Bing for Mobile Browse (m.bing.com) team today announced their latest update to their service. The latest updates make it easier to share on Facebook, access news, see local listings and directions in one view, reference past searches and view trending topics. From Bing blog, Share on Facebook – Easily share images, local business details, and, applications (only on iOS devices) with your Facebook friends, making it easy  for them to learn, comment and “Like” what you find interesting and you to get their opinion while on the go. News – Whether you’re looking for the latest entertainment news or sports scores, get the day’s news straight from your Bing for Mobile browse home page with the touch of a button.  For headline news, we added a carousel that lets you to quickly flip through the headlines so you’ll never miss a beat or scroll down to see the top three ...

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Bing today announced its updates to Bing webmaster tools that enables them to manage their websites for Bing search engine. It will drive more visitors to your site using Bing data on search queries, crawling and search traffic. Some of the major features and improvements Bing Webmaster account users are listed below. Crawl delay configurable by the hour Users can ask us to crawl slower during peak business hours and have us crawl faster during off-peak hours Simple drag-and-drop functionality allows you to create a crawl graph by clicking and dragging your mouse pointer across the graph. You can easily fine tune by clicking individual columns, too. Feature enables dedicated pre-set crawl settings for AJAX websites Index Explorer This is a complete rewrite of the Index Tracker backend focusing on the following tenants: Freshness Performance Extensibility Reduced machine footprint Stability and failure detection New sites will have Index Explorer data the ...

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Microsoft’s Bing team yesterday announced Schema.org project along with other major search engines Google and Yahoo. The new partnership between the major search engine seems to help publishers to describe their sites so that all search engines could understand the site content better. Well today, we’re pleased to announce Bing is joining forces with Google and Yahoo! to deliver schema.org, a new initiative, to create and support a common set of schemas for structured data markup on web pages. With schema.org, site owners and developers can learn about structured data and improve how their sites appear in search results on Bing, Google, and Yahoo!. We’re making the work available on schema.org, which aims to be a one stop resource for webmasters looking to add markup to their pages to help search engines better understand their websites. Schema.org now includes schemas for over 100 categories, such as movies, music, TV shows, places, products, and ...

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Bing seems to be dropping its feature of hovering over the right of search result to get more details. Instead of this, Bing introduced a cool feature that displays key result of the page such as movie ratings from IMDB, Flixster,etc, links to watch trailers from Apple,etc,. Today I came across an another handy feature Bing has been testing. If you search for a product/movie in Bing which is also listed on Amazon, then you can directly read some reviews of the product by just hovering over the reviews link to the right of the amazon product link. Cool, eh?? ...

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As expected Bing Maps team today announced the availability of Bing Maps Streetside view. The new Streetside view will replace the existing streetview of the Bing Maps. Google first launched the streetview images in US almost 4 years back which became famous wy of virtually exploring the world. But it was not so much convenient for exploring business collections, for which the new Streetside view from Bing will address the problems. From Bing Blog, If you take a look at a Bing map in Streetside view today you will notice that we’ve made a lot of changes. These changes represent a significant enhancement for desktop browsers, enabling you to quickly pan up and down the street to see the neighborhood and find businesses. We are doing this by providing street level panoramas so you can take a virtual walk through the streets with a view of locations and landmarks. As you slide ...

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Microsoft Research recently shared information on next generation search technology enabled by gestures. Currently, search in both PCs and mobile are enabled by typing the keyword or speaking through voice recognition. But Microsoft research has been working on gesture based search where a user will be drawing some gestures on the screen based on which search results will appear. A user draws two circles in the search window of a smartphone. In a moment, a bicycle and a bundle of apples appear on the screen, among other things with round shapes. This is Microsoft’s next-generation search technology called “gesture,” which enables automatic search of relevant information by drawing only; no word entry on a keyboard is necessary. Google’s Android platform have somewhat  similar application but that allows you to search only the contacts list by drawing the alphabet on the screen. Its also good to hear that this project is in ...

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Microsoft announced EyeWonder and Phluant as their partners to expand its mobile rich media advertising solutions in the U.S. Microsoft is serious about its advertising business is the recent days backed by Bing and MSN media properties. Recently Microsoft was awarded for two new innovative ad formats called “Filmstrip” format and “Sidekick” format. Check out the video of Filmstrip format after the break. Here is the screenshot of a Rich mobile ad format, From Microsoft Advertising Blog, These partnerships complement Microsoft Advertising’s current rich media offering provided by PointRoll, and will enable us to deliver more interactive and innovative ad experiences across Microsoft’s premium mobile browse properties, such as MSN, Windows Live Hotmail, Windows Live Messenger and FOX Sports.By supporting new rich media formats from our partners, Microsoft Advertising will be able to deliver greater value to our advertisers in the following ways: –Increased Reach: The supported rich media formats will be available across ...

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Qi Lu, President of Online Services at Microsoft talked with Xconomy on wide range of matters right from his personal and career experience at Microsoft to future of web. Here are some key points from his long interview, “The Web has far outgrown its heritage. It’s a full-blown digital society.” On Local deals: Google is built around half a million businesses (advertisers), Groupon is built around “the next 10 million businesses trying to reach customers digitally.” Facebook is key to Microsoft’s future on web. People make decisions in “a digital version of the world” by the help from Facebook. Mobile is the next big oppurtunity to tap on. On his personal carreer, “For me personally, one thing I bring with me is a relentless quest for excellence. It may take time, it may take a long journey, but anything we decide to do, we will settle for nothing short of ...

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Video: Facebook Friends Now Fueling Faster Decisions on Bing Today Microsoft accidentaly posted the press release of Bing’s latest feature update. Previously Bing search results included the ‘like’ data if you have signed into Facebook and connected your account with Bing, now its much more than just the ‘like’ data. Also Bing is announcing new Bing Bar, which includes the first universal Like button, making it easy for people to like any page on the Web. Here are the list of new features coming to Bing, Liked results, answers and sites. Cut right to the good stuff, by seeing what stories, content and sites friends have liked right in the search results. Planning a trip to Napa Valley, for example, can be overwhelming with hundreds of wineries to choose from — luckily, the likes of friends can narrow the choices on which vineyards are must-sees. Personalized results. Bing personalizes the search ...

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comScore Explicit Core Search Share Report* April 2011 vs. March 2011  Total U.S. – Home/Work/University Locations Source: comScore qSearch Core Search Entity Explicit Core Search Share (%) Mar-11 Apr-11 Point Change Total Explicit Core Search 100.0% 100.0% N/A Google Sites 65.7% 65.4% -0.3 Yahoo! Sites 15.7% 15.9% 0.2 Microsoft Sites 13.9% 14.1% 0.2 Ask Network 3.1% 3.0% -0.1 AOL, Inc. 1.6% 1.5% -0.1 *“Explicit Core Search” excludes contextually driven searches that do not  reflect specific user intent to interact with the search results. In March Experian Hitwise announced that Bing +Yahoo’s combined search market had hit the 30% mark, and now Comscore agrees that in April the two search contenders have also hit the mark. Both Bing and Yahoo, who’s search is powered by Bing, have gained market share, adding a combined 0.4%, while Google was down 0.3%. It seems while Google is attempting to attack Microsoft’s cash cows with ...

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Microsoft today announced the release of Bing Maps iOS SDK. The new SDK allows developers to use Bing maps in their applications in various ways. From Bing blog, Today, we’re excited to announce a new Bing Maps iOS SDK. This new SDK gives developers a set of Objective C classes to develop iPhone and iPad applications within Xcode, along with documentation and several sample projects to help them get started quickly. The iOS map control supports Bing’s road, aerial and hybrid aerial map styles, and includes the ability to add pushpins to the maps and access the user’s location via the GPS to locate the phone on the map. Bing team at Microsoft is ready to deliver the Bing experiences to literally all the platform in the world. With Partnership of Nokia-Microsoft, RIM-Microsoft, awesome Bing apps for iOS and fully integrated Bing on Windows Phone, The Mobile Search War has just ...

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Bing team today announced the release of streamlined Shopping experience on Bing. Bing Shopping allows you to research and buy various items. Bing search is not like Amazon because it doesn’t sell things by itself. Bing organizes the shopping data from the web and allows you to choose the item and the seller. The new updated experience allows social shopping, that is you can post your shopping items in the cart to Facebook to know your friends comments,etc,. From Bing Blog, First off, the new homepage brings together popular items and content so you can spend less time searching and more time shopping. Popular articles and categories are arranged next to top searches, popular products, and leading brands so you can research and browse items before making a decision. We also added the ability to connect your Facebook account to Bing shopping, so you can be instantly reminded of upcoming birthdays while ...

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Bing today enabled their new rewards program to some users in US. The new rewards program is much more integrated into the search engine which enables more engagement from the users. Your rewards credits will be shown at the top right corner near the sign in link as above. The rewards center allows you to manage your rewards earned and reedeem it for over 250 items available. For about 1000 rewards credits, you will get 1 month Xbox live subscription. You will get 250 credits for first time sign up. The credits will be awarded to you not only for the searches you make on Bing but also some reward links such as above will earn you more credits. This idea particularly increases the possibility of user to click the ads that are placed just below the reward links. What do you think of this new program from Bing? Start Binging ...

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  March 2011 Monthly Unique Visitors YoY change Google.com 150,571,274 -2.49 Facebook.com 140,739,084 +14.49 Yahoo.com 137,436,891 -1.07 YouTube.com 123,406,835 +19.92 Bing.com 89,992,028 +44.19 Wikipedia.org 83,076,477 +7.61 Live.com 75,929,602 +4.13 Amazon.com 75,960,479 +13.63 MSN.com 75,875,255 +3.19 ebay.com 68,501,779 -1.20 Microsoft.com 62,750,035 +4.94 Data from Compete.com Bing continues its rapid growth compared, according to Comscore growing to 13.9% of the US search market in March 2011 and with Yahoo’s share now has 29.6% of the US market, confirming Experian Hitlinks’s recent claim. In terms of the popularity of the site itself, Compete.com shows the site is now the 5th most visited destination on the internet, passing Wikipedia recently and well ahead of Amazon.com which hold’s sixth place. Its growth was also a stunning 44% year on year, compared to Google, which saw its visits drop by 2.5% over the same period. Google has been facing challenges recently, with Facebook ready to bump ...

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