At BUILD conference held last week, Microsoft announced that Bing Maps 3D is coming back along with the release of Windows 8.1. They even gave a brief demo of the same. 3D Maps is not new to Bing Maps as they had in the name of Virtual Maps 3D few years back before discontinuing it in 2010. Liveside today reported that the new upcoming version of Bing Maps 3D will be enabled by WebGL in IE11. So, users won’t be needed to install any plug-ins to experience the 3D maps. And also they are building Photosynth 2 viewer based on WebGL. First, Bing Director Stefan Weitz told me that the new version was almost entirely built from the ground up, using, among other technologies, Microsoft’s UltraCam.  There’s simply not much left from the old Bing Maps 3D, Silverlight or otherwise.  Then I had a chance to talk a bit about ...

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The Bing Health & Fitness app is a personal companion for everyday living. The app around the philosophy that “by bringing together nutrition, fitness and medical information customized to your own personal needs, you can learn about your own health, what works for you and make smart decisions to lead a healthy life. Combining these things in one comprehensive app allows you to quickly learn about what’s happening with your body and discover ways to maintain or change your lifestyle with helpful and easy to understand content.” Trackers The Health & Fitness app contains three Trackers; Diet Tracker, Health Tracker and Exercise Tracker. The Trackers are an easy and powerful way to gather information about your own body to make better decisions for you. They also all sync with Microsoft’s HealthVault to securely bring in data from personal medical records and third party tracking tools such as blood glucose monitors, electronic ...

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The new Food & Drink Bing app offers access to a variety of recipes from culinary publishers like AllRecipes, popular cookbooks and food bloggers like Food 52, as well as recipes and tips from top chefs like Wolfgang Puck and Tom Colicchio.  More sources will be added over time. The app also offers a wine encyclopedia with information on over 1.5 million bottles of wine, 3.3 million tasting notes and hundreds of popular cocktail recipes. Hands Free Swiping When you’re cooking, inevitably your hands will get messy, touching your tablet is probably not the best idea.  The Food & Drink App has a Hands-Free Cooking Mode, which allows you to follow recipes step by step from your device by waving your hand across the camera. Comprehensive Recipe and Wine List With Food & Drink you can browse recipes by cuisine, level of difficulty, preferred cooking method or by specific ingredients. You can ...

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Microsoft yesterday released a new updated Bing Maps app for Windows 8.1 with many new features. Bing Maps app now features Windows Phone like Local Scout feature that helps you find local information around you with ease. The new version includes improvements that give you personalized recommendations, makes finding local information quicker and easier, helps you make the choices and even helps with tasks like restaurant reservations. From Bing blog, Quick local category search Window’s Phone Local Scout makes it quick and easy to search for the most important categories and get personalized picks. We’ve brought that capability to Windows, so you can do a local category search with one click for the most common categories like eat and drink, shopping, parking and banks. Explore what’s around you now, or explore where you’re going. You can also tailor the search to your needs, for example to only find restaurants that ...

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Microsoft has a had a strong history of supporting educational institutions.  In addition to offering the Surface for $199 Microsoft will now offer a program (U.S. only to start)  for schools to tailor the Bing experience for K-12 students by removing all advertisements from search results, enhancing privacy protections and the filtering of adult content, and adding specialized learning features to enhance digital literacy.  For those that opt-in, Bing will enable the experience across all searches from within the school’s network on Bing.com, without any need for special software or a different search address. The program is free for any school or districts wishing to participate.  Any schools who do not participate will simply get the normal Bing experience with ads. Bing has the following goals for this program: Keeping Our Kids Focused on Learning: As a country, we’ve set schools aside as a special place that is focused on learning, and ...

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While copying Windows Phone, Apple decided it may as well switch to Bing too.  All kidding aside, Google is a powerful enemy and an ever increasing threat to Apple and Microsoft.  Since Windows Phone has less marketshare, Apple has decided to switch to Bing when iOS users use Siri. Today at WWDC Apple announced iOS 7, which brings Bing web search integration to Siri, Apple’s breakthrough personal assistant, for the first time.  Starting this fall with iOS 7, Bing will power Siri’s new integrated web search. When users ask Siri a question either the specific answer or web search links will now be delivered automatically so users can find information even faster. Bing.com will now be available to Siri users on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. This deal between Apple and Microsoft is similar to the one with Yahoo.  The average user will not notice any front-end changes to Siri, but on the ...

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Microsoft today updated their Bing desktop app with many new features. Microsoft also revealed that more than 10 million people are using Bing desktop app worldwide. Here are the list of features in the update. Searching Made Easier with Inline Search: Now you can search directly from a webpage, word document or PDF file simply by highlighting the word or phrase and clicking the Bing icon. With Inline Search, all you have to do is highlight what you want to search, hit the Bing icon and you will see a preview of search results in a convenient window without ever leaving what you were doing. Faster Ways to Explore via Bing Desktop Apps: We are announcing a new weather app and have overhauled the news and Facebook apps from the ground up with a new look that makes it easier to stay up to date at a glance. News at a Glance ...

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Wall Street’s top-ranked software industry analyst for nearly two decades, Rick Sherlund, the former Goldman Sachs now Nomura Equity research analyst has covered Microsoft since they went public in 1986.  Sherlund is a personal friend of Bill Gates & Paul Allen and was a liaison between Goldman & Microsoft during his time there. In a report he published today he recommends Microsoft sell Xbox and Bing: Sherlund of Bing: While we like Bing as a service, we need to look at this from an ROI and strategic perspective. If Microsoft could sell or even give Bing to Facebook or Yahoo and eliminate its operating costs and get a Traffic Acquisition Cost (TAC) back to monetize the traffic that Windows/Internet Explorer or Xbox in the living room can drive to Bing, this might generate perhaps $1.0bn of profit and positive FCF rather than be a drag of a similar magnitude. If this were returned to shareholders, this could add nearly 1% ...

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Microsoft has recently released an infographic that takes on privacy policies of Google. Few months back, Microsoft launched Don’t Get Scroogled by Gmail, a national campaign at http://www.scroogled.com to educate Americans about Google’s practice of going through the contents of all Gmail emails to sell and target ads. There was event an internal video of Microsoft’s “Don’t Get Scroogled” campaign that got leaked to the web. Today, they released an info graphic showing privacy measures by Microsoft and how Google screws up in that area. Have you switched to Bing? ...

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  Bing has made significant improvements to its internal technology Satori which enables Bing to have a deeper understanding of the people, places and the relationships between them.  When searching for a notable person you can now see current events regarding that person and a visual carousel which allows you to explore important and timely topics related to the specific person you’re searching for: Related individuals to your search will now be displayed on the right-hand side. For example, how are Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift related? They both recently won awards at the Billboard Music Awards: Bing will now also increased its news article index timeframe two week to years.  This will give you relevant news articles from years back when making searches. ...

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Microsoft Bing team today announced something interesting to celebrate the release of Star Trek Into Darkness movie. They have teamed with Paramount Pictures to help you get it in the Starfleet Spirit. Speak Klingon/ : Just in time for your next dinner party or interplanetary skirmish, we’re releasing Klingon to Bing Translator. Now in a few simple clicks you can translate text from English to Klingon (and vice versa!) Available via the web here and also as an update to Bing Translator for Windows Phone 8. Understand a Tribble from a Romulan: Regardless of whether you’re new to the Star Trek universe or fresh from a convention, we’ve got you covered. Go ahead, ask us your favorite Star Trek question like “who said live long and prosper?” You’ll see us serve up some fun results that will help you know Bones from Sulu. Read more about it here.   Source: ...

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Microsoft today introduced a new feature in Bing called People autosuggest. Microsoft reported that people searches are the second most searched for category, after navigational queries, and represent roughly 10 percent of all searches on Bing. This new feature is allows you to easily find the person you’re looking for. Today, we are releasing a faster way to find people right from the search box. Now if you’re searching for a celebrity, politician, athlete or even a colleague with a publicly available LinkedIn profile, Bing provides a snapshot of information about that person below the search bar. For example, if you’re searching for Michelle Williams, we’ll ask you if you’re looking for Michelle Williams the actress or Michelle Williams the Destiny’s Child singer. Read more about it from the link below. Source: Bing ...

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Klout today announced a new program called Klout Experts. With Klout Experts, our goal is to enable every person to share their passions and expertise with the world. Klout Experts will create a path to not only increasing your Klout Score, but also to helping others by sharing your insights and opinions. Here is how it works: During this preview period, we’ve made Klout Experts available to a small percentage of our users. If you’re one of the influencers we’ve tapped for early access, when you come to Klout you will have the opportunity to share your insights to questions about the topics you are most interested in. You can also request early access to Klout Experts by signing up for the waitlist. For example, a person building their influence in photography might be asked, “What’s the best digital SLR for beginners?” Someone who is an expert about fitness might ...

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According to the recent SEC filings from Yahoo, Microsoft has extended the revenue guarantee for Yahoo search in the US for another year from April 1, 2013.  In 2009, Yahoo entered into the Search Agreement with Microsoft, which provides for Microsoft to be the exclusive algorithmic and paid search services provider on Yahoo! Properties and non-exclusive provider of such services on Affiliate sites. Here is the details provided in the SEC filing, Under the Search Agreement, for each market, Microsoft generally guarantees Yahoo!’s revenue per search (“RPS Guarantee”) on Yahoo! Properties only for 18 months after the transition of paid search services to Microsoft’s platform in that market. The RPS Guarantee is calculated based on the difference in revenue per search between the pre-transition and post-transition periods and certain other factors. The Company records the RPS Guarantee as search revenue in the quarter the amount becomes fixed, which would typically be ...

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Microsoft Bing today announced a new feature called Smart Motion Preview which allows you to preview a video before travelling to the site. This feature was already there on Bing before, but the video preview was playing within the thumbnail size as opposed to the current design. How does it work? Smart Motion Previews give you the equivalent of a movie trailer for video results. When we crawl videos, we create short previews (never more than 30 seconds, made up of a few very short clips) that reflect what our video crawling technology thinks are the most relevant parts. We look at the audio levels for instance to see a big play in a sports video (based on the applause from a monster dunk, for example). Check out the video above and read about it from the link below. Source: Bing ...

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Microsoft Bing team has updated all their core apps for Windows 8/RT devices. The list of updates available includes the following. All these updates brings new features and improvements in each of them. For example, Bing News App now has the ability to add custom feeds and more. Bing News App Bing Maps App Bing Finance App Bing Travel App Bing Weather App Bing Sports App Find these updates in the Windows Store. ...

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