Given some of Marrissa Mayers recent comments about the Yahoo/Bing search alliance, you may have believed that the money Yahoo was receiving from Microsoft amounted to a rounding error on the accountant’s spreadsheet.  But perception does not appear to be in line with reality as it was revealed today that the revenue from Microsoft accounted for nearly 1/3 of Yahoo’s revenue last quarter! I do not think I am exaggerating when I say that is much more than anyone expected.  Yahoo reported that it had $1.139 billion in revenue last quarter (GAAP), which means Microsoft gave Yahoo around $353 million as part of the search alliance. Yahoo agreed to disclose more details on its revenue tied to search and display advertising after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sent letters to the company asking for clarification.  The company outlined the portion of revenue it gets from a search agreement with ...

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The reorganization of people inside Microsoft continues. Geekwire yesterday revealed two important changes among top executives. Ted Dworkin, the director of program management of Windows Store in Windows 8 and Jensen Harris, the director of program management for the Windows User Experience have moved to new roles in Bing team within Microsoft. Microsoft confirmed the changes and also declined to provide any specifics on their new job at Bing team. Microsoft also didn’t reveal who will be responsible for their past roles at Windows team headed by Terry Myerson. Source: Geekwire ...

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As winter -storms hit across the United States I’m sure many are thinking of warmer places they would rather be at.  We continue our series of in-depth coverage of the Bing search trends of 2013.   When Bing first started out as Live Search it used to have a search service called xRank.  xRank kept track of notable celebrities, musicians, politicians, etc. and ranked them in order of popularity from Bing search query results. Microsoft shut that service down in 2010.  However like Google, Microsoft still publishes results of some of the most popular searches at the end of each year.  Here are the most searched travel destinations: USA’s most searched destinations of 2013 Hawaii captured the heart of Americans this year, even topping searches for mainland USA destinations. London ruled the pack among European destinations, holding onto its #1 spot for the second year in a row. Hawaii Bahamas (pictured) London ...

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We continue our series of in-depth coverage of the Bing search trends of 2013.  In this post we will look at the most searched electronic devices in the US, UK, and Canada.  When Bing first started out as Live Search it used to have a search service called xRank.  xRank kept track of notable celebrities, musicians, politicians, etc. and ranked them in order of popularity from Bing search query results. Microsoft shut that service down in 2010.  However like Google, Microsoft still publishes results of some of the most popular searches at the end of each year.  Here are the most popular electronic devices by country. Most Searched Entertainment Electronics US With the upcoming launch of Xbox One, Xbox came in as the most searched entertainment electronic over iPhone #2 and Android #3. 1 Xbox 2 iPhone 3 Android 4 iPad 5 Windows Phone 6 Surface 7 Playstation 8 Nintendo ...

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When Bing first started out as Live Search it used to have a search service called xRank.  xRank kept track of notable celebrities, musicians, politicians, etc. and ranked them in order of popularity from Bing search query results. Microsoft shut that service down in 2010.  However, like Google Microsoft still publishes results of some of the most popular searches at the end of each year.  Here are the most popular movies by country.  These movies are not that great, I keep an independent analysis of movies so I’ll provide a rank and percentage rating for select movies.  For example (#1, 100%). USA’s most searched movies of 2013 Where Hollywood leads, the rest of the world follows. The top movies in the US unsurprisingly appear in most of the top tens around the world. Iron Man 3 (#32, 75%) Fast and Furious 6 (#29, 76.75%) Despicable Me 2 (#30, 76%) The Conjuring (#22, 80%) The ...

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When Bing first started out as Live Search it used to have a search service called xRank.  xRank kept track of notable celebrities, musicians, politicians, etc. and ranked them in order of popularity from Bing search query results. Microsoft shut that service down in 2010.  However, like Google Microsoft still publishes results of some of the most popular searches at the end of each year.  Here are the most popular songs by country. Our condolences from Microsoft-News to those of you mourning Nelson Mandela, may music set your soul free. USA’s most searched songs Macklemore & Ryan Lewis also scored number one position in the USA with their hit Thrift Shop. 1. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Thrift Shop 2. Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines 3.  Rihanna – Stay 4.  Imagine Dragons – Radioactive 5.  Jason Derulo – The Other Side 6.  Bruno Mars – When I Was Your Man 7.  Justin Timberlake – ...

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When Bing first started out as Live Search it used to have a search service called xRank.  xRank kept track of notable celebrities, musicians, politicians, etc. and ranked them in order of popularity from Bing search query results. Microsoft shut that service down in 2010.  However, like Google Microsoft still publishes results of some of the most popular searches at the end of each year.  Here are the most popular social networks by country. USA’s most searched social networks of 2013 A new entry on several of Bing’s most searched lists, pinboard-based image-sharing site Pinterest has rocketed to number two in the US. From wedding ideas, to recipes and much more, Americans couldn’t get enough of Pinterest this year. Facebook Pinterest Twitter LinkedIn Instagram tumblr Reddit Vimeo Vine Google+ The UK’s most searched social networks of 2013 The high popularity of professional networking is also evident, with career-focused site Linkedin finding a ...

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Microsoft has updated the Bing app for Android users.  The update includes an overhauled UI and support for daily images.  WinBeta reports: Now Microsoft has pushed a major update of its Bing app for Android. Version 4.2.0.20131129, which is compatible with Android 2.2 and newer, brings a capability which was once exclusive to Windows Phone. Users can now choose to use the Bing Daily Image as the wallpaper on their device. The image will automatically update each day, providing an added interest to your phone or tablet. Bing for Android is more than just a search engine. It is more of a suite of Microsoft apps, including Maps and the like. Users can also directly share things via Facebook and even sync with SkyDrive. You can even add a Bing search widget to the Android home screen. The app is free. The app is available for free and is now much ...

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When Bing first started out as Live Search it used to have a search service called xRank. xRank kept track of notable celebrities, musicians, politicians and bloggers and ranked them in order of popularity from Bing search query results. Microsoft shut that service down in 2010. However, like Google Microsoft still publishes results of some of the most popular searches at the end of each year. Here are the most popular athletes searched by country. USA’s most searched for sports stars of 2013 The popularity of American sports in the US is echoed by the nine home-grown stars who make up the list for America. Quarterback Tim Tebow leads the list, ahead of now-retired footballer Ray Lewis and a clutch of big name basketball stars. Tim Tebow Tiger Woods Kevin Ware Ray Lewis Lebron James Danica Patrick Dwight Howard Derek Jeter Maria Sharapova Dale Earnhardt Jr.   Australia’s most searched for sports ...

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When Bing first started out as Live Search it used to have a search service called xRank.  xRank kept track of notable celebrities, musicians, politicians and bloggers and ranked them in order of popularity from Bing search query results. Microsoft shut that service down in 2010.  However, like Google Microsoft still publishes results of some of the most popular searches at the end of each year.  Here are the most popular celebrities searched by country.  I have also provided a sample image of what you may find while doing a search on Bing for select celebrities. USA’s most searched celebrities Beyoncé continued her reign as the queen of pop, topping the 2013 list. Justin Bieber and Barack Obama are the only males making an appearance in the US Top 10. Beyoncé Kim Kardashian Rihanna Taylor Swift Madonna Justin Bieber Nicki Minaj Amanda Bynes Miley Cyrus Barack Obama Australia’s most searched celebrities Talk ...

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Microsoft today announced a neat deal for Bing Rewards users. For just 2 credits, you will get a 5% discount coupon to shop at online Microsoft Stores. The online Microsoft Store offers the latest technology products, with free ground shipping and free returns. Bing Rewards launched just over three years ago to deliver a premium experience and help users discover all the ways Bing can provide insight and help get things done. It’s also a way we reward loyal Bing users with some perks as a way of saying thanks for choosing Bing, searching with us consistently and being brand ambassadors. To take advantage of this offer, follow these steps: 1. Pick up the Microsoft Store discount code in the Bing Rewards redemption center. 2. Go to the US online Microsoft Store at http://www.microsoftstore.com. Browse for the products you wish to purchase and add them to your cart. 3. At ...

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TripAdvisor today announced their partnership with Microsoft to integrate their Hotel reviews, photos, ratings in Bing web search results and Smart Search results. Read about it below. NEWTON, Mass., Nov. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel website, today announced two new experiences with Microsoft, through which TripAdvisor’s reviews, ratings, photos and other content will be embedded into both the search engine results display on Bing.com and Bing Smart Search results on Windows 8.1 devices. These experiences will make it easy for people to move from thinking about where they want to travel to being ready to book in a matter of seconds. As a result of the partnership, TripAdvisor’s price comparison tools, traveler reviews and photos are now embedded into the search engine results display on Bing.com for the first time. This allows people to quickly and easily compare hotel prices and availability via Bing’s search results ...

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Bing is now powering parts of Microsoft including Windows, Windows Phone, Office, and more. Even the upcoming Xbox One utilizes the power of Bing for the search functionality. With Bing and Kinect, you can easily find, play, watch, and listen to whatever you want. In fact, you can control the whole Xbox One using voice. You can wake up your Xbox One, switch between apps, start Skype call and more. Since it uses the Deep Neural Networks from Bing, it supports using natural phrases as well. For instance, you can say like the following to perform appropriate action. “I feel like watching comedy movies from the 1980’s” “Show me popular dubstep music” “I want to watch the movie Star Trek Into Darkness” “I want to play Forza Motorsport” Voice search on Xbox One works across the content available, from Xbox music track to Hulu rental videos. Xbox entertainment is growing from hundreds of thousands of pieces of ...

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Microsoft Bing today announced a new music video search experience which allows you to explore, discover and browse music videos on Bing. Microsoft has indexed about 1.7 million songs, 70,000 artists and a half a million albums. The home page of the search experience looks like the above. How Does it Work? When you search for a song, say Tighten Up by the Black Keys. You will see the most popular video showcased in the top-left of the screen. Microsoft is using Bing’s machine learning capabilities to show the most relevant and popular music video for an artist, album or song in the upper right of the screen. The videos are from YouTube, Vimeo, MTV, Artist Direct and more. You just need to hover over the video to see a preview and click play button to watch the full version. More information from Bing blog, Find the Song You’re Looking For We’re not just about ...

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  Microsoft Bing today announced a new feature that will help programmers to search API documentations on MSDN. Read about it below. For programmers looking up API reference information is a critical part of their daily routine. Whether they’re looking for syntax, availability, support versions or guidelines, being able to quickly reference API information is essential to getting the job done. In the example below, you can see that we have surfaced relevant information directly on the results page so people don’t have to click through to MSDN to see if they have the right reference material. At a glance you can see: 1. Find the .Net versions supported. 2. View Code snippets explaining the syntax of this particular class. 3. Navigate to the appropriate version directly from the results page. 4. View syntax in the supported languages. Source: Bing ...

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Microsoft Bing team started indexing the apps installed on the device to serve you contextually when you search for related queries. With Windows Phone 8, Microsoft introduced a way to surface apps within search results giving a deeper entryway into what you might be trying to accomplish. For example, if you search for  “Angry Birds”, there will be an option to download that app directly from the results. Or when you search for some hotels, there might be some relevant local search apps listed on the search results. In Windows 8.1 Bing Smart Search, Microsoft is moving to another level. With the launch of Windows 8.1 we are expanding this notion with Bing Smart Search. Now when you search we also display deep links of information that might be available in a given app. For example, if you’re searching for New York City we’ll not only show you beautiful full bleed images and top web ...

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