Microsoft today introduced a new feature in Bing called People autosuggest. Microsoft reported that people searches are the second most searched for category, after navigational queries, and represent roughly 10 percent of all searches on Bing. This new feature is allows you to easily find the person you’re looking for. Today, we are releasing a faster way to find people right from the search box. Now if you’re searching for a celebrity, politician, athlete or even a colleague with a publicly available LinkedIn profile, Bing provides a snapshot of information about that person below the search bar. For example, if you’re searching for Michelle Williams, we’ll ask you if you’re looking for Michelle Williams the actress or Michelle Williams the Destiny’s Child singer. Read more about it from the link below. Source: Bing ...

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Klout today announced a new program called Klout Experts. With Klout Experts, our goal is to enable every person to share their passions and expertise with the world. Klout Experts will create a path to not only increasing your Klout Score, but also to helping others by sharing your insights and opinions. Here is how it works: During this preview period, we’ve made Klout Experts available to a small percentage of our users. If you’re one of the influencers we’ve tapped for early access, when you come to Klout you will have the opportunity to share your insights to questions about the topics you are most interested in. You can also request early access to Klout Experts by signing up for the waitlist. For example, a person building their influence in photography might be asked, “What’s the best digital SLR for beginners?” Someone who is an expert about fitness might ...

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According to the recent SEC filings from Yahoo, Microsoft has extended the revenue guarantee for Yahoo search in the US for another year from April 1, 2013.  In 2009, Yahoo entered into the Search Agreement with Microsoft, which provides for Microsoft to be the exclusive algorithmic and paid search services provider on Yahoo! Properties and non-exclusive provider of such services on Affiliate sites. Here is the details provided in the SEC filing, Under the Search Agreement, for each market, Microsoft generally guarantees Yahoo!’s revenue per search (“RPS Guarantee”) on Yahoo! Properties only for 18 months after the transition of paid search services to Microsoft’s platform in that market. The RPS Guarantee is calculated based on the difference in revenue per search between the pre-transition and post-transition periods and certain other factors. The Company records the RPS Guarantee as search revenue in the quarter the amount becomes fixed, which would typically be ...

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Microsoft Bing today announced a new feature called Smart Motion Preview which allows you to preview a video before travelling to the site. This feature was already there on Bing before, but the video preview was playing within the thumbnail size as opposed to the current design. How does it work? Smart Motion Previews give you the equivalent of a movie trailer for video results. When we crawl videos, we create short previews (never more than 30 seconds, made up of a few very short clips) that reflect what our video crawling technology thinks are the most relevant parts. We look at the audio levels for instance to see a big play in a sports video (based on the applause from a monster dunk, for example). Check out the video above and read about it from the link below. Source: Bing ...

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Microsoft Bing team has updated all their core apps for Windows 8/RT devices. The list of updates available includes the following. All these updates brings new features and improvements in each of them. For example, Bing News App now has the ability to add custom feeds and more. Bing News App Bing Maps App Bing Finance App Bing Travel App Bing Weather App Bing Sports App Find these updates in the Windows Store. ...

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comScore today released its monthly comScore qSearch analysis of the U.S. search marketplace. Microsoft’s Bing continued its growth in US search market with the increase of 0.2%. Even Yahoo increased by 0.2% while Google lost about 0.4%. Microsoft powered searches were at 26.1% whereas Google dominated the market with 69.2%. 20.4 billion explicit core searches were conducted in March (up 11 percent), with Google Sites ranking first with 13.7 billion (up 11 percent). Microsoft Sites ranked second with 3.4 billion searches (up 13 percent), followed by Yahoo! Sites with 2.4 billion (up 14 percent), Ask Network with 540 million (up 14 percent) and AOL, Inc. with 321 million (up 5 percent). Source: comScore ...

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Microsoft Bing team yesterday announced a new feature in Bing Image search. You can now directly pin an image from Bing image search results to Pinterest. With just one click and the image is saved to your favorite Pinterest board. Pinning from Bing is designed to be as effortless as possible: · Simple and Lightweight: There’s no need to install another bookmarklet in your browser, one click and you’re good to go. · Link to Original Content:Bing automatically links and gives proper attribution to the original, high-resolution source, saving you the hassle of tracking it down yourself. · Powerful Search Tools: Take advantage of the full breadth of Bing image search tools like sorting and filtering by size, color, layout, and more. You can even do image search within a specific website, for example, see all “summer dresses” on Anthropologie.com. Read more about it from the link below. Source: Bing ...

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Microsoft Bing team today released the public preview of project codename “Geoflow” for Excel. “Geoflow” is a 3D visualization tool that helps users map, explore and interact with both geographic and chronological data, enabling discoveries that could be difficult to identify with traditional 2D tables and charts. To see the power of Big Data on Bing Maps – including how it plots both geographical location and intensity of data via columns, bubble visualizations and heat maps check the link below. With GeoFlow, you can: Map Data: Plot more than one million rows of data from an Excel workbook, including the Excel Data Model or PowerPivot, in 3D on Bing maps. Choose from columns, heat maps, and bubble visualizations. Discover Insights: Discover new insights by seeing your data in geographic space and seeing time-stamped data change over time. Annotate or compare data in a few clicks. Share Stories: Capture “scenes” and build cinematic, guided “tours” that can be ...

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Microsoft’s Bing is focused on making the search much more social and fast. In an attempt to enhance the current social flavour now one gets with Bing search (assuming the user has connected Facebook account with Bing), Microsoft may soon add more social behaviour to the search results which will help the users easily find places which had been visited by their friends. This is achieved by fetching more status updates from the users’ friends relevant Facebook status updates. To make this possible, project “Trinity” may help. What is Trinity? According to Microsoft, ” Trinity is a general purpose distributed graph system over a memory cloud. Memory cloud is a globally addressable, in-memory key-value store over a cluster of machines. Through the distributed in-memory storage, Trinity provides fast random data access power over a large data set. This makes Trinity a natural large graph processing platform.” How Trinity can benefit ...

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Bing today announced the improved Snapshot experience. Satori, the technology behind Bing snapshot experience now includes people, places, and things which are among the most common searches on Bing. This technology enables billions of entities and relationships, providing searchers with a more useful model of the digital and physical world. Following are part of the new experience, People Search – Professionals, Famous People and Celebrities Of these entities, people are the most popular, with searches for celebrities, professionals and friends representing about 10 percent of all searches on Bing. Whether you’re looking to keep tabs on your favorite celebrity or learn more about a colleague’s professional background, Bing now provides quick facts based on publicly available information from LinkedIn and Wikipedia. Professionals: Now, when you’re looking for information on a new colleague, you’ll see things such as where they went to school, where they have worked as well as related searches for ...

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comScore yesterday released its monthly comScore qSearch analysis of the U.S. search marketplace. In explicit core search share, Microsoft Sites had 16.7 percent (up 0.2 percentage points) from the previous month where Google still leads with 67.5%. On the search count, Microsoft Sites ranked second with 3 billion searches. Overall in February, 69.7 percent of searches carried search results from Google (up 0.4 percentage points), while 25.9 percent of searches were powered by Bing (up 0.3 percentage points). Yahoo is considering to revamp its search deal with Microsoft in an effort to monetize it effectively as they are in a downward spiral. Read more at source link below. Source: comScore ...

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Microsoft today updated their Bing Desktop app with Facebook feeds support. Bing Desktop brings the beauty of the Bing homepage to your Windows desktop each day. Also you can do Bing searches via the desktop search bar or from the Windows taskbar without having to first open a browser. Bing Desktop automatically updates daily the Windows desktop background image to the beautiful image that is on the Bing.com homepage. The user may override the image of the day by manually selecting a different image from the prior eight days. In addition, Bing Desktop offers an easily accessible yet unobtrusive search box to streamline searching without opening the browser.  There are several search box options including a new way to minimize Bing Desktop as a toolbar in the Windows taskbar. Beyond search, Bing Desktop offers direct access to the latest news, trending topics, video and picture highlights without having to launch a browser. ...

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Yesterday, there were reports that Microsoft is ending its Scroogled campaign against Google. Microsoft responded to those reports that they are not going to stop this campaign and asked us to stay tuned for next chapter of the campaign. Microsoft’s statement, “Scroogled will go on as long as Google keeps Scroogling people. We know Google doesn’t like it when the facts come out. Chapter two of the consumer education campaign has shown people care about their privacy. More than 3.5 million people visited scroogled.com, and nearly 115,000 people signed a petition asking Google to stop going through their Gmail. Stay tuned for the next chapter.” ...

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Microsoft today updated the Bing Friends’ Photos experience with new look and slideshow feature. Bing Friends’ Photos allows you to quickly find the specific photo (out of your friends’ thousands) on Facebook. Fresh Look & New Interface: You may be familiar with the modern user interface design principles that serve as the foundation for Windows 8, Windows Phone and Xbox Live. We’re introducing a new tile layout that marries design and performance, making it faster and more seamless to browse your friends’ photos. Slideshow Mode: Now simply by clicking on a photo, you will enter slide show mode where you can see more photos from your Facebook friends that match your search. From there, you can also search for additional photos, or simply browse. Read more at source link below. Source: Bing ...

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Microsoft Bing has updated their app for Windows 8 with support for video search results which will help you to scan, explore and discover videos. Bing app for Windows 8 so far supported only web and image search results and with this update you can scroll through infinite canvas of video search results. From Bing, Scrolling through one giant page of video results is a nice start, but we don’t stop there. Who wants to wait for a video to load before finding out if it’s worth watching? We don’t that’s why this update includes our exclusive Smart Motion Thumbnails that let you watch a preview of results without having to wait for the video to load. Simply tap a video result thumbnail with a play icon in the lower right hand corner, or mouse over the thumbnail image, to start the video preview. Tap again or mouse away to ...

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Microsoft Bing today launched a new campaign that targets young people who consider the upcoming Valentine’s day. According to a recent survey from Bing and Impulse Research Corp., one in 10 people have ended a relationship on Valentine’s day and this year Bing is challenging people to reconsider their search habit and break up with Google. Read about it below, Bing treats you right. Whether you’re shopping for gifts for your sweetheart, looking to plan a singles night out or finding tips for a great date night, try Bing this Valentine’s Day and avoid getting burned. •  Not all is fair in love and search. Whether you’re searching for a cuddly teddy bear or a diamond bracelet for your sweetheart, Google Shopping displays ads only from merchants that pay for ranking. Bing offers honest results so you get the best deals from across the Web. •  Bing takes the initiative. Bing’s Snapshot ...

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