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Search Blog — Dec 2009

  • December
    31

    Thank You and Happy New Year!

    What a year 2009 was for the team here at Bing. Launching Bing has been exciting and we are thankful to those of you that turn to the Bing Blog for all the latest information on all things Bing. We are looking forward to continuing our passion for search and connecting with all of you in 2010 whether here or @bing. Wishing all of you a very happy new year in 2010. May next year be just as exciting and full as the last. All our best! The Bing Team What a year 2009 was for the team here at Bing. Launching Bing has been exciting and we are thankful to those of you that turn to the Bing Blog for all the latest information on all things Bing. We are looking forward to continuing our passion for search and connecting with all of you in 2010 whether here or @bing. Wishing all of you a very happy new year in 2010. May next year be just as exciting and full as the last. All our best! The Bing Team
  • December
    22

    Bing…life should be easier

    Holiday season is in full swing. And what a great time of year it is - the snow is flying, people are heading out on vacation to spend time with family and friends, and everyone’s got some last minute things to do. At Bing, our goal is to make your life a little easier no matter what the task or decision, and we recently launched some new richer, enhanced search results that can help you do just that. In fact, this was the subject of the ‘Mixed Media Search’ panel at Search Engine Strategies conference in Chicago a couple weeks ago. There I talked about how Bing is moving beyond the ’10 blue links’ with richer and more organized pages that are designed to help consumers complete tasks and make better decisions. We’re delivering more of these richer experiences to help make the tough decisions and complete tasks big and small. Here are a couple examples of a few recent features that demonstrate how we’re evolving search from just listing links to actually providing you rich information, experiences, and tools. As you probably remember, we recently launched Visual Search and it’s an easy way jog the memory, come up with some great... Read More Holiday season is in full swing. And what a great time of year it is - the snow is flying, people are heading out on vacation to spend time with family and friends, and everyone’s got some last minute things to do. At Bing, our goal is to make your life a little easier no matter what the task or decision, and we recently launched some new richer, enhanced search results that can help you do just that. In fact, this was the subject of the ‘Mixed Media Search’ panel at Search Engine Strategies conference in Chicago a couple weeks ago. There I talked about how Bing is moving beyond the ’10 blue links’ with richer and more organized pages that are designed to help consumers complete tasks and make better decisions. We’re delivering more of these richer experiences to help make the tough decisions and complete tasks big and small. Here are a couple examples of a few recent features that demonstrate how we’re evolving search from just listing links to actually providing you rich information, experiences, and tools. As you probably remember, we recently launched Visual Search and it’s an easy way jog the memory, come up with some great... Read More
  • December
    22

    …and the rest of the 2009 Most Searched...

    Earlier this month we announced the top trending searched topics on Bing for 2009 (we wish the circumstances for Michael Jackson topping that list were a bit more positive) and we also revealed the top searched celebrity of 09 (Oh…. Perez Hilton you were hot, hot, hot). We then asked you to go and take our End of Year Facebook quiz to test your I.Q. of hot topics in 2009. How did you do in the quiz? I was batting around .500 this year and so were the majority of you (roughly 40%) and only 7% of you were search Gurus. I didn’t do too well this year but know I can do better next year. Who would’ve thought that Las Vegas would beat out Hawaii for most searched travel destinations, or that Susan Boyle was searched for more often than Taylor Swift? We know a majority of you swore the iPhone was the most searched electronic device…well as a matter of fact, you were close, it was the iPod. And over half of you were pulling for New Moon for most searched movie which was actually runner up to the original movie, Twilight. Below is the complete list of the top 2009 searches on Bing. Top Male Celebrities 1 Perez Hilton 2 Robert Pattinson ... Read More Earlier this month we announced the top trending searched topics on Bing for 2009 (we wish the circumstances for Michael Jackson topping that list were a bit more positive) and we also revealed the top searched celebrity of 09 (Oh…. Perez Hilton you were hot, hot, hot). We then asked you to go and take our End of Year Facebook quiz to test your I.Q. of hot topics in 2009. How did you do in the quiz? I was batting around .500 this year and so were the majority of you (roughly 40%) and only 7% of you were search Gurus. I didn’t do too well this year but know I can do better next year. Who would’ve thought that Las Vegas would beat out Hawaii for most searched travel destinations, or that Susan Boyle was searched for more often than Taylor Swift? We know a majority of you swore the iPhone was the most searched electronic device…well as a matter of fact, you were close, it was the iPod. And over half of you were pulling for New Moon for most searched movie which was actually runner up to the original movie, Twilight. Below is the complete list of the top 2009 searches on Bing. Top Male Celebrities 1 Perez Hilton 2 Robert Pattinson ... Read More
  • December
    21

    Home Sweet Home Page Winning Photo

    We are happy to announce that after tallying the last of your votes the winning photo for our Home Sweet Home Page Photo contest has been selected. The winning photo of the majestic Seattle Skyline taken by Justin Kraemer took the lead early in the final round of voting. His colorful and beautiful image of Seattle, WA is truly amazing. Justin’s photo was taken on March 29, 2009, after a long stretch of bad weather, which as we know at Bing is fairly typical for the Seattle area. Justin headed out to the local dog park which had turned into more of a swamp, there were deep mud puddles everywhere, ruining his Adidas Sambas trying to get to his favorite photo spot next to a small bridge overlooking the city. Although once there the sunset was less than stellar and his feet were soaking, what came afterwards was certainly worth the wait! Justin had just purchased a new lens, the Sigma 30mm F/1.4 and this was one of the first images that he captured with it. The photo is a 3 exposure HDR that was tone mapped in Photomatix and then processed in Photoshop Cs3. By the looks of his photo we are certainly glad he made the recent lens purchase and as Justin said “it made a... Read More We are happy to announce that after tallying the last of your votes the winning photo for our Home Sweet Home Page Photo contest has been selected. The winning photo of the majestic Seattle Skyline taken by Justin Kraemer took the lead early in the final round of voting. His colorful and beautiful image of Seattle, WA is truly amazing. Justin’s photo was taken on March 29, 2009, after a long stretch of bad weather, which as we know at Bing is fairly typical for the Seattle area. Justin headed out to the local dog park which had turned into more of a swamp, there were deep mud puddles everywhere, ruining his Adidas Sambas trying to get to his favorite photo spot next to a small bridge overlooking the city. Although once there the sunset was less than stellar and his feet were soaking, what came afterwards was certainly worth the wait! Justin had just purchased a new lens, the Sigma 30mm F/1.4 and this was one of the first images that he captured with it. The photo is a 3 exposure HDR that was tone mapped in Photomatix and then processed in Photoshop Cs3. By the looks of his photo we are certainly glad he made the recent lens purchase and as Justin said “it made a... Read More
  • December
    17

    Bing iPhone app – upcoming fixes

    The response so far to the Bing app for iPhone has been incredible; we are excited by the strong customer response and download traffic! However, we’ve also heard about a couple of issues that we’d like to address: 1. Using voice search outside the U.S. crashes the app. We’ve identified that the issue relates to the region the phone is set to. We’re working on a fix for this right now, and we’ll update the app in the next few days. People will get the update automatically – you won’t have to update or reinstall the app. If you are encountering this issue you can temporarily work around it by going to Settings > General > International and change your Region Format to “United States.” 2. App doesn’t work on 1 st generation iPod Touch . The Bing app officially supports 2 nd generation iPod Touch devices, but we’re in the process of testing those 1 st generation devices as well. We’ll announce support for that as soon as testing is complete. 3. No search results outside the U.S. At this time Bing is only fully supported on the iPhone for the US; in some regions people may not be seeing results... Read More The response so far to the Bing app for iPhone has been incredible; we are excited by the strong customer response and download traffic! However, we’ve also heard about a couple of issues that we’d like to address: 1. Using voice search outside the U.S. crashes the app. We’ve identified that the issue relates to the region the phone is set to. We’re working on a fix for this right now, and we’ll update the app in the next few days. People will get the update automatically – you won’t have to update or reinstall the app. If you are encountering this issue you can temporarily work around it by going to Settings > General > International and change your Region Format to “United States.” 2. App doesn’t work on 1 st generation iPod Touch . The Bing app officially supports 2 nd generation iPod Touch devices, but we’re in the process of testing those 1 st generation devices as well. We’ll announce support for that as soon as testing is complete. 3. No search results outside the U.S. At this time Bing is only fully supported on the iPhone for the US; in some regions people may not be seeing results... Read More
  • December
    16

    Last-minute gift ideas and great deals

    My sister is one of those smug shoppers that purchased her final Christmas gift back in August, but perhaps you’re normal like me and you still need a couple last-minute gifts. Maybe you’ve come up blank and have no idea what to get your mother-in-law. You may have forgotten someone on your list, received an unexpected gift and now feel obligated to reciprocate, or maybe you just procrastinated and now you need to pull the shopping equivalent of an “all nighter”. Never fear! Bing has got you covered. In fact, there’s still plenty of time for you to shop from the warmth and comfort of your couch, get great cashback savings, and make sure your gifts are delivered in time to be stashed underneath the Christmas tree. Here are a few last-minute deals for you to consider: · Get 20% cashback from Sears and you can get free shipping with a minimum purchase this Thursday and Friday 12/17-18. Search for “ sears cashback ” and look for the cashback coin. · Books are a terrific last-minute gift! Save 12% cashback at Barnes & Noble (just remember that their Nook isn’t eligible for cashback) · Shop at Macy’s... Read More My sister is one of those smug shoppers that purchased her final Christmas gift back in August, but perhaps you’re normal like me and you still need a couple last-minute gifts. Maybe you’ve come up blank and have no idea what to get your mother-in-law. You may have forgotten someone on your list, received an unexpected gift and now feel obligated to reciprocate, or maybe you just procrastinated and now you need to pull the shopping equivalent of an “all nighter”. Never fear! Bing has got you covered. In fact, there’s still plenty of time for you to shop from the warmth and comfort of your couch, get great cashback savings, and make sure your gifts are delivered in time to be stashed underneath the Christmas tree. Here are a few last-minute deals for you to consider: · Get 20% cashback from Sears and you can get free shipping with a minimum purchase this Thursday and Friday 12/17-18. Search for “ sears cashback ” and look for the cashback coin. · Books are a terrific last-minute gift! Save 12% cashback at Barnes & Noble (just remember that their Nook isn’t eligible for cashback) · Shop at Macy’s... Read More
  • December
    15

    Bing for mobile comes to the iPhone

    Bing on your mobile phone just keeps getting better. Today we are happy to announce the first official Bing App for iPhone and iPod touch. You can now download the free Bing App from your phone in the App Store, from your computer at iTunes, or go to m.bing.com and we will redirect you to the app store. Let’s talk about some cool stuff you can do with the Bing App. Our investments in voice search (you may have played with them on Windows phones or BlackBerry already) continues in our iPhone App and works great for map locations as well as old fashioned web search. Just say “San Francisco weather,” for a quick result, or even say a full address for a map or directions. Try something complex, like “1 Microsoft Way, Redmond 98052.” (Yes, I know how to get to work.) Hold the phone to your ear and speak, or press the mic button—simple. Speaking of directions (ha), looking for a coffee shop nearby? Bing automatically finds your location. It’s also easy to discover a new spot by category such as restaurants, banks, theaters and choose whether you want walking or driving directions. We’ve got smooth mapping action. Swipe through... Read More Bing on your mobile phone just keeps getting better. Today we are happy to announce the first official Bing App for iPhone and iPod touch. You can now download the free Bing App from your phone in the App Store, from your computer at iTunes, or go to m.bing.com and we will redirect you to the app store. Let’s talk about some cool stuff you can do with the Bing App. Our investments in voice search (you may have played with them on Windows phones or BlackBerry already) continues in our iPhone App and works great for map locations as well as old fashioned web search. Just say “San Francisco weather,” for a quick result, or even say a full address for a map or directions. Try something complex, like “1 Microsoft Way, Redmond 98052.” (Yes, I know how to get to work.) Hold the phone to your ear and speak, or press the mic button—simple. Speaking of directions (ha), looking for a coffee shop nearby? Bing automatically finds your location. It’s also easy to discover a new spot by category such as restaurants, banks, theaters and choose whether you want walking or driving directions. We’ve got smooth mapping action. Swipe through... Read More
  • December
    15

    Bing search history: The power is yours

    My name is Sree, and I joined the Bing team just over a year ago after graduating from University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Since then, my work has been focused on Bing’s history features, and it has been a wild ride. I remember when my manager first pulled me into this project; he explained the vision that trust and respect for privacy must be inherent in the features we develop, giving users the control over their information and doing it in a very transparent way. Embedded in this concept is the idea of Bing working together with you in a joint effort to create a better experience. Since then, my team has experimented with new features to understand how people search, what features work (and what don’t), and how we can best enable people to make decisions using Bing. We then built the foundation of Bing history with the intent to improve your ability to quickly complete your search related tasks by remembering your past actions and to help get you back to your previously called on information. What does all this mean for you? I think about this in terms of the searches that I did when I was thinking of moving to the Seattle area. I began at a search engine... Read More My name is Sree, and I joined the Bing team just over a year ago after graduating from University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Since then, my work has been focused on Bing’s history features, and it has been a wild ride. I remember when my manager first pulled me into this project; he explained the vision that trust and respect for privacy must be inherent in the features we develop, giving users the control over their information and doing it in a very transparent way. Embedded in this concept is the idea of Bing working together with you in a joint effort to create a better experience. Since then, my team has experimented with new features to understand how people search, what features work (and what don’t), and how we can best enable people to make decisions using Bing. We then built the foundation of Bing history with the intent to improve your ability to quickly complete your search related tasks by remembering your past actions and to help get you back to your previously called on information. What does all this mean for you? I think about this in terms of the searches that I did when I was thinking of moving to the Seattle area. I began at a search engine... Read More
  • December
    03

    A note about today’s outage

    Bing.com was down between about 6:30 and 7:00 PM Pacific Time on Dec 3, 2009. During this time, users were either unable to get to the site, or their queries were returning incomplete results page. The cause of the outage was a configuration change during some internal testing that had unfortunate and unintended consequences. As soon as the issue was detected, the change was rolled back, which caused the site to return to normal behavior. Unfortunately the detection and rollback took about half an hour, and during that time users were unable to use bing.com. We strive to maintain a high standard of operational excellence at Bing. We are running a post mortem to find out how our software and processes need to be improved to prevent anything like this from happening again. Satya Nadella Senior Vice President, Online Services Division Bing.com was down between about 6:30 and 7:00 PM Pacific Time on Dec 3, 2009. During this time, users were either unable to get to the site, or their queries were returning incomplete results page. The cause of the outage was a configuration change during some internal testing that had unfortunate and unintended consequences. As soon as the issue was detected, the change was rolled back, which caused the site to return to normal behavior. Unfortunately the detection and rollback took about half an hour, and during that time users were unable to use bing.com. We strive to maintain a high standard of operational excellence at Bing. We are running a post mortem to find out how our software and processes need to be improved to prevent anything like this from happening again. Satya Nadella Senior Vice President, Online Services Division
  • December
    03

    Ellen is going Bing for the holidays

    What better way to get in the holiday spirit then some fun giveaways and shopping! If you have seen Ellen Degeneres’s annual 12 days of Giveaways that is starting today you know that it is sure to bring you holiday cheer and great ideas for holiday gifts. Each day Ellen will give away some very cool gifts to her studio audience and this year, the Bing team has partnered with the Ellen show to highlight the hottest picks for this year, places where you can get great deals on the items online (sorry…not for free here), and an easy way to find more great deals for your holiday shopping. Ellen will choose new items every day until December 18 th – check out http://www.bing.com/ellen every day to see the latest. We hope for those of us not lucky enough to be in Ellen’s audience that bringing you deals on her favorite products can be the next best thing. Kristin Meldahl – Bing Other posts of interest: 12 Days of Giveaways Tickets Now Available! Are you seeing gold yet?! A little holiday spending money…a little trivia… Making a List and Checking it Twice Bing cashback 101 What better way to get in the holiday spirit then some fun giveaways and shopping! If you have seen Ellen Degeneres’s annual 12 days of Giveaways that is starting today you know that it is sure to bring you holiday cheer and great ideas for holiday gifts. Each day Ellen will give away some very cool gifts to her studio audience and this year, the Bing team has partnered with the Ellen show to highlight the hottest picks for this year, places where you can get great deals on the items online (sorry…not for free here), and an easy way to find more great deals for your holiday shopping. Ellen will choose new items every day until December 18 th – check out http://www.bing.com/ellen every day to see the latest. We hope for those of us not lucky enough to be in Ellen’s audience that bringing you deals on her favorite products can be the next best thing. Kristin Meldahl – Bing Other posts of interest: 12 Days of Giveaways Tickets Now Available! Are you seeing gold yet?! A little holiday spending money…a little trivia… Making a List and Checking it Twice Bing cashback 101
  • December
    02

    Bing: Connecting People, Places and Things

    Come check out the new Bing features released today!  Read More Come check out the new Bing features released today!  Read More
  • December
    01

    Space, the final frontier

    Lately I have been hearing a ton about outer space, space travel, life in space, space hotels…I think I could go on and on. Anyway s , Bing and Microsoft have been doing some interesting partnership in the science /outer space sector. The first project that I absolutely love is called “Captain Mike’s Mars Adventure.” Bing has partnered with Seattle’s Pacific Science Center (PSC) to bring an online Mars experience to 1 st - 8 th graders. If your kids are home for the holidays, this is a great activity that looks fun and educational at the same time. The site takes you on a journey with “Captain Mike” as he prepares for his trip to Mars. As part of the trivia contest, kids are asked questions about Mars to help Captain Mike learn about the planet before his trip. For each correct answer, kids earn a star to add to their Interplanetary Explorer badge – because all kids should have one. After helping prepare Captain Mike for his trip, the kids are able to draw what they think their first day on Mars would look like and submit their drawing for a chance to win a trip to attend the opening of the “Facing Mars” exhibit at... Read More Lately I have been hearing a ton about outer space, space travel, life in space, space hotels…I think I could go on and on. Anyway s , Bing and Microsoft have been doing some interesting partnership in the science /outer space sector. The first project that I absolutely love is called “Captain Mike’s Mars Adventure.” Bing has partnered with Seattle’s Pacific Science Center (PSC) to bring an online Mars experience to 1 st - 8 th graders. If your kids are home for the holidays, this is a great activity that looks fun and educational at the same time. The site takes you on a journey with “Captain Mike” as he prepares for his trip to Mars. As part of the trivia contest, kids are asked questions about Mars to help Captain Mike learn about the planet before his trip. For each correct answer, kids earn a star to add to their Interplanetary Explorer badge – because all kids should have one. After helping prepare Captain Mike for his trip, the kids are able to draw what they think their first day on Mars would look like and submit their drawing for a chance to win a trip to attend the opening of the “Facing Mars” exhibit at... Read More
  • December
    01

    “Home Sweet Homepage”

    Due to the great response to our first homepage photo contest, we are super excited to launch Bing’s Home Sweet Homepage photo contest! Our first photo contest had more than 10,000 entries and upwards of half a million votes. The winning photo came from Jeremy Somers of Australia and was recently featured in a national television campaign in the United States. (Please visit the site to view this video) Jeremy’s win made national news in Australia, was featured on blogs and brought a lot of exposure to his work. Although we can’t make any promises about the amount of exposure and community love that the winner of this photo contest will get, we can say that the winning image will be featured on the Bing homepage in early January. So grab your cameras and get ready to start shooting! The theme of this contest is “hometown pride.” It’s an opportunity for you to take photos that demonstrate the beauty of the places you live in and call home. The goal of the daily images on the Bing homepage is to inspire a sense of exploration and delight through a single stunning image that draws you in to the search adventure. So we’re looking for... Read More Due to the great response to our first homepage photo contest, we are super excited to launch Bing’s Home Sweet Homepage photo contest! Our first photo contest had more than 10,000 entries and upwards of half a million votes. The winning photo came from Jeremy Somers of Australia and was recently featured in a national television campaign in the United States. (Please visit the site to view this video) Jeremy’s win made national news in Australia, was featured on blogs and brought a lot of exposure to his work. Although we can’t make any promises about the amount of exposure and community love that the winner of this photo contest will get, we can say that the winning image will be featured on the Bing homepage in early January. So grab your cameras and get ready to start shooting! The theme of this contest is “hometown pride.” It’s an opportunity for you to take photos that demonstrate the beauty of the places you live in and call home. The goal of the daily images on the Bing homepage is to inspire a sense of exploration and delight through a single stunning image that draws you in to the search adventure. So we’re looking for... Read More