Microsoft today updated their Bing for iOS devices with new UI which looks simple and clean for iOS7. Also they have added support for gif images and more. From Bing app’s homepage, you can quickly access the information that matters to you, such as popular articles, trending images, and weather forecasts. You can share search results with others and more. What’s New in Version 4.2: A cleaner, simpler UI for iOS7. Updated Bing logo and color palette. Bug fixes: • Extended the length of time a Microsoft account can stay signed in. • Added support for animated .GIF files. • Clear local search history. Source: Bing App for iOS ...

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Microsoft reported its financial quarter results yesterday with record 1st quarter revenue beating expectations. They are now reporting under new financial segments. The most part of the former Online Services Division is now part of Devices & Consumer Other segment. It includes Bing, Xbox Live, Office 365 Home premium and few others. While this division has not started making money, they are now losing money less than before. Here are the highlights of the results, Search advertising revenue up 47% Driven by continued revenue per search improvements and query volume growth Bing U.S. market share at 18.0% up 210 basis points Xbox LIVE transactional revenue, up >25% Over 2 million Office 365 Home Premium subscribers D&C Other revenue increased $235 million or 17% mainly due to higher advertising revenue, which increased $106 million or 13%. While the growth was due to search advertising revenue, display advertising revenue decreased 31%. Microsoft cited that lower ...

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Longtime tech enthusiast, Microsoft & Nokia fan WinRUs (as he is known by his twitter handle) is also a true Bing fan.  He posted some pictures of his new license plate which reads “BING IT.”  I think Microsoft is set on keeping Bing long term, and his investment will fare better than the guy who got the Zune tattoo.  Personally, I’m a huge fan of and Bing use it as my primary search engine. The smart car the license plate is going on Picture of the plate on the smart car Close up of the license plate Mr. WinRUs Trolling with a Microsoft shirt in front of the Apple Store Source: WINS-Я-US ...

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Microsoft today announced the release of the new Bing Speech Recognition Control, Bing Optical Character Recognition Control and Bing Translator Control for Windows 8.1 devices. Using these controls, developers can create apps that are more knowledgeable, natural, and aware applications. Check out the Bing developer center for other useful resources, including code samples, for building smarter, more useful applications. Give Your Machine the Gift of Sight – Bing Optical Character Recognition in Six Additional Languages From recognizing text in documents to the identification of email addresses, phone numbers, and URLs to the extraction of coupon codes, adding the power of sight to your Windows 8.1 Store app opens a host of new scenarios developers can enable to enhance their applications. Coming out of Customer Technical Preview, the Bing Optical Character Recognition Control for Windows 8.1 now supports six new languages: Russian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish and Chinese Simplified in addition to the existing language support ...

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Microsoft released Bing Apps for Windows 8.0 including News, Finance, Weather, Sports, Maps and Travel last year and they released to two new members of the app family as part of Windows 8.1 Release Preview – Bing Food & Drink and Bing Health & Fitness. As Windows 8.1 was released to public yesterday, Bing team has updated all the Bing Apps and has also released the final versions of Bing Food & Drink and Bing Health & Fitness. They detailed all the new changes and features in each of these app on their blog. Bing Food & Drink:  Learn from the Best We think if you’re going to learn to cook, you should learn from the best. That’s why we’ve enlisted help from world renowned chefs including Tom Colicchio, Wolfgang Puck, Jacques Pepin, Joel Robuchon, Marcus Samuelsson and Vikas Khanna (just to name a few.) We work closely with them to ...

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Derrick Connell, CVP at Bing today demoed the new Smart Search experience in Windows 8.1 in a new video. He has given a walk-through of how to search all of your documents, pictures, the web and more right from the Windows Start screen with Bing Smart Search. Watch the video demo above. Here’s the features of  Bing Smart Search: Search Just Got Faster and Easier:From the Start screen, just start typing and Smart Search will begin showing you results. When in desktop mode, press the Windows key (or the dedicated search button that will begin to appear on some devices) and start typing to begin a search, or swipe to engage the charm from the right screen edge. It’s the fastest way to search on any device. A New Way to Experience Search: An intelligent summary of results pulled from the most relevant information across the web and related apps, all organized ...

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Microsoft today opened up the new improved Windows Store in Windows 8.1. Also the Windows Store is now open for submitting apps targeting Windows 8.1 by the developers. For the developers who started working on their app with the preview versions of Windows, they will first need to update their Preview environment to today’s release versions of Windows 8.1 and Visual Studio 2013. Packages built on prerelease versions won’t be accepted into the Store. Microsoft has made following improvements to the Windows Store to better connect apps with customers and drive greater monetization. All new Store layout providing better discovery and richer experience Integration of Bing technologies to make recommendations more relevant App packages can now be up to 8 gigabytes (great for visually rich apps and games) App bundles optimize the distribution of Windows Store app resource packages to global customers Windows Store support for in-app consumables and larger ...

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Microsoft today detailed the upcoming Bing Smart Search experience in Windows 8.1. This new Bing Smart Search experience may change the way people think about web search. To build this, Microsoft gathered people with experience in Windows, Office, Internet Explorer, Visual Studio, as well as companies outside of Microsoft and the startup scene and over thousand Bing team members were involved. Smart Search – let you simply swipe or type to find everything, all in one place. Whether it is a document on your PC, an app you downloaded months ago, a picture stored in SkyDrive or a website, Bing Smart Search will bring it to the surface. Smart Search helps you find stuff fast wherever it lives. To provide background on the search heroes I want to outline a little context on some pretty cool technology that most people don’t know about. For many years, Bing has invested in Satori, ...

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Microsoft Bing team today detailed the update they have worked with IE 11 team to speedup the search experience in Windows 8.1. Users spend most time on search tasks by doing some kind of research that requires multiple queries and visiting multiple pages. The new pre-render tag in IE11 has allowed the Bing to load the intended web links even before you click them therefore allowing you to access the site at speed when you actually click it. Today we are introducing an improvement available for Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) that helps you accomplish your search tasks even faster. The next time you perform a search in Bing using IE11, you’ll notice that when you click on the top result, the associated page is almost instantly rendered. To achieve this, we leverage IE11’s pre-render tag to automatically download and render the top result page in the background – it does this ...

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Microsoft Bing today announced yet another partnership with Klout to make searching for person’s digital identity easier. Bing Snapshots on the right side of the search results will present the information about the person searched for. Klout-Verified Snapshots allow people to influence how they appear within the Snapshot column on Bing. To help people manage their presence online, we’ve teamed up with Klout to create Bing Personal Snapshots. An expansion of People Snapshots introduced this past March, Klout-Verified Snapshots allow people to influence how they appear within the Snapshot column on Bing. Basic information is drawn from a person’s connected LinkedIn profile, while also displaying links to their Twitter, Facebook and Klout profiles. Once a Snapshot has been claimed, a profile will include a ‘verified’ badge. As part of the update, we’ll also display Top Klout Moments, which show a person’s most influential posts from Twitter and Instagram inside the ...

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Microsoft today announced a new streamlined way to redeem deals we find from various sites such as Groupon, etc,. Bing Offers gives you access to more than 200,000 unique offers in over 14,000 cities and towns across the U.S. We streamline the deal hunt by assembling leading offers from Groupon, Living Social and Restaurant.com (just to name a few), making it easier to discover, share and search for the best deals in your area – all from one place. The new testing a new program in Seattle called “Bing Offers Card-Linked” that solves the hassle of having to print up coupons or display QR codes to redeem savings. Bing has partnered with established leaders in transaction processing, First Data, and extends to payment networks like Visa and Master Card. Bing Offers Card-Linked availability in other US cities is expected to follow soon. Here’s how it works: “Bing Offers Card-Linked” works ...

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Microsoft Bing was started as a search engine competitor against Google and it is no longer just a search engine from Microsoft. Bing is now powering no.of apps within Microsoft and some 3rd party apps as well. Bing has now become a platform on which different kinds of apps are built. Windows 8/Windows Phone apps like News, Weather, Finance, Sports, Cooking app, Health app are powered by Bing. Beyond these apps, Bing powers Translation apps with OCR functionality, and more. Microsoft posted the above video when the announced the new logo last month. If some of you missed it, do watch it. With Bing, search isn’t something that only happens in a box. It can happen whenever and wherever you need it.  Access the information you want from inside an app or on any device including your phone, tablet or even Xbox. ...

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Ian Ayres is a Yale professor and co-founder of Stickk.com. You may recall he found himself in a bit of a controversy in 2007 after it was found that he had plagiarized some passages in book he had published.  He has published a paper challenging the claims of the “Bing It On” challenge, where Bing claims that most people prefer Bing 2:1.  The Bing team published a rather vicious post, rebuking Ayres’ claims: Ian Ayres posted an article on Freakonomics yesterday challenging the claims that have been used on the Bing It On website. A couple of notes are important before I talk about Ayres’ claims. There are two separate claims that have been used with the Bing It On challenge. The first is “People chose Bing web search results over Google nearly 2:1 in blind comparison tests”. We blogged about the method here and it was used back in 2012. ...

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Microsoft Bing team today announced a new feature in image search results UI by integrating Pinterest boards. Microsoft already integrated Pinterest in Bing image search results with the Pin to Pinterest feature, allowing you to pin and save results directly from Bing image search. Today, they announced Image collections for Bing image search, which brings together curated collections of images from around the web. Now, when you search for an image on Bing, you’ll notice related boards on Pinterest right alongside regular search results. Image collections are great for a search like Halloween decorating ideas, where we bring together cute pictures from around the web with creative collections by people who are passionate about decorating their house in the best way possible. Or try a search like updo hairstyles, where Image collections show you a variety of beautiful styles to get inspired from. Below are a few additional examples of how ...

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The OCR feature in SkyDrive, which is powered by Bing, is now being rolled out to users over the next few weeks.  It recognizes text which may have been taken in a photo and stores it in the metadata. This feature, which is rolling out over the coming weeks, allows you to search from the desktop for the content of Camera Roll photos that have had text extracted from them. For example, you might have taken a photo 6 months ago of the menu of your favorite restaurant, but can’t remember where it’s buried in your Camera Roll and want to remember the dish you had. You can simply type in the restaurant name on your desktop and Bing Smart Search will search text of your Camera Roll photos and pull up the picture of the menu with the restaurant name printed on it. With the power of smart files, ...

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Microsoft continues to integrate Bing services into more of their product portfolio.  The Bing translator app will be launching for Word & PowerPoint 2013 later today.  The Next at Microsoft Blog reports: For those who use Word and PowerPoint, the Translator app in the Office Store is launching Monday in conjunction with International Translation Day.  Expanding on top of built-in functionality within the products, it allows you to select any text and instantly translate it.  Using this app, organizations can utilize within Office the custom translation systems they built with the Microsoft Translator Hub.  Already, Office users translate over 1.3 million characters each hour using the built-in translation features. Please read their full post celebrating International Translation Day       ...

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