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Search Blog — Aug 2010

  • August
    31

    In need of a World of Warcraft weapons...

    Recently we partnered with our friends over at Wowhead.com to create a Bing Visual search gallery of the hottest World of Warcraft in-game weapons and gear . Looking for a Deadly Gladiator’s Bonegrinder or an Argent Skeleton Crusher? You can now filter, search, and see what other diehard Wow players are saying about all of the items to find what you need faster. Don’t know which weapon you need to beat Keli'dan the Breaker? We have pulled in all the relevant information from various Wow Bloggers including reviews, feedback and have even included videos into the gallery so you can make the best decision. The new WoW gallery in Visual Search organizes items through filters and gets you to that much needed pair of boots or weaponry so you can get back to your game. Now go and decide what you need and get back to the raid. Kristin Meldahl – Bing Recently we partnered with our friends over at Wowhead.com to create a Bing Visual search gallery of the hottest World of Warcraft in-game weapons and gear . Looking for a Deadly Gladiator’s Bonegrinder or an Argent Skeleton Crusher? You can now filter, search, and see what other diehard Wow players are saying about all of the items to find what you need faster. Don’t know which weapon you need to beat Keli'dan the Breaker? We have pulled in all the relevant information from various Wow Bloggers including reviews, feedback and have even included videos into the gallery so you can make the best decision. The new WoW gallery in Visual Search organizes items through filters and gets you to that much needed pair of boots or weaponry so you can get back to your game. Now go and decide what you need and get back to the raid. Kristin Meldahl – Bing
  • August
    30

    Exciting News From Bing and Yahoo! (Again...

    Last week we shared the exciting fact that we had completed the migration of web search results for our search alliance with Yahoo!. Today we reached another important milestone as we will be inviting Yahoo! Search Marketing to begin their transition to Microsoft Advertising adCenter in the US and Canada. This means we expect the paid search transition to be complete by the end of October. It’s been a busy summer, and we are excited about all the great progress we have made working hand in hand with Yahoo! We are looking forward to a smooth transition this fall, and more great innovation coming from Bing, adCenter and the Yahoo! and Microsoft Search Alliance. Satya Nadella - Senior Vice President, Online Services Division Once the transition is complete, we will continue our work to roll out this unified search and advertising marketplace internationally, driving great benefits to consumers, publishers and advertisers. Last week we shared the exciting fact that we had completed the migration of web search results for our search alliance with Yahoo!. Today we reached another important milestone as we will be inviting Yahoo! Search Marketing to begin their transition to Microsoft Advertising adCenter in the US and Canada. This means we expect the paid search transition to be complete by the end of October. It’s been a busy summer, and we are excited about all the great progress we have made working hand in hand with Yahoo! We are looking forward to a smooth transition this fall, and more great innovation coming from Bing, adCenter and the Yahoo! and Microsoft Search Alliance. Satya Nadella - Senior Vice President, Online Services Division Once the transition is complete, we will continue our work to roll out this unified search and advertising marketplace internationally, driving great benefits to consumers, publishers and advertisers.
  • August
    30

    Bing for Mobile comes to your Verizon Android

    Today we are happy to announce the first official Bing for Mobile Android App available to Verizon customers. You can now download the free Bing App from your Verizon Wireless Android phones’ Marketplace. The app homepage features the Bing image of the day, complete with clickable hotspots that you can explore and discover related trivia. Did you miss one of the latest images? Don’t worry; you can still swipe through up to 7 days’ worth of Bing images. Are you a visual person? Try the image search feature that has endless scrolling results (Tip: this also works for any search result). Then easily swipe through image previews and click straight through to the image host site. Now, do you see the mic option on the homepage? Our investment in voice search continues in our Android App and works great for searches like map locations as well as web search. This works especially well when looking for “Instant answers” which give you quick and relevant answers for things like movies, stock quotes, flight status and local listings. Just say “movies,” for a quick result of movie listings, theaters and show times nearby, or say the flight... Read More Today we are happy to announce the first official Bing for Mobile Android App available to Verizon customers. You can now download the free Bing App from your Verizon Wireless Android phones’ Marketplace. The app homepage features the Bing image of the day, complete with clickable hotspots that you can explore and discover related trivia. Did you miss one of the latest images? Don’t worry; you can still swipe through up to 7 days’ worth of Bing images. Are you a visual person? Try the image search feature that has endless scrolling results (Tip: this also works for any search result). Then easily swipe through image previews and click straight through to the image host site. Now, do you see the mic option on the homepage? Our investment in voice search continues in our Android App and works great for searches like map locations as well as web search. This works especially well when looking for “Instant answers” which give you quick and relevant answers for things like movies, stock quotes, flight status and local listings. Just say “movies,” for a quick result of movie listings, theaters and show times nearby, or say the flight... Read More
  • August
    24

    Access the Great Food and Music of Portland...

    Earlier this year we launched A New Entertainment Experience for Bing , and part of those new features was a new way to really Experience the music with Bing . We have found that Bing shares a passion and enthusiasm for music with music fans everywhere and today we are excited to be partnering with Alpha Broadcasting in Portland, OR, on their new live performance venue called The Bing Lounge. The Bing Lounge will bring Rose City residents a line-up of performances to enable the community to come together and experience great music, sports and culture. In case you are not able to make it to The Bing Lounge, all of the performances will be available exclusively on Bing Video in HD. The lounge will host up to 80 musical performances, a monthly medical speaker series with OHSU, a quarterly Business Decision-Maker series, visiting and local athlete outings and much more. The lineup is starting today with Five For Fighting , so make sure to check back for the links to all the latest HD videos. Beyond music, Portland is also recognized as the street food capital of the world. What better way to embrace and celebrate all of the unique and numerous food cart options to the foodies of... Read More Earlier this year we launched A New Entertainment Experience for Bing , and part of those new features was a new way to really Experience the music with Bing . We have found that Bing shares a passion and enthusiasm for music with music fans everywhere and today we are excited to be partnering with Alpha Broadcasting in Portland, OR, on their new live performance venue called The Bing Lounge. The Bing Lounge will bring Rose City residents a line-up of performances to enable the community to come together and experience great music, sports and culture. In case you are not able to make it to The Bing Lounge, all of the performances will be available exclusively on Bing Video in HD. The lounge will host up to 80 musical performances, a monthly medical speaker series with OHSU, a quarterly Business Decision-Maker series, visiting and local athlete outings and much more. The lineup is starting today with Five For Fighting , so make sure to check back for the links to all the latest HD videos. Beyond music, Portland is also recognized as the street food capital of the world. What better way to embrace and celebrate all of the unique and numerous food cart options to the foodies of... Read More
  • August
    24

    Exciting News From Bing and Yahoo!

    In our last update we shared that we had begun testing Bing results in Yahoo! search as we move forward with our transition. Today I am happy to share that Bing is powering Yahoo!’s search results in the US and Canada (English only for now, the other languages will come in the weeks and months ahead). So what’s next? We continue to work hard on the migration to adCenter, and are optimistic about completing this phase later this fall. As we have said all along, our primary goal is to provide advertisers with a quality transition experience in 2010, while being mindful of the holiday season. This is a great milestone for Bing and Yahoo! and our customers, and we are happy to report the transition has gone smoothly and we feel great about the progress our search alliance has been making over the summer. Satya Nadella - Senior Vice President, Online Services Division Other posts of interest: Testing begins with Yahoo! Exciting Times for Bing and Yahoo! In our last update we shared that we had begun testing Bing results in Yahoo! search as we move forward with our transition. Today I am happy to share that Bing is powering Yahoo!’s search results in the US and Canada (English only for now, the other languages will come in the weeks and months ahead). So what’s next? We continue to work hard on the migration to adCenter, and are optimistic about completing this phase later this fall. As we have said all along, our primary goal is to provide advertisers with a quality transition experience in 2010, while being mindful of the holiday season. This is a great milestone for Bing and Yahoo! and our customers, and we are happy to report the transition has gone smoothly and we feel great about the progress our search alliance has been making over the summer. Satya Nadella - Senior Vice President, Online Services Division Other posts of interest: Testing begins with Yahoo! Exciting Times for Bing and Yahoo!
  • August
    24

    “Instant Answers” with Bing for Mobile

    Are you a fan of instant answers on Bing? Well in case you didn’t know, you can even get instant answers on your phone. Instant answers show up at the top of your search results, offering the most relevant information to help you find what you are searching for without having to click on multiple links. This is especially great if you are looking for movie show times, flight status, weather, stock quotes or local listings. Movies: Find show times at theaters near you, and watch clips and trailers Flight Status: Find departure, arrival, traffic and weather info *flight status not currently supported by RIM Weather: Find out the current weather and a four day forecast Stock Quotes: Latest stock quotes and financial information Local Listings: Find phone numbers, business details, ratings and map The next time you find yourself sitting in the airport wondering if your flight is on time or what weather is in store for you when you land, use Bing for mobile. Andy Chu – Bing for Mobile Other posts of interest: iPhone App Mania with Bing Using your social network to search with your Bing for Mobile iPhone app Shop with... Read More Are you a fan of instant answers on Bing? Well in case you didn’t know, you can even get instant answers on your phone. Instant answers show up at the top of your search results, offering the most relevant information to help you find what you are searching for without having to click on multiple links. This is especially great if you are looking for movie show times, flight status, weather, stock quotes or local listings. Movies: Find show times at theaters near you, and watch clips and trailers Flight Status: Find departure, arrival, traffic and weather info *flight status not currently supported by RIM Weather: Find out the current weather and a four day forecast Stock Quotes: Latest stock quotes and financial information Local Listings: Find phone numbers, business details, ratings and map The next time you find yourself sitting in the airport wondering if your flight is on time or what weather is in store for you when you land, use Bing for mobile. Andy Chu – Bing for Mobile Other posts of interest: iPhone App Mania with Bing Using your social network to search with your Bing for Mobile iPhone app Shop with... Read More
  • August
    17

    Local search on m.bing.com

    When you’re out and about and need to find somewhere to go, you probably want to search around where you are right now. The Local section on m.bing.com does just that. Using the GPS on your phone (or nearby cell towers), Bing shows you a list of suggestions based their popularity, your location, and the time of day. You can choose the radius for your search, narrowing to .5 miles for congested areas. Searching in the morning? Bing may show you coffee shops and shopping. At night, the suggestions may switch to entertainment and pubs. Best of all, you can display all listings on a single map. On the home screen, click the “Local” button. You’ll see a list of places nearby. You can dive into a particular category, like Restaurants, or choose to see all local categories. Find something you like? Save them all to your Favorites using the “Save” button. Now click “What’s nearby” to find a list of places within a particular distance range. Once you’ve saved a few local listings, go to your Favorites page (either from a local detail page, or from the home page). Select the ones you want, and you can see them all on a map,... Read More When you’re out and about and need to find somewhere to go, you probably want to search around where you are right now. The Local section on m.bing.com does just that. Using the GPS on your phone (or nearby cell towers), Bing shows you a list of suggestions based their popularity, your location, and the time of day. You can choose the radius for your search, narrowing to .5 miles for congested areas. Searching in the morning? Bing may show you coffee shops and shopping. At night, the suggestions may switch to entertainment and pubs. Best of all, you can display all listings on a single map. On the home screen, click the “Local” button. You’ll see a list of places nearby. You can dive into a particular category, like Restaurants, or choose to see all local categories. Find something you like? Save them all to your Favorites using the “Save” button. Now click “What’s nearby” to find a list of places within a particular distance range. Once you’ve saved a few local listings, go to your Favorites page (either from a local detail page, or from the home page). Select the ones you want, and you can see them all on a map,... Read More
  • August
    13

    iPhone App Mania with Bing

    Since the launch of the Bing for Mobile iPhone app, we’ve heard some great feedback and are excited that Bing is showing up more and more as the search option for those using Safari on iOS4. We’re happy you are giving Bing a try and are enjoying some of the features like social, shopping, and the fresh homepage image every day. Over the past few months the Bing team has been partnering with a number of companies on various apps for the iPhone. From finding what song was topping the charts when you graduated high school, to testing your movie trivia skills, to seeing what Ryan Seacrest’s favorite songs are – it’s all possible through various iPhone apps brought to you by Bing. Take a look at some of the latest apps from Bing that you can find in the APP Store: Top 100s by Year by Bing (music app in partnership with nuTsie ) For a limited time you are able to download this $1.99 app for Free from Bing. What were the top songs for 2009, the year you were born or graduated from high school? Spin the wheel to find the year you want to hear. Click and listen. View the list to find the #1 song for that year, from 1947 – 2009. These lists... Read More Since the launch of the Bing for Mobile iPhone app, we’ve heard some great feedback and are excited that Bing is showing up more and more as the search option for those using Safari on iOS4. We’re happy you are giving Bing a try and are enjoying some of the features like social, shopping, and the fresh homepage image every day. Over the past few months the Bing team has been partnering with a number of companies on various apps for the iPhone. From finding what song was topping the charts when you graduated high school, to testing your movie trivia skills, to seeing what Ryan Seacrest’s favorite songs are – it’s all possible through various iPhone apps brought to you by Bing. Take a look at some of the latest apps from Bing that you can find in the APP Store: Top 100s by Year by Bing (music app in partnership with nuTsie ) For a limited time you are able to download this $1.99 app for Free from Bing. What were the top songs for 2009, the year you were born or graduated from high school? Spin the wheel to find the year you want to hear. Click and listen. View the list to find the #1 song for that year, from 1947 – 2009. These lists... Read More
  • August
    10

    Using your social network to search with...

    Do you ever find yourself standing in front of the movie theater trying to figure out what movie to go to? Or how about you are in the car with friends looking for a place to eat. Wouldn’t it be helpful to hear what your friends are saying about a movie, restaurants or a product while you are on the go? As highlighted in the Bing For iPhone Update blog post there is a feature called Social search, where you can search through your Facebook and Twitter accounts on your phone and see combined status updates from your friends. If there is an instant answer available, we’ll show you that first, followed by social results. Here is how to get social results: From the home page, click “Social” Then connect your accounts Now when you search for anything, relevant results and your friends’ social network mentions will also appear Finally if you find something you like using the app, you can easily share it with your network on Facebook, Twitter, or through email This social feature comes in handy when you’re looking for movies or restaurants and want both... Read More Do you ever find yourself standing in front of the movie theater trying to figure out what movie to go to? Or how about you are in the car with friends looking for a place to eat. Wouldn’t it be helpful to hear what your friends are saying about a movie, restaurants or a product while you are on the go? As highlighted in the Bing For iPhone Update blog post there is a feature called Social search, where you can search through your Facebook and Twitter accounts on your phone and see combined status updates from your friends. If there is an instant answer available, we’ll show you that first, followed by social results. Here is how to get social results: From the home page, click “Social” Then connect your accounts Now when you search for anything, relevant results and your friends’ social network mentions will also appear Finally if you find something you like using the app, you can easily share it with your network on Facebook, Twitter, or through email This social feature comes in handy when you’re looking for movies or restaurants and want both... Read More
  • August
    10

    Answering your questions with Bing and...

    Have your kids ever asked you a question for a school paper or homework that you wish you knew? Have you given an answer that you “think” you remember from your days in school, knowing that the information you were about to give might be very outdated? Now, with the latest release of new Bing answers through our collaboration with Wolfram|Alpha, you can get access to more types of answers quickly and confidently. For example, maybe your child is doing a report on France and they need to find the country’s GDP or the capital, go to Bing and type in “ gdp of France ” or “ what is the capital of France ” or how about those science homework questions that you think you know but you just need to make sure, like what is the boiling point of water ? You can also use Bing to instantly compare geographical information, like comparing the current population in India to that of China or even how their literacy rates compare . Bing and Wolfram | Alpha make finding the answers to these common questions that much easier by proving this information to you right in the search results. Another helpful new answer with this release is dates. I know... Read More Have your kids ever asked you a question for a school paper or homework that you wish you knew? Have you given an answer that you “think” you remember from your days in school, knowing that the information you were about to give might be very outdated? Now, with the latest release of new Bing answers through our collaboration with Wolfram|Alpha, you can get access to more types of answers quickly and confidently. For example, maybe your child is doing a report on France and they need to find the country’s GDP or the capital, go to Bing and type in “ gdp of France ” or “ what is the capital of France ” or how about those science homework questions that you think you know but you just need to make sure, like what is the boiling point of water ? You can also use Bing to instantly compare geographical information, like comparing the current population in India to that of China or even how their literacy rates compare . Bing and Wolfram | Alpha make finding the answers to these common questions that much easier by proving this information to you right in the search results. Another helpful new answer with this release is dates. I know... Read More
  • August
    04

    Bing Coming to a Sheraton Resort and Hotel...

    Today Starwood Hotels and Resorts unveiled a new integrated online experience for Sheraton guests featuring Bing. The new “Sheraton Guest Portal powered by Bing” will help you navigate your stay, get hotel information and discover information about the local area. This new system will be featured worldwide in the “Link@Sheraton SM experienced with Microsoft®” in addition to in-room web access. As part of the new online experience, you will find constantly updated information specific to each Sheraton location, such as local maps and the top search results for area restaurants, attractions, special events and services. It will be like having a personal concierge in the palm of your hand. In addition to their new Link@Sheraton experience, the Sheraton Hotels has redesigned nearly 400 lobbies worldwide which includes a unique lobby lounge that allows travelers access to information and technology for work, leisure as well as social networking. Now when you stay at a Sheraton you will be able to use Bing to make smarter, faster decisions whether you’re looking for a local cafe, printing your boarding pass, looking for the nearest entertainment... Read More Today Starwood Hotels and Resorts unveiled a new integrated online experience for Sheraton guests featuring Bing. The new “Sheraton Guest Portal powered by Bing” will help you navigate your stay, get hotel information and discover information about the local area. This new system will be featured worldwide in the “Link@Sheraton SM experienced with Microsoft®” in addition to in-room web access. As part of the new online experience, you will find constantly updated information specific to each Sheraton location, such as local maps and the top search results for area restaurants, attractions, special events and services. It will be like having a personal concierge in the palm of your hand. In addition to their new Link@Sheraton experience, the Sheraton Hotels has redesigned nearly 400 lobbies worldwide which includes a unique lobby lounge that allows travelers access to information and technology for work, leisure as well as social networking. Now when you stay at a Sheraton you will be able to use Bing to make smarter, faster decisions whether you’re looking for a local cafe, printing your boarding pass, looking for the nearest entertainment... Read More
  • August
    03

    Shop with ease with your Bing for Mobile...

    As mobile shopping gets more popular, we want to help you to find and shop products on your iPhone even more effortless. The new Bing for Mobile iPhone app includes a Shopping section where you can find products, see ratings, and read reviews. Search with your camera, your voice, or your keyboard to find brand-name products and compare prices. Not sure what to get for her birthday? No problem, we provide you with a list of product categories of the most popular items. Here is how it works: · On the home page of Bing, click Shopping to launch the feature. · Tap through to a category of products, or search for a specific product using your voice or the keyboard. · For more information about a product that is right in front of you, use the camera feature to scan the barcode of the product . · You can then sort results by relevance, user rating, expert rating, or price. · Click through for product details and a link to the merchant website. As our mobile devices become more important to our every day lives, we hope that the Bing for Mobile iPhone app shopping features will help you make decisions on the go easier. Keep on... Read More As mobile shopping gets more popular, we want to help you to find and shop products on your iPhone even more effortless. The new Bing for Mobile iPhone app includes a Shopping section where you can find products, see ratings, and read reviews. Search with your camera, your voice, or your keyboard to find brand-name products and compare prices. Not sure what to get for her birthday? No problem, we provide you with a list of product categories of the most popular items. Here is how it works: · On the home page of Bing, click Shopping to launch the feature. · Tap through to a category of products, or search for a specific product using your voice or the keyboard. · For more information about a product that is right in front of you, use the camera feature to scan the barcode of the product . · You can then sort results by relevance, user rating, expert rating, or price. · Click through for product details and a link to the merchant website. As our mobile devices become more important to our every day lives, we hope that the Bing for Mobile iPhone app shopping features will help you make decisions on the go easier. Keep on... Read More
  • August
    02

    Getting Ready for the School Year with...

    Are the class lists up yet? Are you starting to look into what school supplies are on your list this year? Well if you are like many of the families right now your kids have started to get the itch to get their school stuff in order. Bing is here to help. Go to Bing shopping to get some of this season’s best deal on supplies , clothes , shoes , gadgets , backpacks and more. With Bing shopping you are able to refine your search by product, price and reviews. For all the latest updates to Bing shopping check out Sonam’s blog post Summer of Shopping . Back to School can also mean changes to your routine or maybe even a move for those with kids going off to college. Will you be driving a college freshman to their new dorm? Or maybe you have a young one going into their first year of high school? Use Bing Maps to plan your route and even map out where the coffee shop is along the way. If you don’t have kids heading off to school, you can still take part in the back to school excitement by helping classrooms across the country get ready for the new school year. By setting your search default to Bing we will give you a three dollar donation code to fund a classroom... Read More Are the class lists up yet? Are you starting to look into what school supplies are on your list this year? Well if you are like many of the families right now your kids have started to get the itch to get their school stuff in order. Bing is here to help. Go to Bing shopping to get some of this season’s best deal on supplies , clothes , shoes , gadgets , backpacks and more. With Bing shopping you are able to refine your search by product, price and reviews. For all the latest updates to Bing shopping check out Sonam’s blog post Summer of Shopping . Back to School can also mean changes to your routine or maybe even a move for those with kids going off to college. Will you be driving a college freshman to their new dorm? Or maybe you have a young one going into their first year of high school? Use Bing Maps to plan your route and even map out where the coffee shop is along the way. If you don’t have kids heading off to school, you can still take part in the back to school excitement by helping classrooms across the country get ready for the new school year. By setting your search default to Bing we will give you a three dollar donation code to fund a classroom... Read More