Microsoft Details The New Bing Smart Search Experience In Windows 8.1

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Microsoft today detailed the upcoming Bing Smart Search experience in Windows 8.1. This new Bing Smart Search experience may change the way people think about web search. To build this, Microsoft gathered people with experience in Windows, Office, Internet Explorer, Visual Studio, as well as companies outside of Microsoft and the startup scene and over thousand Bing team members were involved. Smart Search – let you simply swipe or type to find everything, all in one place. Whether it is a document on your PC, an app you downloaded months ago, a picture stored in SkyDrive or a website, Bing Smart Search will bring it to the surface. Smart Search helps you find stuff fast wherever it lives.

To provide background on the search heroes I want to outline a little context on some pretty cool technology that most people don’t know about. For many years, Bing has invested in Satori, which is essentially a repository of the many people, places, events, and objects in the world – what we call entities – and more importantly the relationships between them. At last count, and this changes due to the constant changing nature of the web, Satori includes hundreds of millions of entities and understand billions of points of information linking them together. Satori provides the foundation for our Snapshot experiences on Bing.com, so that when you search for your favorite celebrity or famous landmark, you get an arrangement of facts, biographical information, images and other key information in addition to the most relevant web results.

Windows 8.1 provides a fantastic, full-bleed canvas where apps can shine, and we realized pretty quickly how the investment made in Satori could be leveraged across this canvas for a Smart Search experience that is beautiful as well as functional. Search heroes take this vast set of structured data that Bing has about the world and turns it into something that feels beautiful, curated, and relevant – something that looks and feels like the best modern apps. Thanks to Satori and Bing, you can think of these experiences as mini-apps that Windows creates on the fly. As you would expect of an experience built for Windows, they include deep links into your Windows applications to help you get stuff done.

Take music, as an example, which has been one of the most popular categories in the Release Preview. With Bing, Windows, and the Xbox team working together, we can present a big, beautiful answer that puts the most relevant information and actions front and center. We are able to include immediate music playback of all the most popular songs in the Xbox Music catalog, serve up music videos, launch apps that can help you go deeper and get more done, and surface other information that is easily accessible with a swipe of your finger. Across Windows, Xbox, and Bing, we built something that none of these teams could have made in isolation.

You can see how it works at www.bing.com/smartsearch

Read more about it here.



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  • Emily the Strange

    I had to deactive this in preview because it makes the search so slow… in RTM it felt a little faster. but not by much, so while its nice to have web search results, it saddly makes the search slower. and I liked the way it was on 8.0, that thing was reallyf ast, even if i had to change category.
    I cant wait to test it in this other computer i have but its still in 8.0, too lazy to reinstall everything. so I better waited for official update.

    • GG002

      Funny.. I’ve used this feature in the preview, and it feels really fast, pretty much instant. Strange indeed…

      • Emily the Strange

        well my computer is slow and old, since its all i can use for now, since my computer broke some months ago and I dont know when i will fix it.
        but compared 8.0 to 8.1… 8.1 its slow because it tries to low programs, files, and with web search it was bad, maybe it was my internet speed as well. but now that its disabled it, it searches better.
        of course I usually search for apps (which is why i liked 8.0) and if i go in 8.1 to apps, and i search there, its fast. the problema is I guess searching for files and then try to display web results. of course still its not like 8.0.. but without web search its decent now.

        • GG002

          For you maybe a combo of old PC and slow/bad connection? I have a 2013 laptop and a 100/100mbit connection and everything feels virtually instant. Also files searching might come down to HDD vs SSD, I assume, though I don’t really see any significant search times even though the SSD in my laptop only caches the HDD (which I will change when I have money). But I guess it’s expected for an older PC to be bogged down when Search is scouting the entire PC and the internet at the same time.

        • GG002

          For you maybe a combo of old PC and slow/bad connection? I have a 2013 laptop and a 100/100mbit connection and everything feels virtually instant. Also files searching might come down to HDD vs SSD, I assume, though I don’t really see any significant search times even though the SSD in my laptop only caches the HDD (which I will change when I have money). But I guess it’s expected for an older PC to be bogged down when Search is scouting the entire PC and the internet at the same time.

    • Darutto

      My 2 yr old PC was handling search just fine in 8.0, since the preview update it is a no-go. Far too slow

      • Emily the Strange

        well like I said to GG002, it was slow, trying to display so many things at one. but since I disabled the bing, it seems to perform better, not as fast as 8.0 since it now searches for files and all that, not only apps. but now its better! this computer is really slow, thats why i want 18th to see if i can update the good computer and im sure search there would be fast.
        probably also my internet speed doesnt help anyway! so I might still have to disable it if it doesnt perform fast as I hope

    • grs_dev

      I think it’s your graphic card that is unable to keep up with all the rendering and the hardware acceleration that is baked into HTML support.

  • grs_dev

    I think Microsoft needs to make these types of features consistent across devices including Windows Phone. Right now the ad and this feature appear to be distancing themselves from Windows Phone. I don’t think they meant to do it on purpose, but if you look at the clincher, there is a desktop, a tablet, and umm the “Surface” which apparently is not a tablet according to this ad!

    Where is Windows Phone? What about Xbox?

  • reKitab

    Worldwide deployment?