One of the main work by Bing Index Quality team is related to web spam detection and filtering. Web Spam is nothing but a webpage whose owner uses black hat SEO techniques in an effort to game Bing’s search algorithms with the goal of gaining undeserved ranking for this page or other pages in the spammer’s network. Bing team tries to find these web spams and removed or reduces their rankings in search results page. Recently, they detailed how they detect web spam on the web. If you are a website owner or a webmaster, you need to read it. Why is it important to detect web spam? Delight users with superior search results quality – spam results are typically inferior quality that push down good results by gaining undeservedly high placement Contribute to reduction of malicious content – There is much supporting data (both from our analysis as well as external ...

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  Microsoft today announced their updates to Korean map services integration into Bing Maps which they have been working on for past 18 months. Map data is provided by SK Planet and Microsoft uses it in accordance to complex local rules. They have implemented all of the map styles across Bing Maps to represent this rich, beautiful new data including road, hybrid aerial and high contrast. You’ll find these maps on both Bing Maps (.com), the Bing Maps app for Windows and the Bing Maps Preview (3D) app for Windows. We’ve implemented all of our map styles across Bing Maps to represent this rich, beautiful new data including road, hybrid aerial and high contrast. You’ll find these maps on both Bing Maps (.com), the Bing Maps app for Windows and the Bing Maps Preview (3D) app for Windows. And, we’ve integrated a full stack of services for our users, including address geocoding (both new ...

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Today, I came across a post from Search Engine Land reporting about Bing App linking. Even though Microsoft has about offering since March, many developers are now aware of this feature on Windows platforms yet. Here is how it works, Bing just released a new app-linking feature that allows you to link your Windows and Windows Phone apps to web search results.  By surfacing app links alongside web search results, app linking helps boost discoverability and engagement of your apps.  If you’re a travel provider, for example, and on-board your Windows Phone app to the Bing app-linking feature, anyone who looks up “paris hotels” on Windows Phone would also see your app link alongside relevant search results for your website. With one click, users can then deep link to the content about Paris hotels in your app or, if the app isn’t installed on the device, users can easily install ...

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Microsoft today expanded Bing Maps with greater transit coverage and additional transit-related features in Japan. In this release, they have expanded the number of agencies and routes in Bing Maps. So, you can enjoy transit routes in Japan wherever you go. Detailed walking directions Transit can be frustrating when you have a transfer that doesn’t occur at the same station. Getting off of one metro line, going up to the street, and finding where to get your next bus or train can be difficult – especially if you only have a few minutes to make your connection. Now on Bing Maps, you will see detailed walking instructions between stops and at the beginning and end of your trip. In the screenshot detailing walking directions to Tokyo Tower, you can see guidance about which side of the street to walk on and the locations of crosswalks. You can even see the picturesque shortcut through the park that ...

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Microsoft today announced that they have crossed the 100-city mark for both their Streetside imagery and our 3D cities on Bing Maps. Find the list of new cities and their details below. You can see Streetside imagery in both Bing Maps and the Bing Maps Preview app exclusively available on Windows 8.1. With this release, Streetside passes 100 cities and the count of close-up views of your favorite places keeps growing. Also, over 125 highly detailed 3D cities viewable through the Bing Maps Preview app available exclusively on Windows 8.1. New high-resolution aerial imagery The world is a big place, and you can now get a fresh look at over five million square kilometers of it. New high-resolution imagery is available on Bing Maps in over 150 countries on every continent in the world. Using a variety of sources from aircraft-mounted UltraCam Osprey cameras to satellite imagery from our partner ...

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Early this year, Microsoft announced Bing Code Search for Visual Studio 2013 that helps developers find and reuse code samples on the web more easily by bringing the code search experience directly into Visual Studio. With this extension, a developer can search sites such as MSDN, StackOverflow, CSharp411 and Dotnetperls and find, copy and use C# code samples directly inside the IDE. Today, Microsoft announced the new Bing Developer Assistant for Visual Studio combines the functionality of two popular Visual Studio extensions into one: Sample Browser and Bing Code Search. What’s new with Bing Developer Assistant? New Visual Studio IntelliSense experience to find code samples for API – Bing Developer Assistant delivers a major enhancement in Visual Studio IntelliSense. While coding, a relevant code snippet related to your current API will be automatically displayed in the IntelliSense window which is powered by Bing Code Search. Code snippets are short piece of code ...

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Bing already allows you to ask a question and get instant answers. For example, “who is the President of the United States” or “the tallest building in the world”, will give you Barack Obama and Burj Khalifa as answers. Microsoft is combining conversational understanding with their knowledge repository containing information on billions of people, places and things, you can dive and learn more about a topic or interest. With today’s update, apart from the answer you get directly in the search results, Bing will also continue the conversation.  For example, you can ask “who is the president of the united states”, we will show you the answer.  From there you might ask, “who is his wife” or “how tall is he.”   Bing maintains the context and keeps the conversation moving forward. Read more at Bing blogs. ...

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Over the weekend, Microsoft Bing team released the new SNIPP3T, a new iOS app powered by Bing that lets users stay up-to-date on their favorite celebrities. Today, Next At Microsoft profiled the launch of this app talking to the people behind this new app. Here is the summary of it, The idea of this app came from Donald Soon, Program Manager for Microsoft when he was came to know that Bing exceled in celebrity news searches over Google. To take advantage of this, they came up with this idea of building an app based on Bing data. Why a mobile app instead of new celebrity news section on Bing? According to Emma Williams, General Manager of Bing Studios, it’s because apps are how the vast majority of smartphone users prefer to get their information. “Users spend 86 percent of their time in apps on mobile devices, and only 14 percent in web browsers,” ...

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Yelp, a leading local search provider today announced a new feature for their iOS app called automated review translation. The reviews will be automatically translated into your native language so that you can discover recommendations straight from the local experts themselves, no matter what language they speak. Yelp app is using Microsoft’s Bing Translator to translate foreign language reviews. Although machine-translation is not perfect, it’s a fantastic resource for understanding the overall meaning and context of a review that would otherwise be unavailable to a Yelper who does not speak that language. Use this feature to get a general idea of a reviewer’s experience, but understand that some details may be lost in translation. Yelp has always given both locals and travelers alike the ability to find the best hidden gems through the knowledge of the Yelp global community, and mobile review translation makes that even easier. This tool also gives local ...

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Along with the improvements related to technical search terms in Bing, Microsoft today announced improvements to searches related to software download. As we all know, people rely on search engines to download the software they need. When people try to download software from the web, the look at the following factors, Cost: Free or paid? Download Site: Official or verified site to download Reviews : Rating of the software Related: Are there any similar products which might be better? Safety: Risk of malicious software Based on these factors, Bing team has developed a search results page which will look like the above. In the example above, we were searching for “Audacity” which is a sound recording and editing tool. As you can see, the entity pane provides pertinent information like: Quick description about the product including the official logo. Cost information is provided right at the top Official as well as trusted download ...

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Microsoft Bing team today announced enhancements to the technical search terms mostly used by developers and students. They have made two main improvements, first is making code search & API reference easier on Bing and the second is Bing now understands developer queries containing non-alphanumeric characters. One of the common tasks in a programmer’s life is learning about new APIs. The best way to learn about an API is to see a description and an example of how it is being used. More importantly, seeing the actual code is critical for programmers.  In many cases, this information is buried in the API documentation requiring additional steps. In the above example a programmer queried for C# hashtable method. As you can see without even going into the MSDN page, user can know about the use this method, can even copy paste the code and start using it. Technical developer queries often contain ...

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As announced by the Bing Ads team earlier, Microsoft today revealed the overhaul of the Bing Ads web interface. Microsoft has redesigned it based on the feedback of from customers. The site been redesigned to simplify navigation, a number of existing features have been revamped to make you more efficient including negative keywords, opportunities and change history. It include the following improvements: Easier access to frequently used tools and links Shared libraries – lists of entities you can reuse across campaigns starting with shared negative keyword lists Multi-metric trend charts make it easy to view key campaign performance metrics at a glance More intuitive and actionable proposals in the Opportunities tab Overhauled Change History page, with undo functionality forthcoming Read more about it here.   ...

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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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