Microsoft today detailed the Bing apps that will be available for users to install on their new Office 2013 suite. In new Office, Microsoft has introduced a way for 3rd party developers to create apps for Office suite using web technologies. Microsoft’s Bing has released five Bing Apps for Office including: Bing Finance for Excel, Bing Maps for Excel, Bing Image Search for Word, Bing News Search for Word and Bing Dictionary for Excel and Word. Bing Maps for Office helps people plot location data on a Bing Map. It a data visualization tool for Excel that lets you use location names and map controls so you can zoom in and out of the map using touch or your mouse. You can adjust the map view to road or birds eye. Imagine overlaying census data on a state map Bing Finance (Beta) for Office helps you take control of your finances ...

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Bing Sports app for Windows 8 got updated with support for new sports leagues. In addition to NBA, NFL, F1, etc, Bing Sports app has now added NCAA Men’s Basketball, NCAA Football, MotoGP and 17 global additional soccer leagues to the app. The additional soccer leagues include: • Allsvenskan (SE) • Serie B (IT) • Liga Adelante (ES) • T-Mobile Ekstraklasa (PL) • South Africa PSL (ZA) • Saudi Arabia Pro League (SA) • Turkish Super Lig (TR) • K-League (KR) • Jupiler Pro League (BE) • Tippeligaen (No) • UK League 1, UK League 2 (UK) • Bundesliga 2 (DE ) • Ligue 2 (FR) • Dutch Eredivisie (NL) • Argentina Primera División (AR) • Portugal Primeira League (PT) • AU Australian A League (AU) Update the app from Windows Store for free. Source: Bing Blog ...

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Microsoft today announced an update for Bing social search service that will improve the overall experience for the users. Users will now find five times more of their friends’ content on Facebook is searchable in the sidebar – including status updates, shared links, comments and photos from your friends. With the addition of status updates, shared links and comments to the sidebar, it’s now easier to see who knows and what they’ve shared related to your search. Here is the list of new things in this update, Search More Facebook Content in Bing: Five times more of your friend’s Facebook is now searchable on Bing. If they have a status update, shared link, comment or photo that is relevant to your search we’ll surface it in sidebar. Discover Great Moments: Discover something new with the Friends’ Photos experience. See your friend in Times Square or camping in the desert in immersive, ...

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Microsoft today announced that it has selected matchmaking startup LikeBright to its growing list of Bing Fund startups. LikeBright is based in Seattle and it uses an innovative approach to online dating by using the power of social instead of endless questionnaires and interactions. By enlisting the help of your trusted network(using social data), friends and family can now help people meet their friends’ friends and match friends up. Press Release: SEATTLE, Washington (January 16, 2013) – LikeBright, the Seattle matchmaking startup, has been selected to join the Bing Fund, a Microsoft angel fund and incubator program sponsored by Bing. LikeBright skips the questionnaires and strangers that characterize online dating and uses data from social networks to help people meet their friends’ friends and match their friends up. “LikeBright’s mission is to eliminate loneliness using the shared social ties that connect people,” said LikeBright founder and CEO Nick Soman. “Most single people ...

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Facebook today announced a new search service called “Graph Search” which will allow you to search the content and connections you have shared on Facebook and also allows you to discover new people, places and things. Facebook has also partnered with Microsoft Bing to provide web search results for the queries which Facebook Graph Search cannot answer. To the Facebook user, they will not only see useful results, but we think have serendipitous experiences. Imagine searching for Jay-Z concerts on Facebook, and not only finding Facebook content, but also web results from Bing including concert tickets, news about the tour and other web results—annotated with Facebook Likes and Shares. We think this is a powerful combination. Now when you do a web search on Facebook, the new search results page features a two-column layout with Bing-powered web results appearing on the left-hand side overlaid with social information from Facebook including how many ...

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As part of public testing, Bing home page and search results page usually feature lots of new tweaks and features for limited set of people. Yesterday, I noticed a new feature in Bing home page that allows you to know more information about the Bing home page image of that day. As you can see above, there is an information icon just before download button. When you click it, you are provided with more info about the photo as shown above. Did you find this feature on your Bing page? ...

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comScore released its monthly comScore qSearch analysis of the U.S. search marketplace few days back. In December, 69.1% of searches carried results from Google, while 25.6% of searches were powered by Bing. It is important to note that Bing powered searches were up 0.2% percentage points. Of the total 17.6 billion core searches in December, Google dominated with 11.8 billion and Microsoft came second with 2.9 billion searches, and Yahoo! came third with 2.2 billion searches. Source: Comscore   ...

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Microsoft Bing today announced the new improved Image search experience. Microsoft updated its Bing Image search experience with new look few months back and now they are improving it even further. The new design brings a new image viewer that allows you to browse images with fast and ease in a clean UI. We completely redesigned the image viewer, putting the spotlight on the picture and stripping out anything that got in the way. We “dimmed the lights” around the photo, adding a darker look that makes it easier on the eyes and lets your results shine in high definition. We even introduced full-screen mode: just click “View larger” to give it a try. We know that one picture isn’t always enough. With the new design, we’ve made it easier than ever to browse through your results, with the introduction of larger filmstrip at the bottom of the screen. You ...

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Today Microsoft Bing team announced that the social sidebar feature will be made available to iPad users soon. A new streamlined design for our social sidebar feature making it easier to find people who are relevant to your search based on what they’ve shared, blogged or tweeted about. In a glance you can now see what friends, experts and enthusiasts have shared on leading networks including Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and Klout related to what you’re searching for. The new sidebar will start appearing on search pages from Bing and the design will adapt to landscape or portrait modes automatically. Read more about it here.       ...

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Microsoft Bing today announced the new v1.1 of Bing Desktop app. This new app brings support for Windows 8 devices and support for 4 additional languages such as French, German, Chinese and Japanese. Along with the above, Bing Desktop v1.1 brings features such as the below, With Bing Desktop v1.1, you can also go back through the prior 9 days of images to set a favorite image as the Windows Desktop Background again, or view images from days you were away from the computer. Bing Desktop also provides a fast and simple route to get search results. To start searching, simply click on the Bing taskbar icon, or the Bing tile on your Windows 8 Start screen, and the search bar will automatically appear at the front of the screen. Type in a search term or phrase using the autosuggest keywords or your search history, and the search results will appear in ...

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According to job listings posted on Microsoft’s site, Bing team is working on  “next-generation of intelligent cloud services for developers on all screen sizes,”.  There is a separate Augmented Reality team within Bing team and they working on Augmented Reality framework and Augmented Reality applications for Windows 8 platform. Mary Jo Foley from ZDNet describes the following on Bing AR team, This AR-focused Bing team is working on everything from camera tracking, to visual and audio recognition, to optical character recognition and translation and vision-based natural-user interfaces…. But the Bing AR team — which is staffing up further — also is working on an AR software development kit (SDK) for third-party developers interested in buildng AR apps; Microsoft-developed and -branded AR apps and games using this SDK; and a Windows Azure-based cloud framework for supporting both the Microsoft- and third-party AR apps. Source: ZDNET ...

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Microsoft Bing introduced the three column search results page few months back. The lest column provided the regular search results, right column provided the social data integration and the middle column was featured with snapshot where Bing brings relevant information and services, such as maps and restaurant reviews and reservations, which are directly related to your search within the main results page. Today Bing added  people and landmarks as two new categories in snapshot feature. Now when you search for a famous person, celebrity or place, we will present relevant facts about that person in the center part of the screen so you can quickly find what you’re looking for without having to click through to another site or page. We’ve now expanded the snapshot to cover famous people and places as well as made updates to include different sources including reviews and new modes of interaction. Right on the main results ...

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Microsoft has continued its offensive on Google Shopping over the Christmas season. The charge centres around Google Shopping being based solely around paid placements, while Bing is based on natural search, meaning consumers can never be clear if there are not cheaper deals available which were simply not included because they did not pay the Google tax. While the Google-friendly anti-Microsoft media have laughed off the accusation, I certainly did not know before that Google Shopping was paid ads, and would trust it a lot less than before, suggesting to me that this is an important piece of information to pass on. Via Neowin.net ...

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Microsoft has updated their Bing it on contest for the holiday season.  The contest challenges browsers to compare Google with Bing results in a blind test and lets users decide which search engine results in better results. Bing has now launched the “Bing It On Holiday Search Challenge“ offering participants a “Microsoft Box of Awesome” (Windows Phone 8, Xbox 360 with Kinect, Windows 8 device) or a $10,000 paid trip to any place in the U.S. For the holiday challenge, Bing suggests searching for things like “how to make homemade eggnog” or “ice skating rink”. Read more about the contest  here. Via WebPronews.com ...

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Microsoft Bing today announced its holiday campaign that will focus on the evil practices of Google in product search. Bing argues that the difference between search result and ads are shrinking in Google Search results resulting in poor experience for users. You see, Google recently pulled down its “product search service” and replaced it with a “paid listing ads” service. Search for “Canon EOS” in Google Shopping and you receive pages that look like the old days, with “results” down the middle and ads mixed in. But the “results” are also ads. Every product offer within the shopping search results on that page paid to be there, and where and how high they appear is at least in part dependent on how much they paid. Meanwhile, at least one of biggest online retailers refused to pay Google’s new fee, so you won’t see any of their product offers and great ...

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Microsoft Bing team today released their Top Searches Of 2012 report. Kim Kardashian trumped Justin Bieber to become the most searched celebrity. iPhone 5 news items topped even 2012 Elections news items. You can find most searched terms in the following categories. People Sports Stars Musicians Olympians Reality TV Stars Celebrity Couples Celebrity Events News Stories Tech Movies Song Videos TV Reality TV Daytime TV Fashion Destination Holiday Icons Other Search Data For example, the following are Top 10 search terms in Technology. Rank Social Media Rank Consumer Electronics 1 Facebook 1 iPhone 5 2 Twitter 2 iPad 3 Myspace 3 Samsung Galaxy S III/Samsung Galaxy S3 4 LinkedIn 4 Kindle 5 Tumblr 5 iPad 3 6 Instagram 6 iPod Touch 7 Reddit 7 Xbox 8 StumbleUpon 8 PlayStation 3 9 Digg 9 iPhone 4S 10 Klout 10 Windows 8 Read more about it here. ...

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