• April
    17

    What if…(The More Things Change, the More...

    As you ease into your ergo chair, or settle in astride your giant yoga ball behind your computer, you face another day. Another day of gathering data, auditing web pages, digging into keyword reports, meetings with engineering, design, marketing and others. Today will most likely resemble yesterday for the most part. Maybe some tedium, maybe some excitement, and if you’re really, really lucky, maybe a fire drill, too. Big, sweeping, dramatic changes generally don’t ripple through the world of search marketing too much these days. Yes, algos get updated, and with those updates some sites see dramatic shifts in ranking, but if you look across the entire internet, the effects are on a low percentage of sites and pages. Algo changes do happen and will continue to happen. For as far back as most SEOs can remember, this has been the case. But wholesale changes, overnight, that affect everyone? Those are rarer beasts. What if… So what if a big change happens today? Are you ready? Are you sharp and steady on your Bosu ball , or would a big shift knock you flat on your back? What if links no longer mattered? In this scenario, it would make sense to continue... Read More As you ease into your ergo chair, or settle in astride your giant yoga ball behind your computer, you face another day. Another day of gathering data, auditing web pages, digging into keyword reports, meetings with engineering, design, marketing and others. Today will most likely resemble yesterday for the most part. Maybe some tedium, maybe some excitement, and if you’re really, really lucky, maybe a fire drill, too. Big, sweeping, dramatic changes generally don’t ripple through the world of search marketing too much these days. Yes, algos get updated, and with those updates some... Read More
  • April
    17

    Bing Supports Vets with General Assembly's...

    General Assembly , a global educational group that provides best-of-class practical education in business, technology and design, is empowering the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs. This week, General Assembly is unveiling the “ Opportunity Fund ” - a scholarship and support program that is being piloted in New York City to serve underrepresented students entering the technology industry. Bing is proud to be a founding member of the program and is underwriting 8 scholarships for military veterans. Why are we taking part? When you consider the unemployment rate for post 9/11 veterans is 36 percent higher than that of civilians, there is a visible lack of veterans in the technology industry, and startups and technology companies report they have a hard time filling open positions, it’s clear there is a great opportunity for veterans looking for their next career. However, transitioning into a technical field like software engineering can be daunting, so that’s where Microsoft and Bing can help by providing scholarships for 8 veterans to participate in the Opportunity Fund. Additionally, Hirepurpose, an organization that connects veterans with... Read More General Assembly , a global educational group that provides best-of-class practical education in business, technology and design, is empowering the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs. This week, General Assembly is unveiling the “ Opportunity Fund ” - a scholarship and support program that is being piloted in New York City to serve underrepresented students entering the technology industry. Bing is proud to be a founding member of the program and is underwriting 8 scholarships for military veterans. Why are we taking part? When you consider the unemployment rate for... Read More
  • April
    16

    Bing.com Gets More Personal

    At Build, we previewed Cortana powered by Bing which will ship with the upcoming release of Windows Phone 8.1. One of the things that makes Cortana so helpful is her ability to learn about your preferences and interests. As we talked about last week, it is the Bing platform that makes this possible, earned through years of experience doing web search. Starting today, we are 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. Let’s see how this works. 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 signed in, Bing will remember your interests and notify you, as appropriate, across a range of Bing-powered Microsoft services, such as Cortana and the Bing Sports app, for example. You can learn more and set your interests here on... Read More At Build, we previewed Cortana powered by Bing which will ship with the upcoming release of Windows Phone 8.1. One of the things that makes Cortana so helpful is her ability to learn about your preferences and interests. As we talked about last week, it is the Bing platform that makes this possible, earned through years of experience doing web search. Starting today, we are 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... Read More
  • April
    14

    Bing Spatial Data Services Meets 3D

    At //build 2014 there were many exciting announcements. It would have been easy to miss one of the implications of the moment of glory for Internet Explorer 11 during the keynote on day 1. The demo of the new FishGL website gave a hint about the enhanced support for WebGL in IE11 and, while I find fish quite yummy, I was more intrigued about what it means for mapping. After installing the Windows 8.1 Update, I quickly checked on Cesium, a free and open source map control that uses by default Bing Maps imagery and the Bing Maps geocoder. With this release of IE11 you can now take advantage of the latest and greatest in the Cesium control. In this quick tutorial we will visualize data stored in the Bing Spatial Data Services (SDS) through the Cesium map control in 3D… READ MORE At //build 2014 there were many exciting announcements. It would have been easy to miss one of the implications of the moment of glory for Internet Explorer 11 during the keynote on day 1. The demo of the new FishGL website gave a hint about the enhanced support for WebGL in IE11 and, while I find fish quite yummy, I was more intrigued about what it means for mapping. After installing the Windows 8.1 Update, I quickly checked on Cesium, a free and open source map control that uses by default Bing Maps imagery and the Bing Maps geocoder. With this release of IE11 you can now take advantage of the... Read More
  • April
    14

    Integrating Store Apps with Cortana in...

    Last week, we took the stage in San Francisco and proudly announced Cortana as part of the Windows Phone 8.1 update. You’ve likely already read about how Cortana will use the power of Bing to deliver personalized, natural experiences to users. What you may not have read is how Cortana empowers application developers to deliver robust, natural experiences of their own. Windows Phone 8.0, our previous release, brought with it the Voice Commands feature . Voice Commands on 8.0 enable an application developer to author simple phrases and lists of words that together allow a user to quickly navigate into a specific experience within an application; for example, “Hulu, show me my queue.” The biggest limitation of Voice Commands was that the full text of the commands themselves needed to be known ahead of time—this made them difficult to use for searching, social networking, or anything else with a large vocabulary. We knew our developers needed more and we wanted more ourselves—just check out the kinds of things that our team thought up when asked what they’d like to do: To make these kinds of interactions possible, we’ve introduced new... Read More Last week, we took the stage in San Francisco and proudly announced Cortana as part of the Windows Phone 8.1 update. You’ve likely already read about how Cortana will use the power of Bing to deliver personalized, natural experiences to users. What you may not have read is how Cortana empowers application developers to deliver robust, natural experiences of their own. Windows Phone 8.0, our previous release, brought with it the Voice Commands feature . Voice Commands on 8.0 enable an application developer to author simple phrases and lists of words that together allow a user to quickly... Read More
  • April
    10

    Where Does Your Time Go?

    Time is the one thing we all want more of, yet no one can create more of. It limits what we can accomplish all too often, and it forces us to work faster and smarter. There’s way too much of it when you’re trying to boil water, and not nearly enough when planning vacation. It’s safe to say that humans, generally speaking, can be obsessed with time. We pay attention to it. Numerous devices exist to help us track it, “manage” it and remind us of its passing. Time is elusive, but finite. It’s elastic, but unforgiving. It can be our friend, or our enemy. And one thing is for sure…we could all do better when it comes to managing it and investing it in places. There has been a trend for some time now, specific to managing time with email, to close your email down, and only reference it a couple times each day. Email is a time suck. Your inbox will rarely be empty, there will always be something unresponded to, and everything will always be an emergency (or so those sending emails often claim). And it makes some sense, too. If you want to get something done, you need to focus on it. often a straight run on one project of 45 minutes or so will... Read More Time is the one thing we all want more of, yet no one can create more of. It limits what we can accomplish all too often, and it forces us to work faster and smarter. There’s way too much of it when you’re trying to boil water, and not nearly enough when planning vacation. It’s safe to say that humans, generally speaking, can be obsessed with time. We pay attention to it. Numerous devices exist to help us track it, “manage” it and remind us of its passing. Time is elusive, but finite. It’s elastic, but unforgiving. It can be our friend, or our enemy. And one... Read More
  • April
    07

    Staying Fit with Bing Maps

    I just feel better when I have a certain level of fitness. So, I came up with the idea of the ‘Donkey Bike’. The idea was to create a virtual trip to visit my parents in Germany and track the progress with every rotation of my wheel and every stroke of the rower. I’d rather choose a scenic route than the direct one, so the first part of the journey is a 6,886 km ride from Redmond, WA to Nova Scotia, Canada. With 1,081 km down, a flat tire (yes, that can happen even in the basement), a few interesting scenes discovered on the imagery and a few pounds lighter than when I started the journey, I thought it’s time to share some details on the somewhat unusual ‘Donkey Bike’… READ MORE I just feel better when I have a certain level of fitness. So, I came up with the idea of the ‘Donkey Bike’. The idea was to create a virtual trip to visit my parents in Germany and track the progress with every rotation of my wheel and every stroke of the rower. I’d rather choose a scenic route than the direct one, so the first part of the journey is a 6,886 km ride from Redmond, WA to Nova Scotia, Canada. With 1,081 km down, a flat tire (yes, that can happen even in the basement), a few interesting scenes discovered on the imagery and a few pounds lighter than when I started... Read More
  • April
    04

    Image Overlays with Bing Maps (Native)

    A while back I wrote a blog posts called Image Overlays with Bing Maps (JavaScript). In this blog post we saw a couple of different ways to overlay an image on the map and bind it to a bounding box such that it stays correctly positioned when panned and scales as you zoom the map. In this blog post we are going to look at two different methods for doing this in the Native Bing Maps SDK for Window Store Apps. The first method will consist of creating a custom control that stretches and positions an image as the map is zoomed and panned. The second method will make use of the Custom Polygon control from a recent blog post . We will overlay the image on the custom polygon using an image brush… READ MORE A while back I wrote a blog posts called Image Overlays with Bing Maps (JavaScript). In this blog post we saw a couple of different ways to overlay an image on the map and bind it to a bounding box such that it stays correctly positioned when panned and scales as you zoom the map. In this blog post we are going to look at two different methods for doing this in the Native Bing Maps SDK for Window Store Apps. The first method will consist of creating a custom control that stretches and positions an image as the map is zoomed and panned. The second method will make use of the Custom Polygon control... Read More