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.