Review Category : Bing

Microsoft scored a small victory by displacing Google Maps in NORAD’s seasonal Santa tracker, which has been tracking the crimson present distributor for the the last 50 years. For the last 4 years Google has been providing the maps for the service, but this year Bing and Windows Azure will be powering NORAD’s tracking service. This may explain the presence of Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 apps specifically to keep an eye on Santa’s movement. NORAD declined to give a reason for the change, but one suspects it may have something to do with Google increasing API fees for their mapping products. One suspects their falling profits has been making the company a lot more Scrooge-like recently. Via SeattleTimes.com ...

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According to job listings posted on Microsoft’s site, Bing team is working on  “next-generation of intelligent cloud services for developers on all screen sizes,”.  There is a separate Augmented Reality team within Bing team and they working on Augmented Reality framework and Augmented Reality applications for Windows 8 platform. Mary Jo Foley from ZDNet describes the following on Bing AR team, This AR-focused Bing team is working on everything from camera tracking, to visual and audio recognition, to optical character recognition and translation and vision-based natural-user interfaces…. But the Bing AR team — which is staffing up further — also is working on an AR software development kit (SDK) for third-party developers interested in buildng AR apps; Microsoft-developed and -branded AR apps and games using this SDK; and a Windows Azure-based cloud framework for supporting both the Microsoft- and third-party AR apps. Source: ZDNET ...

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Microsoft Bing introduced the three column search results page few months back. The lest column provided the regular search results, right column provided the social data integration and the middle column was featured with snapshot where Bing brings relevant information and services, such as maps and restaurant reviews and reservations, which are directly related to your search within the main results page. Today Bing added  people and landmarks as two new categories in snapshot feature. Now when you search for a famous person, celebrity or place, we will present relevant facts about that person in the center part of the screen so you can quickly find what you’re looking for without having to click through to another site or page. We’ve now expanded the snapshot to cover famous people and places as well as made updates to include different sources including reviews and new modes of interaction. Right on the main results ...

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Microsoft has continued its offensive on Google Shopping over the Christmas season. The charge centres around Google Shopping being based solely around paid placements, while Bing is based on natural search, meaning consumers can never be clear if there are not cheaper deals available which were simply not included because they did not pay the Google tax. While the Google-friendly anti-Microsoft media have laughed off the accusation, I certainly did not know before that Google Shopping was paid ads, and would trust it a lot less than before, suggesting to me that this is an important piece of information to pass on. Via Neowin.net ...

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Microsoft has updated their Bing it on contest for the holiday season.  The contest challenges browsers to compare Google with Bing results in a blind test and lets users decide which search engine results in better results. Bing has now launched the “Bing It On Holiday Search Challenge“ offering participants a “Microsoft Box of Awesome” (Windows Phone 8, Xbox 360 with Kinect, Windows 8 device) or a $10,000 paid trip to any place in the U.S. For the holiday challenge, Bing suggests searching for things like “how to make homemade eggnog” or “ice skating rink”. Read more about the contest  here. Via WebPronews.com ...

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Microsoft Bing today announced its holiday campaign that will focus on the evil practices of Google in product search. Bing argues that the difference between search result and ads are shrinking in Google Search results resulting in poor experience for users. You see, Google recently pulled down its “product search service” and replaced it with a “paid listing ads” service. Search for “Canon EOS” in Google Shopping and you receive pages that look like the old days, with “results” down the middle and ads mixed in. But the “results” are also ads. Every product offer within the shopping search results on that page paid to be there, and where and how high they appear is at least in part dependent on how much they paid. Meanwhile, at least one of biggest online retailers refused to pay Google’s new fee, so you won’t see any of their product offers and great ...

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Microsoft Bing team today released their Top Searches Of 2012 report. Kim Kardashian trumped Justin Bieber to become the most searched celebrity. iPhone 5 news items topped even 2012 Elections news items. You can find most searched terms in the following categories. People Sports Stars Musicians Olympians Reality TV Stars Celebrity Couples Celebrity Events News Stories Tech Movies Song Videos TV Reality TV Daytime TV Fashion Destination Holiday Icons Other Search Data For example, the following are Top 10 search terms in Technology. Rank Social Media Rank Consumer Electronics 1 Facebook 1 iPhone 5 2 Twitter 2 iPad 3 Myspace 3 Samsung Galaxy S III/Samsung Galaxy S3 4 LinkedIn 4 Kindle 5 Tumblr 5 iPad 3 6 Instagram 6 iPod Touch 7 Reddit 7 Xbox 8 StumbleUpon 8 PlayStation 3 9 Digg 9 iPhone 4S 10 Klout 10 Windows 8 Read more about it here. ...

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Today Microsoft Bing released a new Bing Maps app called Hurricane Sandy.  This new app lets you view a detailed view of the destruction caused by Sandy. Microsoft’s Global Ortho flying partner Keystone Aerial Surveys acquired over 5,368 sq km of high-resolution aerial imagery along the New York and New Jersey coastlines. Try it yourself, · Go to www.bing.com/maps · Select Map apps · Choose the Hurricane Sandy app And use the Before hurricane and After hurricane buttons to toggle between pre and post hurricane damage. Source: Bing ...

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The Sunday Telegraph, via Business Insider, reports that Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer is in talks with Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg about a search tie up. Apparently Yahoo has been looking to extricate themselves from their 10 year deal with Microsoft, launched in 2009, and Facebook has been looking to get into the search game, with Mark Zuckerberg famously noting  they are in a “pretty uniquely positioned to answer the questions people have”. The Yahoo partnership has been central in keeping Bing, which has only 16% market share on its own, relevant against the Google behemoth, which has 66% share. Together with Yahoo, which is powered by Bing, Microsoft has access to around 30% of the search market in US. Loosing access to this stream of data would be extremely detrimental to the quality of Bing’s search results. Of course it is likely that Microsoft’s deal with Yahoo is air ...

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Microsoft Bing team today blogged about some stats regarding the traffic on Bing and MSN on Election Day in US. ComScore revealed that almost 32 million people visited Bing and MSN to say informed on Election Day, with over 308 million pages viewed. More on the Bing/MSN traffic from ComScore, While TV has long been the dominant medium for election coverage, our data also revealed that a significant audience was also looking for a second screen experience on election night.  In fact, almost 8 million people visited Bing and MSN during the primetime broadcast hours of 8-11 PM ET on election night, which matched CBS and beat Fox (4.9 million) and MSNBC (4.7 million)**. People visiting Bing peaked at 11 PM ET on Election Day followed by the second most visited time period of 12 PM ET the following day. Election related searches on Bing increased 300% on Election Day. ...

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The Bing Desktop app is probably the best way to get the daily Bing wallpapers on your desktop, but if you are a more casual user and just want to download the odd one that catches your fancy, Bing now allows the wallpapers to be downloaded on an ad hoc basis. The search engine home page now includes a download button (extreme right) but unfortunately still requires that users connect to Facebook to download, which does limit it to US only. Via LiveSide.net ...

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YouGov has found in their regular brand survey, which asks consumers whether they heard good or bad things about a brand, that Microsoft’s brand seems to be making all of the right moves. Since mid-October, Microsoft perception has risen from 17 to 25. Among tablet owners, the brand enjoys even better perception levels, moving from 23 to 33 over the same period. Since Windows 8 promotions kicked in at mid-October, the Windows brand has seen its buzz score rise from 14 to 23. That is the brand’s highest buzz score since the launch of Windows 7. And with tablet users, the Windows brand rose to a 30 score the first week of November. Even Bing is benefiting, moving from 10 to 16 over the last several weeks. This represents its highest Buzz score in over two years and coincides with Bing’s current advertising campaign. Even in the 20’s Microsoft’s brand ...

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Today, Google and Microsoft posted video about their search experience to win Windows 8 users. Microsoft Bing has an edge over Google in Windows 8 both it terms of accessibility and experience. You can realize it from the following videos. Microsoft: Google: I love to Bing, what about you? Source: Google, Microsoft ...

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Microsoft Bing today launched a new page under Bing called Bing Elections to bring together comprehensive election news, up-to-the-minute election results, and social media insights. The content is brought together from MSN and political partnerships including Politico, Real Clear Politics, The Cook Political Report, Huffington Post and Associated Press. It will offers the following features, • Real-time algorithmic news results sourced from key national, local, partisan and non-partisan sources, including the Associated Press, USA Today, Huffington Post, Politico and more • Dynamic, interactive map with national, state and local election results from The Cook Political Report and Real Clear Politics, as it’s reported • Unique left to right news selector lets people filter the news the way they like it, including from the right, left or center perspective. Just click on a box and see the news of the day filtered accordingly. • Bing is also the only search engine with strategic partnerships with ...

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Microsoft Bing is always known for its beautiful homepage images. Microsoft keeps on tweaking the Bing homepage to make it look and function better. Last year Microsoft introduced the video homepages which got a warm welcome among users. Now, Microsoft is placing DeepZoom images on its homepages, you can pan around the image using the controls palced below and you can even zoom into the pictures. Bing Australia got once such image today and you can check it out here. via: josefajardo ...

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With the new Xbox Console update comes a new search experience, courtesy of Bing. The update brings improved voice recognition capabilities and accuracy of Bing on Xbox, but also other features including: Search the Web from Your TV: With the addition of “Internet Explorer,” you can now search across the web, as well as the content on your Xbox, to find the most relevant results. Bing on Xbox also searches YouTube for web original video. So, if you’re searching for a film with Jason Statham, you not only get results for his movies from within Xbox, but you can also view related web content within the same search. Music Search: With Bing as the search service for Xbox, you can search the new Xbox Music service for your favorite artist, song or album, and then sit back and enjoy. Similarly, Bing will power the search in the new Xbox Music ...

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