The Bing Team wrote a nice blog post titled “Entities, Apps, and Maps.”  In the last paragraph the team talks about what they see in the future of Bing Maps: Moving into the future, entity knowledge will greatly enhance our mapping experiences. While our Bing Maps Preview app already takes advantage of Satori to deliver smart features like Local Scout, we have a vision for maps where everything is annotated with useful information: what buildings are called, what stores are in them, how to get in touch with those stores and when they are open. Much of this exists today in our current experiences, but further integrating entity knowledge into maps will transform digital maps from the visual representation they are today to a deep model of what the world is like. Another element of how maps and entities will converge is putting map-construction technology in the hands of our ...

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The Bing team took a look back at Bing’s growth in 2013: The Best Video Selection on the Web Because we know that video on the web is more than YouTube, Bing Video showcases leading web video services such as Vevo, Hulu, Daily Motion, CBS, MSN, MTV, Vimeo, and more (and yes, YouTube also!) Looks like you agree with us, as your activity on Bing Video more than doubled in 2013 year over year. Now That’s A Lot of Data If you were to line up pixels from all of the aerial imagery that make up Bing Maps, you could make four round trips to Venus with pixels to spare. Drinking from the Social Fire Hose For every search, we believe there’s someone out there who can help. So, whether you want to see what your colleagues Facebooked for lunch, or you need to know what Lady Gaga just tweeted, ...

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Microsoft added this new Bing Snapshot experience which provides direct information about the entities that you search for, e.g., people, places, and things, based on their understanding of those entities and their relationships stored in Bing’s knowledge repository called Satori. Today, Bing team has added a bunch of new entities that are now part of the Snapshot experience. The following entities are now available in Bing Snapshot experience, Discover TED Talks Listen to Famous Speeches and National Anthems Instantly Learn More with Online Courses See How Universities Stack Up Explore Scientific Concepts at a Glance A Quick View of Historic Events Explore More with Related People Animal Research Made Easy Ask Bing Luckily Find App and Software Downloads Read more about them in detail in the link below. Better read them to make Bing more useful to you. Source: Bing ...

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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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