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  • July
    30

    Tag Your Friends When Searching on Bing

    Last month, we introduced the new Bing with a social sidebar that lets you ask friends for ideas and recommendations as you search.Now you can involve even more of your Facebook friends by typing their name and tagging them when sharing a search. This allows you to effortlessly tap into the collective wisdom of your social network, and get input from your friends who are in the know. Have a friend who’s a travel guru and can help you plan a summer vacation? A foodie who can lend some suggestions for your next backyard barbecue? Or maybe you’re searching for great hiking trails and want your friends to tag along. When searching on Bing, simply enter a question or comment in the sidebar and type the name of a friend on Facebook to tag him or her (you can tag up to five friends at a time). With your permission, the question will post on your Facebook timeline, and your tagged friends will be notified so that they can pitch in and help you find what you’re looking for. Remember - you are always in control of what you share through the sidebar. Try it out at www.bing.com , and connect with Facebook to discover more through your friends while searching. To... Read More Last month, we introduced the new Bing with a social sidebar that lets you ask friends for ideas and recommendations as you search.Now you can involve even more of your Facebook friends by typing their name and tagging them when sharing a search. This allows you to effortlessly tap into the collective wisdom of your social network, and get input from your friends who are in the know. Have a friend who’s a travel guru and can help you plan a summer vacation? A foodie who can lend some suggestions for your next backyard barbecue? Or maybe you’re searching for great hiking trails and want your friends to tag along. When searching on Bing, simply enter a question or comment in the sidebar and type the name of a friend on Facebook to tag him or her (you can tag up to five friends at a time). With your permission, the question will post on your Facebook timeline, and your tagged friends will be notified so that they can pitch in and help you find what you’re looking for. Remember - you are always in control of what you share through the sidebar. Try it out at www.bing.com , and connect with Facebook to discover more through your friends while searching. To... Read More
  • July
    30

    Secret Life of the American Teenager Stars...

    Stars of the hit show, The Secret Life Of The American Teenager , Renee Olstead (Madison Cooperstein), and Camille Winbush (Lauren Treacy), will join us for this week’s #BingIt chat this Wednesday, August 1 from 12 pm -1 pm PDT . Fans will have the opportunity to interact with the ladies as we discuss the show, the girls’ favorite summer pastimes and their favorite things to do when they aren’t on the set of their popular drama. Joining us for the not-so-secret chat are Secret Life stars : Renee Olstead : is best known for her appearance on TV sitcom Still Standing and current role as Amy’s best friend on The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Renee is also a Jazz singer and has recorded five studio albums. Check out her newly released jazz single titled, “She’s Got Your Name” on iTunes. Camille Winbush : Best known as Madison and Amy’s sidekick Lauren on Secret Life, Camille is also an award-winning actress for her role on The Bernie Mac Show. To participate in this week’s #BingIt, follow @Bing , @Renee_Olstead , and @CamilleSimoine and tweet out your questions and comments with the hashtag #BingIt. As... Read More Stars of the hit show, The Secret Life Of The American Teenager , Renee Olstead (Madison Cooperstein), and Camille Winbush (Lauren Treacy), will join us for this week’s #BingIt chat this Wednesday, August 1 from 12 pm -1 pm PDT . Fans will have the opportunity to interact with the ladies as we discuss the show, the girls’ favorite summer pastimes and their favorite things to do when they aren’t on the set of their popular drama. Joining us for the not-so-secret chat are Secret Life stars : Renee Olstead : is best known for her appearance on TV sitcom Still Standing and current role as Amy’s best friend on The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Renee is also a Jazz singer and has recorded five studio albums. Check out her newly released jazz single titled, “She’s Got Your Name” on iTunes. Camille Winbush : Best known as Madison and Amy’s sidekick Lauren on Secret Life, Camille is also an award-winning actress for her role on The Bernie Mac Show. To participate in this week’s #BingIt, follow @Bing , @Renee_Olstead , and @CamilleSimoine and tweet out your questions and comments with the hashtag #BingIt. As... Read More
  • July
    30

    Bing Twitter Sweeps: @Bing’s ‘Win a Trip...

    Get ready to start jamming out with friends! Luke Bryan will be performing at the Bing Lounge in Portland, Oregon on September 26, 2012 and we’ll be giving away an exclusive trip to one lucky Twitter follower and a guest to attend the show. On July 30 th -August 5 th , we will ask our followers to 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: 9 AM PT on July 30, 2012 – 5 PM PT on August 5, 2012 We bet ‘all your friends say’ let’s get this jam fest started! Be sure to retweet the sweeps and start spreading the word so that we can keep the good vibes going. It’s open to US residents 21+. For details on how the sweepstakes works, read the official rules here. Cheers, The Bing Team Get ready to start jamming out with friends! Luke Bryan will be performing at the Bing Lounge in Portland, Oregon on September 26, 2012 and we’ll be giving away an exclusive trip to one lucky Twitter follower and a guest to attend the show. On July 30 th -August 5 th , we will ask our followers to 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: 9 AM PT on July 30, 2012 – 5 PM PT on August 5, 2012 We bet ‘all your friends say’ let’s get this jam fest started! Be sure to retweet the sweeps and start spreading the word so that we can keep the good vibes going. It’s open to US residents 21+. For details on how the sweepstakes works, read the official rules here. Cheers, The Bing Team
  • July
    27

    Let The Games Begin

    Looking to stay abreast of the Summer Games 2012? Bing has you covered! Start with the Bing homepage for daily highlights, news, events and more. Interested in stats and schedules? In a few keystrokes you can get the information you’re looking for directly in the Bing results page. For those lucky enough to be there in person, Bing Maps has detailed maps and fresh images of London’s iconic landmarks and venues so you can plan ahead or experience from afar. Bing Homepage and Editorial Features Over the course of the Summer Games 2012, we will be featuring daily highlights and images on the Bing homepage, so check back every morning to get up to speed on what’s happening. Looking to catch the athletic spirit? Our editors have compiled a list of inspiring moments from past games to prep you. Summer Games 2012 Instant Answers For the duration of the games we are making it fast and simple to get up to speed on the games. Bing will serve Instant Answers based on the most common things searched during the games, so you don't get left behind.* Looking for real-time updates on the latest medal count, simply type “ medal count ” into the search... Read More Looking to stay abreast of the Summer Games 2012? Bing has you covered! Start with the Bing homepage for daily highlights, news, events and more. Interested in stats and schedules? In a few keystrokes you can get the information you’re looking for directly in the Bing results page. For those lucky enough to be there in person, Bing Maps has detailed maps and fresh images of London’s iconic landmarks and venues so you can plan ahead or experience from afar. Bing Homepage and Editorial Features Over the course of the Summer Games 2012, we will be featuring daily highlights and images on the Bing homepage, so check back every morning to get up to speed on what’s happening. Looking to catch the athletic spirit? Our editors have compiled a list of inspiring moments from past games to prep you. Summer Games 2012 Instant Answers For the duration of the games we are making it fast and simple to get up to speed on the games. Bing will serve Instant Answers based on the most common things searched during the games, so you don't get left behind.* Looking for real-time updates on the latest medal count, simply type “ medal count ” into the search... Read More
  • July
    24

    Announcing the Ultimate Bing Experience...

    Ever wanted to meet the Bing team and help us choose future homepage photos? Our new “ Ultimate Bing Experience ” sweepstakes* could give you a chance to do just that. Each of the two winners will be brought to Seattle with a friend to participate in a Bing editorial team meeting where homepage photos are selected. The prize includes airfare for two to Seattle, three nights’ accommodations, and a tour of the Microsoft campus, which includes a visit to the Xbox studios and the Microsoft Visitor Center. We’ve also just launched an Xbox 360 Prize Pack with “Madden NFL 13” sweepstakes*. The winner gets an Xbox 360® with Kinect™, a 12-month Xbox LIVE® Gold membership, and “Madden NFL 13." While we’re talking sweepstakes, congratulations to our latest winning Bing Rewards members! We are pleased to announce the winner, pending official confirmation, of the Xbox 360® Prize Pack with The Amazing Spider-Man and the 25 winners of the Hulu Plus 12 Month Subscription in our most recent Bing Rewards sweepstakes. William S. of Andover, Massachusetts was drawn as the winner of the Xbox 360 Prize Pack with The Amazing... Read More Ever wanted to meet the Bing team and help us choose future homepage photos? Our new “ Ultimate Bing Experience ” sweepstakes* could give you a chance to do just that. Each of the two winners will be brought to Seattle with a friend to participate in a Bing editorial team meeting where homepage photos are selected. The prize includes airfare for two to Seattle, three nights’ accommodations, and a tour of the Microsoft campus, which includes a visit to the Xbox studios and the Microsoft Visitor Center. We’ve also just launched an Xbox 360 Prize Pack with “Madden NFL 13” sweepstakes*. The winner gets an Xbox 360® with Kinect™, a 12-month Xbox LIVE® Gold membership, and “Madden NFL 13." While we’re talking sweepstakes, congratulations to our latest winning Bing Rewards members! We are pleased to announce the winner, pending official confirmation, of the Xbox 360® Prize Pack with The Amazing Spider-Man and the 25 winners of the Hulu Plus 12 Month Subscription in our most recent Bing Rewards sweepstakes. William S. of Andover, Massachusetts was drawn as the winner of the Xbox 360 Prize Pack with The Amazing... Read More
  • July
    23

    Follow @Bing for a Chance to Win 2 Tickets...

    Calling all Cody Simpson fans! We’re offering up a chance to win two tickets to see the Queensland, Australia-born singer, songwriter live and in-concert compliments of Bing. Cody is currently touring the US for his latest release “PREVIEW TO PARADISE.” We will be giving away tickets for you and a friend to see Cody in one of six cities. To win, follow @Bing and retweet our giveaway tweet with your city hashtag (listed below): 7/27: Kansas City, MO- #KC 8/4: Tinley Park, IL- #CHI 8/11: Hershey, PA- #HBG 8/21: Virginia Beach, VA- #VB 8/28: Orlando, FL- #ORL 9/9: Grand Rapids, MI- #GR Follow @Bing from July 23 rd to July 27 th and watch for the giveaway tweet! - The Bing Team Calling all Cody Simpson fans! We’re offering up a chance to win two tickets to see the Queensland, Australia-born singer, songwriter live and in-concert compliments of Bing. Cody is currently touring the US for his latest release “PREVIEW TO PARADISE.” We will be giving away tickets for you and a friend to see Cody in one of six cities. To win, follow @Bing and retweet our giveaway tweet with your city hashtag (listed below): 7/27: Kansas City, MO- #KC 8/4: Tinley Park, IL- #CHI 8/11: Hershey, PA- #HBG 8/21: Virginia Beach, VA- #VB 8/28: Orlando, FL- #ORL 9/9: Grand Rapids, MI- #GR Follow @Bing from July 23 rd to July 27 th and watch for the giveaway tweet! - The Bing Team
  • July
    18

    Foursquare Arrives on Bing

    This spring, we launched the latest Bing design that brings friends, experts and enthusiasts into the search experience through a dedicated “sidebar”. We committed to working with industry partners to make the social experience in Bing compelling and useful for our customers. Today we are excited to share that we are delivering the first new Bing sidebar integration since we turned on the new Bing experience in June. Starting today, people in the US will begin to see tips and recommendations from foursquare in the sidebar column on the right hand side of the screen. Now when you’re planning a trip to that dream destination or a night on the town, you can find people who are knowledgeable about the place you’re searching, based on what they’ve publically shared on foursquare. How does it work? Later this week, I’m meeting some friends at a new restaurant. To learn more, I search on Bing for “Foreign Cinema ” the name of the restaurant. In addition to photos from my friends and reviews from bloggers, I now see public tips from foursquare users in the ‘People Who Know’ section in the sidebar. Thanks to the Bing... Read More This spring, we launched the latest Bing design that brings friends, experts and enthusiasts into the search experience through a dedicated “sidebar”. We committed to working with industry partners to make the social experience in Bing compelling and useful for our customers. Today we are excited to share that we are delivering the first new Bing sidebar integration since we turned on the new Bing experience in June. Starting today, people in the US will begin to see tips and recommendations from foursquare in the sidebar column on the right hand side of the screen. Now when you’re planning a trip to that dream destination or a night on the town, you can find people who are knowledgeable about the place you’re searching, based on what they’ve publically shared on foursquare. How does it work? Later this week, I’m meeting some friends at a new restaurant. To learn more, I search on Bing for “Foreign Cinema ” the name of the restaurant. In addition to photos from my friends and reviews from bloggers, I now see public tips from foursquare users in the ‘People Who Know’ section in the sidebar. Thanks to the Bing... Read More
  • July
    16

    Join Maria Menounos for this Week’s #BingIt...

    Host of EXTRA and former DWTS contestant Maria Menounos, graces the cover of this month’s SHAPE and is joining this week’s #BingIt chat to share her fitness and healthy lifestyle tips and tricks! Join us on Wednesday, July 18 from noon - 1 p.m. PT to take part in the live twitter chat. To participate, follow @Bing, @mariamenounos and hashtag #BingIt. We will also be giving away $50 AMEX gift cards to two lucky participants during the chat. - @KariDilloo Host of EXTRA and former DWTS contestant Maria Menounos, graces the cover of this month’s SHAPE and is joining this week’s #BingIt chat to share her fitness and healthy lifestyle tips and tricks! Join us on Wednesday, July 18 from noon - 1 p.m. PT to take part in the live twitter chat. To participate, follow @Bing, @mariamenounos and hashtag #BingIt. We will also be giving away $50 AMEX gift cards to two lucky participants during the chat. - @KariDilloo
  • July
    16

    Bing Twitter Sweeps: @fareologist’s Wanderlusting...

    Music gurus and travel explorers, unite! The Vans Warped Tour is making its final stop in Portland, Oregon on August 5 th and we’ll be giving away an exclusive trip to one lucky Twitter follower and a guest to embark on a journey to the epic show. On July 16-18 th , we will ask our followers to retweet specific tweets from the @fareologist handle to be entered into the sweepstakes (one entry per handle). We will randomly select one lucky winner from the followers who retweet the @fareologist handle sweepstakes tweets during the following time period: 9 AM PT on July 16, 2012 – 5 PM PT on July 18, 2012 Now let’s gear up for some wanderlusting! Be sure to retweet the sweeps and start spreading the word so that we can keep the good vibes going. It’s open to US residents 18+. For details on how the sweepstakes works, read the official rules here . Cheers, The Bing Team Music gurus and travel explorers, unite! The Vans Warped Tour is making its final stop in Portland, Oregon on August 5 th and we’ll be giving away an exclusive trip to one lucky Twitter follower and a guest to embark on a journey to the epic show. On July 16-18 th , we will ask our followers to retweet specific tweets from the @fareologist handle to be entered into the sweepstakes (one entry per handle). We will randomly select one lucky winner from the followers who retweet the @fareologist handle sweepstakes tweets during the following time period: 9 AM PT on July 16, 2012 – 5 PM PT on July 18, 2012 Now let’s gear up for some wanderlusting! Be sure to retweet the sweeps and start spreading the word so that we can keep the good vibes going. It’s open to US residents 18+. For details on how the sweepstakes works, read the official rules here . Cheers, The Bing Team
  • July
    12

    Bing Seeks to Drive Innovation with Bing...

    At Microsoft, we have tremendous respect for the talent, ingenuity, and passion of entrepreneurs. Where other people see merely interesting ideas, entrepreneurs see possibilities for making the world work better. Many talented people come up with game-changing ideas, but it takes an entrepreneurial spirit to stare down the words “it can’t be done” and make innovation real. Bing Fund is an angel fund with an incubator program, founded by entrepreneurs, sponsored by Bing, and backed by the experience, expertise, and resources of Microsoft. We want to partner with like-minded entrepreneurs—great talent that is innovating online to solve big problems and create amazing new experiences. Bing recognizes that startups play a vital role in technology innovation. We believe that combining the creativity and fresh insights of startups with Microsoft’s expertise and tremendous reach creates a unique formula for driving the industry forward. If you have an inspiring vision and you want to go big, Bing Fund can help. We have great technology, as well as some of the world’s foremost experts in web and mobile experiences, engineering, and business development... Read More At Microsoft, we have tremendous respect for the talent, ingenuity, and passion of entrepreneurs. Where other people see merely interesting ideas, entrepreneurs see possibilities for making the world work better. Many talented people come up with game-changing ideas, but it takes an entrepreneurial spirit to stare down the words “it can’t be done” and make innovation real. Bing Fund is an angel fund with an incubator program, founded by entrepreneurs, sponsored by Bing, and backed by the experience, expertise, and resources of Microsoft. We want to partner with like-minded entrepreneurs—great talent that is innovating online to solve big problems and create amazing new experiences. Bing recognizes that startups play a vital role in technology innovation. We believe that combining the creativity and fresh insights of startups with Microsoft’s expertise and tremendous reach creates a unique formula for driving the industry forward. If you have an inspiring vision and you want to go big, Bing Fund can help. We have great technology, as well as some of the world’s foremost experts in web and mobile experiences, engineering, and business development... Read More
  • July
    09

    Join @DoSomething for this Week’s #BingIt...

    As we announced last month , Bing and DoSomething.org have partnered on the “Summer of Doing” in an effort engage kids and show them how easy it is to get involved in their local communities. This Wednesday, DoSomething.org will be our guest star for a #BingIt highlighting “ The Hunt ” and what people can be #doing this Summer to give back. For those not familiar with DoSomething.org, it is the largest organizations in the U.S. for teens and social change. The organization hosts 25 different cause campaigns each year on topics young people care about. They work with a number of different celebrities to help get the messages across and show teens they too can make a huge difference and do “good.” Join us on Wednesday, July 11 from noon - 1 p.m. PT to take part in the live twitter chat. To participate, follow @Bing, @dosomething and hashtag #BingIt. We will also be giving away $50 gift cards to two lucky participants during the chat. - The #BingIt Team - @KariDilloo - @roduner As we announced last month , Bing and DoSomething.org have partnered on the “Summer of Doing” in an effort engage kids and show them how easy it is to get involved in their local communities. This Wednesday, DoSomething.org will be our guest star for a #BingIt highlighting “ The Hunt ” and what people can be #doing this Summer to give back. For those not familiar with DoSomething.org, it is the largest organizations in the U.S. for teens and social change. The organization hosts 25 different cause campaigns each year on topics young people care about. They work with a number of different celebrities to help get the messages across and show teens they too can make a huge difference and do “good.” Join us on Wednesday, July 11 from noon - 1 p.m. PT to take part in the live twitter chat. To participate, follow @Bing, @dosomething and hashtag #BingIt. We will also be giving away $50 gift cards to two lucky participants during the chat. - The #BingIt Team - @KariDilloo - @roduner
  • July
    02

    Bing Search Quality Insights: Friends and...

    The foundation of web search has been built on keywords, links and clicks pointing to pages. This approach is great for finding web sites but search is more than about simply finding pages. With the help of social networks, people are able to share nearly everything they do in digital form and offer their opinions on almost every conceivable topic. From real-time streams to social conversations, connections are created that present the opportunity to bring people into the search equation. Today Paul Yiu, Principal Group Program Manager for Bing Social , provides an overview of how we incorporated people into our latest release. No matter what query you submit to Bing, you may be amazed that some of your friends, influentials or experts often know something that you are searching for, in addition to high quality web documents that you always count on. - Dr. Harry Shum, Corporate Vice President, Bing R&D The goal here is to bring you a list of people that might be able to help you get more done. For instance, here is an example of how the Sidebar might help you plan the perfect adventure in Hawaii. Friends Who Might Know Depending on what your friends have been paying... Read More The foundation of web search has been built on keywords, links and clicks pointing to pages. This approach is great for finding web sites but search is more than about simply finding pages. With the help of social networks, people are able to share nearly everything they do in digital form and offer their opinions on almost every conceivable topic. From real-time streams to social conversations, connections are created that present the opportunity to bring people into the search equation. Today Paul Yiu, Principal Group Program Manager for Bing Social , provides an overview of how we incorporated people into our latest release. No matter what query you submit to Bing, you may be amazed that some of your friends, influentials or experts often know something that you are searching for, in addition to high quality web documents that you always count on. - Dr. Harry Shum, Corporate Vice President, Bing R&D The goal here is to bring you a list of people that might be able to help you get more done. For instance, here is an example of how the Sidebar might help you plan the perfect adventure in Hawaii. Friends Who Might Know Depending on what your friends have been paying... Read More