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 in the snapshot pane. In a few short clicks, you can immerse yourself in the finer points of organic chemistry. (Check the image above)
Now when you search for a book title on Bing, we will showcase whether that book is available at a library near year you, available for free download or display an excerpt from the book (or a combination of the three.) For example, I can search for Fault in Our Stars. In snapshot, I can quickly see that an excerpt is available via Overdrive and it is carried in my local library. (Check the image below).