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  • April
    02

    The Powerset Blog Turns a Page

    If you have followed this blog in the past you may have wondered why the frequency of updates has slowed to an almost grinding halt. Well the simplest answer is that the Powerset team at Bing has been heads down building the next wave of features that will make Bing your favorite search engine, and has been a bit remiss in updating this blog. Back when we were on our own, we at Powerset realized the importance of building a strong and vibrant community, and keeping it informed of cool features and projects we were working on. When we joined the Microsoft family, and became part of the launch of Bing, we were happy to realize that Microsoft and Bing shared that same feeling of commitment to nurturing and growing a community that is passionate about our products. Therefore, we started to feel that consolidating our community efforts was the right choice. With today’s post, we are discontinuing the Powerset blog and merging our efforts to keep you informed and up to date with the main Bing community blogs. From time to time, our PMs and developers will post about a new feature we launched, or what we have in store for the next generation search snippets or answers, two of the... Read More If you have followed this blog in the past you may have wondered why the frequency of updates has slowed to an almost grinding halt. Well the simplest answer is that the Powerset team at Bing has been heads down building the next wave of features that will make Bing your favorite search engine, and has been a bit remiss in updating this blog. Back when we were on our own, we at Powerset realized the importance of building a strong and vibrant community, and keeping it informed of cool features and projects we were working on. When we joined the Microsoft family, and became part of the launch of Bing, we were happy to realize that Microsoft and Bing shared that same feeling of commitment to nurturing and growing a community that is passionate about our products. Therefore, we started to feel that consolidating our community efforts was the right choice. With today’s post, we are discontinuing the Powerset blog and merging our efforts to keep you informed and up to date with the main Bing community blogs. From time to time, our PMs and developers will post about a new feature we launched, or what we have in store for the next generation search snippets or answers, two of the... Read More
  • September
    16

    Learn more with Bing Reference

    The Powerset team at Bing is working hard to make the Reference vertical the premier source on the web for your reference needs. We've got many new features under development, and a few that we've just launched to give you a taste for what's to come. Until now, the only way to reach Bing Reference has been via the instant answers available at bing.com - for example, for " Albert Einstein " or " Paul Celan ". We've greatly expanded the set of queries on which this answer will trigger, and we've also enabled these answers for all English-speaking markets. But to really make the Reference vertical easier to find, we created the Reference homepage, at http://www.bing.com/reference . (Or, from the Bing homepage , click “ more ,” then click “ Reference ".) This page provides an overview of the topics and content available within Bing Reference. On this page you can research the Bing homepage image, browse topics of the day, and see examples of queries that illustrate Powerset's strong natural-language search capabilities. The Reference vertical still searches all of Wikipedia for each query, but now for certain queries, also provides a dossier from... Read More The Powerset team at Bing is working hard to make the Reference vertical the premier source on the web for your reference needs. We've got many new features under development, and a few that we've just launched to give you a taste for what's to come. Until now, the only way to reach Bing Reference has been via the instant answers available at bing.com - for example, for " Albert Einstein " or " Paul Celan ". We've greatly expanded the set of queries on which this answer will trigger, and we've also enabled these answers for all English-speaking markets. But to really make the Reference vertical easier to find, we created the Reference homepage, at http://www.bing.com/reference . (Or, from the Bing homepage , click “ more ,” then click “ Reference ".) This page provides an overview of the topics and content available within Bing Reference. On this page you can research the Bing homepage image, browse topics of the day, and see examples of queries that illustrate Powerset's strong natural-language search capabilities. The Reference vertical still searches all of Wikipedia for each query, but now for certain queries, also provides a dossier from... Read More
  • June
    23

    Bing @ The 2009 Semantic Technology Conference

    A group of semantic technology enthusiasts descended on San Jose for the Semantic Technology Conference last week, and the Powerset division at Bing was there to show off Bing and take part in the semantic technology discussion. There was a crew of people from team Powerset in attendance: Scott Prevost (general manager), Mark Johnson (senior program manager), Ron Kaplan (chief scientist), Stuart Robinson (research engineer), Savas Parastatidis (Microsoft research) and Katie Conry (product/marketing). Dr. Ron Kaplan participated in a panel discussion entitled, “Semantic Search Beyond RDF” along with Riza Berkan from Hakia, Christian Hempelmann from RiverGlass, and Wen Ruan from TextWise. According to Ron, though RDF is useful for many tasks, it isn’t sufficient when it come to processing natural language semantics, the kind of technology being developed at Powerset. For example, RDF isn’t able to capture ambiguity, which is one of the critical components of any natural language system. During Ron’s talk, he talked about the limitations of RDF and contrasted it with the technology at Powerset. Check out our podcast below for more information.... Read More A group of semantic technology enthusiasts descended on San Jose for the Semantic Technology Conference last week, and the Powerset division at Bing was there to show off Bing and take part in the semantic technology discussion. There was a crew of people from team Powerset in attendance: Scott Prevost (general manager), Mark Johnson (senior program manager), Ron Kaplan (chief scientist), Stuart Robinson (research engineer), Savas Parastatidis (Microsoft research) and Katie Conry (product/marketing). Dr. Ron Kaplan participated in a panel discussion entitled, “Semantic Search Beyond RDF” along with Riza Berkan from Hakia, Christian Hempelmann from RiverGlass, and Wen Ruan from TextWise. According to Ron, though RDF is useful for many tasks, it isn’t sufficient when it come to processing natural language semantics, the kind of technology being developed at Powerset. For example, RDF isn’t able to capture ambiguity, which is one of the critical components of any natural language system. During Ron’s talk, he talked about the limitations of RDF and contrasted it with the technology at Powerset. Check out our podcast below for more information.... Read More
  • June
    03

    Powerset & Bing

    Bing is here! As of today, everyone can begin to Bing . Many have already been using Bing since the June 1st preview, and the feedback has been rolling in . So we wanted to join in the conversation with some details on some of the more visible Powerset features that are now available in Bing. The Powerset division has contributed to Bing in both subtle and more conspicuous ways. While the subtle contributions are important, they are much harder to showcase. This post will focus on how the features that our users have come to love on Powerset.com have evolved and have been integrated into Bing . There now is a Wikipedia “Reference” vertical that can be accessed through Bing. Certain queries like “ squirrel monkey ” for example will trigger a reference answer. Click the “Reference” Quick Tab in the left hand rail (aka the Explore Pane) and you will land on the best Wikipedia page for that query. (Other suggested queries that trigger the Reference vertical include Facebook , Sikhism , Albert Einstein , Brassica Tournefortii , Paul Celan , Craiglist , Ferrari Enzo , Coldwell Banker , Tanita Tikaram .) In the Reference vertical... Read More Bing is here! As of today, everyone can begin to Bing . Many have already been using Bing since the June 1st preview, and the feedback has been rolling in . So we wanted to join in the conversation with some details on some of the more visible Powerset features that are now available in Bing. The Powerset division has contributed to Bing in both subtle and more conspicuous ways. While the subtle contributions are important, they are much harder to showcase. This post will focus on how the features that our users have come to love on Powerset.com have evolved and have been integrated into Bing . There now is a Wikipedia “Reference” vertical that can be accessed through Bing. Certain queries like “ squirrel monkey ” for example will trigger a reference answer. Click the “Reference” Quick Tab in the left hand rail (aka the Explore Pane) and you will land on the best Wikipedia page for that query. (Other suggested queries that trigger the Reference vertical include Facebook , Sikhism , Albert Einstein , Brassica Tournefortii , Paul Celan , Craiglist , Ferrari Enzo , Coldwell Banker , Tanita Tikaram .) In the Reference vertical... Read More
  • June
    01

    New Community Site: Welcome!

    Welcome to the new community site, the new home of the Powerset blog. As of today, June 1, all of our blog posts will redirect to the Powerset Bing Blog . The Bing community site is a collection of blogs, forums and event information – your go-to location for all things Bing, including webmaster content , travel , developer info and, of course, the Powerset blog . This community site will serve as a space for feedback and communication with Bing users and we look forward to being a part of the conversation! Katie Conry, Powerset division of Bing Welcome to the new community site, the new home of the Powerset blog. As of today, June 1, all of our blog posts will redirect to the Powerset Bing Blog . The Bing community site is a collection of blogs, forums and event information – your go-to location for all things Bing, including webmaster content , travel , developer info and, of course, the Powerset blog . This community site will serve as a space for feedback and communication with Bing users and we look forward to being a part of the conversation! Katie Conry, Powerset division of Bing
  • May
    28

    Bing!

    Today, Steve Ballmer announced the launch of Microsoft’s new search product, Bing, at the D conference . Bing is a new kind of search engine, designed to do more than find search results. Bing is a Decision Engine created to help you cut through Internet clutter to help you make faster, more informed decisions. For more information on Bing, please check out the main search blog . Though Powerset only joined Microsoft in August 2008 , we are very proud of the contributions we’ve been able to make in that time. We’d also like to note that, long before the acquisition of Powerset, Microsoft’s search team was hard at work building the infrastructure and technology to make Bing possible. In the next week, we’ll be posting more information about the Powerset integration into Bing. Stay tuned to learn about how Bing is the best place to find, read, and search Wikipedia articles while still having access to great Web search. Mark Johnson, Senior Program Manager Today, Steve Ballmer announced the launch of Microsoft’s new search product, Bing, at the D conference . Bing is a new kind of search engine, designed to do more than find search results. Bing is a Decision Engine created to help you cut through Internet clutter to help you make faster, more informed decisions. For more information on Bing, please check out the main search blog . Though Powerset only joined Microsoft in August 2008 , we are very proud of the contributions we’ve been able to make in that time. We’d also like to note that, long before the acquisition of Powerset, Microsoft’s search team was hard at work building the infrastructure and technology to make Bing possible. In the next week, we’ll be posting more information about the Powerset integration into Bing. Stay tuned to learn about how Bing is the best place to find, read, and search Wikipedia articles while still having access to great Web search. Mark Johnson, Senior Program Manager
  • May
    18

    Powerset/Microsoft returning to Web 3.0

    Powerset is excited to be returning to the Web 3.0 conference, May 19 to 20th 2009 in New York. Last year Powerset's general manager keynoted at the conference . This year Senior Program Manager Mark Johnson will be speaking on a smarter searching panel at 10am on Wednesday May 20th along with Genacast Ventures, Ask.com, Hakia and FT Search. If you are interested in attending you can still register on-site. If you can't make it, Powerset and Live Search will be at the Semantic Technology Conference in San Jose in mid June. Check back soon for additional details! Powerset is excited to be returning to the Web 3.0 conference, May 19 to 20th 2009 in New York. Last year Powerset's general manager keynoted at the conference . This year Senior Program Manager Mark Johnson will be speaking on a smarter searching panel at 10am on Wednesday May 20th along with Genacast Ventures, Ask.com, Hakia and FT Search. If you are interested in attending you can still register on-site. If you can't make it, Powerset and Live Search will be at the Semantic Technology Conference in San Jose in mid June. Check back soon for additional details!
  • May
    10

    First Installment in the Powercast Series...

    Want to know what’s been going on inside the walls of Powerset lately? Check out our first video podcast: Powercast! The many lunch room conversations we have around the office inspired us to launch a podcasting series to share the thoughts, ideas, and technology of our team with the rest of the tech community. Since Powerset is considered part of the “Semantic Web,” we often debate exactly what that means. This week, Mark Johnson sat down with Dave Fayram , a software engineer working on Powerset’s semantic search infrastructure, to get his views on the subject. Mark and Dave discussed a definition of the Semantic Web and Powerset’s role in the space. Dave gives us his take on the current state of the Semantic Web, what can be improved and his predictions for the future. We’ll be continuing our series by regularly posting new video content. Stay tuned for more and if there are hot topics you’d like to hear from us on, let us know in the comments. (Please visit the site to view this video) Want to know what’s been going on inside the walls of Powerset lately? Check out our first video podcast: Powercast! The many lunch room conversations we have around the office inspired us to launch a podcasting series to share the thoughts, ideas, and technology of our team with the rest of the tech community. Since Powerset is considered part of the “Semantic Web,” we often debate exactly what that means. This week, Mark Johnson sat down with Dave Fayram , a software engineer working on Powerset’s semantic search infrastructure, to get his views on the subject. Mark and Dave discussed a definition of the Semantic Web and Powerset’s role in the space. Dave gives us his take on the current state of the Semantic Web, what can be improved and his predictions for the future. We’ll be continuing our series by regularly posting new video content. Stay tuned for more and if there are hot topics you’d like to hear from us on, let us know in the comments. (Please visit the site to view this video)
  • April
    03

    Epic PAWS Meetup: Presenters announced...

    We are thrilled to announce the lineup for the next Palo Alto Semantic Web (PAWS) Meetup sponsored by Microsoft on April 14 from 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. in our Mountain View offices. RSVP today and bring a friend! The Semantic Demo session will highlight semantic technology in mobile, consumer and enterprise applications, and showcase some applications from cutting-edge technology companies that have never before been demoed for the public. Presenters include: Zemanta Semantic Blogging ZAgile Semanti Wiki Cogito Answers Semantic Mobile Noovo Semantic Search and Share Uptake Semantic Travel Plus: Metaweb/Freebase Microsoft We hope to see you there! We are thrilled to announce the lineup for the next Palo Alto Semantic Web (PAWS) Meetup sponsored by Microsoft on April 14 from 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. in our Mountain View offices. RSVP today and bring a friend! The Semantic Demo session will highlight semantic technology in mobile, consumer and enterprise applications, and showcase some applications from cutting-edge technology companies that have never before been demoed for the public. Presenters include: Zemanta Semantic Blogging ZAgile Semanti Wiki Cogito Answers Semantic Mobile Noovo Semantic Search and Share Uptake Semantic Travel Plus: Metaweb/Freebase Microsoft We hope to see you there!
  • March
    19

    Call for Presenters: Epic PAWS Meetup

    The next Palo Alto Semantic Web (PAWS) Meetup will be hosted by Microsoft. The format will be many short demos of semantically inclined products and technologies. Got a unique product based on semantic technology? Do you have a geeky demo that, even though it’s demoed from the command line, will knock the socks off people? Spread the word, because we’re looking for companies and people to show off cool products. Please email kconry at microsoft dot com if you are interested, or if you’d like to suggest a company that is doing something different in semantics. Each presenter will get five minutes for their demonstration and five minutes for questions from the audience. This is a great opportunity to disseminate your product to like-minded people, get feedback from a smart group, and get people excited about what you’re doing. Come learn, geek out, meet interesting people and show off your work! The meetup will take place in the evening of April 14 at Microsoft’s Silicon Valley Campus in Mountain View. We’ll have more details once we secure the presenters, but please save the date. We are accepting proposals until Wednesday, April 1 . Submit now! The next Palo Alto Semantic Web (PAWS) Meetup will be hosted by Microsoft. The format will be many short demos of semantically inclined products and technologies. Got a unique product based on semantic technology? Do you have a geeky demo that, even though it’s demoed from the command line, will knock the socks off people? Spread the word, because we’re looking for companies and people to show off cool products. Please email kconry at microsoft dot com if you are interested, or if you’d like to suggest a company that is doing something different in semantics. Each presenter will get five minutes for their demonstration and five minutes for questions from the audience. This is a great opportunity to disseminate your product to like-minded people, get feedback from a smart group, and get people excited about what you’re doing. Come learn, geek out, meet interesting people and show off your work! The meetup will take place in the evening of April 14 at Microsoft’s Silicon Valley Campus in Mountain View. We’ll have more details once we secure the presenters, but please save the date. We are accepting proposals until Wednesday, April 1 . Submit now!
  • February
    24

    Try our new Ubiquity commands for Powerset...

    Ubiquity is a research project from Mozilla Labs that has a lot in common with Powerset: the goal of the project is to reinvent the user interface through natural language. Ubiquity uses a command-line interface to allow you to get tasks done quicker by typing in exactly what you want. If you’re a Firefox user, you can download Ubiquity here and try it out. Powerset is excited to have written a few Ubiquity commands that you might find useful. To install the commands, you'll need to first have installed Ubiquity and then go to Powerset.com and install the command using the install toolbar at the top of your browser. Once you have the commands installed, you can just type in “powerset ” and you’ll get a full Powerset Wikipedia search of the topic you enter. Just like in a Powerset search, we’ll show you answers from Freebase, Factz that we’ve distilled from Wikipedia, and relevant Wikpiedia articles. As a bonus, we’ve also included commands from Live Search. For example, try typing “live sean penn” to get Live Search results for Sean Penn. You can also type “live images sean penn” to get a list of images or “live... Read More Ubiquity is a research project from Mozilla Labs that has a lot in common with Powerset: the goal of the project is to reinvent the user interface through natural language. Ubiquity uses a command-line interface to allow you to get tasks done quicker by typing in exactly what you want. If you’re a Firefox user, you can download Ubiquity here and try it out. Powerset is excited to have written a few Ubiquity commands that you might find useful. To install the commands, you'll need to first have installed Ubiquity and then go to Powerset.com and install the command using the install toolbar at the top of your browser. Once you have the commands installed, you can just type in “powerset ” and you’ll get a full Powerset Wikipedia search of the topic you enter. Just like in a Powerset search, we’ll show you answers from Freebase, Factz that we’ve distilled from Wikipedia, and relevant Wikpiedia articles. As a bonus, we’ve also included commands from Live Search. For example, try typing “live sean penn” to get Live Search results for Sean Penn. You can also type “live images sean penn” to get a list of images or “live... Read More
  • October
    28

    New Highlighting Feature

    Like many features at Powerset , our highlighting feature came about through the ingenuity of one of our engineers. Ian was having a discussion about circular polarized filters for camera lenses with his brother. He copied and pasted some text from Wikipedia into an IM chat, but his brother was dubious: “Where did that come from?” After Ian tried, unsuccessfully, to navigate his brother to the right passage in the Wikipedia article, he thought, “There must be a better way!” Hence, a new feature was born. User Highlighting allows you to highlight sentences on a Powerset page. The highlighted passage persists when you bookmark or share the URL. To use, just click the highlighter icon in the Article Outline and then click any sentences that you want to highlight. You can copy and share the URL; your modified page will automatically scroll to the highlighted section. This is made possible by the fact that Powerset semantically marks up Wikipedia and knows where sentences begin and end. It’s a great tool for sharing notes with a friend, posting a specific sentence in context to your blog, or proving someone wrong in an argument. For example, let’s... Read More Like many features at Powerset , our highlighting feature came about through the ingenuity of one of our engineers. Ian was having a discussion about circular polarized filters for camera lenses with his brother. He copied and pasted some text from Wikipedia into an IM chat, but his brother was dubious: “Where did that come from?” After Ian tried, unsuccessfully, to navigate his brother to the right passage in the Wikipedia article, he thought, “There must be a better way!” Hence, a new feature was born. User Highlighting allows you to highlight sentences on a Powerset page. The highlighted passage persists when you bookmark or share the URL. To use, just click the highlighter icon in the Article Outline and then click any sentences that you want to highlight. You can copy and share the URL; your modified page will automatically scroll to the highlighted section. This is made possible by the fact that Powerset semantically marks up Wikipedia and knows where sentences begin and end. It’s a great tool for sharing notes with a friend, posting a specific sentence in context to your blog, or proving someone wrong in an argument. For example, let’s... Read More
  • October
    20

    Powerset at Internet Librarian 2008

    From October 20-22 Powerset will be attending the Internet Librarian Conference in Monterey, CA. This year’s theme is “Beyond 2.0: User-Focused Tools & Practices,” and Danny Sullivan from Search Engine Land will be making a Keynote Presentation “Search Engine Land: What’s Happening Out There?” We’re excited to be able to speak to so many internet-savvy librarians, to show off how Powerset is a cutting-edge research tool and to gather feedback about how to make Powerset even better. Powerset is sponsoring the Internet Café. If you’re attending, stop by to check your e-mail, learn about Powerset, and get some nifty schwag! From October 20-22 Powerset will be attending the Internet Librarian Conference in Monterey, CA. This year’s theme is “Beyond 2.0: User-Focused Tools & Practices,” and Danny Sullivan from Search Engine Land will be making a Keynote Presentation “Search Engine Land: What’s Happening Out There?” We’re excited to be able to speak to so many internet-savvy librarians, to show off how Powerset is a cutting-edge research tool and to gather feedback about how to make Powerset even better. Powerset is sponsoring the Internet Café. If you’re attending, stop by to check your e-mail, learn about Powerset, and get some nifty schwag!
  • October
    08

    Powerset at Web 3.0 next week

    Powerset is excited to be participating in Web 3.0 , held in Santa Clara from October 16-17, 2008. Scott Prevost, Powerset’s general manager, will be keynoting in the morning on Friday, where he’ll describe The Road to Semantic Search . Also, Mark Johnson, a Powerset Program Manager, will be hosting a roundtable discussion on Thursday afternoon called Semantic Startup 101 – Successes, challenges, and strategic decisions , featuring Alitora, Cerebra, Metaweb, and Evri. If you’re interested in attending , you can get a full conference pass or just come to the Expo Hall and keynotes for only $50. We hope to see you there! Powerset is excited to be participating in Web 3.0 , held in Santa Clara from October 16-17, 2008. Scott Prevost, Powerset’s general manager, will be keynoting in the morning on Friday, where he’ll describe The Road to Semantic Search . Also, Mark Johnson, a Powerset Program Manager, will be hosting a roundtable discussion on Thursday afternoon called Semantic Startup 101 – Successes, challenges, and strategic decisions , featuring Alitora, Cerebra, Metaweb, and Evri. If you’re interested in attending , you can get a full conference pass or just come to the Expo Hall and keynotes for only $50. We hope to see you there!
  • September
    17

    Powerset's First Live Search Projects

    Powerset officially became a part of Microsoft a little over a month ago and we’ve already completed our first few integration projects: Freebase Answers, improved captions for Wikipedia results, and new related searches using our Factz engine . These projects were meant to be achievable in 30 days and act as a first collaboration between the Live Search and Powerset teams. We have plans for deeper integration in the future, but these projects gave us an opportunity to get to know our colleagues up in Redmond and drive greater understanding of our respective technologies. All of these projects are currently being “flighted” on Live Search, which means that they are being shown only to a small percentage of users (if you get one, consider yourself lucky!). Once we’ve gotten data back from the tests, we’ll plan next steps and decide what features will eventually roll into the product. The first project was to expand the number of queries for which Live Search shows Answers. Queries like San Francisco weather , MSFT , and Banff national park already produce answers. Also, many celebrities from abba to frank zappa and even bloggers from seth godin to leo laporte... Read More Powerset officially became a part of Microsoft a little over a month ago and we’ve already completed our first few integration projects: Freebase Answers, improved captions for Wikipedia results, and new related searches using our Factz engine . These projects were meant to be achievable in 30 days and act as a first collaboration between the Live Search and Powerset teams. We have plans for deeper integration in the future, but these projects gave us an opportunity to get to know our colleagues up in Redmond and drive greater understanding of our respective technologies. All of these projects are currently being “flighted” on Live Search, which means that they are being shown only to a small percentage of users (if you get one, consider yourself lucky!). Once we’ve gotten data back from the tests, we’ll plan next steps and decide what features will eventually roll into the product. The first project was to expand the number of queries for which Live Search shows Answers. Queries like San Francisco weather , MSFT , and Banff national park already produce answers. Also, many celebrities from abba to frank zappa and even bloggers from seth godin to leo laporte... Read More