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In our last post, we showed you a few ways to add Bing to your browser whether you are using the latest version of IE, Firefox or Chrome. Today, we want to demonstrate how Bing’s integration with both IE8 and Firefox provides quick access to information, to make your search easier.
Internet Explorer 8
When typing certain queries in the IE8 Search Box, Bing will return rich auto-suggestions, including Instant Answers, which provide you the information you’re looking for right from the search box.
These suggestions are available in English only in the markets designated below:
weather (e.g. Boston weather) available for the United States, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, India
stock quotes (e.g. msft), available for the United States, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom
show times (e.g. Angels and Demons) available for the United States
flight status (e.g. ua 820) available for the United States, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, India
definitions (e.g. define renaissance) available for the United States, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, India, New Zealand, Philippines, South Africa
conversions (e.g. 71 degrees F in C) available for the United States, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, India, New Zealand, Philippines, South Africa
equations (e.g. x*5 = 7) available for the United States, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, India, New Zealand, Philippines, South Africa
calculator (e.g. 2+2) available for the United States, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, India, New Zealand, Philippines, South Africa
Bing accelerators enable you to access your favorite online services no matter where you are on the web. From the IE Add-ons site, you can add Bing Translate, Maps, and Shop and Save with Bing Shopping accelerators. For instance, if you are in the market for a new cell phone, and you find the Samsung BD-P3600 on a website you can highlight “Samsung BD-P3600,” right click and select the Shop and Save with Bing Shopping accelerator from the pop-up menu. You can preview Bing Shopping cashback offers on the Samsung BD-P3600 or click any of the links in the preview window to see offers from specific merchants.
IE8 Web Slices enable you to monitor information that changes periodically. We have Web Slices available for you to track Weather, Finance and Traffic.
To find all Bing add-ons for IE8, just click here.
Bing provides auto-suggestions on Firefox. When you start to type a query in the Firefox search box, Bing will return a list of suggestions based on what you have entered, thus helping you find what is important to you faster and easier. Say you are a White Sox fan and you are looking for tickets. Enter “white sox” in the Search Box and you get back the list shown below…just pick “white sock tickets” and you are quickly on your way to being in the stands!
Bing is based on the Open Search standard and we use the JSON interface supported by Firefox to retrieve auto-suggestions.
As you can see, you can Bing & Decide in many ways!
Debapriya Ray, Beatrice Oltean, Alessandro Catorcini, Bill Pardi, Bing
Great feature this auto-suggestions for Firefox. What's the ranking behind the suggestions? Just alphabetical or search results?
Let's get Canada in there for Show times!
Does Bing have an "I'm feeling lucky" type feature I can use to override Firefox's keyword.URL about:config option, so I can use Bing for location bar searches as well?
I want you to visit the website www.htrm520agrotech.spaces.live.com and write your comments and interact here or in email@example.com
I am trying to bring together 520 investors & 208 farmers & professionals to begin a cooperative Multi(fresh)produce farm for benefit of the marginalized & downtrodden & rehabilitated alcoholics etc through farming on waste lands in Maharashtra in India. Let your friends know after you read the details provided.
Is anyone else upset about the tax increase for PA?
They need to stop spending the way all the rest must do when we are out of funds!
Great feature. Its much easier to get a variety of results.
Place a link to Zune and Xbox on the Bing front page.
Make Bing background pictures available as wallpapers for your desktop through Bing.com. Users would love that. The pictures are fantastic. Another reason to visit the website.
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@Max: the ranking is based on the frequency of occurrence of a given query.
Bing Rocks and PeopleSearches.com
@Nathaniel: To set Bing as your "default" search engine for location bar searches in Firefox, you will need to do the following:
a. Type about:config in the location bar, and click "I'll be careful, I promise!" :)
b. Filter on keyword.url
c. Double-click the keyword.url preference. In the pop-up dialog, please enter: www.bing.com/search d. Click OK.
You are now all set to use Bing for location bar searches!
How to optimize our site for Bing?
Do they have any rules?
I like the auto-suggestions Bing provides. Nice feature.
I have noticed that sites which are appearing on google on the first page are on bin in the 5th 6th or even 10th page. As happend with www.fabfive24.com. What can some one do to optimize the search for bing without loosing the ranking for google?
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