Yesterday, we reported that Microsoft is planning to replace traditional CPUs in data centers with field-programmable arrays, or FPGAs, processors that Microsoft could modify specifically for use with its own software. These FPGAs are already available in the market and Microsoft is sourcing it from a company called Altera. The FPGAs are 40 times faster than a CPU at processing Bing’s custom algorithms. Overall system will be twice as fast as Bing’s existing system and Microsoft can decrease the number of servers that they already use in half. Doug Burger, the man behind this Project Catapult talks about this new era of computing.   Larry Larsen speaks with Doug Burger about the findings of a Microsoft Research and Bing research project that equipped servers with reconfigurable hardware, in the form of field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), to accelerate datacenter services. Based on the success of the pilot, Bing will roll out FPGA-enhanced servers in ...

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Microsoft deploys thousands of servers every year in its data centers to run its growing web services and cloud business. In fact, they recently revealed that have about one million computers in more than 100 data centers spread over 40 countries. Microsoft’s problem is that chips are no longer improving at the same rate they once were. They want to improve the data center efficiency. So far, all of Microsoft’s data centers are powered by traditional Intel CPUs running usual server software. Now, they are planning to replace it with field-programmable arrays, or FPGAs, processors that Microsoft could modify specifically for use with its own software. These FPGAs are already available in the market and Microsoft is sourcing it from a company called Altera. This whole idea was started by Doug Burger from Microsoft Research, he called it Project Catapult. In a first for Microsoft, he approved a 1,600-server pilot-system to ...

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European Union court ruled last week that search engines like Google should be able to remove personal links of users on request. Google has already started implementing this Right To Be Forgotten request form last month, and as per Search Engine Land, it has been taking in about 10,000 requests per day. This law applies for Bing too. But, Microsoft Bing team is still working on implementing this process. Here is the statement from Microsoft, We’re currently working on a special process for residents of the European Union to request blocks of specific privacy-related search results on Bing in response to searches on their names.  Given the many questions that have been raised about how the recent ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union should be implemented, developing an appropriate system is taking us some time.  We’ll be providing additional information about making requests soon. Source: Bing ...

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On the eve of World Cup Football event, Microsoft Bing today posted their predictions for this biggest sporting event in the world. Microsoft recently posted predictions on which contestants were most likely to get voted off or win The Voice, Dancing With the Stars, and American Idol, and they are taking the experiment a step further applying it to the World Cup.   When a user search for “World Cup”, “Predictions”, or any matches, Microsoft will display the chances of each respective team to win as seen in the image above. How Did We Come Up with the Predictions? The process of predicting outcomes of sporting events is unlike voting show predictions, as popularity and some sentiment signals do not play similar roles in determining who wins a contest.  Rather, the actions and performances of a handful of individuals solely determine who wins, loses, or ties.  For the tournament, our models evaluate the ...

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World Cup Football event kicks off in Brazil tomorrow. Millions of people will be using Internet to find latest info on World Cup. To help you get the most out of the tournament, Microsoft is rolling out a host of features for checking scores, schedules, player info and more on Bing. Let’s take a look at what is rolling out: Bing Predicts: Which Team Has the Best Chance of Winning? Starting today, if you search for “World Cup”, “Predictions”, or any matches (both preliminary as well as later in the single elimination rounds) we will display the chances of each respective team to win. Schedules and Scores Curious to know when your team is playing?  Looking to find out who won a match? We have fine-tuned our index to provide you with schedules and scores directly in the search results.   Search for “World Cup Schedule” or “World Cup Scores” and we’ll serve up ...

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By searching on Bing and joining Bing Rewards, you’ll earn credits you can redeem for popular gift cards, services or donations. Each month your Bing searches could earn you enough credits for a $5 gift card to a retailer including Amazon.com*, Fandango, Dominos, Sephora, Xbox, Toys R Us, or for a service such as a one-month subscription to Hulu Plus or Skype, and more. Microsoft has recently added this new redeem option. You can make your web email experience even better with Ad-free Outlook.com. Redeem your credits today for an inbox that’s free of graphical ads. *You can order more than one 3 Month Ad-free Outlook.com token, but you can only redeem one token at a time. If you order two tokens, you won’t be able to redeem the second token until the initial 3 month term has expired. Code must be redeemed by 12/31/2014. To learn more, visit http://aka.ms/adfreeoutlook ...

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Last year, Microsoft Bing announced a new music video search experience which allows you to explore, discover and browse music videos on Bing. Microsoft then indexed about 1.7 million songs, 70,000 artists and a half a million albums. After looking at how people search for music videos, Bing team realized that when people search for music videos they tend to explore rather than finding what they were looking for and then moving on. Today, they have revealed an experience that lets you seamlessly scan through the carousel based on top songs and individual albums. Here is how it works, Now when you search for an artist, band, album or song we will trigger a dynamic carousel. For instance, if you search for Daft Punk we showcase their top songs at the top of the page. From there, you can start exploring their songs without leaving the page. By clicking “Get Lucky”, we showcase a high quality video ...

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If you’re involved in the Microsoft community, you’re probably aware of Anthony, commonly known by his twitter handle WinRUs. We reported last year that he got a license plate on his new car that reads “BING IT.” It appears Microsoft noticed too and shot a short video of him and how Bing impacts his life. Microsoft posted this video at the end of their blog post reflecting on 5 years since the launch of Bing. Give Anthony a follow on twitter, he is genuinely among the nicest people I’ve interacted with in the Microsoft community. Source: Bing Blog ...

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Bing turns 5 today. Microsoft is celebrating this occasion by announcing Ultimate Bing Rewards Prize Pack. The Bing Reward members can get up to 5 times the credits searching (on June 3) and for each day you sign in and search between now and June 9thyou’ll get an automatic entry into our biggest Bing Rewards prize pack yet. 5 winners will get an Xbox One, Surface Pro 3, Nokia Lumia Icon, $500 to spend on apps and entertainment for Xbox, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8, and more. Bing is 5! To celebrate, we’ve created the Ultimate Bing Rewards Prize Pack, and you could be 1 of 5 grand prize winners. Between now and June 9, each day you search with Bing you’ll automatically get a free entry to win the prize pack or 1 of 500 Bing t-shirts.* If you are new to Bing Rewards, sign up here. Find ...

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Last year, Microsoft became the default search provider for Siri in the iOS7. This year with the release of iOS8 and the OSX Yosemite, Microsoft Bing becomes the default search provider for the new Spotlight feature. During WWDC keynote demo, Apple demoed this feature as well. Microsoft later confirmed the same with the following statement, Last year Bing became the default web search for Siri, and will now also be the default web search provider in the redesigned Spotlight search feature for the next generation of iOS and OS X. We’re excited about extending the Bing platform to help iOS and Mac customers find what they need to get things done. Now, Microsoft has to deliver high quality search results to keep Apple platform users from changing the default provider back to Google. Because of the contractual agreements between Apple and Google, Google remains the default search provider in Safari ...

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In an effort the celebrate the 5th birthday of Bing with their users, Microsoft today launched Bing Home page gallery. This homepage gallery will allow users to access thousands of images that were featured on Bing home page during the past 5 years. You can also download Bing Wallpaper pack containing few of the favorite photos. The homepage gallery site allows users to filter images by categories, tags, colors, holidays, places and country. When you click individual images, you will have information about the image and the image credits. And the coolest part is that you can download the images for your personal use. It is a neatly done site which users will love to find their favorite home page images. Download Bing Wallpaper pack. Access Bing Homepage Gallery here. ...

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Microsoft Bing turns five today. Microsoft rebranded Live Search as Bing on June 3rd 2009 with a fresh approach to search helping people to do more, not just search more. Microsoft today thanked the millions of people who use Bing every day. Microsoft said that they never forget that what they build isn’t just for the sake of computer science or commerce but because it can positively impact people in ways we’ve only barely dreamt of. So what’s next for Bing? Read it below. What’s Next: The idea of launching a browser, going to a website, and typing in a search box? That’s so 2009. The best is not yet to come but on the imminent horizon. As the world of devices constantly changes and new form factors come into play there will be a need to better use information, either by seeking it out or having it pushed to ...

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Twitter is already making using of Bing Translator in their Windows Phone app to allow users to translate tweets from other languages to English. Now, Twitter is trying to expand this feature to their Android app. CNET today reported that some users are already starting to see this feature in their Android app. As you can see in the image above, a Tweet from Dutch language was presented in English using Bing. It is a cool feature that will break down the language barrier in the Twitter world. I hope Twitter expands this feature to all their clients including the web. Twitter declined to comment for this story. ...

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Microsoft today updated their Bing Maps and Bing Maps Preview app for Windows 8.1 devices in Windows Store. Bing Maps offers regular 2D maps while Bing Maps Preview offers 3D maps of the locations. Find the new features in these apps below. Bing Maps: • Search box and map controls always visible in the app along with other improvements to the app look and feel. • Improved search experience with autosuggest and improved results. • Integration of ratings and reviews from Yelp, TripAdvisor and other providers. • Favorites now available across PCs and Windows Phone 8.1 • Transit and driving directions availability in additional markets Download it for free here from Windows Store. Bing Maps Preview: • Get Yelp and TripAdvisor ratings and reviews for restaurants, hotels and other businesses • Easily find 3D cities with the new Explore 3D experience • Search more quickly and easily with inline suggestions ...

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At the inaugural Code Conference (#CodeCon) where @karaswisher and @waltmossberg are engaging Microsoft CEO @satyanadella in a more than hour-long onstage conversation, there were lots of things discussed. When Kara asked whether they are going to sell Bing business to Yahoo in the future, he declined that Microsoft has no plans to sell Bing business to Yahoo. Kara on search: Are you still going to compete heavily against Google, and how? Nadella says the core value of Bing is a lot more than Bing.com. But, he says, Bing has 18 percent market share on its own, 30 percent with the Yahoo traffic it serves — about the market share of the iPhone. No plans to sell search business to Yahoo. “We are very happy to partner with Yahoo serving the search results.” Source: Recode ...

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Microsoft today announced several rendering and styling improvements to Bing Maps to enhance aesthetics and usability. Gradient Land Color We introduced a new gradient coloring for land areas that adjusts the brightness to your zoom level. The land color will now be lighter when zoomed out and get darker when zoomed in at higher levels of detail. Not only do these updates improve the overall aesthetic appeal of the maps, but they also help increase the contrast, making streets and other features more visible. Localized Landmark Icons We also added new, culturally-accurate symbols for landmarks. Instead of using the same icons for landmarks like banks or pharmacies globally, we introduced new symbols that are relevant no matter where you are. Transit Icon Consolidation Additionally, we removed some instances where public transit icons were duplicated on the map in the United States. Park Trails and Pathways New styling helps clearly differentiate park ...

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