While Bing has been making steady progress in growing market share against Google, many remain unconvinced that searches are better when powered by Microsoft.  Bingiton is Microsoft’s latest Bing campaign which was launched a couple weeks ago in order to decide which search engine really offered the best result; without people being biased towards Bing or Google.  Microsoft has now announced after more than 5 million blind tests that users have chosen Bing results 2:1 over Google.  Ideally, Bingiton will convince the public that is is worth switching to the search engine that offers the best results on the internet. Following on from their success with Bingiton, Microsoft will launch a ‘Bingiton sweepstakes’, where Bing users have a chance of winning Microsoft-themed prizes, such as a Microsoft Surface tablet, Lifecam Studio Webcam, Office Home and Business 2010 and many more.  Also, be sure to look out for Microsoft’s new TV ...

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Microsoft Bing team today announced its partnership with Klout, a social media influence engine. Bing announced the sidebar feature few months ago which allowed us to find relevant information from friends, experts and enthusiasts across social networks. Bing now integrates top social networks on the web like Facebook, Twitter, foursquare and Quora into the sidebar. Today, Bing announced the integration of Klout in its search results sidebar. On Bing, we will surface Klout scores and influential topics for many of the experts in the People Who Know section of the sidebar. Klout as a social influence signal in the sidebar will really help customers connect with the right experts on the topics they are searching for. As part of Klout’s recently unveiled moments feature, we’ll begin surfacing Bing highlights on some Klout users profiles, demonstrating how search can be a powerful new indicator of online influence. What’s interesting about our work on the Klout service ...

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As Microsoft’s search engine Bing gains credibility, Google appears to be suffering the consequences. Compete has found as Google’s search share has dropped 2.6% between July 2011 and 2012 that Bing has seen a 4.2% increase in market share. Fortunately for Microsoft, Bing has become the desired search engine for new platforms such as the new improved Kindle Fire as well as Windows 8 and Windows Phones; meaning that it’s nothing but good news for Microsoft. Google still dominates approximately 65.7% of the market in comparison to Yahoo with 15.1% and Bing with 19.2%; but to be fair, Google has been active since 1998 and Yahoo in 1994, whereas Bing was only created merely 3 years ago in 2009.  In addition Bing is responsible for Yahoo’s market share as Microsoft has a deal with Yahoo to provide search results for their search engine.  Hopefully the integration of Bing with Windows ...

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After completing the Global Ortho Project in US last month, Bing Imagery team at Microsoft today announced that they are adding 17 Million SqKm of new satellite imagery to Bing Maps. Global Ortho for Western Europe is on schedule to be completed by the end of CY 2012. Also Bing Imagery team celebrated the completion of GO in US with “Golden Spike” flight. Bing team invited local Colorado chalk artist Jennifer Mosquera to create the biggest Bing logo ever made!  At over 200’ by 90’, the logo may indeed be the biggest Bing ever.  As luck would have it, the ideal spot for the logo in the Golden Spike flight was the top of the parking garage just north of the Bing Maps Imagery Team’s building in downtown Boulder, CO. (See the image above) Read more at Bing Maps blog.  ...

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Microsoft today announced a new Facebook app called My Bing News. Using this app, you can browse today’s top stories and subscribe to the categories that interest you most – like Politics, Entertainment, or Sports.  Or you can specify a specific topic to follow – like Lady Gaga, the Green Bay Packers, or Dancing with the Stars.  My Bing News will automatically pull the most important stories based on your interests from sources across the web into a personal My News homepage tailored just for you. Since its a Facebook, you can easily share what you are reading with your friends, comment on them, etc,. Try it out here. Via: Bing blog ...

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According to Business Insider Microsoft’s Bing just scored a big win, with Eliane Fiolet at UberGizmo, after some hands on time with the Fire HD, mentioning that "The search box is powered by Bing." The last Kindle Fire’s search box was powered by Google, suggesting Microsoft has stolen the business from the search giant. Bing has been slowly gaining market share on Google in US, with Bing holding 15.7% share in July, according to Comscore, compared to 66.8% for Google. The Kindle Fire HD also uses Nokia Maps instead of Google Maps for location services. With Google providing Android as a free, open source operating system in return for revenue via search,  every Android tablet sold by Amazon is increasingly a loss for Google. Via BusinessInsider.com ...

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Microsoft Bing team today announced the integration of Quora data in Bing Social Search results. Since last spring, Microsoft has been adding more services to improve the social search results. Now with Quora, you’ll see top answers and posts on a variety of topics — from Movies to Politics. Bing users in the U.S. will begin to see top Quora contributors in the Bing sidebar. You can hover over their name to learn more, and click to go directly to the answers they have shared, bringing the wealth of shared knowledge on Quora to Bing users. Read more in the source link below. Source: Bing ...

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Bing Search The Bing team has produced a series of videos showing off their Windows 8 apps which will be installed by default on the new OS. The team separated out the features of the Bing website into individual apps, such as Search, News, Weather, Maps, Travel and Finance. The Bing Search app makes heavy use of the Snap feature as demonstrated in the video above. Travel, Weather and Maps The Travel app has more than 3,000 destinations, 360 degree panoramas and will allow one to book flights and hotels straight from the app. The Weather app offers hourly, daily and 10 day forecasts and features rich, engaging imagery. The Maps app offers traffic information, while the News app is photo-rich. News, Finance and Sport The Finance app will offer key market indices via a live tile and rich graphics. The Sports app will offer top sports headlines, live scores, ...

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Microsoft Bing Fund team today announced the first two startups that will be part of this new program. The two startups are Buddy Platform and Pinion Tech. Buddy, based in Kirkland, Washington, provides a fully hosted and managed toolset of web services for application development, plus rich analytics about application usage. The Buddy Platform considerably reduces the amount of time mobile and web application developers spend writing, testing, and managing server-side code. Its cross-platform APIs support common scenarios such as user accounts, friends and group lists, messaging and chat, geo-location services, photo albums, metadata, gaming, push notifications and crash reporting. Located in Bellevue, Pinion originally hails from Australia. Pinion’s mission is to support the online gaming ecosystem, helping gaming communities worldwide generate revenue by placing gamer-targeted interactive advertising on their servers. More than 300 gaming communities are already part of the Pinion family, and major advertisers have included Sony, XBOX, McDonald’s, ...

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Microsoft today announced the release of MapPoint 2013 for US and Canada. Microsoft MapPoint is a powerful mapping software that makes it easy to combine business data with mapping and location. Using MapPoint, you can turn complex business information stored in spreadsheets and data tables into easy-to-understand maps. You can even use MapPoint with your compatible GPS locator to add real-time routing and directions. MapPoint can also be used for travel planning, etc, along with Business Intelligence. Following are the improvements over the previous version of MapPoint, New: Updated maps of the United States and Canada, new look and 2.5M points of interest New: Hotel and restaurant reviews and ratings Demographic Data: Combine business data with demographics to find and target potential customers, and focus your business decisions Integration: Insert maps into the work you do in Microsoft Office GPS Ready: Create routes and share to your navigation devices1 Create Sales ...

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Microsoft Bing Maps today announced that they have added about  215 TB Of Bird’s Eye Imagery to Bing Maps. Most of the data is from United States and also features certain areas in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Tokyo. You can try out some of the new release from the following links, Padre Island, Nueces County, Texas Little Spokane River, Washington Crystal Cove State Park, Newport Beach, California Orange County Airport, California Clearwater Harbor, Florida Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Dallas, Texas Bing Maps Bird’s Eye view has a total of 1,388,593 square kilometers of imagery. Last month Bing Maps team announced a significant release of new Aerial and Satellite imagery for Bing Maps. Read about it here. Read more at Bing Maps blog.   ...

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Microsoft Bing team today announced the integration with Foursquare on Bing search results. With Foursquare integration, you will begin to see tips and recommendations from foursquare in the sidebar column on the right hand side of the screen. Now when you’re planning a trip to that destination, you can find people who are knowledgeable about the place you’re searching, based on what they’ve publically shared on foursquare. Its a pretty neat feature and will be rolled out to US users starting today in phases. Check it out at Bing.com. Read more at Bing blog. ...

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Microsoft has today announced its new program from Bing division called Bing Fund.  Bing Fund describes itself as an Angel Investor with an incubator. That pretty much explains everything. Bing Fund is looking for startups that are building online or mobile experiences that incorporate fresh insights. Microsoft will offer the startup with the following, • Subsidized use of unique APIs from Bing’s data ecosystem • The opportunity to access certain technology assets developed by Microsoft Research • Assistance from Bing Fund team members who specialize in design, engineering, marketing, and building businesses • Consultations with Subject Matter Experts at Microsoft, some of whom are world experts in their areas • Exposure to Microsoft executives • Connections with our partners and customers • Funding • Co-workspace for startups located in the Seattle area. You can read more about it here.  ...

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Microsoft today announced that it has now over 2700 venue maps on Bing Maps platform. Venue Maps are nothing but detailed maps of places like airports, malls, parks, etc,. For example, you can locate the shops at a Mall using Venue maps. Venue Maps locations are from over 30 countries across the world and they are going to update it constantly. You can  even browse through the whole list of venue maps at www.bing.com/maps/venues. You can try Bing Maps yourself  here.   ...

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Today, Microsoft Bing rolled out its updated Image search UI for customers around the world. The new UI is more attractive and easy to use than ever before. Following are the four main things delivered to customers, Bigger thumbnails – We’ve made our results much larger so you can find exactly what you want with fewer clicks. We trimmed out all our empty whitespace and filled it with pictures to make image search more visual. Magnifying glass – When you hover on an image, you’ll immediately get a blown up preview that follows your mouse around. You can hold up this “magnifying glass” to any picture and see its size, title, and where it comes from. It’s smooth, fluid, and a little bit addictive. Filter bar – You shouldn’t have to hunt to find what you want. That’s why we made it easier than ever to reach Bing’s advanced search ...

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After the partnership with Qwiki few days before, Bing today announced the partnership with Yelp, the leading local listing service. Starting today, people in the US will begin seeing even more rich Yelp data in Bing’s snapshot (the center column) and relevant Bing Local pages allowing you to scan reviews at a glance or dive into rich content such as photos and restaurant reviews. Read more at Bing. ...

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