Last week at Search Summit in San Francisco, Microsoft Bing announced a new version that will feature enhanced social experience during search. The enhanced new Bing is now rolling out to Bing US account users and initially people with Bing Rewards account were sent an email by Microsoft to try this stuff. Here’s what you can do with new Bing, For example, if you’re searching for diving spots in Hawaii, you might see a friend who lived in Hawaii, your sister who shared photos from her honeymoon in Hawaii, and a buddy who “likes” a restaurant in Hawaii. You can then ask them for recommendations right from Bing. You may not always see friends you expect to show up for a number of reasons. Bing uses public Facebook information and content you’ve given Bing permission to use, such as friends’ photos on Facebook. We won’t match friends based on ...

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Microsoft Bing today announced the biggest change since its inception on delivering search results for end users. Bing integrated social signals from Facebook and Twitter even before now, but the integration was stuffed into the search result blue links. But now, the Bing search results page was re-designed to incorporate features such as social which I think is pretty remarkable. The new design has three main elements to it. Core Web Results: Relevant, comprehensive and trustworthy. With the latest updates, we are delivering the results you expect.   Beautiful, relevant, results are the first thing you see. Instead of cluttering your results with social updates, we’re honoring the purity of the core web results making it easier to focus on the links you need to get things done. Snapshot: Get it done faster. Snapshot is the center column on the Bing search results page, nestled between the web results on the ...

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Today Bing announced the redesign of its search results page in US. The new look offers  fresh, de-cluttered experience and more modern look. There is no “left rail” in the new design and the related searches content is moved to the right. Microsoft has also improved the page-load times and relevance under the hood. I think this design is just the beginning of something big that will come soon. As Bing team mentions in their blog, “This refreshed design helps you do more with search—and gives us a canvas for bringing future innovation to you.” What do you think of this design ? Source: Bing   ...

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Searching the web was never so rewarding ! Some of you would have heard about Bing Rewards programs that allows you to earn points which in turn can be redeemed for Amazon gift cards, Microsoft Points, etc, and now even Skype Calling Credits. With 100 Bing reward points you will get a 60 minute Skype calling credit. With Skype credits, •Call landlines or mobile phones •SMS to mobile phones directly •Set up a Skype To Go number2 and call abroad from any phone •Access Skype Wi-Fi through third-party hotspots You have to just search the web using Bing to get all these stuff. Signup for Bing Rewards now here. via: Bing.com/rewards ...

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Microsoft Bing team today announced the availability of 3 new apps for Windows 8. These apps can be downloaded from Windows 8 Store for free. The three new apps are Weather, Finance and Maps. Weather: The Weather app offers a visually beautiful preview of current weather conditions, helping you prepare for the latest conditions with hourly, daily and 10-day forecasts. Designed for Windows 8 and featuring rich, engaging weather images, the Weather app makes the content you care about available at your fingertips or via the click of the mouse. Finance: The Finance app provides a quick overview of key market indices via a live tile and helps you stay on top of fast-changing market conditions, so you can make more informed financial decisions. Swipe or scroll through colorful charts for a quick read of the day’s events. Rich graphics also help you find the latest mortgage, auto and credit ...

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Today Microsoft Bing team announced a new feature (US Only for now) called Linked Pages which will make searching for people on the web easier. With Linked Pages, you link websites related to you in search results. Now your friends looking for you online can find what you want them to find. You can also link pages to your friends to help them shine on Bing as well. An example snippet of the search result can be seen above. Watch the video demo below. Video: Make a Good Search Impression with Bing’s Linked Pages Source: Bing ...

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Today Microsoft MSN announced a new website called msnNOW. msnNOW will present the most interesting trends from real-time sources like Facebook, Twitter, Bing, and BreakingNews.com. The new site will offer the following, • Breaking trends. Up-to-the-minute coverage on breaking trends from across the Web, with the option to sort by areas of interest, including entertainment, sports, lifestyle, stories of the day and finance. • Variety of sources. Coverage on and insight into the hottest social trends happening on Facebook, Twitter, Breakingnews.com and Bing. • Anywhere access. Access via PC, mobile, tablets, Facebook and Twitter, allowing you to join the conversation anytime and from anywhere. • Biggest movers. Keep track of the day’s most buzzed-about and discussed topics from millions of analyzed tweets, comments and searches, and see if it’s on the way up or on the way out. • Topic pages. A closer look at a topic, including a summary ...

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Social signals integration in search engines especially Google is creating lots of buzz these days. Bing Director, Stefan Weitz did an interview with All Things D to talk on Social integration in Bing. When asked about Microsoft’s approach to including Social in Search engines, The first thing is, we are taking this pretty slow, and there’s a pretty good reason for that. People don’t understand how amazingly complex it is to make sense of any social signal. So we are being very conservative about where we fire social results. That’s the first thing; the second thing is there’s more than likes and shares. It’s more about augmenting this mechanical product — the algorithmic search engine — with people. So we shipped things like understanding the cities where you live, friends’ opinions on stock quotes — a bunch of things besides just firing off social search. He also said that Google ...

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December search market share results were released by comScore earlier today. It turned out to be a bad news for Microsoft since it lost market share against Google. Even though Bing gained 0.1% market share in December, its partner Yahoo lost almost half a percentage (0.6%) market share. So Bing powered search lost .5% market share in December. More than 18.2 billion explicit core searches were conducted in December (up 2 percent). Google Sites ranked first with 12 billion (up 3 percent), followed by Microsoft Sites with 2.7 billion (up 2 percent) and Yahoo! Sites with 2.6 billion. Ask Network delivered 531 million searches (up 3 percent), while AOL, Inc. rounded out the top five with 287 million. Read more at comScore. ...

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Microsoft is expanding its street-side imagery in Germany. They are adding 360 deg images to the following cities from today. The new cities added are, Augsburg, Berlin, Darmstadt, Düsseldorf, Essen, Frankfurt, Ingolstadt, Mainz, Munich, Nuremberg, Offenbach am Main, Regensburg, Stuttgart, Wiesbaden and Würzburg. You can check out at Bing Maps to explore it. ...

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Microsoft today sold its online property Ciao to Leguide.com. Ciao is a shopping guide website in Europe which lets consumers to compare their product across different stores with their reviews, price, etc,. Microsoft bought Ciao few years back for $486 million which attracted about 25 million visits a month. Ciao is so far and still powering the Bing shopping vertical in Europe. Since Microsoft has sold it, still we don’t know about Microsoft’s future plans for shopping vertical in UK. You can visit ciao at ciao.co.uk or Bing UK Shopping. More on this at Techcrunch. ...

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According to the latest search engine marketshare metrix from comScore released for November 2011, Microsoft’s Bing has almost equal marketshare as its partner Yahoo Search. Bing’s search marketshare gone up from 14.8 percent the previous month to 15% in November. Yahoo had 15.1 percent, down from 15.2 percent. Google’s market share fell to 65.4 percent from 65.6 percent. So Bing/Yahoo totally owns 30.2% share up .1% from the previous month. Recently Microsoft’s Research FUSE labs introduced its latest project called Socl which uses Bing as a platform is a great way to take the search engine landscape to a new level. Hope Microsoft can execute it well ! ! Source: comScore ...

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Bing team has a habit of testing its UI tweaks among the public. The latest one was spotted yesterday by few users where Bing web search results page gets a new clean look with no blue header as the current one. The new UI has only one common header at the top as opposed to two headers in the old one. Hope Bing adopts this UI in the future, its looks cool. via: liveside ...

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Here is a roundup of first impressions on Xbox LIVE Dashboard update (Fall 2011) from various sites/blogs, The Verge: Overall, the new UI is a refreshing and much-needed update to 2008′s New Xbox Experience, itself the first major revision after its “Blades” interface from launch. Menu navigation is much quicker, the voice search overall picked up what we were saying, and as a bonus it now has more natural language input — you can now say “play Modern Warfare 3″ as opposed to “play disc,” for example. It wasn’t flawless, of course, but it makes a stronger case for Kinect’s microphone capabilities. The “hover hand” to wave open apps is still there, and yes, it’s still painful to the point of uselessness. Hey, at least it’s fun with The Gunstringer. The Engadget:  Pros Excellent, fun voice integration Sleek, intuitive “Metro” interface Comprehensive cross-catalog search Practical social features (Beacons) Cons Voice ...

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Today Bing team announced a new program called Bing Magical Holiday Calendar. The website will offer eligible visitors a month of free offers, sweepstakes, etc,. The prizes include a trip around the world, free concerts for a year, free cars, ultimate fashion experiences and more from partners including Complex Media, Derek Lam, Fiat, Hulu Plus, Live Nation Entertainment, Lonely Planet and Spotify. Check Bing.com/holiday daily for details and official rules. Read the official press release from Microsoft here. FYI, Its US only. ...

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