Back in 1994, World Wide Web was in the early stage supported by dial-up modems and there were only a few thousand websites and Microsoft was among them. In the 20 years since it has been on the Web, Microsoft revealed that Microsoft.com has remained in the top 10 most-visited websites worldwide. Actually, Microsoft started the website to mainly put its growing Knowledge Base online. “We had started to build up a community there; people would answer questions for each other,” recalls Mark Ingalls, a Microsoft engineer in 1994 who would become Microsoft.com’s first administrator. He was also the only website employee at that time, other than his boss. But the staff doubled early on, when Steve Heaney was hired to offer vacation relief, Ingalls says. In terms of “Web design,” the notion, much less the phrase, didn’t really exist. “There wasn’t much for authoring tools,” Ingalls says. “There was this thing called HTML that almost ...

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  At Build developer conference last week, Microsoft revealed the Cortana digital assistant powered by Bing. Cortana learns about your preferences and interests and the Bing platform behind it wht that makes this possible, earned through years of machine learning and big data experience doing web search. Microsoft is bringing this personalized experience to the web starting today. Microsoft is unveiling a set of personalized cards on the Bing homepage that will help you keep track of things that matter to you. Set up your interests in Bing settings and you will start seeing personalized news, weather, flights, and stocks with more to come – all as part of the search experience. Sign in to your Microsoft account and set-up your interests to let Bing know what it should track. Then, when it’s appropriate, Bing will let you know if for example your stock changes or flight is delayed. The best part? As long as you’re ...

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In a blog post, Microsoft explained the technology behind Cortana, Bing.com and other Microsoft products that is making use of a platform that combines Bing’s massive investments towards indexing the real world, with speech recognition, language and entity understanding, and stream processing that, taken together, make Bing more personal, helpful and intelligent. Apart from Cortana, Microsoft is also planning to deliver a more Personal Bing.com for users. In the coming days, we are unveiling a set of personalized cards on the Bing homepage that capture things that matter to you. You can also experience Cortana like personalized and helpful approach on Bing.com. Now Bing can automatically help you keep track of the interests you care about. Just tag a topic in your Bing settingsand we will do the rest. Tag things you care about, and start seeing personalized news, weather, flights, stocks with more to come – all as part ...

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Microsoft today announced the new  Bing’s Hometown Homepage Photo Contest. People have to submit one of their own photos that highlights and capture the beauty of their hometown to the new Bing Homepage App on Facebook between today (August 19) and September 3.  It can be a special landmark, view-point or natural wonder that captures the essence of a town. On September 10, we’ll announce the top ten finalists and fans will be able to vote for their favorite on Facebook. The image with the most votes will be declared the winning picture and will be showcased on the Bing homepage (along with the talented photographer) on October 1. The winner will also receive a new Nokia Lumia 1020, 500px membership and canvas of the winning photo. But that’s not all! The same day, Bing and The Nature Conservancy will celebrate the winner’s creative contribution and hometown pride by hosting a day of service in their hometown. Source: Bing ...

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Microsoft has been testing the above design for months and now its live for everyone. As you know, the new home page contain Metro design elements in it with the website separated into For home and For work area. I personally feel that the website can be made more simpler, because its a bit clumsy now. What do you think? Visit Microsoft.com and see by yourself. ...

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