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Search Blog — Dec 2013

  • December
    29

    Celebrating Bravery in 2013

    As we approach the end of 2013, it’s time to look back on the big stories and trends that defined the year. Often, most of the focus is on celebrities, sports figures, or gossip. We also wanted to celebrate people who gave us courage and inspired us to do more. By breaking barriers, overcoming tragedy, and changing our world, a singular group of women have shown us all what the human spirit can achieve. You can check out the tribute here. Happy New Year! - The Bing Team As we approach the end of 2013, it’s time to look back on the big stories and trends that defined the year. Often, most of the focus is on celebrities, sports figures, or gossip. We also wanted to celebrate people who gave us courage and inspired us to do more. By breaking barriers, overcoming tragedy, and changing our world, a singular group of women have shown us all what the human spirit can achieve. You can check out the tribute here. Happy New Year! - The Bing Team
  • December
    20

    The Most Popular Bing Homepages for 2013

    At Bing, we are obsessed with great imagery. Our team pores over thousands of photos to deliver you that one special homepage image that showcases the world from a new perspective. From underwater mangroves to Himalayan mountain ranges, you were able to traverse the planet on the homepage in 2013. With that in mind, we thought it would be interesting to end the year highlighting the top ten most popular homepages based on your interaction. 10. Aerial view of Gardens by the Bay and the Super Trees, Singapore City, Singapore (© SIME / eStock Photo) 9. Charco de los Ciclos (also known as “Green Lagoon”) on Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain (© Marco Pavan/4Corners) 8. New Croton Dam in Croton, New York (© Greg Miller/Gallery Stock) 7. Mount Shasta, California (© Nagesh Mahadev) 6. Boats and people relax on a sandbar, Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, Hawaii (© Ron Dahlquist/Getty Images) 5. Mangrove seen from underwater, Aldabra, Seychelles (© Expeditieteam Aldabra/Foto Natura/Minden Pictures) 4. North Avenue Beach on Lake Michigan, Chicago (© Luiz Felipe Castro/Getty Images) 3. Aerial view near Ocean Drive in Newport... Read More At Bing, we are obsessed with great imagery. Our team pores over thousands of photos to deliver you that one special homepage image that showcases the world from a new perspective. From underwater mangroves to Himalayan mountain ranges, you were able to traverse the planet on the homepage in 2013. With that in mind, we thought it would be interesting to end the year highlighting the top ten most popular homepages based on your interaction. 10. Aerial view of Gardens by the Bay and the Super Trees, Singapore City, Singapore (© SIME / eStock Photo) 9. Charco de los Ciclos (also known as “Green Lagoon”) on Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain (© Marco Pavan/4Corners) 8. New Croton Dam in Croton, New York (© Greg Miller/Gallery Stock) 7. Mount Shasta, California (© Nagesh Mahadev) 6. Boats and people relax on a sandbar, Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, Hawaii (© Ron Dahlquist/Getty Images) 5. Mangrove seen from underwater, Aldabra, Seychelles (© Expeditieteam Aldabra/Foto Natura/Minden Pictures) 4. North Avenue Beach on Lake Michigan, Chicago (© Luiz Felipe Castro/Getty Images) 3. Aerial view near Ocean Drive in Newport... Read More
  • December
    19

    2013: A Visual Year

    Since the launch of Bing, beautiful visuals have been our north star. We are perhaps best known for our daily homepage image and incorporating visual cues into search results. Over the past year, we ran thousands of experiments to determine how you read our pages to figure out how to best get you to the information you’re looking for or the task you’re trying to complete. Based on that feedback, we’ve tuned the site to make the entire page easier to scan, removing unnecessary distractions, and making the overall experience more predictable and useful. This refreshed design helps you do more with search—and gives us a canvas for bringing future innovation to you. Designing to Help You Get Things Done The most striking element of Bing’s redesign was our new logo but the new visual system was more than skin deep – it aimed to make the search experience more useful giving you faster access to the things you’re trying to get done. We radically updated our design to streamline and highlight information so you can access and understand topics more easily. A great example of this is our Page Zero results which showcase suggestions directly... Read More Since the launch of Bing, beautiful visuals have been our north star. We are perhaps best known for our daily homepage image and incorporating visual cues into search results. Over the past year, we ran thousands of experiments to determine how you read our pages to figure out how to best get you to the information you’re looking for or the task you’re trying to complete. Based on that feedback, we’ve tuned the site to make the entire page easier to scan, removing unnecessary distractions, and making the overall experience more predictable and useful. This refreshed design helps you do more with search—and gives us a canvas for bringing future innovation to you. Designing to Help You Get Things Done The most striking element of Bing’s redesign was our new logo but the new visual system was more than skin deep – it aimed to make the search experience more useful giving you faster access to the things you’re trying to get done. We radically updated our design to streamline and highlight information so you can access and understand topics more easily. A great example of this is our Page Zero results which showcase suggestions directly... Read More
  • December
    18

    Bing in 2013: Entities, Apps and Maps

    As we all know, the search industry was built on keywords, links and labels –nouns pointing to static pages. This approach is great for finding sites but doesn’t reflect the modern state of the internet. Today’s web is unimaginably vast, encompassing tens of trillions of web pages housing pictures, videos and the digital footprints of billions of people spread across the world. 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 why we introduced Snapshot, which enables answers and actions 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. 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. Satori currently contains over 22 billion entities and their attributes and is growing... Read More As we all know, the search industry was built on keywords, links and labels –nouns pointing to static pages. This approach is great for finding sites but doesn’t reflect the modern state of the internet. Today’s web is unimaginably vast, encompassing tens of trillions of web pages housing pictures, videos and the digital footprints of billions of people spread across the world. 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 why we introduced Snapshot, which enables answers and actions 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. 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. Satori currently contains over 22 billion entities and their attributes and is growing... Read More
  • December
    17

    A Breakout Year

    2013 was the year that Bing broke out of the search box. Over the past year, we worked deeply with teams across Microsoft to bring the capabilities of Bing to a host of products. Across Xbox, Windows Phone, Office and Windows 8, we’ve begun a journey to make it easier to find the stuff you are looking for and take action on your favorite Microsoft services and devices. Because it’s not enough to just enhance our own products, we also brought our experiences to other platforms including tailored apps for iOS and Android as well as empowering developers with access to the big data horsepower of Bing’s back-end. To do this, we thought deeply about new interaction models and the current state of the technology landscape. As we’re all well aware, people are using multiple devices and a galaxy of specialized applications to do things they used to do in the “ real ” world. From getting driving directions to buying movie tickets, we expect to be able to do things using these devices and applications, not just find information. For Bing, it was time to break out of the search box. Let’s take a look at where we have been this year. Smart Search... Read More 2013 was the year that Bing broke out of the search box. Over the past year, we worked deeply with teams across Microsoft to bring the capabilities of Bing to a host of products. Across Xbox, Windows Phone, Office and Windows 8, we’ve begun a journey to make it easier to find the stuff you are looking for and take action on your favorite Microsoft services and devices. Because it’s not enough to just enhance our own products, we also brought our experiences to other platforms including tailored apps for iOS and Android as well as empowering developers with access to the big data horsepower of Bing’s back-end. To do this, we thought deeply about new interaction models and the current state of the technology landscape. As we’re all well aware, people are using multiple devices and a galaxy of specialized applications to do things they used to do in the “ real ” world. From getting driving directions to buying movie tickets, we expect to be able to do things using these devices and applications, not just find information. For Bing, it was time to break out of the search box. Let’s take a look at where we have been this year. Smart Search... Read More
  • December
    17

    Streamlined Sharing Arrives on OneNote...

    A few weeks ago, the Office team released a brand new OneNote app available for free in the Windows Store . The app includes a host of updates that make it easier to capture and share notes. The Bing Apps including Travel, Food & Drink, Health & Fitness, News, Finance, Weather and Sports have been optimized so if you see something you want to capture with a few simple taps or clicks you can save it to OneNote. For instance, if you are pouring over the 1.5 million descriptions of wine in the Food & Drink app and you find something you would like to try, you can now seamlessly share to OneNote. Head over to the OneNote blog to see this in action. - The Bing Apps Team A few weeks ago, the Office team released a brand new OneNote app available for free in the Windows Store . The app includes a host of updates that make it easier to capture and share notes. The Bing Apps including Travel, Food & Drink, Health & Fitness, News, Finance, Weather and Sports have been optimized so if you see something you want to capture with a few simple taps or clicks you can save it to OneNote. For instance, if you are pouring over the 1.5 million descriptions of wine in the Food & Drink app and you find something you would like to try, you can now seamlessly share to OneNote. Head over to the OneNote blog to see this in action. - The Bing Apps Team
  • December
    17

    We’re Having a Bit of Fun for the Holidays

    Holiday searching can wear you out. Sourcing mistletoe and the latest reindeer games can put even the jolliest of us into a Grinch-like funk. Take a break and hang with our clothes-horse snowman. He’ll show up when you’re searching for certain holiday-related items. Help him find that perfect look for his holiday party. And that’s not all. We’re also teaming with NORAD where Bing Maps is powering the NORAD Santa Tracker. On December 24th, you can go to www.bing.com or www.noradsanta.org to see where Santa and his reindeer are located on their journey to chimneys around the world. - The Bing Team Holiday searching can wear you out. Sourcing mistletoe and the latest reindeer games can put even the jolliest of us into a Grinch-like funk. Take a break and hang with our clothes-horse snowman. He’ll show up when you’re searching for certain holiday-related items. Help him find that perfect look for his holiday party. And that’s not all. We’re also teaming with NORAD where Bing Maps is powering the NORAD Santa Tracker. On December 24th, you can go to www.bing.com or www.noradsanta.org to see where Santa and his reindeer are located on their journey to chimneys around the world. - The Bing Team
  • December
    16

    Thank You for a Great Year

    As we wrap up the year, we wanted to take the opportunity to say thank you to everyone who uses Bing. 2013 has been a great year and for us that’s all due to you. Over the past twelve months, we have shipped thousands of changes to the search experience which are directly based on how you use Bing. From minor updates like downloadable homepage images to major changes like powering Smart Search in Windows 8.1 and voice search in Xbox One, none of this would have been possible without your engagement and feedback. Over the next few days we’re going to highlight how the features and experiences we power have changed in 2013 but today we wanted to showcase some things you might find surprising about Bing. You can check out the full infographic here. A New Homepage Image Every Day The Best Video Selection on the Web Because we know that video on the web is more than YouTube, Bing Video showcases leading web video services such as Vevo, Hulu, Daily Motion, CBS, MSN, MTV, Vimeo, and more (and yes, YouTube also!) Looks like you agree with us, as your activity on Bing Video more than doubled in 2013 year over year. Now That’s A Lot of Data If you were to line up pixels from all of the aerial... Read More As we wrap up the year, we wanted to take the opportunity to say thank you to everyone who uses Bing. 2013 has been a great year and for us that’s all due to you. Over the past twelve months, we have shipped thousands of changes to the search experience which are directly based on how you use Bing. From minor updates like downloadable homepage images to major changes like powering Smart Search in Windows 8.1 and voice search in Xbox One, none of this would have been possible without your engagement and feedback. Over the next few days we’re going to highlight how the features and experiences we power have changed in 2013 but today we wanted to showcase some things you might find surprising about Bing. You can check out the full infographic here. A New Homepage Image Every Day The Best Video Selection on the Web Because we know that video on the web is more than YouTube, Bing Video showcases leading web video services such as Vevo, Hulu, Daily Motion, CBS, MSN, MTV, Vimeo, and more (and yes, YouTube also!) Looks like you agree with us, as your activity on Bing Video more than doubled in 2013 year over year. Now That’s A Lot of Data If you were to line up pixels from all of the aerial... Read More
  • December
    12

    Expand Your Understanding with Bing

    At Bing we are committed to giving you the most relevant search results possible. In addition we also strive to provide direct information about the entities that you search for, e.g., people, places, and things, based on our understanding of those entities and their relationships stored in Bing’s knowledge repository called Satori. You can read more about how all this information comes together in our earlier blog here . As we wrap up the year, we wanted to introduce a few new features that may further enhance your search experience and hopefully help expand your understanding of the world. Discover TED Talks We love TED Talks ; especially their tagline: ideas worth spreading. To that end, now if you search for someone who has given a TED talk we’ll surface that in Bing’s Snapshot pane. Try: Bill Gates , Al Gore , and Dan Gilbert . Listen to Famous Speeches and National Anthems Instantly From the “I Have a Dream” to “Ask Not What Your Country Can Do for You”, statesman are often defined by the speeches they delivered as much as the things they accomplished. With that in mind, we present influential audio clips delivered by famous... Read More At Bing we are committed to giving you the most relevant search results possible. In addition we also strive to provide direct information about the entities that you search for, e.g., people, places, and things, based on our understanding of those entities and their relationships stored in Bing’s knowledge repository called Satori. You can read more about how all this information comes together in our earlier blog here . As we wrap up the year, we wanted to introduce a few new features that may further enhance your search experience and hopefully help expand your understanding of the world. Discover TED Talks We love TED Talks ; especially their tagline: ideas worth spreading. To that end, now if you search for someone who has given a TED talk we’ll surface that in Bing’s Snapshot pane. Try: Bill Gates , Al Gore , and Dan Gilbert . Listen to Famous Speeches and National Anthems Instantly From the “I Have a Dream” to “Ask Not What Your Country Can Do for You”, statesman are often defined by the speeches they delivered as much as the things they accomplished. With that in mind, we present influential audio clips delivered by famous... Read More
  • December
    10

    The New Photosynth

    If a picture is worth a thousand words, we think some places are worth a thousand views. Whether it's the approach of Mount Everest, the Elgin Marbles or the exquisite detail of the forest floor, we've all been to places that cry out to be explored. That’s why today we are pleased to release a preview of the new Photosynth , the next phase of our ground breaking experience that analyzes digital photographs to generate three-dimensional views of real world spaces. Last week, with the release of Bing Maps Preview for Windows 8 we introduced a step forward towards our goal of creating a digital replica of the planet with an immersive 3D way to traverse and explore the world. Building on that vision, the new Photosynth gives everyone access to powerful tools to capture their own favorite spots around the globe. Spin around Haystack Rock by adam_mitchell55 on Photosynth With Photosynth, you can capture the places you love in amazing resolution and full 3D. Check out some eye-popping examples by browsing the new featured synths. If you’re interested in making your own, you can sign up now and we’ll enable your account for these new synths on a first-come first... Read More If a picture is worth a thousand words, we think some places are worth a thousand views. Whether it's the approach of Mount Everest, the Elgin Marbles or the exquisite detail of the forest floor, we've all been to places that cry out to be explored. That’s why today we are pleased to release a preview of the new Photosynth , the next phase of our ground breaking experience that analyzes digital photographs to generate three-dimensional views of real world spaces. Last week, with the release of Bing Maps Preview for Windows 8 we introduced a step forward towards our goal of creating a digital replica of the planet with an immersive 3D way to traverse and explore the world. Building on that vision, the new Photosynth gives everyone access to powerful tools to capture their own favorite spots around the globe. Spin around Haystack Rock by adam_mitchell55 on Photosynth With Photosynth, you can capture the places you love in amazing resolution and full 3D. Check out some eye-popping examples by browsing the new featured synths. If you’re interested in making your own, you can sign up now and we’ll enable your account for these new synths on a first-come first... Read More
  • December
    09

    Hour of Code: A Computer in Every Classroom

    Today marks the start of Code.org's Computer Science Education Week , which this year is heavily centered around the Hour of Code, an initiative encouraging people to spend an hour to start learning the basics of computer programming. As a founding member of Code.org, Microsoft is showing its support by renewing its commitment to Kodu and other platforms that make learning code more accessible and encouraging employees to volunteer in local schools to teach the computer scientists of tomorrow. At Bing, we're proud of the role that search plays in coding. As any programmer will tell you, creating a complex projects means frequently running up against issues you can't solve on your own and searching the web to find answers from others who have had similar difficulties. Communities like the Microsoft Developer Network have been instrumental in creating a place where people can ask questions and share answers, and Bing's search index brings all these communities into one place so that coders can find the solutions they need. But there is an important element to coding that sometimes gets lost in our rush to help people understand the important role that computer science plays in... Read More Today marks the start of Code.org's Computer Science Education Week , which this year is heavily centered around the Hour of Code, an initiative encouraging people to spend an hour to start learning the basics of computer programming. As a founding member of Code.org, Microsoft is showing its support by renewing its commitment to Kodu and other platforms that make learning code more accessible and encouraging employees to volunteer in local schools to teach the computer scientists of tomorrow. At Bing, we're proud of the role that search plays in coding. As any programmer will tell you, creating a complex projects means frequently running up against issues you can't solve on your own and searching the web to find answers from others who have had similar difficulties. Communities like the Microsoft Developer Network have been instrumental in creating a place where people can ask questions and share answers, and Bing's search index brings all these communities into one place so that coders can find the solutions they need. But there is an important element to coding that sometimes gets lost in our rush to help people understand the important role that computer science plays in... Read More
  • December
    09

    Bing App Updates for iOS and Android Arrive

    We have been hard at work updating our apps for iOS and Android. Today we are proud to announce major redesigns of the iPad and Android Bing apps. In addition to a fresh new design, we decided to do something special with this release. You have told us that one of the things you love most about Bing is the homepage image of the day. With that in mind, in this release we’ve made it simple for you to set the homepage image* as your lockscreen. Here’s how it works: In the Android app, just tap the button at the bottom of the screen: Your background will automatically switch as well. In the iPad app, you will need to log in with your Microsoft account first. Once you have logged in, just tap the button at the bottom of the homepage and follow the steps presented in the dialogue boxes. You have the option of backing up the image to your SkyDrive folder in the event that you would like to use the image as wallpaper on another device. To set it as your lockscreen or wallpaper, go to settings, –> Wallpapers & Brightness... Read More We have been hard at work updating our apps for iOS and Android. Today we are proud to announce major redesigns of the iPad and Android Bing apps. In addition to a fresh new design, we decided to do something special with this release. You have told us that one of the things you love most about Bing is the homepage image of the day. With that in mind, in this release we’ve made it simple for you to set the homepage image* as your lockscreen. Here’s how it works: In the Android app, just tap the button at the bottom of the screen: Your background will automatically switch as well. In the iPad app, you will need to log in with your Microsoft account first. Once you have logged in, just tap the button at the bottom of the homepage and follow the steps presented in the dialogue boxes. You have the option of backing up the image to your SkyDrive folder in the event that you would like to use the image as wallpaper on another device. To set it as your lockscreen or wallpaper, go to settings, –> Wallpapers & Brightness... Read More
  • December
    05

    Bing Maps Preview Arrives on Windows 8...

    A first step in introducing a new way to explore the world, the Bing Maps Preview app hits the Windows Store today . Built from the ground up for clarity, detail and scale, the app provides a seamless and dynamic way to experience mapping. To ensure we have the highest quality imagery possible, we’re showcasing a focused list of over 70 cities from around the world so you can get a glimpse of what’s to come. Bing Maps Preview With the Bing Maps Preview you’re in charge. You can swoop in, going from a Superman to Clark Kent-like view; from mountaintop to main-street, it is so vivid you feel like you’re there. But this isn’t just about seeing the world, it’s about getting stuff done so we’ve enabled you to get answers and take action directly within the one app. The Bing Maps Preview was built for Windows 8.1, so it works well on touch and desktop devices. The app also takes advantage of smart Windows features including Snapview, Windows notification and live tile, so you have the right info to get more done in less time. Let’s take a look: Redefining Maps We have assembled world builders from the video game industry, expert photogrammetrists, high definition aerial cameras and a massive... Read More A first step in introducing a new way to explore the world, the Bing Maps Preview app hits the Windows Store today . Built from the ground up for clarity, detail and scale, the app provides a seamless and dynamic way to experience mapping. To ensure we have the highest quality imagery possible, we’re showcasing a focused list of over 70 cities from around the world so you can get a glimpse of what’s to come. Bing Maps Preview With the Bing Maps Preview you’re in charge. You can swoop in, going from a Superman to Clark Kent-like view; from mountaintop to main-street, it is so vivid you feel like you’re there. But this isn’t just about seeing the world, it’s about getting stuff done so we’ve enabled you to get answers and take action directly within the one app. The Bing Maps Preview was built for Windows 8.1, so it works well on touch and desktop devices. The app also takes advantage of smart Windows features including Snapview, Windows notification and live tile, so you have the right info to get more done in less time. Let’s take a look: Redefining Maps We have assembled world builders from the video game industry, expert photogrammetrists, high definition aerial cameras and a massive... Read More
  • December
    01

    Top Bing Searches for 2013

    What did America search for in 2013? Based on the aggregation of millions of search queries, we are unveiling the top search trends of Americans in 2013. Here’s what we found: Most Searched Person of the Year Beyoncé continues her reign as the queen of pop— she’s the most-searched person on Bing in 2013! Beyoncé bumped Kim Kardashian off of the top spot this year, who came in as the second most searched person of the year. Women ruled 2013, the top five most searched people of the year were all women, and only two men made it into the top ten- Justin Bieber (6 th ) and Barack Obama (10 th ) Top 10 comparison for 2012 and 2013: Rank 2013 2012 1 Beyoncé Knowles Kim Kardashian 2 Kim Kardashian Justin Bieber 3 Rihanna Miley Cyrus 4 Taylor Swift Rihanna 5 Madonna Lindsay Lohan 6 Justin Bieber Katy Perry 7 Nicki Minaj Selena Gomez 8 Amanda Bynes... Read More What did America search for in 2013? Based on the aggregation of millions of search queries, we are unveiling the top search trends of Americans in 2013. Here’s what we found: Most Searched Person of the Year Beyoncé continues her reign as the queen of pop— she’s the most-searched person on Bing in 2013! Beyoncé bumped Kim Kardashian off of the top spot this year, who came in as the second most searched person of the year. Women ruled 2013, the top five most searched people of the year were all women, and only two men made it into the top ten- Justin Bieber (6 th ) and Barack Obama (10 th ) Top 10 comparison for 2012 and 2013: Rank 2013 2012 1 Beyoncé Knowles Kim Kardashian 2 Kim Kardashian Justin Bieber 3 Rihanna Miley Cyrus 4 Taylor Swift Rihanna 5 Madonna Lindsay Lohan 6 Justin Bieber Katy Perry 7 Nicki Minaj Selena Gomez 8 Amanda Bynes... Read More