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Search Blog — Feb 2013

  • February
    28

    Bing Fund Welcomes Sonar

    March is full of excitement and promise. Spring is just around the corner and people are beginning to get restless. As Austin readies itself for the geek-stampede that is SXSW Interactive, it seems a fitting time for this announcement. It will be an occasion for us to once again have the pleasure of hanging out with the Sonar crew led by founder, Brett Martin. Over the years, we have crossed paths with Sonar across the land of tech probably more than any other startup. This is why we’re particularly excited about today’s announcement that Sonar will be part of the Bing Fund.  Read More March is full of excitement and promise. Spring is just around the corner and people are beginning to get restless. As Austin readies itself for the geek-stampede that is SXSW Interactive, it seems a fitting time for this announcement. It will be an occasion for us to once again have the pleasure of hanging out with the Sonar crew led by founder, Brett Martin. Over the years, we have crossed paths with Sonar across the land of tech probably more than any other startup. This is why we’re particularly excited about today’s announcement that Sonar will be part of the Bing Fund.  Read More
  • February
    27

    IE10 for Windows 7 Enhanced with MSN and...

    Yesterday, IE10 for Windows 7 went live and is, now available to the 700 million people using Windows across the globe. IE10 delivers a 20% increase in real-world site performance over IE9 making IE10 the fastest modern browser on the market according to third parties . For those of you who want fast and easy access to Bing and MSN we are making a vailable an enhanced version of IE 10 . The enhanced version sets Bing as your primary search engine and makes MSN your home page. Get a faster, more secure browser built for speed and touch with simplified access to the best of Bing and MSN.  Read More Yesterday, IE10 for Windows 7 went live and is, now available to the 700 million people using Windows across the globe. IE10 delivers a 20% increase in real-world site performance over IE9 making IE10 the fastest modern browser on the market according to third parties . For those of you who want fast and easy access to Bing and MSN we are making a vailable an enhanced version of IE 10 . The enhanced version sets Bing as your primary search engine and makes MSN your home page. Get a faster, more secure browser built for speed and touch with simplified access to the best of Bing and MSN.  Read More
  • February
    26

    Bing, Microsoft Research Bring the Power...

    One of the highlights for us each year is our continuing partnership with the folks at TED, and being able to bring creative projects and technology to attendees at TEDActive. Last year, we sponsored the first-ever official hack-a-thon at a TED conference, uniting a TED Fellow with hacker-entrepreneurs from all over the U.S. which resulted in the creation of several apps that help children with asthma.  Read More One of the highlights for us each year is our continuing partnership with the folks at TED, and being able to bring creative projects and technology to attendees at TEDActive. Last year, we sponsored the first-ever official hack-a-thon at a TED conference, uniting a TED Fellow with hacker-entrepreneurs from all over the U.S. which resulted in the creation of several apps that help children with asthma.  Read More
  • February
    25

    And the Oscar Went To…

    The much anticipated Academy Awards aired last night and we are here today to share the top searches from the evening. We combed Bing searches to uncover the most searched moments, actors, movies and dresses of the night. Here are the highlights:  Read More The much anticipated Academy Awards aired last night and we are here today to share the top searches from the evening. We combed Bing searches to uncover the most searched moments, actors, movies and dresses of the night. Here are the highlights:  Read More
  • February
    20

    A Look at Autosuggest

    At Bing there is no finish line, we are continuously looking for ways to improve the search experience. Sometimes the changes we make are bold and obvious, other times they are simple things that can go a long way to help you get more done. Today we’re showcasing a subtle change and the interaction design behind it. Specifically, we’ve made it faster to search by completing your query when we’re confident we really know what you’re looking for.  Read More At Bing there is no finish line, we are continuously looking for ways to improve the search experience. Sometimes the changes we make are bold and obvious, other times they are simple things that can go a long way to help you get more done. Today we’re showcasing a subtle change and the interaction design behind it. Specifically, we’ve made it faster to search by completing your query when we’re confident we really know what you’re looking for.  Read More
  • February
    19

    And The Oscar Goes To….

    The long awaited 2013 Academy Awards air live this Sunday night, with movie buffs and general enthusiasts alike counting down to see who takes home the top honors. To help you prepare to be in the know on all things Oscars , Bing is providing search insights, features and conversations to help you steal the show. And the most searched on Bing is… Bing search data yields interesting insights that provide a fun and interesting way to guess Academy Award winners. Here’s who we’re expecting to take home Oscars based on Bing searches.  Read More The long awaited 2013 Academy Awards air live this Sunday night, with movie buffs and general enthusiasts alike counting down to see who takes home the top honors. To help you prepare to be in the know on all things Oscars , Bing is providing search insights, features and conversations to help you steal the show. And the most searched on Bing is… Bing search data yields interesting insights that provide a fun and interesting way to guess Academy Award winners. Here’s who we’re expecting to take home Oscars based on Bing searches.  Read More
  • February
    18

    Exploring Your Friends’ Photos Just Got...

    At Bing, we are constantly looking for ways to improve the search experience based on how you are using the product. Last year we introduced Friends’ Photos, letting you quickly find that special photo (out of your friends’ thousands) on Facebook. Today we are rolling out a new experience to the Friends’ Photos * experience which makes it easier to scan, discover and explore your friends’ photos.  Read More At Bing, we are constantly looking for ways to improve the search experience based on how you are using the product. Last year we introduced Friends’ Photos, letting you quickly find that special photo (out of your friends’ thousands) on Facebook. Today we are rolling out a new experience to the Friends’ Photos * experience which makes it easier to scan, discover and explore your friends’ photos.  Read More
  • February
    14

    Top Valentine’s Day Searches

    Today we celebrate love and all of the vagaries of the human heart. To get a pulse on Valentine’s Day, we mined the depths of the Bing search index to get a sense for the top love-related search terms. Below you’ll find a little something for everyone, whether you’re the hopeless romantic, last minute shopper or spending the day solo. Over the past week alone, searches for dating sites have spiked 15%.  Read More Today we celebrate love and all of the vagaries of the human heart. To get a pulse on Valentine’s Day, we mined the depths of the Bing search index to get a sense for the top love-related search terms. Below you’ll find a little something for everyone, whether you’re the hopeless romantic, last minute shopper or spending the day solo. Over the past week alone, searches for dating sites have spiked 15%.  Read More
  • February
    13

    With Over 12.9 million Votes, Bing Pulse...

    Last night, millions of Americans tuned into President Obama’s State of the Union address – and Bing stood alone in giving people a rare opportunity to give real-time feedback and access live social data at Bing.com/Politics . Powered by Bing search technology and its unique social search experience, Bing’s State of the Union experience featured the breakthrough Bing Pulse – what turned out to be the largest live online poll in history.  Read More Last night, millions of Americans tuned into President Obama’s State of the Union address – and Bing stood alone in giving people a rare opportunity to give real-time feedback and access live social data at Bing.com/Politics . Powered by Bing search technology and its unique social search experience, Bing’s State of the Union experience featured the breakthrough Bing Pulse – what turned out to be the largest live online poll in history.  Read More
  • February
    11

    Top GRAMMY Searches on Bing

    The 55 th GRAMMY Awards are over and today people are talking about the winners, the losers, the snubbed and the surprised. With that in mind, we thought it would be interesting to see how the results matched with what people were searching for on Bing. Below, you will find the top GRAMMY related searches. Overall Top GRAMMY Related Searches 1. Faith Hill 2. Carly Rae Jepsen 3. Frank Ocean 4. Katy Perry 5. LL Cool J 6. Chris Brown & Rihanna 7. Grammy Dress Code 8. Bruno Mars 9. Mumford & Sons 10. Rihanna- Bob Marley Tribute Most Searched Winners 1. Frank Ocean 2. Mumford & Sons 3. fun 4. Carrie Underwood 5. The Black Keys 6. Adele 7. Kelly Clarkson 8. Rihanna 9. Jay z 10. Gotye Most Searched Performers 1. Justin Timberlake 2. Taylor Swift 3. Mumford & Sons 4. Bruno Mars 5. fun 6. Carrie Underwood 7. The Black Keys 8. Jack White 9. Miranda Lambert 10. Hunter Hayes Most Searched Presenters 1. Faith Hill 2. Carley Rae Jepsen 3. LL Cool J 4. Justin Timberlake 5. Kelly Clarkson 6. Prince 7. John Mayer 8. Jennifer Lopez 9. Pitbull 10. Johnny Depp... Read More The 55 th GRAMMY Awards are over and today people are talking about the winners, the losers, the snubbed and the surprised. With that in mind, we thought it would be interesting to see how the results matched with what people were searching for on Bing. Below, you will find the top GRAMMY related searches. Overall Top GRAMMY Related Searches 1. Faith Hill 2. Carly Rae Jepsen 3. Frank Ocean 4. Katy Perry 5. LL Cool J 6. Chris Brown & Rihanna 7. Grammy Dress Code 8. Bruno Mars 9. Mumford & Sons 10. Rihanna- Bob Marley Tribute Most Searched Winners 1. Frank Ocean 2. Mumford & Sons 3. fun 4. Carrie Underwood 5. The Black Keys 6. Adele 7. Kelly Clarkson 8. Rihanna 9. Jay z 10. Gotye Most Searched Performers 1. Justin Timberlake 2. Taylor Swift 3. Mumford & Sons 4. Bruno Mars 5. fun 6. Carrie Underwood 7. The Black Keys 8. Jack White 9. Miranda Lambert 10. Hunter Hayes Most Searched Presenters 1. Faith Hill 2. Carley Rae Jepsen 3. LL Cool J 4. Justin Timberlake 5. Kelly Clarkson 6. Prince 7. John Mayer 8. Jennifer Lopez 9. Pitbull 10. Johnny Depp... Read More
  • February
    08

    Introducing the Bing Pulse and the Bing...

    This post has been reposted from the Official Microsoft Blog . On February 12 th at 9pm ET, America will tune into one of the most anticipated events on the political calendar – the State of the Union address. However, “tuning in” to the State of the Union means more than just sitting down in front of the television. A recent Bing survey found nearly 75 percent of Americans identified themselves as active participants or observers in online political discussions. As that number grows, the way we consume and interact with the news is undergoing an unprecedented transformation. Search can do even more at pivotal moments where customers need a deeper level of information and act as a companion experience to live events such as the State of the Union Address. With that in mind, Bing is embarking on one of its most ambitious projects yet: hosting what we expect to be the largest interactive State of the Union experience in history at Bing.com/Politics . Scheduled to go live at 9 a.m. PT on Saturday, February 9th, the site will be a non-partisan online destination designed to meet this growing need for up-to-the-minute political information and second-screen experiences... Read More This post has been reposted from the Official Microsoft Blog . On February 12 th at 9pm ET, America will tune into one of the most anticipated events on the political calendar – the State of the Union address. However, “tuning in” to the State of the Union means more than just sitting down in front of the television. A recent Bing survey found nearly 75 percent of Americans identified themselves as active participants or observers in online political discussions. As that number grows, the way we consume and interact with the news is undergoing an unprecedented transformation. Search can do even more at pivotal moments where customers need a deeper level of information and act as a companion experience to live events such as the State of the Union Address. With that in mind, Bing is embarking on one of its most ambitious projects yet: hosting what we expect to be the largest interactive State of the Union experience in history at Bing.com/Politics . Scheduled to go live at 9 a.m. PT on Saturday, February 9th, the site will be a non-partisan online destination designed to meet this growing need for up-to-the-minute political information and second-screen experiences... Read More
  • February
    06

    Bing Your Brain: Test, Then Test Again

    One of the unique interplays between psychology and language is the way in which we communicate using examples. If we were talking about a football game, for example, we would tend to focus on the highlights: the made catch, the missed opportunity. But in reality, the game is a series of plays, each slightly different but driving to the same conclusion. Science is much the same: while we sometimes like to talk about the highlights, we arrive at the truth only through repetition and expansion. So five months ago, when we released the results of a study that showed that people preferred Bing to Google for web search results nearly 2 to 1, it made quite a few headlines. But as scientists, we were already thinking about new tests and new information. The experiment we did first was fairly simple: participants entered a query of their choosing, got side-by-side results from both Bing and Google but with all branding removed, and picked which one was better for them (or declared it a tie). Each person repeated it ten times and their votes were totaled to determine an overall preference. So today, we wanted to share our latest addition to this line of study. Previously, we let participants... Read More One of the unique interplays between psychology and language is the way in which we communicate using examples. If we were talking about a football game, for example, we would tend to focus on the highlights: the made catch, the missed opportunity. But in reality, the game is a series of plays, each slightly different but driving to the same conclusion. Science is much the same: while we sometimes like to talk about the highlights, we arrive at the truth only through repetition and expansion. So five months ago, when we released the results of a study that showed that people preferred Bing to Google for web search results nearly 2 to 1, it made quite a few headlines. But as scientists, we were already thinking about new tests and new information. The experiment we did first was fairly simple: participants entered a query of their choosing, got side-by-side results from both Bing and Google but with all branding removed, and picked which one was better for them (or declared it a tie). Each person repeated it ten times and their votes were totaled to determine an overall preference. So today, we wanted to share our latest addition to this line of study. Previously, we let participants... Read More
  • February
    05

    Video Results Now Available in the Bing...

    Since we introduced Bing for Windows 8 in October, we have been continuously updating the app. Today we are releasing an update that includes touch friendly video results as well as web and image results. Available in 12 countries, the update makes it easier to scan, explore and discover videos. Easily Scan Results with Infinite Scroll We’re introducing video results in Bing for Windows 8 app with touch friendly Infinite Scroll. Infinite Scroll gives you a quick and easy way to view virtually unlimited videos by simply scrolling across the page. Explore & Discover Videos with Smart Motion Thumbnails Scrolling through one giant page of video results is a nice start, but we don’t stop there. Who wants to wait for a video to load before finding out if it’s worth watching? We don’t that’s why this update includes our exclusive Smart Motion Thumbnails that let you watch a preview of results without having to wait for the video to load. Simply tap a video result thumbnail with a play icon in the lower right hand corner, or mouse over the thumbnail image, to start the video preview. Tap again or mouse away to stop the preview video. Click on... Read More Since we introduced Bing for Windows 8 in October, we have been continuously updating the app. Today we are releasing an update that includes touch friendly video results as well as web and image results. Available in 12 countries, the update makes it easier to scan, explore and discover videos. Easily Scan Results with Infinite Scroll We’re introducing video results in Bing for Windows 8 app with touch friendly Infinite Scroll. Infinite Scroll gives you a quick and easy way to view virtually unlimited videos by simply scrolling across the page. Explore & Discover Videos with Smart Motion Thumbnails Scrolling through one giant page of video results is a nice start, but we don’t stop there. Who wants to wait for a video to load before finding out if it’s worth watching? We don’t that’s why this update includes our exclusive Smart Motion Thumbnails that let you watch a preview of results without having to wait for the video to load. Simply tap a video result thumbnail with a play icon in the lower right hand corner, or mouse over the thumbnail image, to start the video preview. Tap again or mouse away to stop the preview video. Click on... Read More
  • February
    05

    Bing Your Way to Everything GRAMMYs

    Awards season is underway with music lovers preparing for The GRAMMY’s on February 10 th . To get you primed for the night, we’ve pulled together some Bing tools and insights that will give you the inside track around the water cooler. Step One: Saturate Yourself In The Latest Music News and Information Start off by doing all GRAMMY-related searches on Bing – helping connect you with the latest news, videos, song previews, facts, photos and more about your favorite artists. Also, visit MSN Music and check out its GRAMMYs spotlight to get caught up on nominees past and present, show performances, song previews, artist information, red carpet looks and after party coverage from Wonderwall and more. Step Two: See What Your Friends Think By simply going to Bing.com and connecting it with your Facebook account, you’ll see GRAMMYs search results unlike any other – including relevant search results from the web, related updates from your Facebook friends, and perspective from experts across Twitter, Quora, LinkedIn and more. With a quick search on Bing, you’re seeing all of your Facebook friends’ GRAMMYs-related comments, photos, check... Read More Awards season is underway with music lovers preparing for The GRAMMY’s on February 10 th . To get you primed for the night, we’ve pulled together some Bing tools and insights that will give you the inside track around the water cooler. Step One: Saturate Yourself In The Latest Music News and Information Start off by doing all GRAMMY-related searches on Bing – helping connect you with the latest news, videos, song previews, facts, photos and more about your favorite artists. Also, visit MSN Music and check out its GRAMMYs spotlight to get caught up on nominees past and present, show performances, song previews, artist information, red carpet looks and after party coverage from Wonderwall and more. Step Two: See What Your Friends Think By simply going to Bing.com and connecting it with your Facebook account, you’ll see GRAMMYs search results unlike any other – including relevant search results from the web, related updates from your Facebook friends, and perspective from experts across Twitter, Quora, LinkedIn and more. With a quick search on Bing, you’re seeing all of your Facebook friends’ GRAMMYs-related comments, photos, check... Read More
  • February
    03

    85% Say Trust is #1 Quality in a Mate-...

    With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we thought it would be timely to see what people had to say about the most romantic holiday of the year. According to a recent survey we conducted with Impulse, a surprising 1 in 10 people have ended a relationship on February 14th. This year we are challenging you to reconsider your search habits and break up with Google. You wouldn’t keep dating someone who isn’t trustworthy, so why use a search engine known for serving their interests over your own? According to our poll, a whopping 85 percent of people report that trustworthiness is the most important trait in a mate, beating out good in bed, sense of humor and wealth. Whether you’re shopping for gifts for your sweetheart, looking to plan a singles night out, or find tips for a great date night, try Bing this Valentine’s Day and avoid getting burned. Not all is fair in love and search . Whether you’re searching for a cuddly teddy bear or diamond bracelet for your sweetheart, Google Shopping displays ads from merchants that pay for ranking. Bing offers honest results. Bing won’t spoil your sweetheart’s surprise . Just one click on... Read More With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we thought it would be timely to see what people had to say about the most romantic holiday of the year. According to a recent survey we conducted with Impulse, a surprising 1 in 10 people have ended a relationship on February 14th. This year we are challenging you to reconsider your search habits and break up with Google. You wouldn’t keep dating someone who isn’t trustworthy, so why use a search engine known for serving their interests over your own? According to our poll, a whopping 85 percent of people report that trustworthiness is the most important trait in a mate, beating out good in bed, sense of humor and wealth. Whether you’re shopping for gifts for your sweetheart, looking to plan a singles night out, or find tips for a great date night, try Bing this Valentine’s Day and avoid getting burned. Not all is fair in love and search . Whether you’re searching for a cuddly teddy bear or diamond bracelet for your sweetheart, Google Shopping displays ads from merchants that pay for ranking. Bing offers honest results. Bing won’t spoil your sweetheart’s surprise . Just one click on... Read More