Bing central is a new hub to manage everything you do with Bing. Right from your preferences to rewards, you can do everything in single place. Missions: New to Bing? Want to learn more? With Bing Central you will find guided “missions” through Bing which, when you’re signed up, allow you to, earn Bing Rewards credits. The missions walk you through everything from planning a night out, how to see what your friends like on Facebook to finding out when your favorite TV show will air next. Rewards: If you use Bing, you can get rewards including gift cards, , Microsoft points, premium subscriptions and more. You can sign up, redeem your credits, discover new ways to earn and take part in sweepstakes directly from Bing Central.   Preferences:-Filter content, set search language or location, with a few clicks you can customize your preferences. Search History-See all of your recent ...

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Yesterday Bing announced the partnership between Mozilla Foundation and Microsoft to release a customized version of Firefox. The new custom version of Firefox comes with Bing as the default search engine and many other things.  Firefox with Bing offers the latest version of Firefox with Bing set as your home page and the default setting in the search box and AwesomeBar (where you can also type in queries as well as Web addresses). If you already have the latest version of Firefox, then you just need to download the Bing Search for Firefox Add-on to set the same preferences. You can download Firefox with Bing at Firefoxwithbing.com ...

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Apple’s Siri voice assistant feature supports Microsoft Bing search engine too. Danny Sullivan from Search engine land discovered it. When Siri can’t find the answer by itself, it does a web search automatically. Or else you can say “Search the web for …..” to perform a web search. Both of the above uses Google as the search engine. But you can ask Siri to do web search using Bing too. Just say “Search Bing for ….”. For example, “Search Bing for Steve Ballmer News” or “Search Bing for weather” or “Search Bing for Search Engine Land” gives the above search results. Source: Danny Sullivan via: Search Engine Land ...

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At Web 2.0 conference yesterday, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer discussed many things with John Battelle on stage. 1) When asked about Yahoo: “Times change, times change,”, He laughed. The later he added that “You get lucky sometimes.” He also mentioned that Yahoo is now a great partner for Microsoft is search and Microsoft is extending the revenue guarantee program with Yahoo for another year. 2) When asked about Bing: “I would issue you all a kind of challenge to try any search you want on Bing and Google,” Ballmer said, explaining that 70% of the time, there won’t be any difference in the results, that 15% of the time, Bing will be better and 15% of the time, Google will be better. 3) When asked about social at Microsoft: “We don’t need to take every battle”. He emphasized that Xbox LIVE and Windows LIVE are the social space that Microsoft has decided to take on ...

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Bing’s continuous growth in the search engine market share ended last month according to report from ComScore. Bing was in a positive growth story every month when comScore releases search reports, but for the month of September Bing’s marketshare fell flat at 14.7%. Google gained .6% whereas Yahoo lost .8%. Yahoo’s current market share numbers are their lowest percentage in their history according to some reports. Hope Bing continues its growth from next month after the rest in September.. ...

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Microsoft has not announced it yet, but they appear to be cooking a new, more serious Daily Deals site backed by white label Deals service Tippr. The service allows you to sign in using Windows Live and Facebook, and encourages users to share deals by offering Sweetner deals that gets better the more people participate. What is a sweetened deal? It’s a deal that gets better over time. Some of the deals that appear on Bing Deals will get a better value as more deals are purchased. For example, a deal may start off as $10 for $20 at Some Corner Bakery. If enough people purchase the voucher, the deal hits the sweeten point and it becomes $10 for $25! No matter what, you will always pay the same amount for the deal you purchase, but what you get for your hard earned dollars goes up! The cool thing about ...

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The relationship between Bing and Facebook just got deeper. Facebook and Bing are already collaborating on Bing Social search results, Bing maps powering Facebook’s location services and now on Bing Translator for Facebook pages. By this new feature on Facebook, people can enjoy Facebook Page content regardless of the languages that they know, they can click translate button next to like button to do the translation in their language. The service is powered by Bing Translator/Microsoft Translator. From Facebook’s announcement, Today we launched a new translation tool that enables people to translate posts directly inline on Facebook Pages through Bing Translate. With this service, we are making it even easier for people to enjoy Page content on Facebook regardless of the languages that they know. When someone clicks on the translate button on a public Page post, a Bing translation will appear in a popout window. People then have the ...

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Bing team today announced the updates version of Bing Autos which helps you to find your desired vehicle based on your needs. With Bing Autos, you can do the following, With Bing Autos, you can browse criteria that’s relevant to you. On the left hand side of the screen, you can quickly filter across a breadth of categories including make, body-style, miles per gallon and year. Once you’ve found a car that you like, Bing Autos lets you compare it to a similar vehicle in a matter of clicks. For example you could compare a Ford Fiesta sedan vs. a Ford Fiesta hatchback or compare the Ford to a Hyundai Accent. More details at Bing blog. ...

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Today Bing Maps team announced the launch of Airport maps which will join Mall maps in the list of venue maps. Airport maps include information on parking garages, ticket counter location, terminals and gates, baggage claims, currency exchange and more. Also you will also see a sortable directory of airlines, cafes and restaurants. From Bing blog, Finding Airport Maps We’ve made locating airport maps an easy task from your desktop. There are two ways to do this: 1. Just search for the airport (by name, city, or even code) on Bing Maps, and zoom in using map. 2. Search for your flight status on Bing (for example: CO 1665), and click on the map link besides the airport to see its map. You can also view different levels within your selected venue by clicking the “Level” button at the top of the screen and then selecting the correct level from ...

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Microsoft Research today posted information on project codenamed “Tiger” to develop next generation indexing platform for Bing based on SSD technology which improve overall efficiency and open doors for further improvements on Bing. Microsoft Research Asia and Bing’s engineering teams in China and the US collaborated to develop “Tiger,” the next-generation index serving platform for Bing. Index serving is the most critical infrastructure for any search engine. The new architecture in Tiger leverages emerging Solid State Disk (SSD) technology to improve overall efficiency and open doors for further improvements Source: Microsoft Research Video: Geekwire ...

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Video: Deluged by Daily Deals? Browse Over 200k Offers with Bing Deals Today Bing announced the launch of Bing Deals site. Bing deals is not an another daily deals site, instead it aggregates and presents the deals in a organized way. It covers deals from Groupon, LivingSocial, Nordstrom, Target and many others. Here are some other details on this new site, From Bing blog, Key Features: One-Stop Shop: The new Bing Deals experience aggregates more than 200,000 deals across the US, including local deals, helping you easily match multiple deals to ensure you’re getting the best one. There is no need to browse hundreds of websites or sign-up for multiple emails. You can find the best deals on the web at Bing.com/deals. Browse for the Best Deals: Bing Deals cuts through the clutter by cleansing and organizing deals, so irrelevant deals are filtered out of your experience. You can browse ...

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It seems Microsoft is working on Voice-Enabled Text Advertisements. From the recent patent publications by USPTO, Microsoft has got 3 patents related to Voice-Enabled Text Advertisements. Read their abstract below, VOICE-ENABLED TEXT ADVERTISEMENTS Voice-enabled text advertisements are delivered for presentation to users within electronic advertising environments. When an advertiser provides an advertisement to an advertisement delivery system, the advertiser may specify whether the advertisement is to be voice-enabled. The advertisement delivery system stores advertisements with an indication regarding whether each advertisement is voice-enabled. When an advertisement is selected for presentation to a user, the advertisement delivery system determines if the advertisement is voice-enabled. If a selected advertisement is voice-enabled, audio is generated from the text of the advertisement or audio previously generated from the text of the advertisement is retrieved from storage. The audio comprises voice generated by applying text-to-speech functionality to the advertisement text. When the advertisement text and ...

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At last Bing launches HTML5 video powered home page. Announcement from Bing blog, Here at the Bing homepage team, we’re always looking for ways to bring you a little something special. Today we’re really excited to announce the first ever video homepage. If you have an HTML-5 enabled browser, you now get all the beauty and intrigue of the Bing homepage with a little breath of life added. Users without a modern browser will continue to see the gorgeous still photography that we’re known for. Not getting the video and want to see what the fuss is about? Try downloading IE9 and going towww.bing.com. We won’t be programming a video every day, just when the mood strikes us. While this first video is US-only, we’ll begin rolling the video homepage out to international markets in the next few months – so stay tuned. If you’re interested in learning more about the evolution ...

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Facebook today announced their new TimeLine feature, and Microsoft watchers would have noticed that the Maps filter in TimeLine will show you the locations you have shared on Facebook using an embedded Bing Maps. Microsoft and Facebook have an ever deepening relationship, with Microsoft providing search in Facebook, Skype  video chat, Messaging integration with Windows Live and not the mapping service.  Microsoft is of course also a minor investor in the company, with a 4% stake. Via LiveSide.net ...

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Yesterday Bing team announced a new feature for Bing web search called Bing Action Buttons. When you search across 7 popular categories – including airlines, couriers (e.g. FedEx), restaurants, banks, rental cars, software downloads and hotels – you will be presented with buttons for top actions on the site, that directly take you to the page where you can complete your task. You can see how it will look like the above two images. This is not a ground breaking feature, but these simple little things helps you to get your job done easily when compared to Google. More on this feature on Bing blog.   ...

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Similar to top image search trends, Bing has a page for top search trends. Bing Trends page allows you to visually explore the top search trends in Bing on the current day and even for the 5 previous days from the current day. Again this feature may be new or old, available/unavailable to some countries (It works in US for sure).  On the other note, I think Bing should globalize their product soon to counter Google effectively. You can try it out here. ...

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