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Search Blog — Feb 2011

  • February
    25

    Bing Feature Update: Check the cheapest...

    Bing travel crunches over a billion airfares on a daily basis to bring you Price Predictors, and we use that data to uncover cheap airline tickets every day. To help you find great deals even faster, we are introducing “Autosuggest Flight Prices” which display flight prices and the Price Predictor for key markets directly in the search box. Before you ever hit the enter key, you will see our prediction for the best flight price deal over the next 90 days. With Autosuggest Flight Prices natural language capabilities, you can simply type “Fly to Chicago” or “Chicago Flights” and Bing will immediately recognize where you are, in this case Seattle, and instantaneously display the Price Predictor based on your location. Building on our work in natural languages, Bing will do it's best to recognize city and airport names which will improve as more people use the feature. This is yet another example of how Bing helps you stop searching and start deciding. Please let us know what you think. Happy travels! David Lindheimer Bing Travel Bing travel crunches over a billion airfares on a daily basis to bring you Price Predictors, and we use that data to uncover cheap airline tickets every day. To help you find great deals even faster, we are introducing “Autosuggest Flight Prices” which display flight prices and the Price Predictor for key markets directly in the search box. Before you ever hit the enter key, you will see our prediction for the best flight price deal over the next 90 days. With Autosuggest Flight Prices natural language capabilities, you can simply type “Fly to Chicago” or “Chicago Flights” and Bing will immediately recognize where you are, in this case Seattle, and instantaneously display the Price Predictor based on your location. Building on our work in natural languages, Bing will do it's best to recognize city and airport names which will improve as more people use the feature. This is yet another example of how Bing helps you stop searching and start deciding. Please let us know what you think. Happy travels! David Lindheimer Bing Travel
  • February
    24

    Bing expands Facebook “Liked Results”

    A few months ago , we announced an exciting partnership with Facebook to make search more social. As part of th at work , we introduced Liked Results, which promotes links your friends have publicly liked or shared via Facebook. Today we are extending Liked Results to annotate any of the URLs returned by our algorithmic search results to all users in the US. While we are very excited to talk about our next development, we’re all aware that it’s all part of a longer journey. This is the first time in human history that people are leaving social traces that machines can read and learn from, and present enhanced online experiences based on those traces. As people spend more time online and integrate their offline and online worlds, they will want their friends’ social activity and their social data to help them in making better decisions. Integrating with Twitter data 16 months ago was one step, and exploring Facebook’s rich streams is another. If your friends have publicly liked or shared any of the algorithmic search results shown on Bing, we will now surface them right below the result. For example, when I was planning a trip... Read More A few months ago , we announced an exciting partnership with Facebook to make search more social. As part of th at work , we introduced Liked Results, which promotes links your friends have publicly liked or shared via Facebook. Today we are extending Liked Results to annotate any of the URLs returned by our algorithmic search results to all users in the US. While we are very excited to talk about our next development, we’re all aware that it’s all part of a longer journey. This is the first time in human history that people are leaving social traces that machines can read and learn from, and present enhanced online experiences based on those traces. As people spend more time online and integrate their offline and online worlds, they will want their friends’ social activity and their social data to help them in making better decisions. Integrating with Twitter data 16 months ago was one step, and exploring Facebook’s rich streams is another. If your friends have publicly liked or shared any of the algorithmic search results shown on Bing, we will now surface them right below the result. For example, when I was planning a trip... Read More
  • February
    21

    Hail to the Chief: Celebrate the US Presidents...

    In celebration of President’s Day, Bing has created a Visual Search Gallery highlighting the past 44 US leaders. Who was the youngest president in office? Which presidents are depicted on US currency? What were their professions prior to holding office? Discover all of this and more in a matter of clicks. Use the left rail to refine your search or simply click one of the tabs to sort by category. Happy President’s Day! - The Bing Team In celebration of President’s Day, Bing has created a Visual Search Gallery highlighting the past 44 US leaders. Who was the youngest president in office? Which presidents are depicted on US currency? What were their professions prior to holding office? Discover all of this and more in a matter of clicks. Use the left rail to refine your search or simply click one of the tabs to sort by category. Happy President’s Day! - The Bing Team
  • February
    18

    Bing and O'Reilly Radar - The Future is...

    When we look ahead, the one thing we can safely predict is the rate of innovation happening in the 21st century will only get faster. Over the past 10 years, we have seen the rise of a strong online economy, bloody revolutions tweeted globally and the compression of information into tiny amounts of physical space. Thanks to those changes, the cell phone changed its form factor and capabilities, and real-time updates from cell phones have become a signpost to the future. Oddly enough, in the same 10 years our concept of search remained a simple text box and 10 blue links. That is, until recently, when an upstart contender started shaking the trees to challenge the way people think about “search.” Here at Bing we don’t claim to have all the answers – but we know that together we can dream up something big and different. To that end, we have teamed with the folks at O’Reilly Radar to create a series called “ The Future of Search .” Their editors will be curating multiple themes including social search, natural language, and “ the web of things” that explore what the industry sees now, and where it... Read More When we look ahead, the one thing we can safely predict is the rate of innovation happening in the 21st century will only get faster. Over the past 10 years, we have seen the rise of a strong online economy, bloody revolutions tweeted globally and the compression of information into tiny amounts of physical space. Thanks to those changes, the cell phone changed its form factor and capabilities, and real-time updates from cell phones have become a signpost to the future. Oddly enough, in the same 10 years our concept of search remained a simple text box and 10 blue links. That is, until recently, when an upstart contender started shaking the trees to challenge the way people think about “search.” Here at Bing we don’t claim to have all the answers – but we know that together we can dream up something big and different. To that end, we have teamed with the folks at O’Reilly Radar to create a series called “ The Future of Search .” Their editors will be curating multiple themes including social search, natural language, and “ the web of things” that explore what the industry sees now, and where it... Read More
  • February
    17

    New Bing Bar available for download today

    Today we are excited to announce the launch of Bing Bar, available for download here . Engineered from the ground up, the new Bing Bar gives you quick access to all the stuff you do online. Conducting a search, checking Facebook or keeping tabs on email, Bing Bar centralizes the most common things you do while helping you discover new features that let you get the most out of Bing. Because we know you don’t have time to read manuals or watch ‘how to’ videos, Bing Bar exposes features so you can find what you need and get more done. We took a back to basics approach for this release, guided by one key principle: make the stuff you do every day online easier. We took a look at what makes our customers happy, how people use our products, and where they spend time online. The feedback was clear. People want an easy way to stay informed about the things they care about (such as Facebook, email, breaking news, weather and traffic). Today, we are going to cover a few of the top features including search, alerts, Facebook, mail and Bing Rewards so be sure to download the new Bing Bar to experience all the new features. Great Search The first... Read More Today we are excited to announce the launch of Bing Bar, available for download here . Engineered from the ground up, the new Bing Bar gives you quick access to all the stuff you do online. Conducting a search, checking Facebook or keeping tabs on email, Bing Bar centralizes the most common things you do while helping you discover new features that let you get the most out of Bing. Because we know you don’t have time to read manuals or watch ‘how to’ videos, Bing Bar exposes features so you can find what you need and get more done. We took a back to basics approach for this release, guided by one key principle: make the stuff you do every day online easier. We took a look at what makes our customers happy, how people use our products, and where they spend time online. The feedback was clear. People want an easy way to stay informed about the things they care about (such as Facebook, email, breaking news, weather and traffic). Today, we are going to cover a few of the top features including search, alerts, Facebook, mail and Bing Rewards so be sure to download the new Bing Bar to experience all the new features. Great Search The first... Read More
  • February
    14

    The results are in: Your celebrity dream...

    Ready or not, Valentine’s Day is here! As you know, Bing can help get you in the spirit , plan the perfect date , choose a great gift or find that romantic track to set the mood. But while we’re at it, we thought we’d settle an important question: Which celebrity would folks in the US most like to spend Valentine’s Day with? The results are in: Happy Valentine's Day - The Bing Team Ready or not, Valentine’s Day is here! As you know, Bing can help get you in the spirit , plan the perfect date , choose a great gift or find that romantic track to set the mood. But while we’re at it, we thought we’d settle an important question: Which celebrity would folks in the US most like to spend Valentine’s Day with? The results are in: Happy Valentine's Day - The Bing Team
  • February
    10

    Making search yours

    For years people have talked about personalized search as the next evolution of our amazing technology. Over the years, the biggest obstacle facing search engineers is the simple fact that human behavior is not predictable. Don’t get us wrong, people can be creatures of habit and we can build functions that enable us to display different results based on logical assumptions made in the aggregate. For example, ‘traffic’ at 6pm on a Friday likely refers to road conditions, not the movie or the band. So we can generally use some math magic to make really good predictions about what you mean when you type ‘traffic’ at 6pm tonight, but what if we’re wrong? It’s easy to see how that could happen especially if you, say, walk to work. In that case a more personal search would benefit you; having more detailed information about the person doing the search can make results more effective. We think one of the challenges with delivering results which are truly individualized is that, to date, personalized search “can’t see the forest for the trees”. In other words everyone is collecting everything and trying... Read More For years people have talked about personalized search as the next evolution of our amazing technology. Over the years, the biggest obstacle facing search engineers is the simple fact that human behavior is not predictable. Don’t get us wrong, people can be creatures of habit and we can build functions that enable us to display different results based on logical assumptions made in the aggregate. For example, ‘traffic’ at 6pm on a Friday likely refers to road conditions, not the movie or the band. So we can generally use some math magic to make really good predictions about what you mean when you type ‘traffic’ at 6pm tonight, but what if we’re wrong? It’s easy to see how that could happen especially if you, say, walk to work. In that case a more personal search would benefit you; having more detailed information about the person doing the search can make results more effective. We think one of the challenges with delivering results which are truly individualized is that, to date, personalized search “can’t see the forest for the trees”. In other words everyone is collecting everything and trying... Read More
  • February
    08

    Sundance “tweet your decision” snowboard...

    A few weeks ago , for those of you who couldn’t make it to Sundance , we brought you exclusive access to film events, speaker series, celebrity interviews and parties from the streets of Park City. We also posed a series of questions (which leading lady do you think will rise to the top in 2011?) and asked you to tweet your decision with the hashtag “#decisions” for a chance to win a Bing branded snowboard. You guys provided some great responses and, we are pleased to announce the winners: 1. Greg – Virginia Beach, VA 2. Marsha – Orange, CA 3. Michael – Anthem, AZ 4. Ryan – Verona, WI 5. Dusty – Sylvania, OH All of these folks have been notified and will be receiving a limited edition Bing branded snowboard compliments of us. If you missed our coverage of Sundance, head over to www.bingsundance.com and check it out! Thanks to everyone who played. The Bing Team A few weeks ago , for those of you who couldn’t make it to Sundance , we brought you exclusive access to film events, speaker series, celebrity interviews and parties from the streets of Park City. We also posed a series of questions (which leading lady do you think will rise to the top in 2011?) and asked you to tweet your decision with the hashtag “#decisions” for a chance to win a Bing branded snowboard. You guys provided some great responses and, we are pleased to announce the winners: 1. Greg – Virginia Beach, VA 2. Marsha – Orange, CA 3. Michael – Anthem, AZ 4. Ryan – Verona, WI 5. Dusty – Sylvania, OH All of these folks have been notified and will be receiving a limited edition Bing branded snowboard compliments of us. If you missed our coverage of Sundance, head over to www.bingsundance.com and check it out! Thanks to everyone who played. The Bing Team
  • February
    07

    Bing Valentine's Search Trends: Cupid goes...

    It’s that time of year. February 14 th is circled on the calendar, romance is in the air and people around the world are racking their brains to plan the perfect night out. According to a recent Bing consumer poll of 16-35 year olds, mobile phones are increasingly becoming a critical tool for Valentine’s Day. We’ve captured some of the top findings and provided tips on how Bing for Mobile can help you maximize your romantic options. Interesting findings include: Twice as many men say they will use their mobile phone to find the perfect romantic restaurant compared to women. Men are also more likely to use their handheld to buy a Valentine's Day gift and a fifth of all male respondents say the key to a successful spontaneous V-day is keeping their mobile by their side. More men than women say they will wait until the day-of to schedule Valentine's Day plans. Nearly 50% of people plan to see a movie this Valentine’s Day. For single folks in the mix, 14 percent of men ages 16-35 year old said they want to go out and try to meet fellow single co-eds. Nearly a third of 16-35 year olds say they go direct to their mobile phone when they get lost... Read More It’s that time of year. February 14 th is circled on the calendar, romance is in the air and people around the world are racking their brains to plan the perfect night out. According to a recent Bing consumer poll of 16-35 year olds, mobile phones are increasingly becoming a critical tool for Valentine’s Day. We’ve captured some of the top findings and provided tips on how Bing for Mobile can help you maximize your romantic options. Interesting findings include: Twice as many men say they will use their mobile phone to find the perfect romantic restaurant compared to women. Men are also more likely to use their handheld to buy a Valentine's Day gift and a fifth of all male respondents say the key to a successful spontaneous V-day is keeping their mobile by their side. More men than women say they will wait until the day-of to schedule Valentine's Day plans. Nearly 50% of people plan to see a movie this Valentine’s Day. For single folks in the mix, 14 percent of men ages 16-35 year old said they want to go out and try to meet fellow single co-eds. Nearly a third of 16-35 year olds say they go direct to their mobile phone when they get lost... Read More
  • February
    04

    Bing Celebrates Football Legends at ESPN...

    As the official Decision Engine of ESPN The Magazine’s 2011 NEXT event, Bing presented an open-to-the-public panel at the River Ranch in Fort Worth, Texas yesterday featuring Super Bowl winning quarterbacks including Joe Montana, Doug Williams and Kurt Warner. ESPN Monday Night Football Broadcaster Mike Tirico interviewed this panel of world champions and uncovered their most decisive moments on and off the field. Check out the highlights from the panel, public Q&A and interviews with each of these talented men here, as well as www.espn.com and www.bingvideo.com . And for more ESPN’s “I Am A World Champion, presented by Bing” feature series visit http://espn.go.com/nfl/superbowl/quarterbacks . (Please visit the site to view this video) (Please visit the site to view this video) (Please visit the site to view this video) -The Bing Team As the official Decision Engine of ESPN The Magazine’s 2011 NEXT event, Bing presented an open-to-the-public panel at the River Ranch in Fort Worth, Texas yesterday featuring Super Bowl winning quarterbacks including Joe Montana, Doug Williams and Kurt Warner. ESPN Monday Night Football Broadcaster Mike Tirico interviewed this panel of world champions and uncovered their most decisive moments on and off the field. Check out the highlights from the panel, public Q&A and interviews with each of these talented men here, as well as www.espn.com and www.bingvideo.com . And for more ESPN’s “I Am A World Champion, presented by Bing” feature series visit http://espn.go.com/nfl/superbowl/quarterbacks . (Please visit the site to view this video) (Please visit the site to view this video) (Please visit the site to view this video) -The Bing Team
  • February
    04

    Bing Trends: Top search trends for The...

    On February 13 th , Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Arcade Fire will battle it out to see who will take home the Grammy for Album of the Year. Will it come down to a “lady” or will the California girl extinguish the “Fire”? It’s anyone’s guess, but if people searching Bing determined the outcome the statue would go to Lady Gaga. Once again, we have delved into the search logs to read the tea leaves and highlight any interesting trends around the Grammy’s. Here you go: Interest in Grammys up 237% year over year Justin Bieber queries up 10X year over year Katy Perry searches are up 218% year over year Lady Gaga is up 108% year over year The most searched popular artists since the last Grammy’s: Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry To add a bit of color to the data, we’ve created an infographic. (Click on the thumbnail to see rendered at fullscreen.) You can check out the nominees across all categories with the Grammy’s Visual Search Gallery . Whether you’re looking for “album of the year” or “best new artist”... Read More On February 13 th , Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Arcade Fire will battle it out to see who will take home the Grammy for Album of the Year. Will it come down to a “lady” or will the California girl extinguish the “Fire”? It’s anyone’s guess, but if people searching Bing determined the outcome the statue would go to Lady Gaga. Once again, we have delved into the search logs to read the tea leaves and highlight any interesting trends around the Grammy’s. Here you go: Interest in Grammys up 237% year over year Justin Bieber queries up 10X year over year Katy Perry searches are up 218% year over year Lady Gaga is up 108% year over year The most searched popular artists since the last Grammy’s: Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry To add a bit of color to the data, we’ve created an infographic. (Click on the thumbnail to see rendered at fullscreen.) You can check out the nominees across all categories with the Grammy’s Visual Search Gallery . Whether you’re looking for “album of the year” or “best new artist”... Read More
  • February
    03

    Bing National Tailgating Champion Announced...

    Earlier today, 6 teams faced off to settle the question of which city has the best tailgaters in the nation. In the shadow of Sunday’s big game, the Bing National Tailgating Championship showcased the best tailgating teams from across the country as they competed across four categories including team spirit, sports trivia, parking lot agility and c ooking . It is our honor to congratulate the Bulls Eye Tailgaters from Houston ! They received $15,000, the coveted Golden Grill trophy , and the right to call themselves Bing National Tailgating Champions! Over the past season, it’s been an amazing experience for us to see the passion, creativity and class displayed by the thousands of fans that show off their team pride and football traditions every Sunday. A special thank you to Joe “The Commish” Cahn who brought his years of tailgating experience, plus a lot of humor and wit to the competition as the master of ceremonies and to Reggie Bush who served as final guest judge. Again thanks to everyone who took part and we hope that the features that Bing offers helps you make the most of your decisions (game day or otherwise) down the road. ... Read More Earlier today, 6 teams faced off to settle the question of which city has the best tailgaters in the nation. In the shadow of Sunday’s big game, the Bing National Tailgating Championship showcased the best tailgating teams from across the country as they competed across four categories including team spirit, sports trivia, parking lot agility and c ooking . It is our honor to congratulate the Bulls Eye Tailgaters from Houston ! They received $15,000, the coveted Golden Grill trophy , and the right to call themselves Bing National Tailgating Champions! Over the past season, it’s been an amazing experience for us to see the passion, creativity and class displayed by the thousands of fans that show off their team pride and football traditions every Sunday. A special thank you to Joe “The Commish” Cahn who brought his years of tailgating experience, plus a lot of humor and wit to the competition as the master of ceremonies and to Reggie Bush who served as final guest judge. Again thanks to everyone who took part and we hope that the features that Bing offers helps you make the most of your decisions (game day or otherwise) down the road. ... Read More
  • February
    03

    World IPv6 Day: Bing taking decisions to...

    Earlier today, IANA , the international body responsible for distributing Internet addresses, completed its final allocation of IPv4 addresses . IPv4 has been the primary communication protocol for the Internet for more than 20 years, so this final allocation marks the end of an era, to the extent the brief history of the Internet can be categorized this way. Considering the rapid proliferation of personal computers, smartphones, networked appliances, and other connected devices around the world, it’s easy to conceive how we’ve already exhausted four billion IPv4 addresses. Microsoft and other major technology companies have been working behind the scenes for years to outline a clear path to the next generation Internet Protocol, IPv6. Although a complete migration will take years, we are hopeful that the vast majority of people will never notice the transition. Microsoft has worked as a member of Internet Society (ISOC) – and more generally the Internet community – to invest in and ensure that there is a seamless transition from IPv4 to IPv6. It is especially important for Microsoft’s online services like Bing to... Read More Earlier today, IANA , the international body responsible for distributing Internet addresses, completed its final allocation of IPv4 addresses . IPv4 has been the primary communication protocol for the Internet for more than 20 years, so this final allocation marks the end of an era, to the extent the brief history of the Internet can be categorized this way. Considering the rapid proliferation of personal computers, smartphones, networked appliances, and other connected devices around the world, it’s easy to conceive how we’ve already exhausted four billion IPv4 addresses. Microsoft and other major technology companies have been working behind the scenes for years to outline a clear path to the next generation Internet Protocol, IPv6. Although a complete migration will take years, we are hopeful that the vast majority of people will never notice the transition. Microsoft has worked as a member of Internet Society (ISOC) – and more generally the Internet community – to invest in and ensure that there is a seamless transition from IPv4 to IPv6. It is especially important for Microsoft’s online services like Bing to... Read More
  • February
    02

    Setting the record straight

    I was unable to attend the Farsight conference yesterday but watched events unfold online and wanted to take a moment to share some thoughts and make sure everyone is clear about a few things. It was interesting to watch the level of protest and feigned outrage from Google. One wonders what brought them to a place where they would level these kinds of accusations. Before we explore that, let me clear up a few things once and for all. We do not copy results from any of our competitors. Period. Full stop. We have some of the best minds in the world at work on search quality and relevance, and for a competitor to accuse any one of these people of such activity is just insulting. We do look at anonymous click stream data as one of more than a thousand inputs into our ranking algorithm. We learn from our customers as they traverse the web, a common practice in helping to improve a wide array of online services. We have been clear about this for a couple of years (see Directions on Microsoft report, June 15, 2009). Google engaged in a “honeypot” attack to trick Bing. In simple terms, Google’s “experiment” was rigged... Read More I was unable to attend the Farsight conference yesterday but watched events unfold online and wanted to take a moment to share some thoughts and make sure everyone is clear about a few things. It was interesting to watch the level of protest and feigned outrage from Google. One wonders what brought them to a place where they would level these kinds of accusations. Before we explore that, let me clear up a few things once and for all. We do not copy results from any of our competitors. Period. Full stop. We have some of the best minds in the world at work on search quality and relevance, and for a competitor to accuse any one of these people of such activity is just insulting. We do look at anonymous click stream data as one of more than a thousand inputs into our ranking algorithm. We learn from our customers as they traverse the web, a common practice in helping to improve a wide array of online services. We have been clear about this for a couple of years (see Directions on Microsoft report, June 15, 2009). Google engaged in a “honeypot” attack to trick Bing. In simple terms, Google’s “experiment” was rigged... Read More
  • February
    01

    Thoughts on search quality

    This morning, I will be on a panel at the Farsight Summit with some of the industry’s thought leaders to talk about search quality as we look into the future of search. Farsight is about looking 10 years into the future to explore the big industry challenges and opportunities ahead of us as we work to deliver the next generation of search. We woke up to an interesting (and interestingly timed) article by Danny Sullivan about some complaints Google has about how it says Bing ranks results. I wanted to take a moment to make a couple of points in advance of this panel so we can stay focused on the original intent of the Summit. The Bing engineering team has been working hard over the past couple of years to deliver the best search relevance and quality in the industry and for our users. This is our top priority every day. We use over 1,000 different signals and features in our ranking algorithm. A small piece of that is clickstream data we get from some of our customers, who opt-in to sharing anonymous data as they navigate the web in order to help us improve the experience for all users. To be clear, we learn from all of our customers... Read More This morning, I will be on a panel at the Farsight Summit with some of the industry’s thought leaders to talk about search quality as we look into the future of search. Farsight is about looking 10 years into the future to explore the big industry challenges and opportunities ahead of us as we work to deliver the next generation of search. We woke up to an interesting (and interestingly timed) article by Danny Sullivan about some complaints Google has about how it says Bing ranks results. I wanted to take a moment to make a couple of points in advance of this panel so we can stay focused on the original intent of the Summit. The Bing engineering team has been working hard over the past couple of years to deliver the best search relevance and quality in the industry and for our users. This is our top priority every day. We use over 1,000 different signals and features in our ranking algorithm. A small piece of that is clickstream data we get from some of our customers, who opt-in to sharing anonymous data as they navigate the web in order to help us improve the experience for all users. To be clear, we learn from all of our customers... Read More