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Search Blog — Mar 2013

  • March
    29

    X Marks the Spot

    Have you ever dreamt of finding buried treasure? As you’ve likely heard, 82-year-old Forrest Fenn is hoping to make that dream a reality. Forrest is stoking the imaginations of would-be treasure seekers across the world by giving away a million-dollar fortune via a treasure hunt. He has buried a treasure chest somewhere in New Mexico, and has been releasing clues about its location, stemming from his poem, “ The Thrill of the Chase .” What do you say? Are you ready to give it a shot? If so, Bing is a great place to start. · Use Bing Travel to find a great flight to New Mexico. · Use Bing Maps to scout for potential treasure locations. · Checkout Bing Shopping to find equipment. Perhaps a metal detector or an Indiana Jones hat ? · Once you’re in Albuquerque or Santa Fe, use Local Scout on your Windows Phone 8 to find a spot to carb load before you head out to the desert. · See which of your friends have lived in or visited New Mexico with Bing sidebar and ask for their insider tips. · Or, just use Bing to get in the treasure hunting mood by clicking through relevant clips from movies like... Read More Have you ever dreamt of finding buried treasure? As you’ve likely heard, 82-year-old Forrest Fenn is hoping to make that dream a reality. Forrest is stoking the imaginations of would-be treasure seekers across the world by giving away a million-dollar fortune via a treasure hunt. He has buried a treasure chest somewhere in New Mexico, and has been releasing clues about its location, stemming from his poem, “ The Thrill of the Chase .” What do you say? Are you ready to give it a shot? If so, Bing is a great place to start. · Use Bing Travel to find a great flight to New Mexico. · Use Bing Maps to scout for potential treasure locations. · Checkout Bing Shopping to find equipment. Perhaps a metal detector or an Indiana Jones hat ? · Once you’re in Albuquerque or Santa Fe, use Local Scout on your Windows Phone 8 to find a spot to carb load before you head out to the desert. · See which of your friends have lived in or visited New Mexico with Bing sidebar and ask for their insider tips. · Or, just use Bing to get in the treasure hunting mood by clicking through relevant clips from movies like... Read More
  • March
    28

    Bing Gets More Klout

    People, places and things all have attributes that are keys to understanding what you’re looking for. Just like a bridge is long, a painting is impressionist, and a mountain is tall, people have certain characteristics, some of which are easy to catalogue, like height or profession, and others are more challenging, like Influence. That’s why we announced a relationship last September with Klout, to help us add this important attribute to Bing’s description of certain people We are excited to announce that Bing has added Klout scores to the information it displays about professionals and celebrities who are active on social networks or have a commanding web presence. So now, when you look for information on a coworker, you will see their Klout score, right next to information from their publicly available LinkedIn profile information, as well as links to their Twitter and Facebook accounts. Now, you can gain a better understanding of the areas your friends, coworkers and even celebs might be experts on. Also, today Klout is adding Bing as a connected network, along with Facebook, Twitter, Flikr and others, on Klout for the purposes of influence ranking. This... Read More People, places and things all have attributes that are keys to understanding what you’re looking for. Just like a bridge is long, a painting is impressionist, and a mountain is tall, people have certain characteristics, some of which are easy to catalogue, like height or profession, and others are more challenging, like Influence. That’s why we announced a relationship last September with Klout, to help us add this important attribute to Bing’s description of certain people We are excited to announce that Bing has added Klout scores to the information it displays about professionals and celebrities who are active on social networks or have a commanding web presence. So now, when you look for information on a coworker, you will see their Klout score, right next to information from their publicly available LinkedIn profile information, as well as links to their Twitter and Facebook accounts. Now, you can gain a better understanding of the areas your friends, coworkers and even celebs might be experts on. Also, today Klout is adding Bing as a connected network, along with Facebook, Twitter, Flikr and others, on Klout for the purposes of influence ranking. This... Read More
  • March
    27

    Top 2013 College Basketball Tournament...

    As predicted the 2013 college basketball championship has been chalk full of upsets, buzzer beaters and even a Gulf Coast Cinderella story. With round four upon us, we thought it would be interesting to delve into the Bing index to get a pulse on what people were searching for during the tournament. Below we’ve compiled the top takeaways: Key Takeaways Florida Gulf Coast University may be the underdog in the tournament, but they lead the pack in searches. America has become fascinated with not just the university, but its top players and the coach’s wife! In the battle of the mascots, the University of Miami Hurricanes are a storm to reckon with, coming in as the most searched mascot of the tournament. Notre Dame may be out of the tournament, but their uniforms are unstoppable. The Fighting Irish’s lime green getup put them in the top spot for most searched uniform. Indiana has a number one seed, but they’re the least searched of the teams headed to round four of the tournament. Most Searched Players of tournament 1. Marshall Henderson 2. Victor Oladipo 3. Aaron Craft 4. Kelly Olynyk 5. Seth... Read More As predicted the 2013 college basketball championship has been chalk full of upsets, buzzer beaters and even a Gulf Coast Cinderella story. With round four upon us, we thought it would be interesting to delve into the Bing index to get a pulse on what people were searching for during the tournament. Below we’ve compiled the top takeaways: Key Takeaways Florida Gulf Coast University may be the underdog in the tournament, but they lead the pack in searches. America has become fascinated with not just the university, but its top players and the coach’s wife! In the battle of the mascots, the University of Miami Hurricanes are a storm to reckon with, coming in as the most searched mascot of the tournament. Notre Dame may be out of the tournament, but their uniforms are unstoppable. The Fighting Irish’s lime green getup put them in the top spot for most searched uniform. Indiana has a number one seed, but they’re the least searched of the teams headed to round four of the tournament. Most Searched Players of tournament 1. Marshall Henderson 2. Victor Oladipo 3. Aaron Craft 4. Kelly Olynyk 5. Seth... Read More
  • March
    27

    What a Difference a Day Makes

    At Bing, our goal is to give you the most comprehensive and trustworthy set of search results so you can get more done. Behind the scenes, we spend a lot of time and computational horsepower to ensure that you are getting fresh and topical search results as they happen. In that spirit, we recently released an easy way for you to sort results by time period. If you sort by “Past 24 hours”, we will show you the top links that have surfaced over the course of the past day. The analogous applies for “Past week” and “Past month.” If you choose the ‘Past 24 hours’ filter (performed at 1pm PT Tues 3/26), you get: Now whenever you search, you will see a filter at the top of the results page which lets you narrow down your search based on time period. Give it a try and let us know what you think. - Dr. Walter Sun, Principal Development Manager, Bing At Bing, our goal is to give you the most comprehensive and trustworthy set of search results so you can get more done. Behind the scenes, we spend a lot of time and computational horsepower to ensure that you are getting fresh and topical search results as they happen. In that spirit, we recently released an easy way for you to sort results by time period. If you sort by “Past 24 hours”, we will show you the top links that have surfaced over the course of the past day. The analogous applies for “Past week” and “Past month.” If you choose the ‘Past 24 hours’ filter (performed at 1pm PT Tues 3/26), you get: Now whenever you search, you will see a filter at the top of the results page which lets you narrow down your search based on time period. Give it a try and let us know what you think. - Dr. Walter Sun, Principal Development Manager, Bing
  • March
    25

    A Deeper Look at Autosuggest

    Autosuggest enables people to select a query from a pull-down menu of suggestions when they start typing a query. You often find the query you want in the menu and select it, saving you extra keystrokes while reducing a chance of misspelling. It is a feature that people may take for granted but upon examination it involves a tremendous amount of technical sophistication and computational horsepower. In this blog Antonio Gulli who is our development manager for Autosuggest discusses how we implement the feature focusing on a new Autosuggest advancement we recently shipped called “ Ghosting ” which further optimizes the user experience. - Dr. Harry Shum, Corporate Vice President, Bing R&D As we’ve all experienced, sometimes search can be a hit-or-miss experience. You enter a query, scan through the results and refine your search until you find what you’re looking for. Autosuggest attempts to accelerate the process by providing a list of suggestions as soon as you start typing. Let’s look at the following example: In a previous post , we highlighted how Ghosting in Autosuggest lets you get more done in less time. In this follow up, we would... Read More Autosuggest enables people to select a query from a pull-down menu of suggestions when they start typing a query. You often find the query you want in the menu and select it, saving you extra keystrokes while reducing a chance of misspelling. It is a feature that people may take for granted but upon examination it involves a tremendous amount of technical sophistication and computational horsepower. In this blog Antonio Gulli who is our development manager for Autosuggest discusses how we implement the feature focusing on a new Autosuggest advancement we recently shipped called “ Ghosting ” which further optimizes the user experience. - Dr. Harry Shum, Corporate Vice President, Bing R&D As we’ve all experienced, sometimes search can be a hit-or-miss experience. You enter a query, scan through the results and refine your search until you find what you’re looking for. Autosuggest attempts to accelerate the process by providing a list of suggestions as soon as you start typing. Let’s look at the following example: In a previous post , we highlighted how Ghosting in Autosuggest lets you get more done in less time. In this follow up, we would... Read More
  • March
    21

    Understand Your World with Bing

    At Bing we believe that search should be more than a collection of blue links pointing to pages around the web. We believe search should also be a reflection of the actual world which is why last June, we introduced a feature called Snapshot, which enables answers at a glance in the center column of the search results page. The result is a richer set of search results to help you better understand and explore the real world. We started with movies, restaurants and hotels. The underlying technology for Snapshot is designed to develop deep understanding of the world around us not only as a collection of entities (people, places and things) but also the relationships between those entities. Inside the Bing engineering team, we call this technology Satori, which means understanding in Japanese. Over time, Satori will continue growing to encompass billions of entities and relationships, providing searchers with a more useful model of the digital and physical world. Today, we are inviting people to check out Snapshot to experience our expansion of Satori. Since its introduction in June, we have expanded Satori to include a significantly larger number of entities from more domains... Read More At Bing we believe that search should be more than a collection of blue links pointing to pages around the web. We believe search should also be a reflection of the actual world which is why last June, we introduced a feature called Snapshot, which enables answers at a glance in the center column of the search results page. The result is a richer set of search results to help you better understand and explore the real world. We started with movies, restaurants and hotels. The underlying technology for Snapshot is designed to develop deep understanding of the world around us not only as a collection of entities (people, places and things) but also the relationships between those entities. Inside the Bing engineering team, we call this technology Satori, which means understanding in Japanese. Over time, Satori will continue growing to encompass billions of entities and relationships, providing searchers with a more useful model of the digital and physical world. Today, we are inviting people to check out Snapshot to experience our expansion of Satori. Since its introduction in June, we have expanded Satori to include a significantly larger number of entities from more domains... Read More
  • March
    19

    Food & Wine Magazine and Chef Marcus...

    This Thursday, we’ll be partnering with Chef Marcus Samuelsson and Food & Wine Magazine for a #BingIt chat offering an inside look on how chefs are using technology in their everyday lives. Many people, including chefs, get stuck in the same routine, especially when it comes to deciding what to cook and picking out restaurants to go to in their time away from the kitchen. Chef Marcus and Food & Wine’s Restaurant Editor Kate Krader will show how tools like Bing can be a cook’s best friend and how the culinary world is using technology to enhance their profession... Whether you’re a foodie, an aspiring chef or just love everything to do with food, join the #BingIt chat from 3 – 4 PM Eastern on Thursday, March 21th. To participate in the discussion, follow @bing, @FandW, and @MarcusCooks, as well as use hashtag #BingIt to see the conversation and to tweet along. Be sure to follow us on Twitter before the chat starts. Marcus Samuelsson is the acclaimed chef behind Red Rooster Harlem, Ginny’s Supper Club and American Table Cafe and Bar by Marcus Samuelsson; a committed philanthropist; and The New York Times -bestselling author of Yes,... Read More This Thursday, we’ll be partnering with Chef Marcus Samuelsson and Food & Wine Magazine for a #BingIt chat offering an inside look on how chefs are using technology in their everyday lives. Many people, including chefs, get stuck in the same routine, especially when it comes to deciding what to cook and picking out restaurants to go to in their time away from the kitchen. Chef Marcus and Food & Wine’s Restaurant Editor Kate Krader will show how tools like Bing can be a cook’s best friend and how the culinary world is using technology to enhance their profession... Whether you’re a foodie, an aspiring chef or just love everything to do with food, join the #BingIt chat from 3 – 4 PM Eastern on Thursday, March 21th. To participate in the discussion, follow @bing, @FandW, and @MarcusCooks, as well as use hashtag #BingIt to see the conversation and to tweet along. Be sure to follow us on Twitter before the chat starts. Marcus Samuelsson is the acclaimed chef behind Red Rooster Harlem, Ginny’s Supper Club and American Table Cafe and Bar by Marcus Samuelsson; a committed philanthropist; and The New York Times -bestselling author of Yes,... Read More
  • March
    19

    Bing Your Brain: Teaching and Learning...

    Educators use the phrase “zone of proximal development” (or ZPD) to refer to those things that we can do with the help of others, but not yet on our own. And they generally use it with excitement, since that is where you often have the most fun with your students: when they are able, with your help, to see what they can’t yet do but will soon grow into. Obviously, it’s a term that comes up often in childhood development, but at Bing, it is actually something that we talk about for adults as well. Because even though you’ve probably already mastered how to do long division, there are still things that you want to do but may not know how to, like repairing your sink or dancing the tango. After all, there are over 5.7 million queries done on Bing each week that begin with “how to”. But as the internet expands the ZPD of almost everyone, it provides a new challenge: if everyone has access to information about how to do something, along with tools that help them do it, what should teachers actually be teaching? To understand the problem, think about the electronic calculator. In the last 70's and early 80's, American schools went through... Read More Educators use the phrase “zone of proximal development” (or ZPD) to refer to those things that we can do with the help of others, but not yet on our own. And they generally use it with excitement, since that is where you often have the most fun with your students: when they are able, with your help, to see what they can’t yet do but will soon grow into. Obviously, it’s a term that comes up often in childhood development, but at Bing, it is actually something that we talk about for adults as well. Because even though you’ve probably already mastered how to do long division, there are still things that you want to do but may not know how to, like repairing your sink or dancing the tango. After all, there are over 5.7 million queries done on Bing each week that begin with “how to”. But as the internet expands the ZPD of almost everyone, it provides a new challenge: if everyone has access to information about how to do something, along with tools that help them do it, what should teachers actually be teaching? To understand the problem, think about the electronic calculator. In the last 70's and early 80's, American schools went through... Read More
  • March
    18

    Making a Dent in the Universe

    I remember sitting down in a café in the University district of Seattle with one of the conference founders of Dent, Jason Preston. Inspired by the Steve Jobs’ quote about putting a dent in the universe, he and his co-founder Steve Broback wanted to create a conference for people who had that same urge to make a dent– but in a down-to-earth, practical way, that would allow people to go back to their ventures with tools and tips to get their visions realized. The Dent conference would be organized around themes, Preston said, waving his hands around as caffeinated college students looked at us curiously – Vision, People, Design, Process, Focus, Alchemy – because everyone creates success a different way, and can share practical information on how to make those successes happen. The conference would bring folks together from the executive suite, the halls of science, creative, and political types, and entrepreneurs. We’d all learn from each other, and we’d talk about innovation not in remote terms, but in terms of what everyone could do NOW to dent the future That sounds like a Bing Thing, I said, and we could probably connect you to... Read More I remember sitting down in a café in the University district of Seattle with one of the conference founders of Dent, Jason Preston. Inspired by the Steve Jobs’ quote about putting a dent in the universe, he and his co-founder Steve Broback wanted to create a conference for people who had that same urge to make a dent– but in a down-to-earth, practical way, that would allow people to go back to their ventures with tools and tips to get their visions realized. The Dent conference would be organized around themes, Preston said, waving his hands around as caffeinated college students looked at us curiously – Vision, People, Design, Process, Focus, Alchemy – because everyone creates success a different way, and can share practical information on how to make those successes happen. The conference would bring folks together from the executive suite, the halls of science, creative, and political types, and entrepreneurs. We’d all learn from each other, and we’d talk about innovation not in remote terms, but in terms of what everyone could do NOW to dent the future That sounds like a Bing Thing, I said, and we could probably connect you to... Read More
  • March
    14

    Happy Pi Day!

    As you might imagine, March 14 th has a special place in our hearts here at Bing. To celebrate, we decided to take a peek into what people were searching for when it came to math and Pi. Here’s some of the interesting things people were searching for in the past few days leading up to 3.14.13. Pi may be the most celebrated math term, but the Quadratic Formula is the most searched, followed closely by the Pythagorean Theorem Nate Silver’s accurate election predictions have earned him a spot among math’s elite as the top searched mathematician on Bing. He’s followed by Pythagoras, and Hypatia. 3.14 may be the most celebrated digit, but most Americans just want to know what it is.The top Pi related search is, ‘What is Pi?’ Top math related searches Quadratic Formula Pythagorean Theorem Pi Riemann Hypothesis Most searched mathematicians Nate Silver Pythagoras Hypatia Gauss Cantor Pi related searches What is Pi? Pi Day jokes Symbol for Pi Digits of Pi Now, we understand that not everyone works on search engines so you don’t have to be Archimedes. For those of you... Read More As you might imagine, March 14 th has a special place in our hearts here at Bing. To celebrate, we decided to take a peek into what people were searching for when it came to math and Pi. Here’s some of the interesting things people were searching for in the past few days leading up to 3.14.13. Pi may be the most celebrated math term, but the Quadratic Formula is the most searched, followed closely by the Pythagorean Theorem Nate Silver’s accurate election predictions have earned him a spot among math’s elite as the top searched mathematician on Bing. He’s followed by Pythagoras, and Hypatia. 3.14 may be the most celebrated digit, but most Americans just want to know what it is.The top Pi related search is, ‘What is Pi?’ Top math related searches Quadratic Formula Pythagorean Theorem Pi Riemann Hypothesis Most searched mathematicians Nate Silver Pythagoras Hypatia Gauss Cantor Pi related searches What is Pi? Pi Day jokes Symbol for Pi Digits of Pi Now, we understand that not everyone works on search engines so you don’t have to be Archimedes. For those of you... Read More
  • March
    11

    More Ways to Experience Bing Desktop

    Last year we introduced Bing Desktop which marries the beauty of Bing’s daily homepage images with a quick and convenient way to search from your desktop. Based on your feedback, we’re making the experience even better.  Read More Last year we introduced Bing Desktop which marries the beauty of Bing’s daily homepage images with a quick and convenient way to search from your desktop. Based on your feedback, we’re making the experience even better.  Read More
  • March
    01

    Photosynth for Windows Phone 8 is Here...

    We're pleased to announce that Photosynth, the acclaimed mobile panorama app, is now available on Windows Phone 8. Get Photosynth for free from the Windows Phone Marketplace . Sometimes a single photo - even a wide angle photo - doesn't do a location justice. Whether it's the view off a cliff , or inside an incredible cathedral , we've all been to places that cry out for a full 360 degree panorama. Photosynth is the only Windows Phone app that can stitch a full sphere. That's 360 degrees horizontally and vertically.  Read More We're pleased to announce that Photosynth, the acclaimed mobile panorama app, is now available on Windows Phone 8. Get Photosynth for free from the Windows Phone Marketplace . Sometimes a single photo - even a wide angle photo - doesn't do a location justice. Whether it's the view off a cliff , or inside an incredible cathedral , we've all been to places that cry out for a full 360 degree panorama. Photosynth is the only Windows Phone app that can stitch a full sphere. That's 360 degrees horizontally and vertically.  Read More