Last year, Microsoft announced the enhancements to the Bing Webmaster Portal with an improved malware reporting and re-evaluation pipeline which allowed webmasters to know more about compromises on their sites, and it also streamlined their re-evaluation request workflow. Recently, Microsoft has launched the new Bing Site Safety Page, a portal allowing all Bing users to understand why their favorite site is being flagged, how long the warning has been there, and when the last scan took place. In the past, a customer would click on a potentially dangerous search result and be presented with a warning cautioning them that visiting this site could be dangerous, but with no real context or background information. With the rollout of the Bing Site Safety Page, Bing users can now understand in more depth the reasons for the warning, and more technically savvy users can potentially make better informed decisions (e.g. disabling javascript and plugins before visiting the site, or providing ...

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Back in May, Microsoft announced several rendering and styling improvements to Bing Maps to enhance aesthetics and usability. This rendering and styling improvements are now live for Bing Maps REST and SOAP Services imagery. We introduced a new gradient coloring for land areas that adjusts the brightness to your zoom level. The land color will now be lighter when zoomed out and get darker when zoomed in at higher levels of detail. Not only do these updates improve the overall aesthetic appeal of the maps, but they also help increase the contrast, making streets and other features more visible. Source: Bing Dev Center ...

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When it comes to Online Services business which included Bing, Microsoft has lost billions of dollars over the years. Despite the loss. Microsoft was more focused on building the business and now Bing has turned to be platform that powers various Microsoft products such as Xbox, Windows, Windows Phone, and many others. At earnings call today, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella revealed that they are expecting Bing to be profitable on a standalone basis in FY15. I am pleased to see the progress with Bing now more than 19% U.S. query share and strong RPS Growth. Going forward we will drive our Bing related investments to contribute to the core digital work and life experiences such as Cortana, Smart Search, Delve, Power Q&A and many others. We expect Bing to be profitable, on a standalone basis, in FY16. Also, as you can notice in the slide above, Bing search advertising revenue ...

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This is an old news, but I thought I should let our users know about it. After all these years of focusing Bing’s efforts in the US, Microsoft is now expanding many of the Bing’s features to other countries around the world. Snapshot is a feature on Bing that shows results on the right column on the Bing search results page. Snapshot brings relevant information and services related to your search to you right on the main results page including like celebrities, famous people, movies, music groups, countries, cities, geographic locations, animals, parks,  hotels, restaurants and many more so you can take action directly. Starting last month, Microsoft has expanded this Snapshot for web search in the UK. I hope Microsoft expands this feature into more countries around the world. If you are already using Snapshot, how was your experience so far? ...

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Microsoft today announced that Google Chrome users can now enjoy Bing Search box on Chrome new tab pages. When you are using Chrome with default search engine set to Bing, you will get quick access to the Bing search box (and associated Page Zero features) as well as the frequently used sites you’re used to in the new Tab page. How to enable this feature? To enable this, go to Chrome’s Settings, and set your search engine to Bing (under “Search”), or follow the steps on this page. People who already have Bing selected will see this automatically after upgrading their browser to the latest version of Chrome. Source: Microsoft ...

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We recently reported that Microsoft might beat Yahoo in global digital ad market share. Microsoft is projected to increase its market share from 2.45% to 2.54%, while Yahoo is projected to lost market share. In terms of revenue, Microsoft will increase by more than 20% over 2013 to reach $3.56 billion. Google remains the dominant player with Facebook growing fast in the second place. The other part of the story is about the search market share. Since the Bing/Yahoo deal was announced, Bing has continued to grow its market share at the expense of its partner Yahoo. As per comScore U.S. search market share data for June, Yahoo’s market share has fallen below 10%, a new all-time-low for the company. Google: 67.6 percent Bing: 19.2 percent Yahoo: 9.8 percent Others: 3.4 percent Overall, the desktop search market is shrinking and the mobile search market is growing at a rapid pace. Currently, Microsoft’s ...

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European Union court ruled last month that search engines like Google should be able to remove personal links of users on request. Google has already started implementing this Right To Be Forgotten request form last month, and as per Search Engine Land, it has been taking in about 10,000 requests per day. This law applies for Bing too. Microsoft Bing last month revealed that they are working on a special process for residents of the European Union to request blocks of specific privacy-related search results on Bing in response to searches on their names. Today, Microsoft has made it available to the general public. Here is the information Microsoft posted on their page, If you are a European resident and want to request that Microsoft block search results on Bing in response to searches on your name, please use this form. We encourage you to provide complete and relevant information for ...

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Few weeks back, Microsoft announced a new feature to find free online courses and books on Bing. 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 also added a new book finding feature that showcases whether a given title is available online for free or for reservation at your local library. Today they are expanding the features focused on education by showcasing school ratings, rankings and academic indicators directly in Snapshot. Now when you search for a given school- from elementary to high school to higher ed – Bing will showcase (where available) how they fare nationally, within the state and what their STEM rating might be.  They also display how the community surrounding the schools rate. Check out New Port High School results page ...

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European Union court ruled last month that search engines like Google should be able to remove personal links of users on request. Google has already started implementing this Right To Be Forgotten request form last month, and as per Search Engine Land, it has been taking in about 10,000 requests per day. This law applies for Bing too. Microsoft Bing last month revealed that they are working on a special process for residents of the European Union to request blocks of specific privacy-related search results on Bing in response to searches on their names. In a statement to NYT on Wednesday, Microsoft said, “Developing an appropriate system is taking us some time, We expect to launch a form through which users can make requests soon.” While Google had over 70,000 requests so far, Microsoft has received a small fraction of that number. Source: NYT ...

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Last month, Bing team rolled out a new feature in which when a user search for “World Cup Predictions”, or any group matches (both preliminary as well as later in the single elimination rounds) they will display the chances of each respective team to win. This feature became quite popular as Cortana team integrated the same into Windows Phone. With the power of Bing, Cortana got all its predictions correct till now in this world cup. Google also joined the prediction arena with their own prediction for all the matches. Recently, Google got Germany – France match result wrong as Germany won over France making their prediction wrong. Meanwhile, Corana got it correct. Today, Google explained why they got it wrong in their blog post, read it below. And so it went in the quarterfinals. We gave France a 69% chance, but we were wrong. Germany defeated France 1 to 0. ...

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Every July 4th on Independence Day, there will be a spike in people across the US who search for “fireworks” on Bing. Microsoft Bing team decided to study the data to get new insights about it. For that, they created a “firework index” which is the number of searches containing the phrase “fireworks” divided by the total number of searches (for a given location on a given day) and they take this index as correlating to the general level of interest in fireworks. Find the result below. The striking thing you can notice is that southern portion of the country has a relatively mild interest in the fireworks. The least interested fireworks enthusiasts call Louisiana and Mississippi home. The Northeast appears to be home to the most rabid firework fans.  The most fervent firework searchers can be found in Rhode Island and New Hampshire. On the west coast, Washington State stands out ...

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As per latest reports, Microsoft is planning to enter Korea’s search engine market in a full-fledged way in the second half of this year. When Microsoft launched Bing in 2009, Bing was launched in beta in Korea. Microsoft partnered with local technology company Daum Communications to improve its search results. Till now, the service remains almost the same from which was launched 5 years back. Microsoft is now looking to change this by entering the marketing with a aggressive push with strengthening its cooperation with Daum Communications while boosting its own Bing service. Microsoft is also planning to bring Bing News, Bing Images and more to Korean market by partnering with local companies. According to the industry, Microsoft Korea plans to strengthen its cooperation with Daum Communications while boosting its own Bing service. Microsoft has been preparing its crucial “News” category in cooperation with domestic journals, producing a new title ...

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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 ...

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As we all know, Microsoft has an exclusive partnership with Twitter for integrating tweets inside search results. Today, they announced an improved Twitter experience in Bing search results. Microsoft looks at a number of signals including tweet quality, retweet count, freshness of tweet, user profile info and verified status, among others to display the tweets in search results. New features: In the milliseconds that it takes to type a few letters, Bing automatically showcases the top matching hashtag suggestions.  For instance, if you start typing “#dailysh” in the search box, Bing automatically helps you complete the query. Searching for the hashtag “#dailyshow” then surfaces top results from Twitter in the search results. Bing also helps you find specific Twitter handles. Say you are looking for Ashton Kutcher’s Twitter handle and start typing “@a” in the Search box on Bing. You will see top suggestions for Twitter handles that match your ...

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Last month, Microsoft China released chatbots named “Xiaobing” in Chinese which allowed WeChat users to have conversations like how Windows Phone users do with Cortana based on pre-stored data or Bing’s web search. Xiaobing also brings reminder, search, weather, horoscopes, travel, entertainment, food and drinks info to users via WeChat. However, Tencent (parent company of WeChat) banned Microsoft’s chatbots of WeChat citing privacy concerns that Xiaobing could leak details of private user conversations and hence “violating the platform’s regulations and harming the user experience.” Yesterday, Microsoft China announced that its chat robot Xiaobing has been revived on the Sina Weibo platform. We are yet to find more info on how it works in the revived version. Source: ecns via: Liveside ...

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Back in April, Microsoft announced the availability of Bing Knowledge Widget. The JavaScript-based widget for webmasters that detects and visualizes entities on the webpage and displays rich information about the entity.  A visitor to your site need simply hover over the objects you’ve selected in the backend to see the widget come to life along the right-hand side of the screen, showcasing content related to each entity, directly from Bing’s knowledge repository. But then, webmasters have to add the embed code to thousands of pages to enhance their websites with the rich entity information from the Bing Knowledge system. Now, you can manage them from a single place in the cloud. Today, we are taking the next step and are making it even easier for webmasters to put Bing Knowledge to work on their sites by integrating the functionality to do so into Bing Webmaster Tools. Now, you can easily manage multiple Bing Knowledge Widgets ...

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