Microsoft Bing team is still working on implementing this process. Here is the statement from Microsoft, We’re currently 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.  Given the many questions that have been raised about how the recent ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union should be implemented, developing an appropriate system is taking us some time.  We’ll be providing additional information about making requests soon. Source: Bing ...

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On the eve of World Cup Football event, Microsoft Bing today posted their predictions for this biggest sporting event in the world. Microsoft recently posted predictions on which contestants were most likely to get voted off or win The Voice, Dancing With the Stars, and American Idol, and they are taking the experiment a step further applying it to the World Cup.   When a user search for “World Cup”, “Predictions”, or any matches, Microsoft will display the chances of each respective team to win as seen in the image above. How Did We Come Up with the Predictions? The process of predicting outcomes of sporting events is unlike voting show predictions, as popularity and some sentiment signals do not play similar roles in determining who wins a contest.  Rather, the actions and performances of a handful of individuals solely determine who wins, loses, or ties.  For the tournament, our models evaluate the ...

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World Cup Football event kicks off in Brazil tomorrow. Millions of people will be using Internet to find latest info on World Cup. To help you get the most out of the tournament, Microsoft is rolling out a host of features for checking scores, schedules, player info and more on Bing. Let’s take a look at what is rolling out: Bing Predicts: Which Team Has the Best Chance of Winning? Starting today, if you search for “World Cup”, “Predictions”, or any matches (both preliminary as well as later in the single elimination rounds) we will display the chances of each respective team to win. Schedules and Scores Curious to know when your team is playing?  Looking to find out who won a match? We have fine-tuned our index to provide you with schedules and scores directly in the search results.   Search for “World Cup Schedule” or “World Cup Scores” and we’ll serve up ...

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By searching on Bing and joining Bing Rewards, you’ll earn credits you can redeem for popular gift cards, services or donations. Each month your Bing searches could earn you enough credits for a $5 gift card to a retailer including Amazon.com*, Fandango, Dominos, Sephora, Xbox, Toys R Us, or for a service such as a one-month subscription to Hulu Plus or Skype, and more. Microsoft has recently added this new redeem option. You can make your web email experience even better with Ad-free Outlook.com. Redeem your credits today for an inbox that’s free of graphical ads. *You can order more than one 3 Month Ad-free Outlook.com token, but you can only redeem one token at a time. If you order two tokens, you won’t be able to redeem the second token until the initial 3 month term has expired. Code must be redeemed by 12/31/2014. To learn more, visit http://aka.ms/adfreeoutlook ...

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Last year, Microsoft Bing announced a new music video search experience which allows you to explore, discover and browse music videos on Bing. Microsoft then indexed about 1.7 million songs, 70,000 artists and a half a million albums. After looking at how people search for music videos, Bing team realized that when people search for music videos they tend to explore rather than finding what they were looking for and then moving on. Today, they have revealed an experience that lets you seamlessly scan through the carousel based on top songs and individual albums. Here is how it works, Now when you search for an artist, band, album or song we will trigger a dynamic carousel. For instance, if you search for Daft Punk we showcase their top songs at the top of the page. From there, you can start exploring their songs without leaving the page. By clicking “Get Lucky”, we showcase a high quality video ...

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Bing turns 5 today. Microsoft is celebrating this occasion by announcing Ultimate Bing Rewards Prize Pack. The Bing Reward members can get up to 5 times the credits searching (on June 3) and for each day you sign in and search between now and June 9thyou’ll get an automatic entry into our biggest Bing Rewards prize pack yet. 5 winners will get an Xbox One, Surface Pro 3, Nokia Lumia Icon, $500 to spend on apps and entertainment for Xbox, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8, and more. Bing is 5! To celebrate, we’ve created the Ultimate Bing Rewards Prize Pack, and you could be 1 of 5 grand prize winners. Between now and June 9, each day you search with Bing you’ll automatically get a free entry to win the prize pack or 1 of 500 Bing t-shirts.* If you are new to Bing Rewards, sign up here. Find ...

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Last year, Microsoft became the default search provider for Siri in the iOS7. This year with the release of iOS8 and the OSX Yosemite, Microsoft Bing becomes the default search provider for the new Spotlight feature. During WWDC keynote demo, Apple demoed this feature as well. Microsoft later confirmed the same with the following statement, Last year Bing became the default web search for Siri, and will now also be the default web search provider in the redesigned Spotlight search feature for the next generation of iOS and OS X. We’re excited about extending the Bing platform to help iOS and Mac customers find what they need to get things done. Now, Microsoft has to deliver high quality search results to keep Apple platform users from changing the default provider back to Google. Because of the contractual agreements between Apple and Google, Google remains the default search provider in Safari ...

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In an effort the celebrate the 5th birthday of Bing with their users, Microsoft today launched Bing Home page gallery. This homepage gallery will allow users to access thousands of images that were featured on Bing home page during the past 5 years. You can also download Bing Wallpaper pack containing few of the favorite photos. The homepage gallery site allows users to filter images by categories, tags, colors, holidays, places and country. When you click individual images, you will have information about the image and the image credits. And the coolest part is that you can download the images for your personal use. It is a neatly done site which users will love to find their favorite home page images. Download Bing Wallpaper pack. Access Bing Homepage Gallery here. ...

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Microsoft Bing turns five today. Microsoft rebranded Live Search as Bing on June 3rd 2009 with a fresh approach to search helping people to do more, not just search more. Microsoft today thanked the millions of people who use Bing every day. Microsoft said that they never forget that what they build isn’t just for the sake of computer science or commerce but because it can positively impact people in ways we’ve only barely dreamt of. So what’s next for Bing? Read it below. What’s Next: The idea of launching a browser, going to a website, and typing in a search box? That’s so 2009. The best is not yet to come but on the imminent horizon. As the world of devices constantly changes and new form factors come into play there will be a need to better use information, either by seeking it out or having it pushed to ...

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After selling the Devices and Services division to Microsoft, Nokia is now trying to  build a great location platform out of HERE. Yesterday they announced that they have acquired Desti, an SRI international spin-off that uses artificial intelligence and natural language understanding to create deep knowledge of destinations by reading everything about them, and understands users’ natural language, so they can be specific and get the best results, immediately. Desti is the first travel planner that understands you and understands travel. Desti’s iPad app helps you find exactly what you’re looking for when planning a trip – by simply asking for it. Desti uses artificial intelligence to sift through thousands of places, find you the best matches – and explain the relevance. Want to check what’s near this hotel? Just ask! Need a pet friendly park? Just ask! No more spending hours sifting through irrelevant search results. Desti will even read ...

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