Review Category : Bing

Microsoft today released an update for Bing app for iPhone devices. This is a pretty major update with lots of new features and UX elements. You now have a optional pervasive widget that allows you to navigate with this app. You can now do multiple searches at a time without losing the original search. You can explore the current trends in Live tiles like UI and more. Read about it in detail below. Search Anywhere To streamline navigation, we are introducing a pervasive widget that is always available within the app. With a simple tap, you have 4 finger friendly buttons that allow you to return to the homepage, conduct a voice search, conduct a text search or see your Recent searches. If you don’t feel like using the widget – turn it off in the settings and it’ll be out of your way. Multi-taskers Rejoice! Manage Multiple Searches When ...

Read More →

Microsoft Bing team today announced a new feature called Timeline that will appear to the right of the search results page along with other Snapshot contents. This new feature called “Timeline” allows you to know the important events in the timeline of influential or famous people’s lives. In the case of Henry Ford, we highlight several events of Henry’s life including his marriage and early career of farming and running a saw-mill in 1888, incorporating the Ford Motor Company in 1903, and his retirement from the company in 1918. Another timely example of this can be found around Olympic athletes. In the case of Ashley Wagner, who is skating in the Sochi games, a simple search of her name yields a chronology of her career leading to this year’s Olympics. So far, Bing has indexed and generated timelines for about half of a million famous people and is adding more ...

Read More →

In the past few weeks, we saw no.of Windows 8.1 Update 1 builds leaked on the web. Today, a new Windows 8.1 Update 1 build got leaked which seems to be a new SKU from Microsoft. This Windows 8.1 build: 9600.17024.winblue_gdr_s14sku_partner.140214-1700 is named Windows 8.1 with Bing. With Windows 8.1, Microsoft has started integrating Bing directly into the OS which might raise anti-trust issues in EU. My guess is that this new SKU is targeted towards EU where Microsoft might be selling Windows 8.1 with Bing instead of just Windows 8.1 branding. Microsoft has not yet officially confirmed this new offering, we will have to wait and see to know more about it. Download: WINDOWS.8.1.UPDATE.2014.WITH.BING.X86.PRE-RELEASE.CORECONNECTED.ENGLISH.DVD-WZT magnet:?xt=urn:btih:729EFA00CBBE13F8D907CD448BC05492CDB74BC1 WINDOWS.8.1.UPDATE.2014.WITH.BING.X64.PRE-RELEASE.CORECONNECTED.ENGLISH.DVD-WZT magnet:?xt=urn:btih:DC3154BDF69ACD9649C0D518D51479CB02926E17 Source: WZor via: Neowin ...

Read More →

Just few hours of after the announcement from Nokia that HERE Maps will be released for all Windows 8 devices, Bing team has announced that they have added 15 new 3D cities to Bing Maps preview app in Windows Store.  We’ve been flying, driving and processing since then and have just added 15 more 3D cities to the list we launched with. With the help of world builders from the video game industry, expert photogrammetrists, high definition aerial cameras and a massive data pipeline crunching petabytes of imagery, we are delivering a more natural way to experience our planet.  Touch it, tilt it, tap it or turn it to immerse yourself and experience maps in new ways. Taking advantage of our advanced geometry engine, street labels and markers dynamically adapt to your vantage point.  So as you traverse the landscape the map adapts to how your eye sees the 3D space. ...

Read More →

Last year, Microsoft launched a new website bing.com/awards to cover latest news from the awards season.Bing.com/Awards has been refreshed with updated Bing search trends as well as exclusive data pulled from the Oscar nominees themselves during The Hollywood Reporter’s annual Oscar Nominees Night event. Bing even polled the nominees using the Bing Ballot on the red carpet and found out who will take home statues in the top categories including Best Movie, Best Actor and Best Actress. When it came to the stars’ pick for Best Picture, “Wolf of Wall Street” narrowly edged out “Gravity” capturing 21 percent of the votes, while the sci-fi thriller received 15 percent. When Oscar nominees were asked who they thought would take home the statuette for Best Actor, 47 percent of them chose Leonardo DiCaprio, followed by Christian Bale with 21 percent. And Bing users agree – according to Bing searches for Best Actor, Leo ...

Read More →

Microsoft Bing team is planning 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 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. In places like Johannesburg and Rio, millions of people live in shantytowns and favelas – homes that literally don’t show up on the map. Less than one percent of these major urban settlements have been mapped. While these people may not have formal addresses they are not sitting on the sidelines of technology. For ...

Read More →

Microsoft has partnered with Sony Pictures to showcase the future of search from Microsoft’s perspective in the Robocop movie. Sony Pictures asked Microsoft to come up with a concept for search in the not-too-distant future to showcase in the upcoming Robocop film. The film is set in 2028 and Microsoft didn’t go too far like dreaming up holographic 3d search results, instead they focused on what is really possible in 2028 with search technology. Here’s a peak at what you will see in the movie, Building off the voice recognition work we have released for Bing on Xbox and Windows Phone, in this vision of search, a character can speak in natural language and instantly receive accurate and relevant results. We also needed to convey millions of results without overwhelming the display with a barrage of links. The solution was to have elements continuously scrolling in and search results updating in ...

Read More →

Yesterday, we reported about the article on The Guardian claiming that Microsoft is censoring Chinese language searches in Chine and in the US. Today, Stefan from Bing team did a quick blog post to dismiss those claims. Read it below. There has been discussion over the past day or so that Bing results for Chinese language queries done outside of China are somehow intentionally edited or incomplete for political censoring purposes. We can emphatically confirm that they are not. The only time Bing adjusts search results is to comply with local law or for quality or safety reasons such as child abuse or malware. Bing search results outside of China are not subject to and are not modified in any way based on Chinese law. The error we referenced yesterday was one where we incorrectly showed a Chinese ‘removal notification’ message outside of China to users who have selected to view ...

Read More →

Microsoft Research today revealed their new project called Bing Code Search: C# code snippets on-demand for visual studio developers. Bing Code Search for Visual Studio 2013 helps developers find and reuse code samples on the web more easily by bringing the code search experience directly into Visual Studio. With this extension, a developer can search sites such as MSDN, StackOverflow, CSharp411 and Dotnetperls and find, copy and use C# code samples directly inside the IDE. You can try it yourself online at http://codesnippet.research.microsoft.com/. Write your question as a special comment starting with three slashes ///. Your question may mention variables. Press the Tab key on the same line to get answers; press Enter to insert selected snippet This is a great tool for developers to speed up their coding process. What do you think? via: @h0x0d                  ...

Read More →

Microsoft’s search engine Bing was accused of censoring information for Chinese language users in the US in the same way it filters results in mainland China. Guardian today reported that Bing returns radically different results in the US for English and Chinese language searches on a series of controversial terms. These include Dalai Lama, June 4 incident (how the Chinese refer to the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989), Falun Gong and FreeGate, a popular internet workaround for government censorship. A Chinese language search for the Dalai Lama (达赖喇嘛) on Bing is lead by a link to information on a documentary compiled by CCTV, China’s state-owned broadcaster. This is followed by two entries from Baidu Baike, China’s heavily censored Wikipedia rival run by the search engine Baidu. The results are similar on Yahoo, whose search is powered by Bing. Microsoft denied the fact that they are censoring results and responded that ...

Read More →

Microsoft today announced the general availability of Power BI for Office 365. Power BI for Office 365 is a self-service business intelligence solution designed for everyone. Power BI empowers all kinds of business users to find relevant information, pull data from Windows Azure and other sources, and prepare compelling business intelligence models for analysis, visualization, and collaboration. With this release, we are delivering completely new experiences to customers. For example, Power Query in Excel allows you to easily search and access data within your organization or from publically available sources. In addition once you upload your Excel workbooks to Power BI, you can ask questions of your data using natural language search and instantly receive answers in the form of interactive charts or graphs. Power BI will be added to the list of features that Google Apps and other productivity suite customers will never experience in the near future. Office ...

Read More →

Microsoft today announced that they have added Bitcoin rate conversion support in Bing. Just like how you do for country to country currency conversion, you can covert to Bitcoin using btc keyword. For years, you have been able to convert currencies in Bing. Whether you’re looking to compare dollars to pounds, euros to pesos or yuan to rupee, we’ve got over 50 currencies in our index that we’ll display following a few quick keystrokes. As Bitcoin (the peer-to-peer payment system and digital currency) makes headlines and captures the world’s attention, we thought it was only natural to give you an easy way to track real-time fluctuations. Starting today, you will find instant Bitcoin conversions at the top of your Bing results.* How many Bitcoins do you need for that $71,000 Tesla? To check it out for yourself, head over to www.bing.com and try a search. ...

Read More →

Microsoft Bing team is always exploring new features in Bing to small set of thousands of users to study their behavior, usage, etc,. We previously reported back in September last year about a feature, when you search something on Bing, you will now find a small icon along the sides of each of the search result. You just need to click it once to save it to your personal collection. This feature never made it to the public. Today, Neowin reported a variation of this feature called Bing Saves. Again, Microsoft is just testing this Bing Saves feature to a set of people. But, you can access it at bing.com/saves. The other image shows how each page looks after it has been saved to the Microsoft account. There’s a Modern-style UI on the right side of the Bing page, showing specific categories such as “Trending” and “Public Feed”. The page ...

Read More →

European Commission started its anti-trust investigations against Google few years back and Google tried to convince EU couple of times with its new proposals and failed miserably. Today, EC announced that it has obtained an improved commitments proposal from Google in the context of the ongoing antitrust investigation on online search and search advertising. In its proposal, Google has now accepted to guarantee that whenever it promotes its own specialised search services on its web page (e.g. for products, hotels, restaurants, etc.), the services of three rivals, selected through an objective method, will also be displayed in a way that is clearly visible to users and comparable to the way in which Google displays its own services. This principle will apply not only for existing specialised search services, but also to changes in the presentation of those services and for future services. Commission Vice President in charge of competition policy, Joaquín Almunia ...

Read More →

Recode today revealed that Microsoft’s Vice President of US Advertising Sales Keith Lorizio is leaving the company. Keith joined Microsoft in 2006 from Yahoo where he was heading Advertising sales team. For the past 8 years at Microsoft, Keith helped building a strong US sales team. Frank Holland, the CVP for Microsoft’s Advertising and Online businesses and Eric Dahlberg, the director of U.S. network & exchange sales for Microsoft Advertising sent internal memos regarding Keith’s departure. From: Frank Holland Sent: Friday, January 31, 2014 2:45 PM To: A&O US Sales FTE Cc: Barry Dougan; Frank Holland Direct Reports Subject: A&O US Sales Leadership Announcement Team, I am writing to inform you that Keith Lorizio is no longer with Microsoft. I would like to thank Keith for his leadership and contribution to the US Sales team, and his role in building up a sales org with such extraordinary talent and potential over the last ...

Read More →

  Microsoft today announced that they are expanding their Bing Rewards program to mobile in the US. Users can now start using Bing apps to earn rewards points. You can earn credits by searching every day and then redeem them for great rewards including gift cards from top brands such as Amazon.com, Xbox, Skype, Fandango, and Dominos or donate your credits to a local school or charity of your choice. It is a great way to earn some perks for searching the web which you will do anyway everyday. How does it work? Signing into Bing Rewards on your mobile phone using your Microsoft or Facebook account takes you to a new mobile optimized dashboard that has offers customized just for you. In addition to many of the offers you would find on your PC, there is a new exclusive mobile-only search offer that gives you an opportunity to earn additional ...

Read More →