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Search Blog — Dec 2012

  • December
    20

    Need Gift Inspiration? The Cuisinerd Has...

    It’s crunch time for holiday gift giving so we challenged Kristin of The Cuisinerd to use the new Bing image search to create gourmet-centric gift lists filled with unique (and delish) gifts for the man , woman , child or beast in your life. Get your gifted grub on here: - The Bing Team It’s crunch time for holiday gift giving so we challenged Kristin of The Cuisinerd to use the new Bing image search to create gourmet-centric gift lists filled with unique (and delish) gifts for the man , woman , child or beast in your life. Get your gifted grub on here: - The Bing Team
  • December
    19

    Kristen Chase of Cool Mom Picks Shares...

    Kristen Chase of Cool Mom Picks is back today sharing her tips on how to shop safely online this holiday season. In the following video, Kristen outlines how to ensure that you’re not exposing yourself to unsafe sites or putting your finances at risk. Check it out! - The Bing Team Kristen Chase of Cool Mom Picks is back today sharing her tips on how to shop safely online this holiday season. In the following video, Kristen outlines how to ensure that you’re not exposing yourself to unsafe sites or putting your finances at risk. Check it out! - The Bing Team
  • December
    18

    Kristen Chase of Cool Mom Picks Shares...

    Last week, Liz Gumbinner of Cool Mom Picks shared a blog post outlining her top tips for things to do with kids this holiday season. In a similar spirit, today we’re joined by her cofounder Kristen Chase who pulled together this helpful video to help you plan some engaging and educational activities for your children. Check it out! Happy holidays! - The Bing Team Last week, Liz Gumbinner of Cool Mom Picks shared a blog post outlining her top tips for things to do with kids this holiday season. In a similar spirit, today we’re joined by her cofounder Kristen Chase who pulled together this helpful video to help you plan some engaging and educational activities for your children. Check it out! Happy holidays! - The Bing Team
  • December
    18

    Modern Image Search Arrives on Bing

    A few months ago, we launched a new more modern experience for Bing Image Search. We cut out the white-space and clutter to make room for big, beautiful pictures from across the web. Since then, we have kept on working to make pictures shine on Bing. Starting today, we’re rolling out a brand new way to make it faster or more simple to explore imagery on Bing. Now when you click an image, we don't waste your time loading a new page or force you to dig through a bunch of clutter. The new design loads quickly placing the image center stage. To see it in action, just try your favorite image search– we suggest cute puppies , Antelope Canyon , or the Carina nebula . When you find a picture you like, just give it a click, lean back and enjoy. Big and Beautiful We completely redesigned the image viewer, putting the spotlight on the picture and stripping out anything that got in the way. We “dimmed the lights” around the photo, adding a darker look that makes it easier on the eyes and lets the results shine in high definition. Simply click on the main image to navigate to the original source web page. Old vs. New ... Read More A few months ago, we launched a new more modern experience for Bing Image Search. We cut out the white-space and clutter to make room for big, beautiful pictures from across the web. Since then, we have kept on working to make pictures shine on Bing. Starting today, we’re rolling out a brand new way to make it faster or more simple to explore imagery on Bing. Now when you click an image, we don't waste your time loading a new page or force you to dig through a bunch of clutter. The new design loads quickly placing the image center stage. To see it in action, just try your favorite image search– we suggest cute puppies , Antelope Canyon , or the Carina nebula . When you find a picture you like, just give it a click, lean back and enjoy. Big and Beautiful We completely redesigned the image viewer, putting the spotlight on the picture and stripping out anything that got in the way. We “dimmed the lights” around the photo, adding a darker look that makes it easier on the eyes and lets the results shine in high definition. Simply click on the main image to navigate to the original source web page. Old vs. New ... Read More
  • December
    18

    Bing Helps You Navigate the Holidays with...

    The holidays are a stressful time. Whether you’re preparing to host a big family dinner or trying to find the closest tree farm, Bing can help you spend less time worrying about the logistics and more time enjoying fun holiday activities with your friends and family. That’s why we’ve pulled together a list of some of our favorite features and search tips to help you check those last-minute holiday “to-dos” off your list. Family Fun · Plan local activities. If you’re still searching for the perfect tree or just want to take your kids out for a sleigh ride, Bing can help you get there. Search: “ Christmas tree farm near <your zipcode> ” and voilà! You’re on your way. · Attend holiday events. Have a favorite show you look forward to every winter? Whether it’s Disney On Ice or The Nutcracker, Bing helps you find the lowest priced tickets for the next performance, so you don’t have to spend time scouring the web for a good deal. Search: “ Disney On Ice tickets .” · Find food and drink recipes. Can’t remember how to make gingerbread cookies? Or need the ingredients... Read More The holidays are a stressful time. Whether you’re preparing to host a big family dinner or trying to find the closest tree farm, Bing can help you spend less time worrying about the logistics and more time enjoying fun holiday activities with your friends and family. That’s why we’ve pulled together a list of some of our favorite features and search tips to help you check those last-minute holiday “to-dos” off your list. Family Fun · Plan local activities. If you’re still searching for the perfect tree or just want to take your kids out for a sleigh ride, Bing can help you get there. Search: “ Christmas tree farm near <your zipcode> ” and voilà! You’re on your way. · Attend holiday events. Have a favorite show you look forward to every winter? Whether it’s Disney On Ice or The Nutcracker, Bing helps you find the lowest priced tickets for the next performance, so you don’t have to spend time scouring the web for a good deal. Search: “ Disney On Ice tickets .” · Find food and drink recipes. Can’t remember how to make gingerbread cookies? Or need the ingredients... Read More
  • December
    17

    Bing and NORAD Host #BingIt on How to Track...

    He’s making his list, and checking it twice, but how will you actually know where in the world Santa is as he’s making his way down everyone’s chimney this Christmas Eve? Bing Maps is powering the NORAD Santa Tracker and the folks at NORAD will join Bing on Wednesday, December 19 for a #BingIt chat from 12:00 – 1:00 pm PT/3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET . We’ll discuss all the tradition behind the Santa Tracker, how it works and how you can follow St. Nick on Christmas Eve to find out when he’ll be making it to your house. NORAD’s online tools (and related apps) empower visitors from around the world to track Santa’s location at any time during his Christmas journey. This year Microsoft is partnering with NORAD on this exciting effort by providing geospatial imagery through Bing Maps, hosting Santa Tracker on Windows Azure, and making a Windows 8 Santa Tracker app and Windows Phone app available to the public. To participate in Wednesday’s #BingIt, follow @Bing and @NoradSanta and tweet out your questions and comments with the hashtag #BingIt. See you then! -Kari Dilloo @karidilloo He’s making his list, and checking it twice, but how will you actually know where in the world Santa is as he’s making his way down everyone’s chimney this Christmas Eve? Bing Maps is powering the NORAD Santa Tracker and the folks at NORAD will join Bing on Wednesday, December 19 for a #BingIt chat from 12:00 – 1:00 pm PT/3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET . We’ll discuss all the tradition behind the Santa Tracker, how it works and how you can follow St. Nick on Christmas Eve to find out when he’ll be making it to your house. NORAD’s online tools (and related apps) empower visitors from around the world to track Santa’s location at any time during his Christmas journey. This year Microsoft is partnering with NORAD on this exciting effort by providing geospatial imagery through Bing Maps, hosting Santa Tracker on Windows Azure, and making a Windows 8 Santa Tracker app and Windows Phone app available to the public. To participate in Wednesday’s #BingIt, follow @Bing and @NoradSanta and tweet out your questions and comments with the hashtag #BingIt. See you then! -Kari Dilloo @karidilloo
  • December
    14

    Bing Social Results Arrive on iPad Today

    Earlier this week , we started rolling out a new streamlined design for our social sidebar feature making it easier to find people who are relevant to your search based on what they’ve shared, blogged or tweeted about. In a glance you can now see what friends, experts and enthusiasts have shared on leading networks including Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and Klout related to what you’re searching for. Today we are announcing browser support for Safari on iPad (including iPad Mini) for the social sidebar. Whether you’re planning your night out or trying to decide where to vacation next, the sidebar now shows you upfront what friends and experts have shared—making it easier for iPad users to get stuff done. It only takes a few quick steps to get the benefits of social results. Simply go to Bing, authenticate with your Facebook profile under Sign In,, and you’re good to go. The design will adapt to landscape or portrait so you can see what’s going on with social networks regardless of how you’re holding the device. The changes will be rolling out over the next few days. As always, we’re eager to get your feedback so let... Read More Earlier this week , we started rolling out a new streamlined design for our social sidebar feature making it easier to find people who are relevant to your search based on what they’ve shared, blogged or tweeted about. In a glance you can now see what friends, experts and enthusiasts have shared on leading networks including Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and Klout related to what you’re searching for. Today we are announcing browser support for Safari on iPad (including iPad Mini) for the social sidebar. Whether you’re planning your night out or trying to decide where to vacation next, the sidebar now shows you upfront what friends and experts have shared—making it easier for iPad users to get stuff done. It only takes a few quick steps to get the benefits of social results. Simply go to Bing, authenticate with your Facebook profile under Sign In,, and you’re good to go. The design will adapt to landscape or portrait so you can see what’s going on with social networks regardless of how you’re holding the device. The changes will be rolling out over the next few days. As always, we’re eager to get your feedback so let... Read More
  • December
    13

    (UPDATE) Classy Mommy and Mommies with...

    The following event has been postponed until after the New Year. Stay tuned for new date and time. Sorry for any inconvenience. Founder of Classy Mommy , Colleen Padilla, and founder of Mommies With Style , Whitney Wingerd, will join us on Monday, December 17 for a #BingIt chat from 12:00 – 1:00 pm PT . We’ll discuss all things holiday fun, including fun family activities, traditions and recipes. Colleen started Classy Mommy in 2006, vlogging product reviews with her children testing products, gadgets and gifts. Since then, the site has become a resource for moms featuring product reviews, giveaways and lively videos, and has been featured on Fox News, Good Morning America, Parenting magazine and more. Colleen is also the co-author of The Digital Mom Handbook . Whitney founded Mommies with Style in 2004 as a community for moms to discuss product reviews, sales and coupon codes, and to showcase the most stylish trendy and affordable produce for today’s moms. To participate in Monday’s #BingIt, follow @Bing , @ClassyMommy and @WhitneyMWS and tweet out your questions and comments with the hashtag #BingIt. See you then! -Kari Dilloo @karidilloo The following event has been postponed until after the New Year. Stay tuned for new date and time. Sorry for any inconvenience. Founder of Classy Mommy , Colleen Padilla, and founder of Mommies With Style , Whitney Wingerd, will join us on Monday, December 17 for a #BingIt chat from 12:00 – 1:00 pm PT . We’ll discuss all things holiday fun, including fun family activities, traditions and recipes. Colleen started Classy Mommy in 2006, vlogging product reviews with her children testing products, gadgets and gifts. Since then, the site has become a resource for moms featuring product reviews, giveaways and lively videos, and has been featured on Fox News, Good Morning America, Parenting magazine and more. Colleen is also the co-author of The Digital Mom Handbook . Whitney founded Mommies with Style in 2004 as a community for moms to discuss product reviews, sales and coupon codes, and to showcase the most stylish trendy and affordable produce for today’s moms. To participate in Monday’s #BingIt, follow @Bing , @ClassyMommy and @WhitneyMWS and tweet out your questions and comments with the hashtag #BingIt. See you then! -Kari Dilloo @karidilloo
  • December
    13

    The Next Version of Bing Desktop Now Available...

    At Bing, we’re known for our iconic homepage images. The photos serve to highlight the beauty of our world with the goal of sparking your curiosity and sense of exploration. Over the years, many of you have let us know that you wanted an automated way to enjoy the Bing homepage images as a Windows desktop background. With today’s release of Bing Desktop v1.1 , we are updating Bing Desktop to make it even easier for you to do just that. Starting today, we are expanding support to all people using Windows (Windows XP and higher) and adding support for an additional 4 languages. Bing Desktop marries the beauty of Bing’s daily homepage with a quick and convenient search interface so you don’t have to open our browser to start a search session or get the latest headlines. Every day, the Windows Desktop Background will automatically refresh to a high resolution version of the day’s home page, drawn from the images Bing uses around the world. With Bing Desktop v1.1, you can also go back through the prior 9 days of images to set a favorite image as the Windows Desktop Background again, or view images from days you were away from the computer. Bing... Read More At Bing, we’re known for our iconic homepage images. The photos serve to highlight the beauty of our world with the goal of sparking your curiosity and sense of exploration. Over the years, many of you have let us know that you wanted an automated way to enjoy the Bing homepage images as a Windows desktop background. With today’s release of Bing Desktop v1.1 , we are updating Bing Desktop to make it even easier for you to do just that. Starting today, we are expanding support to all people using Windows (Windows XP and higher) and adding support for an additional 4 languages. Bing Desktop marries the beauty of Bing’s daily homepage with a quick and convenient search interface so you don’t have to open our browser to start a search session or get the latest headlines. Every day, the Windows Desktop Background will automatically refresh to a high resolution version of the day’s home page, drawn from the images Bing uses around the world. With Bing Desktop v1.1, you can also go back through the prior 9 days of images to set a favorite image as the Windows Desktop Background again, or view images from days you were away from the computer. Bing... Read More
  • December
    11

    Bing Fund Welcomes Selectable Media

    At Bing Fund , we continue to build up our portfolio of innovative start-ups tackling big challenges and creating breakthrough solutions. In August, we announced the initial set of companies fitting the profile with the announcement of Buddy and Pinion joining. Both are making amazing progress we would love to share but let’s keep that to another post. Because we have another announcement to make today. Today, Bing Fund would like to officially welcome Selectable Media into the program. Selectable Media, based out of New York City, is a leader in enabling consumers to unlock digital content and services in exchange for viewing and interacting with brand advertising. Working with a number of big brand clients, Selectable Media enables advertisers to achieve higher brand recall and engagement at scale by providing consumers access to valuable online content. Premium publishers can use Selectable Media’s technology to effectively monetize their content and provide their audiences with compelling alternatives to traditional ads. For thoughts on Selectable Media from Rahul Sood, General Manager of Bing Fund, please see his blog . - Rahul Sood, General Manager,... Read More At Bing Fund , we continue to build up our portfolio of innovative start-ups tackling big challenges and creating breakthrough solutions. In August, we announced the initial set of companies fitting the profile with the announcement of Buddy and Pinion joining. Both are making amazing progress we would love to share but let’s keep that to another post. Because we have another announcement to make today. Today, Bing Fund would like to officially welcome Selectable Media into the program. Selectable Media, based out of New York City, is a leader in enabling consumers to unlock digital content and services in exchange for viewing and interacting with brand advertising. Working with a number of big brand clients, Selectable Media enables advertisers to achieve higher brand recall and engagement at scale by providing consumers access to valuable online content. Premium publishers can use Selectable Media’s technology to effectively monetize their content and provide their audiences with compelling alternatives to traditional ads. For thoughts on Selectable Media from Rahul Sood, General Manager of Bing Fund, please see his blog . - Rahul Sood, General Manager,... Read More
  • December
    11

    The Bing Social Sidebar Gets a New Look

    At Bing, we realize that sometimes the most useful information doesn’t come from ten blue links. By bringing together knowledge from social networks with traditional web results, Bing is the only engine that saves you time allowing you to make decisions with greater confidence based on the input of other people. Today we’re rolling out a new streamlined design for our social sidebar feature making it easier to find people who are relevant to your search based on what they’ve shared, publically blogged or tweeted about. In a glance you can now see friends, experts and enthusiasts from leading networks including Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and Klout have shared. While the sidebar will remain off to the right of search results – allowing you to decide when and how to interact with it – we have made some changes to the design: We have removed the need to hover over a friend or expert to see additional content – now with one glance you can see content front and center clearly marked “social results”. We have left-justified the results so there is less blank space on the page. If you want to dive and see additional social results... Read More At Bing, we realize that sometimes the most useful information doesn’t come from ten blue links. By bringing together knowledge from social networks with traditional web results, Bing is the only engine that saves you time allowing you to make decisions with greater confidence based on the input of other people. Today we’re rolling out a new streamlined design for our social sidebar feature making it easier to find people who are relevant to your search based on what they’ve shared, publically blogged or tweeted about. In a glance you can now see friends, experts and enthusiasts from leading networks including Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and Klout have shared. While the sidebar will remain off to the right of search results – allowing you to decide when and how to interact with it – we have made some changes to the design: We have removed the need to hover over a friend or expert to see additional content – now with one glance you can see content front and center clearly marked “social results”. We have left-justified the results so there is less blank space on the page. If you want to dive and see additional social results... Read More
  • December
    11

    Guest Post: Top 5 Things to do With Kids...

    I’ve always liked the holidays but I must confess, I fell truly, deeply in love with the season after becoming a parent. There’s something about experiencing the joy and the newness of it all through the eyes of your children (or grandchildren or nieces and nephews) that just gives it entirely new meaning. Kind of like everything in life, right? Plus, of course, we now have far more peppermint bark in the house. And that is never a bad thing. I’m asked a lot for ideas of things to do with the family from my readers and really, my perspective can be summed up in one idea: Making memories. With that in mind, here are my favorite tips for things to do with the kids this holiday, plenty of them free. Spend time learning about holidays in other cultures . Whether you’re showing your kids how your own holiday is celebrated in another country, or introducing them to a holiday that they may not know about at all, learning is always fun. Kids love ALL kinds of celebrations and it's so magical to think about other children around the world doing other fun things too. In fact, we had fun doing image searches on Bing for holiday cookies around the world... Read More I’ve always liked the holidays but I must confess, I fell truly, deeply in love with the season after becoming a parent. There’s something about experiencing the joy and the newness of it all through the eyes of your children (or grandchildren or nieces and nephews) that just gives it entirely new meaning. Kind of like everything in life, right? Plus, of course, we now have far more peppermint bark in the house. And that is never a bad thing. I’m asked a lot for ideas of things to do with the family from my readers and really, my perspective can be summed up in one idea: Making memories. With that in mind, here are my favorite tips for things to do with the kids this holiday, plenty of them free. Spend time learning about holidays in other cultures . Whether you’re showing your kids how your own holiday is celebrated in another country, or introducing them to a holiday that they may not know about at all, learning is always fun. Kids love ALL kinds of celebrations and it's so magical to think about other children around the world doing other fun things too. In fact, we had fun doing image searches on Bing for holiday cookies around the world... Read More
  • December
    10

    Find Famous People and Places in a Snap

    In May, Bing launched a new three column look, which was designed to fundamentally change how you interact with search to help you do more. One of the key elements of the new search experience is the middle column, which we refer to as snapshot. With snapshot, Bing brings relevant information and services, such as maps and restaurant reviews and reservations, which are directly related to your search within the main results page. And, since our launch, we’ve run thousands of experiments to see which types of tasks most frequently are searched for on Bing, and determined that people and places are among some of the most popular things people do in Bing. Which is why today, we’re excited to announce that Bing is rolling out two new categories in snapshot: people and landmarks. Now when you search for a famous person, celebrity or place, we will present relevant facts about that person in the center part of the screen so you can quickly find what you’re looking for without having to click through to another site or page. We’ve now expanded the snapshot to cover famous people and places as well as made updates to include different sources including reviews... Read More In May, Bing launched a new three column look, which was designed to fundamentally change how you interact with search to help you do more. One of the key elements of the new search experience is the middle column, which we refer to as snapshot. With snapshot, Bing brings relevant information and services, such as maps and restaurant reviews and reservations, which are directly related to your search within the main results page. And, since our launch, we’ve run thousands of experiments to see which types of tasks most frequently are searched for on Bing, and determined that people and places are among some of the most popular things people do in Bing. Which is why today, we’re excited to announce that Bing is rolling out two new categories in snapshot: people and landmarks. Now when you search for a famous person, celebrity or place, we will present relevant facts about that person in the center part of the screen so you can quickly find what you’re looking for without having to click through to another site or page. We’ve now expanded the snapshot to cover famous people and places as well as made updates to include different sources including reviews... Read More
  • December
    07

    Google’s Curious Defense Continues to Scroogle...

    It’s been 10 days since we highlighted to consumers Google Shopping's pay-to-rank practice and challenged them to change their policies. To date, Google’s only response to the concerns highlighted by the Scroogled effort had been to avoid addressing the issue at-hand and praise their shopping service. Finally, according to a report from Politico’s Dec. 6 th edition of Morning Tech , Google responded directly to the issues we raised. What we find curious, however, is what Google said. Instead of owning up to consumers about their pay-to-rank policy, Google delivered a misleading and inaccurate statement. Google told Politico: Google contends that it clearly labels the search results on the shopping service, which comes with a disclaimer that “Google is compensated by some of these merchants.” “Our new paid Google Shopping results are ranked first and foremost by relevance, are clearly labeled as sponsored, and are clearly separated from our unpaid search results,” a Google spokesman said. Here are the facts: First, from Google : “Starting on October 17, Google Shopping results in the US will come only from merchants who are... Read More It’s been 10 days since we highlighted to consumers Google Shopping's pay-to-rank practice and challenged them to change their policies. To date, Google’s only response to the concerns highlighted by the Scroogled effort had been to avoid addressing the issue at-hand and praise their shopping service. Finally, according to a report from Politico’s Dec. 6 th edition of Morning Tech , Google responded directly to the issues we raised. What we find curious, however, is what Google said. Instead of owning up to consumers about their pay-to-rank policy, Google delivered a misleading and inaccurate statement. Google told Politico: Google contends that it clearly labels the search results on the shopping service, which comes with a disclaimer that “Google is compensated by some of these merchants.” “Our new paid Google Shopping results are ranked first and foremost by relevance, are clearly labeled as sponsored, and are clearly separated from our unpaid search results,” a Google spokesman said. Here are the facts: First, from Google : “Starting on October 17, Google Shopping results in the US will come only from merchants who are... Read More
  • December
    06

    The Choice is Clear, Don’t Get Scroogled...

    Last week we launched the “ Scroogled ” campaign to educate average consumers about what Google has done with their shopping site. Instead of showing you the most relevant shopping search results for the video game you’re looking to buy your kid, Google Shopping now decides what to show you based partially on how much the merchant selling the product has paid them. Merchants can literally pay to improve their chances to display their products higher than others inside of Google’s shopping “search,” even if it’s not less expensive for you. In that spirit, today we are releasing a new holiday themed animated video to help spread the word about what’s going on: The choice is clear, don’t get Scroogled this year! - The Bing Team Last week we launched the “ Scroogled ” campaign to educate average consumers about what Google has done with their shopping site. Instead of showing you the most relevant shopping search results for the video game you’re looking to buy your kid, Google Shopping now decides what to show you based partially on how much the merchant selling the product has paid them. Merchants can literally pay to improve their chances to display their products higher than others inside of Google’s shopping “search,” even if it’s not less expensive for you. In that spirit, today we are releasing a new holiday themed animated video to help spread the word about what’s going on: The choice is clear, don’t get Scroogled this year! - The Bing Team