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Search Blog — Mar 2012

  • March
    29

    Global Bing Video Updates Rolling Out

    We recently rolled out (and are still rolling out) a number of improvements to Bing Video. Available in all countries that currently support Bing Video, these updates make it easier to scan, explore and discover videos. Let’s check out what’s new: Larger, More Informative Previews in the Results Page ( see it here ) One of the first things you will notice is the new video strip in the results page . The update also introduces larger video previews, allowing you to more explore through the video results. Now with one glance you can scan through video results. Along with the large previews, the videos also received updated treatments, such as 16x9 images, embedded video length time stamps, and icons to help you quickly navigate the results. Easily Scan Results ( see it here ) The updates continue when you search on Bing.com/videos . We have made a significant investment in expanding our video coverage to provide you with as much relevant content as possible. Once we collected the vast storage of videos, we had to think about how to display the results so they would be easy to use and scan. If you’re anything like us, you want an uninterrupted supply... Read More We recently rolled out (and are still rolling out) a number of improvements to Bing Video. Available in all countries that currently support Bing Video, these updates make it easier to scan, explore and discover videos. Let’s check out what’s new: Larger, More Informative Previews in the Results Page ( see it here ) One of the first things you will notice is the new video strip in the results page . The update also introduces larger video previews, allowing you to more explore through the video results. Now with one glance you can scan through video results. Along with the large previews, the videos also received updated treatments, such as 16x9 images, embedded video length time stamps, and icons to help you quickly navigate the results. Easily Scan Results ( see it here ) The updates continue when you search on Bing.com/videos . We have made a significant investment in expanding our video coverage to provide you with as much relevant content as possible. Once we collected the vast storage of videos, we had to think about how to display the results so they would be easy to use and scan. If you’re anything like us, you want an uninterrupted supply... Read More
  • March
    28

    Jumpstart your Spring with Havaianas and...

    Spring is officially here! To kick it off right, we’re partnering with Havaianas. To get you in the spirit, we are giving away a pair of Havaianas ® Espadrille shoes to three of our lucky Twitter followers. Today, those of you who retweet certain tweets from the @Bing handle will be entered into the sweepstakes (one entry per handle). We will randomly select three lucky winners from the followers who retweet the @Bing handle sweepstakes tweets during the following time period: 9AM-5PM PT on March 28, 2012 Good luck and get outside! Make sure to follow @Bing on Twitter and retweet to enter. For details on how the sweepstakes works, read the official rules here. Cheers, The Bing Team Spring is officially here! To kick it off right, we’re partnering with Havaianas. To get you in the spirit, we are giving away a pair of Havaianas ® Espadrille shoes to three of our lucky Twitter followers. Today, those of you who retweet certain tweets from the @Bing handle will be entered into the sweepstakes (one entry per handle). We will randomly select three lucky winners from the followers who retweet the @Bing handle sweepstakes tweets during the following time period: 9AM-5PM PT on March 28, 2012 Good luck and get outside! Make sure to follow @Bing on Twitter and retweet to enter. For details on how the sweepstakes works, read the official rules here. Cheers, The Bing Team
  • March
    27

    Bing and Skype – Better Together

    Bing and Skype are coming together to help users do more online. Skype has recently begun offering an easy way to download the Bing Bar, providing users with a fast way to search and easy access to Facebook, email, breaking news, weather, Bing Rewards, and more — no matter where you are on the web. New users are being offered the Bing Bar at installation, and existing Skype users may also be offered it. The Bing Bar is also available to anyone using Internet Explorer 7 or above- just go to www.bingtoolbar.com . And over the next few days we’ll be adding Skype Credit to our Bing Rewards redemption center . For only 100 Bing Rewards credits, members can receive Skype Credit for up to 60 minutes of calling 1 on Skype. While Skype users can always make free one-on-one video calls, and send instant messages, with Skype Credit they can: Call landlines or mobile phones SMS to mobile phones directly Set up a Skype To Go number 2 and call abroad from any phone Access Skype Wi-Fi through third-party hotspots Bing Rewards is the best way to use Bing. Members earn credits for rewards by taking advantage of offers, which may... Read More Bing and Skype are coming together to help users do more online. Skype has recently begun offering an easy way to download the Bing Bar, providing users with a fast way to search and easy access to Facebook, email, breaking news, weather, Bing Rewards, and more — no matter where you are on the web. New users are being offered the Bing Bar at installation, and existing Skype users may also be offered it. The Bing Bar is also available to anyone using Internet Explorer 7 or above- just go to www.bingtoolbar.com . And over the next few days we’ll be adding Skype Credit to our Bing Rewards redemption center . For only 100 Bing Rewards credits, members can receive Skype Credit for up to 60 minutes of calling 1 on Skype. While Skype users can always make free one-on-one video calls, and send instant messages, with Skype Credit they can: Call landlines or mobile phones SMS to mobile phones directly Set up a Skype To Go number 2 and call abroad from any phone Access Skype Wi-Fi through third-party hotspots Bing Rewards is the best way to use Bing. Members earn credits for rewards by taking advantage of offers, which may... Read More
  • March
    26

    Stopping Bullying with Bing

    We’ve shared some amazing examples of people doing incredible things and today, we want to shine a light on an important issue that has likely touched you, or your loved ones. Bullying affects millions of kids every day – with over 13 million kids in the US being bullied this year, and over 3 million students missing school each month because they feel unsafe at school. To help combat bullying, The Weinstein Company is premiering a new anti-bullying documentary, “ Bully ”, tonight in Los Angeles. The goal of “Bully” is to get parents, students, educators, and advocates involved to help stop bullying. The film will be released in New York and Los Angeles theaters on March 30 and in other cities on April 13. Today, we’re happy to join the “Bully” movement to help raise awareness of the serious implications of bullying with the goal of inspiring people to stand up to bullying. We’re pleased to join together with Ellen DeGeneres, Justin Bieber, Meryl Streep, Anderson Cooper, Kelly Ripa, Demi Lovato, Tommy Hilfiger, Billie Jean King, Drew Brees and many others, including high school student Katy Butler, to help stop bullying... Read More We’ve shared some amazing examples of people doing incredible things and today, we want to shine a light on an important issue that has likely touched you, or your loved ones. Bullying affects millions of kids every day – with over 13 million kids in the US being bullied this year, and over 3 million students missing school each month because they feel unsafe at school. To help combat bullying, The Weinstein Company is premiering a new anti-bullying documentary, “ Bully ”, tonight in Los Angeles. The goal of “Bully” is to get parents, students, educators, and advocates involved to help stop bullying. The film will be released in New York and Los Angeles theaters on March 30 and in other cities on April 13. Today, we’re happy to join the “Bully” movement to help raise awareness of the serious implications of bullying with the goal of inspiring people to stand up to bullying. We’re pleased to join together with Ellen DeGeneres, Justin Bieber, Meryl Streep, Anderson Cooper, Kelly Ripa, Demi Lovato, Tommy Hilfiger, Billie Jean King, Drew Brees and many others, including high school student Katy Butler, to help stop bullying... Read More
  • March
    19

    Bing Search Quality Insights: Reducing...

    Everyone has experienced trying to follow a link that didn’t work. The link may have led to a page that is no longer available, or to a parked domain page. It can also be frustrating to find a search result page that has a missing or garbled description of where the link may take you. Considering the enormity of the web and the complexity of linking web documents , a key challenge for web search quality is the search engine’s ability to process, select and serve only good links with helpful descriptions. In this blog my colleague Richard Qian, Development Manager for Bing , provides an overview of our efforts to reduce junk links and junky or empty snippets. - Dr. Harry Shum, Corporate Vice President, Bing R&D To help clarify a few terms which we use in this blog, the following screenshot shows a typical search result with three common components: 1) title with a hyperlink. When we say links, we refer to this; 2) snippet is the description of the search result and 3) URL shows the address of the result page. Removing Junk Links In search there’s perhaps nothing worse than clicking a search result only to get an error message in return. Or being taken... Read More Everyone has experienced trying to follow a link that didn’t work. The link may have led to a page that is no longer available, or to a parked domain page. It can also be frustrating to find a search result page that has a missing or garbled description of where the link may take you. Considering the enormity of the web and the complexity of linking web documents , a key challenge for web search quality is the search engine’s ability to process, select and serve only good links with helpful descriptions. In this blog my colleague Richard Qian, Development Manager for Bing , provides an overview of our efforts to reduce junk links and junky or empty snippets. - Dr. Harry Shum, Corporate Vice President, Bing R&D To help clarify a few terms which we use in this blog, the following screenshot shows a typical search result with three common components: 1) title with a hyperlink. When we say links, we refer to this; 2) snippet is the description of the search result and 3) URL shows the address of the result page. Removing Junk Links In search there’s perhaps nothing worse than clicking a search result only to get an error message in return. Or being taken... Read More
  • March
    19

    Plan Your Next Great Adventure: Twenty...

    Summer is just around the corner, and whether you’re looking forward to a break from school, an epic backpacking trip, or even just a week away from the daily grind, it’s time to start thinking about your next great adventure. Be it around the corner or around the world, Stephanie Yoder of Twenty-Something Travel and Mike Tieso of Art of Backpacking are experts on planning trips of a lifetime. Since leaving her job in September 2010, Stephanie has been traveling almost nonstop – keeping busy with escapades like climbing the Great Wall of China. Mike has also been traveling around the world writing, photographing and filming his journey for the past three years. Join us this Wednesday, March 21 st from 12 – 1 pm PT to get tips direct from the source, as Stephanie and Mike join us live from their current locale of Buenos Aires. To participate, follow @Bing, @Fareologist, @20stravel and @artofbackpackin – and be sure to include the hashtag #BingIt in all tweets to follow along and contribute to the conversation. As a special bonus, we’ll give away $50 gift cards to two lucky participants. In the meantime, here are a few tips from Stephanie and... Read More Summer is just around the corner, and whether you’re looking forward to a break from school, an epic backpacking trip, or even just a week away from the daily grind, it’s time to start thinking about your next great adventure. Be it around the corner or around the world, Stephanie Yoder of Twenty-Something Travel and Mike Tieso of Art of Backpacking are experts on planning trips of a lifetime. Since leaving her job in September 2010, Stephanie has been traveling almost nonstop – keeping busy with escapades like climbing the Great Wall of China. Mike has also been traveling around the world writing, photographing and filming his journey for the past three years. Join us this Wednesday, March 21 st from 12 – 1 pm PT to get tips direct from the source, as Stephanie and Mike join us live from their current locale of Buenos Aires. To participate, follow @Bing, @Fareologist, @20stravel and @artofbackpackin – and be sure to include the hashtag #BingIt in all tweets to follow along and contribute to the conversation. As a special bonus, we’ll give away $50 gift cards to two lucky participants. In the meantime, here are a few tips from Stephanie and... Read More
  • March
    14

    A New Look for Pushpins, Popups, and Transit

    We’ve just rolled out some exciting new updates to www.bing.com/maps that make it easier for you to find information on the map, explore the layouts of over 850 venues, as well as get to where you’re going with public transit (or transport). Read on to learn more! Pushpin and Popup refresh The pushpin. It’s the most common element overlaid on a map. And today, it’s getting an update. In making these changes, to both the pushpin and corresponding popup, our goals were simple: enable you to find the information you want, more quickly and efficiently, while at the same time minimizing obstruction of the map. Let’s take a deeper look at some before and after examples. The updated pushpins are designed to better overlay on top of our base map color scheme and make it easier to find results when you perform a search. Search related content appears in blue, while user-generated and saved content (such as “My places”) use an orange colored pin. The contrast changes are more pronounced on hover (and for business searches, the corresponding item in the left-hand panel is adjusted as well), and we’ve also added a new small popup to... Read More We’ve just rolled out some exciting new updates to www.bing.com/maps that make it easier for you to find information on the map, explore the layouts of over 850 venues, as well as get to where you’re going with public transit (or transport). Read on to learn more! Pushpin and Popup refresh The pushpin. It’s the most common element overlaid on a map. And today, it’s getting an update. In making these changes, to both the pushpin and corresponding popup, our goals were simple: enable you to find the information you want, more quickly and efficiently, while at the same time minimizing obstruction of the map. Let’s take a deeper look at some before and after examples. The updated pushpins are designed to better overlay on top of our base map color scheme and make it easier to find results when you perform a search. Search related content appears in blue, while user-generated and saved content (such as “My places”) use an orange colored pin. The contrast changes are more pronounced on hover (and for business searches, the corresponding item in the left-hand panel is adjusted as well), and we’ve also added a new small popup to... Read More
  • March
    14

    @Bing “Win a Trip to See Adam Lambert at...

    Attention, music fans! Singing sensation and American Idol alumni Adam Lambert, will be giving a live performance at the Bing Lounge in Portland, Oregon on March 25 th . To share the love, we’ll be giving exclusive meet and greet access to one lucky Twitter follower and guest at the show. We hope that’s music to your ears. Today we ask that you retweet specific tweets from the @Bing handle to be entered into the sweepstakes (one entry per handle). We will randomly select one lucky winner from the followers who retweet the @Bing handle sweepstakes tweets during the following time period: 9AM-5PM PT on March 14, 2012 Good luck and let’s get rockin’! Be sure to retweet the sweeps and start spreading the word so that we can get the party going! For details on how the sweepstakes works, read the official rules* here. Cheers, The Bing Team * No purchase necessary. Open to legal residents of the 50 US (+ DC) 21+. Game ends 5 p.m. PT on 3/14/12. See Official Rules for details. Attention, music fans! Singing sensation and American Idol alumni Adam Lambert, will be giving a live performance at the Bing Lounge in Portland, Oregon on March 25 th . To share the love, we’ll be giving exclusive meet and greet access to one lucky Twitter follower and guest at the show. We hope that’s music to your ears. Today we ask that you retweet specific tweets from the @Bing handle to be entered into the sweepstakes (one entry per handle). We will randomly select one lucky winner from the followers who retweet the @Bing handle sweepstakes tweets during the following time period: 9AM-5PM PT on March 14, 2012 Good luck and let’s get rockin’! Be sure to retweet the sweeps and start spreading the word so that we can get the party going! For details on how the sweepstakes works, read the official rules* here. Cheers, The Bing Team * No purchase necessary. Open to legal residents of the 50 US (+ DC) 21+. Game ends 5 p.m. PT on 3/14/12. See Official Rules for details.
  • March
    13

    Bing Rewards February Winners and Our Latest...

    We are pleased to announce the winners, pending official confirmation, of the three Bing Rewards sweepstakes that ended on February 29. Two new sweeps have begun and end on April 2. Keep reading for details on the great prizes we’re offering and how to enter, but first congratulations to our latest winners! Jason J. of Fontana, California was drawn as the grand prize winner of the Home Entertainment System + Xbox. Enjoy the 50” Plasma TV and surround sound system while you’re putting your Xbox 360 + Kinect through its paces! The three lucky winners picked in the $500 REI Gift Card sweepstake were: Rainiero G. of Garden Grove, CA; Paul T. of Newcastle, WA: and, Michael N. of Memphis, TN. Congratulations! Alex W. of Greensburg, Pennsylvania was drawn as the winner of the Xbox 360 with Kinect and Hulu Plus. Have fun catching up on the latest TV shows. Our two new sweepstakes* have kicked off and will run through April 2, 2012 at 11.59 a.m. ET. The prizes include: Xbox 360 Prize Pack with Mass Effect 3 . The winner of this pack will walk away with an Xbox 360® with Kinect™, a 12 month Xbox LIVE® Gold membership, and the recently released... Read More We are pleased to announce the winners, pending official confirmation, of the three Bing Rewards sweepstakes that ended on February 29. Two new sweeps have begun and end on April 2. Keep reading for details on the great prizes we’re offering and how to enter, but first congratulations to our latest winners! Jason J. of Fontana, California was drawn as the grand prize winner of the Home Entertainment System + Xbox. Enjoy the 50” Plasma TV and surround sound system while you’re putting your Xbox 360 + Kinect through its paces! The three lucky winners picked in the $500 REI Gift Card sweepstake were: Rainiero G. of Garden Grove, CA; Paul T. of Newcastle, WA: and, Michael N. of Memphis, TN. Congratulations! Alex W. of Greensburg, Pennsylvania was drawn as the winner of the Xbox 360 with Kinect and Hulu Plus. Have fun catching up on the latest TV shows. Our two new sweepstakes* have kicked off and will run through April 2, 2012 at 11.59 a.m. ET. The prizes include: Xbox 360 Prize Pack with Mass Effect 3 . The winner of this pack will walk away with an Xbox 360® with Kinect™, a 12 month Xbox LIVE® Gold membership, and the recently released... Read More
  • March
    12

    Share Your Whole World View with the Updated...

    Last spring we introduced the Photosynth app to the U.S. designed to let you capture and hare amazing panoramas of your favorite places. Since releasing the app, over 6 million people have downloaded it and we’ve been hearing amazing feedback from our users which range from professional photographers with DSLRs, avid photographers with point-and-shoots to novice photographers just getting started. Our favorite part has been enjoying the amazing panoramas from our users such as one from The Maldives , The Grand Canyon , or the Louvre . Since releasing the app, we’ve been listening to your suggestions and we’re excited to announce the newly updated app, available today in the Apple App store . In the latest version, we’ve made many performance optimizations specifically for users on iOS5, we’ve adding Twitter support to expand sharing functionality and we’re very excited to say that the app is now available globally. If you’ve taken panaroma’s – those seemingly endless super wide photos, you know how difficult they are to capture. One needs a tripod, the right cameras, the right software and a lot of time. Photosynth solves... Read More Last spring we introduced the Photosynth app to the U.S. designed to let you capture and hare amazing panoramas of your favorite places. Since releasing the app, over 6 million people have downloaded it and we’ve been hearing amazing feedback from our users which range from professional photographers with DSLRs, avid photographers with point-and-shoots to novice photographers just getting started. Our favorite part has been enjoying the amazing panoramas from our users such as one from The Maldives , The Grand Canyon , or the Louvre . Since releasing the app, we’ve been listening to your suggestions and we’re excited to announce the newly updated app, available today in the Apple App store . In the latest version, we’ve made many performance optimizations specifically for users on iOS5, we’ve adding Twitter support to expand sharing functionality and we’re very excited to say that the app is now available globally. If you’ve taken panaroma’s – those seemingly endless super wide photos, you know how difficult they are to capture. One needs a tripod, the right cameras, the right software and a lot of time. Photosynth solves... Read More
  • March
    08

    Bing is heading to Austin. Let’s meet up...

    SXSW Interactive is quite the experience. If you’ve been there, you know what we’re talking about. If you haven’t been, one way to think about it is like attending a baseball game of a winning team. Crushing crowds, deafening noise, and hype. Lots of it. Die-hards will lament how the experience is no longer about just the game. It’s more of a spectacle than a sport. Too many bobblehead nights and garlic fry hangovers. But herein lies the opportunity. Despite the excesses, the team is winning. Tech is winning. Last year was the first time Interactive attendance overtook Music at SX. Here comes everybody. Okay, but what does Bing want by torpedoing through the mob? You. We want to connect with you. Learn from you. Be inspired by you. Because there’s a good chance what you do, learn, and share in Austin over the next week will shed light on the path the Web is about to embark on. Search is really a reflection of the Web’s massive collection of people’s intents and desires. For Bing to stay relevant and innovative, we have to be there. Where the Web goes, Bing goes. To help us understand the diverse set of interests and needs that is the SXSW... Read More SXSW Interactive is quite the experience. If you’ve been there, you know what we’re talking about. If you haven’t been, one way to think about it is like attending a baseball game of a winning team. Crushing crowds, deafening noise, and hype. Lots of it. Die-hards will lament how the experience is no longer about just the game. It’s more of a spectacle than a sport. Too many bobblehead nights and garlic fry hangovers. But herein lies the opportunity. Despite the excesses, the team is winning. Tech is winning. Last year was the first time Interactive attendance overtook Music at SX. Here comes everybody. Okay, but what does Bing want by torpedoing through the mob? You. We want to connect with you. Learn from you. Be inspired by you. Because there’s a good chance what you do, learn, and share in Austin over the next week will shed light on the path the Web is about to embark on. Search is really a reflection of the Web’s massive collection of people’s intents and desires. For Bing to stay relevant and innovative, we have to be there. Where the Web goes, Bing goes. To help us understand the diverse set of interests and needs that is the SXSW... Read More
  • March
    05

    March Madness: Get the Jump on Your NCAA...

    March Madness is nearly upon us and if you’re like the 60 percent of people who answered a recent MSN online survey you will be filling out a bracket for the NCAA Tournament this year. To help stack the odds in your favor, we have enlisted RushtheCourt.net to give you the inside track on college hoops. Rush the Court an independent voice covering college basketball including all 31 Division I conferences from coast to coast. Join us on Wednesday, March 7 th from 12-1pm PST, when RTC will be sharing its NCAA knowledge and will be on hand to answer all of your questions. To participate, follow @Bing and @rushthecourt and tweet out your questions and commentary with the hashtag #BingIt. As an added bonus, we’ll be giving away a fifty dollar gift card to two lucky winners. If you can’t wait until Wednesday, you can bone up on all the NCAA line up via Bing. Check out news, player stats and videos in a matter of clicks. - The #BingIt Team Kari Dilloo - @karidilloo Ted Roduner - @roduner Tanya Wang - @wangtanya March Madness is nearly upon us and if you’re like the 60 percent of people who answered a recent MSN online survey you will be filling out a bracket for the NCAA Tournament this year. To help stack the odds in your favor, we have enlisted RushtheCourt.net to give you the inside track on college hoops. Rush the Court an independent voice covering college basketball including all 31 Division I conferences from coast to coast. Join us on Wednesday, March 7 th from 12-1pm PST, when RTC will be sharing its NCAA knowledge and will be on hand to answer all of your questions. To participate, follow @Bing and @rushthecourt and tweet out your questions and commentary with the hashtag #BingIt. As an added bonus, we’ll be giving away a fifty dollar gift card to two lucky winners. If you can’t wait until Wednesday, you can bone up on all the NCAA line up via Bing. Check out news, player stats and videos in a matter of clicks. - The #BingIt Team Kari Dilloo - @karidilloo Ted Roduner - @roduner Tanya Wang - @wangtanya
  • March
    05

    Bing Search Quality Insights: Whole Page...

    Dr. Jan Pedersen, Chief Scientist for Core Search at Bing If you compared the results you see with Bing today with those of our search product five years ago, at first glance they might seem similar - ten blue links presented with text summaries. However, if you look closer you would see some important differences. The first thing you would notice is that many of the queries you perform today produce excellent results that would have simply not been possible five years ago. This is a tribute to the continued growth and evolution of the Web coupled with our unceasing focus on core search quality. Second, you would notice that the overall experience is much richer. Bing’s search results today are no longer just web pages; we include videos, images, maps, news items and other media objects, which we call answers. Moreover, some results take up more screen real estate than others, making it easier for you to see the content that will help you get things done quickly. For example, the query [bing] returns a first result of Bing.com that is larger than usual with vertically arrayed deep links and other quick access links beneath it. This is what we call an Answer and makes... Read More Dr. Jan Pedersen, Chief Scientist for Core Search at Bing If you compared the results you see with Bing today with those of our search product five years ago, at first glance they might seem similar - ten blue links presented with text summaries. However, if you look closer you would see some important differences. The first thing you would notice is that many of the queries you perform today produce excellent results that would have simply not been possible five years ago. This is a tribute to the continued growth and evolution of the Web coupled with our unceasing focus on core search quality. Second, you would notice that the overall experience is much richer. Bing’s search results today are no longer just web pages; we include videos, images, maps, news items and other media objects, which we call answers. Moreover, some results take up more screen real estate than others, making it easier for you to see the content that will help you get things done quickly. For example, the query [bing] returns a first result of Bing.com that is larger than usual with vertically arrayed deep links and other quick access links beneath it. This is what we call an Answer and makes... Read More
  • March
    05

    Introducing Bing Search Quality Insights

    Dr. Harry Shum, Corporate Vice President, Bing R&D I’ve been working in search at Microsoft for the last seven years and there has never been a more fascinating or challenging time to be in the search space. Today, search spans the entire spectrum of computer science from distributed systems and machine learning to natural language understanding and user experience design. The graph theory we learned in graduate school 20 years ago with a few dozen nodes and edges needs to be extended to cope with the web graph of billions of documents. There’s more web data created in a single day than in the entirety of 1999. Moreover, the types of data crawled by search engines are evolving in astonishing ways. What started as indexing simple web documents has blossomed into a dizzying array of data types – from rich multimedia content to real-time streams to social conversations, just to name a few. In June 2009, we launched Bing ( www.bing.com ) with the aspiration of building a search engine that better understands what people have in their mind while searching so that we can help them get their tasks accomplished faster and more easily. The core to a great search engine... Read More Dr. Harry Shum, Corporate Vice President, Bing R&D I’ve been working in search at Microsoft for the last seven years and there has never been a more fascinating or challenging time to be in the search space. Today, search spans the entire spectrum of computer science from distributed systems and machine learning to natural language understanding and user experience design. The graph theory we learned in graduate school 20 years ago with a few dozen nodes and edges needs to be extended to cope with the web graph of billions of documents. There’s more web data created in a single day than in the entirety of 1999. Moreover, the types of data crawled by search engines are evolving in astonishing ways. What started as indexing simple web documents has blossomed into a dizzying array of data types – from rich multimedia content to real-time streams to social conversations, just to name a few. In June 2009, we launched Bing ( www.bing.com ) with the aspiration of building a search engine that better understands what people have in their mind while searching so that we can help them get their tasks accomplished faster and more easily. The core to a great search engine... Read More
  • March
    01

    2012 Spring Break Fareology Forecast: Airfare...

    Spring is in the air and spring break is around the corner. For those of you who haven’t locked down your getaway plans, we’ve enlisted the Fareologists at Bing Travel to help. The team has scoured millions of round-trip itineraries to give you the low down on the spring travel landscape as well as tips on how you can break away without breaking the bank. Here are the highlights: Overall, airfare is up 4.1 percent from the 2011 spring break travel season. If you’re headed somewhere warm for spring break, expect to pay a little more this year, as ticket prices to warm destinations are expected to be up nearly 16 percent – from $406 in 2011, to an average of $468 this year. Domestic airfare is expected to remain flat in comparison to last year, with tickets averaging $325 this year compared to $323 in 2011. Spring break flights to Europe have increased nearly 11 percent – from $815 in 2011, to an average of $907 this year. While the overall forecast calls there higher prices, there are still deals to be had for those will to be creative. Be flexible. The best (cheapest!) weeks to travel this spring break season are the last two... Read More Spring is in the air and spring break is around the corner. For those of you who haven’t locked down your getaway plans, we’ve enlisted the Fareologists at Bing Travel to help. The team has scoured millions of round-trip itineraries to give you the low down on the spring travel landscape as well as tips on how you can break away without breaking the bank. Here are the highlights: Overall, airfare is up 4.1 percent from the 2011 spring break travel season. If you’re headed somewhere warm for spring break, expect to pay a little more this year, as ticket prices to warm destinations are expected to be up nearly 16 percent – from $406 in 2011, to an average of $468 this year. Domestic airfare is expected to remain flat in comparison to last year, with tickets averaging $325 this year compared to $323 in 2011. Spring break flights to Europe have increased nearly 11 percent – from $815 in 2011, to an average of $907 this year. While the overall forecast calls there higher prices, there are still deals to be had for those will to be creative. Be flexible. The best (cheapest!) weeks to travel this spring break season are the last two... Read More