Review Category : Bing

Earlier this year, Microsoft Bing team announced its plans to tap the potential of local businesses in developing nations like Brazil where maps are not available in the way they are available in countries like the USA, UK, etc,. A Microsoft team in Brazil has started a project to start building out this mapping infrastructure in the town of favelas and the team is seeking to build the necessary infrastructure to enable the many parties necessary for the communities to fully participate in the digital town square in ways that many of us in the developed online world take for granted. This project has been named ‘Na Area’ and officially kicked off from today. 200,000 people live in Vidigal, Complexo de Maré, and Manguinhos. There are approximately 863 million people, or 1/3 of urban dwellers, that live in informal settlements around the world – much like the favelas of Brazil. ...

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Microsoft today updated both their Bing Maps and Bing Maps Preview apps on Windows Store. This update allows you to explore the world in glorious 3D, more personal features and a streamlined design for your local search activities. Find list of new features below, The Bing Platform Makes Personalized Recommendations Have you ever found yourself entering an address that you’ve looked up before? Have you ever wished your “favorites” on your work device were available on your home device? With the new auto-suggest feature, both apps leverage the intelligence of the Bing platform to provide you with a personalized experience which in turn helps you get more done. Now when you type into the search box, Bing displays your past searches for places and addresses as well as places you may have already saved as favorites. It also packs in recommendations for popular searches nearby and inline insights. Your Favorites ...

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Microsoft today updated their Bing Maps and Bing Maps Preview app for Windows 8.1 devices in Windows Store. Bing Maps offers regular 2D maps while Bing Maps Preview offers 3D maps of the locations. Find the new features in these apps below. Bing Maps: • Search box and map controls always visible in the app along with other improvements to the app look and feel. • Improved search experience with autosuggest and improved results. • Integration of ratings and reviews from Yelp, TripAdvisor and other providers. • Favorites now available across PCs and Windows Phone 8.1 • Transit and driving directions availability in additional markets Download it for free here from Windows Store. Bing Maps Preview: • Get Yelp and TripAdvisor ratings and reviews for restaurants, hotels and other businesses • Easily find 3D cities with the new Explore 3D experience • Search more quickly and easily with inline suggestions ...

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At the inaugural Code Conference (#CodeCon) where @karaswisher and @waltmossberg are engaging Microsoft CEO @satyanadella in a more than hour-long onstage conversation, there were lots of things discussed. When Kara asked whether they are going to sell Bing business to Yahoo in the future, he declined that Microsoft has no plans to sell Bing business to Yahoo. Kara on search: Are you still going to compete heavily against Google, and how? Nadella says the core value of Bing is a lot more than Bing.com. But, he says, Bing has 18 percent market share on its own, 30 percent with the Yahoo traffic it serves — about the market share of the iPhone. No plans to sell search business to Yahoo. “We are very happy to partner with Yahoo serving the search results.” Source: Recode ...

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Microsoft today announced several rendering and styling improvements to Bing Maps to enhance aesthetics and usability. Gradient Land Color We introduced a new gradient coloring for land areas that adjusts the brightness to your zoom level. The land color will now be lighter when zoomed out and get darker when zoomed in at higher levels of detail. Not only do these updates improve the overall aesthetic appeal of the maps, but they also help increase the contrast, making streets and other features more visible. Localized Landmark Icons We also added new, culturally-accurate symbols for landmarks. Instead of using the same icons for landmarks like banks or pharmacies globally, we introduced new symbols that are relevant no matter where you are. Transit Icon Consolidation Additionally, we removed some instances where public transit icons were duplicated on the map in the United States. Park Trails and Pathways New styling helps clearly differentiate park ...

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A new rumor emerged online today reveals some information about the Microsoft’s future product roadmap. The information is believed to be from a Microsoft employee who worked on these projects. It reveals that the next major version of Windows called Windows 9 and Windows Phone 9 will be released in preview during Q2-Q3 time frame in 2015. Also, this update will include the following improvements/features, One User Experience Cloud Services Metro UI System protection(Windows Defender) Validation Improved(Windows activation) OneDrive Cortana While we have no information on what the above list means, we can probably guess Microsoft is working on improving them. Read more about it from the link below. Source: Myce Read previous rumor about Windows 9 here, New Rumors About Windows 8.2 and Windows 9. ...

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Microsoft is continuing to enrich the Bing knowledge repository with the addition more new entity types. Recently they added 150 million doctors, lawyers and professionals to Snapshot on the Bing results page. Today they are taking it a step further with the addition of glance-able information on food and drugs. Drugs Who discovered aspirin? What are the risks associated with aspirin? What is the chemical formula? Now in a quick search you can explore more about a given drug directly within the Snapshot frame. Food How many calories are in a banana? How about Vitamin C and Magnesium? Similar to how you can consult the side of a box in the grocery aisle, Bing now showcases nutritional information for common foods directly in the Snapshot experience. Source: Bing blog ...

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Microsoft revealed Cortana digital assistant for Windows Phone devices at BUILD developer conference. During a Reddit session, Joe hinted that Cortana may come to Windows devices too. As Microsoft has intentionally built Cortana to scale out to all the different domains, the goal is to support all types of human interaction—whether it’s speech, text, or gestures—across domains of information and function and make it as easy as a natural conversation. So, we can expect Cortana on Windows in the future. A recent Microsoft job listing has confirmed the same. It says that they need people to help them redefine the personalization experience on Windows using Cortana. Do you want to be part of the team that is building the next generation of Cortana? We are looking for strong and motivated developers to help shape the Evolution of the next generation of Microsoft’s Digital Assistant – Cortana! The landscape of digital ...

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During SQL Server 2014 launch from April 15 – 17, the general public was invited to step into infinity and discover new insights at the Microsoft Infinity Room in San Francisco, California. Microsoft created this project to show the power and value of Big Data. Watch the video above to see the experience in action. In collaboration with data journalist Simon Rogers, Universal Everything created an immersive data narrative experience exploring the power of big data. A 15′ x 8′ mirrored room and subtly choreographed pixel spheres echoed the LED animations, creating an endless digital landscape. Designed in code and running in real-time, the experience tells the story of the world around us through the medium of a simple US quarter. Tied into a major Microsoft product launch, the Infinity Room was installed at 3 Embarcadero Center in the heart of San Francisco’s Financial District over three days. Members of the public and ...

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Back in February, Microsoft celebrated International Mother Language Day (IMLD) alongside UNESCO by announcing that the Welsh language has now joined a growing list of languages to benefit from translation services provided by Microsoft Translator. Developed by the National Assembly for Wales in partnership with Microsoft, the system will consist of tools, services and applications which will provide support across the suite of Microsoft products and services, including Word and Outlook, along with Bing Translator applications for Windows, Windows Phone and online at www.bing.com/translator. The National Assembly for Wales is a bilingual institution. Our Official Languages Scheme sets out our ambition to be recognised as a truly bilingual institution where Assembly Members, staff and the public can choose to work or communicate in either or both of our official languages and where the use of both languages is encouraged and facilitated. The introduction of Welsh in Microsoft Translator is a great step ...

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Bing Desktop is a small program that brings together the beauty of Bing’s daily homepage images with quick and convenient ways to search from your desktop for over 10 million people worldwide. Microsoft Bing team has released an update for it that allows you to customize and share your favorite homepage images. To that end this week, we rolled out an update that makes it easier to customize and share your favorite homepage images. Now instead of having your wallpaper automatically synched to the Bing homepage-of-the-day, you have the option to set the categories you want to synch and the frequency with which they change. Also, if you see a homepage image that you love now, with a simple click you can share it with your friends on Facebook or Twitter. Existing users will get the changes via Microsoft Update (if they have updates enabled), people who don’t yet have ...

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  Microsoft has today released its Bing app for Firefox OS devices. Firefox OS is an open source OS developed by the team at Mozilla targeting low-end mass volume devices. Similar to the Bing apps on other platforms, Bing app on Firefox OS brings their daily stunning homepage images in the app. Bing app allows you to search the web for links, images, videos and more. The search results are presented in a beautiful way as you expect. Also, since it is just an extended version of their mobile website, you can now enjoy Bing Rewards as well. Download it here from Firefox Marketplace. ...

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Yesterday, Microsoft released updates to their Bing suite in Windows Store. About 6 Bing apps got updated and unfortunately all of them seems to be minor updates. There are no change log in the Store listings and no new features were spotted. It must be a bug fix release. You can find the updates in Windows Store. Bing Weather - The Weather app, powered by Bing, helps you prepare for the latest conditions with hourly, daily and 10-day forecasts. Designed for Windows, featuring beautiful weather images, the Weather app puts control at your fingertips. Compare weather from multiple providers, check radar maps and view historical weather. Get current weather information for your location and for the other places you care about, like a family member’s city or your next vacation destination. Bing Sports - The Bing Sports app, powered by Bing, makes it easy for you to keep up with ...

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Earlier this week, Microsoft rolled out updates to the Bing for Android app that includes a new streamlined look and feel, improved performance, support for Bing Rewards and more. Also, the performance of the app has been improved. More immersive search results pages New built-in full screen browser Added controls to search in specific countries Refreshed interface The changes are more than just cosmetic, we have optimized for performance. You will now notice that the app is markedly faster than the previous version. For Bing Rewards fans, we have included a way to track your points natively within the app so you can keep tabs on your progress. With last week’s roll out of Bing for Schools this is another great way to help your favorite school earn Surfaces. Download the app from Google Play Store. ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are bringing improvements to Bing Smart Search in Windows 8.1 devices. Bing Smart Search allows you to swipe or type from the start screen to find what you need – whether it’s a document on your PC, a photo album in the cloud, your favorite app, or a website. Today, Microsoft is adding natural language capabilities to this search experience. For example, when you search for ‘install a printer’, you will have related Device Settings in the search results. Search More Naturally Have you ever tried to get something done on your device but you weren’t exactly sure what you were looking for? For instance, how do I take a screenshot or how do set-up a printer? Based on the most common tasks people perform on Windows 8, we are taking steps to allow Smart Search to showcase results based on natural language understanding. Now ...

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Last week, Nate Silver posted a blog from the survey data collected from people in the US showing how much major US cities differ in terms of when they arrive at work. Inspired by this experiment, Microsoft Bing team today posted an infographic by using Bing usage as a proxy for when people get online, start work or otherwise wake up. Check out out below. How did we come up this? We calculated the time at which we receive 50% of daily peak traffic from each metro area in their local time zones. The 25 cities follow the same general curve across all seven days of the week. While the patterns are the same, we did see a 43 minute shift between the earliest risers and the late risers. Based on this, the metro area that wakes up earliest is San Francisco, reaching 50% of traffic at 6:43AM and on ...

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