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Bing Australia blog — Feb 2011

  • February
    22

    Visual Search has landed

    The wait is finally over as Bing Australia officially launches 'Visual Search', a feature which is bound to be one of our most popular releases ever. How do we know this? A Microsoft study revealed that Visual Search saves you time refining complex queries enabling you to find what you're looking for considerably quicker than by using standard search. Now, what is it exactly? Visual Search is an additional search tool that offers seamless image galleries where you have the option to scroll or make refinements using the tick-box filters. These can be found on the left-hand side and are individually tailored to each gallery. Unlike a standard image search, Visual Search galleries are selected and created, in our case specifically for the Australian market, using data from trusted content suppliers. This intuitive new feature is designed to not only make searching for your favourite subjects easier but also offer a rich visual experience and a simplified way to navigate. See Visual Search for yourself here . When hovering over an individual image within a gallery, you'll get access to additional content. For example, hovering over a cocktail will bring up its base ingredient... Read More The wait is finally over as Bing Australia officially launches 'Visual Search', a feature which is bound to be one of our most popular releases ever. How do we know this? A Microsoft study revealed that Visual Search saves you time refining complex queries enabling you to find what you're looking for considerably quicker than by using standard search. Now, what is it exactly? Visual Search is an additional search tool that offers seamless image galleries where you have the option to scroll or make refinements using the tick-box filters. These can be found on the left-hand side and are individually tailored to each gallery. Unlike a standard image search, Visual Search galleries are selected and created, in our case specifically for the Australian market, using data from trusted content suppliers. This intuitive new feature is designed to not only make searching for your favourite subjects easier but also offer a rich visual experience and a simplified way to navigate. See Visual Search for yourself here . When hovering over an individual image within a gallery, you'll get access to additional content. For example, hovering over a cocktail will bring up its base ingredient... Read More
  • February
    10

    Happy Valentine’s Day: Free Games!

    Cupid has drawn back his bow and fired off another arrow of love, and fortunately for you all it has struck Bing Australia. Whilst this hasn't sent us swooning, it has prompted us to make a Valentine's Day announcement. You can now play free online games on Bing. Whilst you may be at wits end trying to find the romantic link, rest assured that you can choose to hold on to a pair of hearts , visit a beauty salon and search for roses all via Bing's new gaming feature. Users can access the games by searching for the game names in Bing search, for example Bejeweled 3 . You'll find all your online favourites such as 8 Ball Champion , Solitaire , Plants vs Zombies and Treasure Hunt , with more games being regularly added. We've noticed that searches for online games accounts for a significant amount of searches in Bing Australia and this gaming feature allows users to play the most popular online games directly in Bing, with minimal fuss. So you might be a champion of romance, but are you an online gaming champion? There's only one way to find out. Good luck! - Bing AU Product Team Cupid has drawn back his bow and fired off another arrow of love, and fortunately for you all it has struck Bing Australia. Whilst this hasn't sent us swooning, it has prompted us to make a Valentine's Day announcement. You can now play free online games on Bing. Whilst you may be at wits end trying to find the romantic link, rest assured that you can choose to hold on to a pair of hearts , visit a beauty salon and search for roses all via Bing's new gaming feature. Users can access the games by searching for the game names in Bing search, for example Bejeweled 3 . You'll find all your online favourites such as 8 Ball Champion , Solitaire , Plants vs Zombies and Treasure Hunt , with more games being regularly added. We've noticed that searches for online games accounts for a significant amount of searches in Bing Australia and this gaming feature allows users to play the most popular online games directly in Bing, with minimal fuss. So you might be a champion of romance, but are you an online gaming champion? There's only one way to find out. Good luck! - Bing AU Product Team
  • February
    08

    Bing screensaver 1 of 3: Architecture theme

    Bing Australia has created a free screensaver pack that will see your desktop brimming with breath-taking images of the world's finest architectural feats and monuments, as featured amongst our vibrant daily homepage images. So, what are you waiting for! Stay tuned for the 'Wildlife' and the 'Weird and Wonderful' themed screensaver packs - the next in the series. These screensavers will perfectly compliment the earlier released Best of Bing Australia wallpaper pack. The system requirements for installing the screensavers are as follows: Windows 7; Windows Vistal windows XP with Service Pack(SP) 2 Windows Internet Explorer 6 or later; Firefox 3.0 or later 512 megabyte (MB) RAM or higher 500 megahertz (MHZ) processor or higher 50 megabyte (MB) of free hard drive space - Bing AU Product Team Bing Australia has created a free screensaver pack that will see your desktop brimming with breath-taking images of the world's finest architectural feats and monuments, as featured amongst our vibrant daily homepage images. So, what are you waiting for! Stay tuned for the 'Wildlife' and the 'Weird and Wonderful' themed screensaver packs - the next in the series. These screensavers will perfectly compliment the earlier released Best of Bing Australia wallpaper pack. The system requirements for installing the screensavers are as follows: Windows 7; Windows Vistal windows XP with Service Pack(SP) 2 Windows Internet Explorer 6 or later; Firefox 3.0 or later 512 megabyte (MB) RAM or higher 500 megahertz (MHZ) processor or higher 50 megabyte (MB) of free hard drive space - Bing AU Product Team