Bing blogs

This is a place devoted to giving you deeper insight
into the news, trends, people and technology behind Bing.

Search Blog — Jan 2014

  • January
    31

    The Power of Fans

    No matter who you are rooting for this weekend, it is amazing how the voice of fans can impact the course of a season. Bing has been a partner of our hometown team – the Seattle Seahawks – for four years, and has witnessed the power of dedicated fans firsthand. Seattle fans are infamous for being the loudest in the country, but we also discovered that they support the team in plenty of other ways. We looked at Bing data on millions of searches over the past season, combined it with social data from Twitter, and a picture emerged of a strong fan base, growing in volume and passion throughout the season. To celebrate all die-hard football fans – no matter who you root for – we created a video highlighting some of the most striking Seahawk fan stats throughout the season. We saw steady search volume from die-hard fans throughout the season, with smaller spikes related to pivotal games. Then when the Seahawks clinched home field advantage for the NFC Divisional playoffs, we saw an upward trend, indicating that more fans across the country were interested in how the Seahawks were performing. When the Seahawks hosted and beat the New Orleans Saints... Read More No matter who you are rooting for this weekend, it is amazing how the voice of fans can impact the course of a season. Bing has been a partner of our hometown team – the Seattle Seahawks – for four years, and has witnessed the power of dedicated fans firsthand. Seattle fans are infamous for being the loudest in the country, but we also discovered that they support the team in plenty of other ways. We looked at Bing data on millions of searches over the past season, combined it with social data from Twitter, and a picture emerged of a strong fan base, growing in volume and passion throughout the season. To celebrate all die-hard football fans – no matter who you root for – we created a video highlighting some of the most striking Seahawk fan stats throughout the season. We saw steady search volume from die-hard fans throughout the season, with smaller spikes related to pivotal games. Then when the Seahawks clinched home field advantage for the NFC Divisional playoffs, we saw an upward trend, indicating that more fans across the country were interested in how the Seahawks were performing. When the Seahawks hosted and beat the New Orleans Saints... Read More
  • January
    29

    Bing Rewards is Going Mobile

    Bing Rewards was designed to help you discover ways Bing can help you do the things that are most important to you. It allows us to recognize and appreciate our most consistent, loyal users with additional perks as a way of saying thanks for choosing Bing. You can earn credits by searching every day and then redeem them for great rewards including gift cards from top brands such as Amazon.com, Xbox, Skype, Fandango, and Dominos or donate your credits to a local school or charity of your choice. Today we are taking our very first step to let you search and earn on the go. Available on iOS and Android devices starting today and coming soon to Windows Phone devices, we are rolling out the ability to search and earn and take advantage of offers right from your phone. Over the next several months we’ll be extending nearly all of the Bing Rewards features our members love on the PC to these mobile experiences. How does it work? Signing into Bing Rewards on your mobile phone using your Microsoft or Facebook account takes you to a new mobile optimized dashboard that has offers customized just for you. In addition to many of the offers you would find on your PC, there is a... Read More Bing Rewards was designed to help you discover ways Bing can help you do the things that are most important to you. It allows us to recognize and appreciate our most consistent, loyal users with additional perks as a way of saying thanks for choosing Bing. You can earn credits by searching every day and then redeem them for great rewards including gift cards from top brands such as Amazon.com, Xbox, Skype, Fandango, and Dominos or donate your credits to a local school or charity of your choice. Today we are taking our very first step to let you search and earn on the go. Available on iOS and Android devices starting today and coming soon to Windows Phone devices, we are rolling out the ability to search and earn and take advantage of offers right from your phone. Over the next several months we’ll be extending nearly all of the Bing Rewards features our members love on the PC to these mobile experiences. How does it work? Signing into Bing Rewards on your mobile phone using your Microsoft or Facebook account takes you to a new mobile optimized dashboard that has offers customized just for you. In addition to many of the offers you would find on your PC, there is a... Read More
  • January
    28

    Bing and Sunday’s Big Game

    This Sunday is shaping up to be one of the biggest match-ups in recent football memory. To get a sense for what is on people’s minds ahead of the game we delved into the Bing index to measure what you have been searching for as it relates to the two teams. The results may surprise you. First off, we looked to see if there was any correlation between search volume for the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks based on where people live. The results came back with Seattle capturing searches in 33 states and Denver capturing the remaining 17. Though the percentages are generally evenly divided indicating that Sunday’s game is shaping up to be a great match. As we gear up for the game, people are inevitably comparing the two quarterbacks. Let’s look at the match-up. Are you Team Manning or Team Wilson ? Of the two, veteran quarterback Manning was the fan favorite capturing 72% of searches since the Division Championships. Though Seattle Seahawks fans can take heart because their namesake team received 26% more searches than the Denver Broncos. Richard Sherman grabbed the attention of the nation, as 81% of Bing searches for him this... Read More This Sunday is shaping up to be one of the biggest match-ups in recent football memory. To get a sense for what is on people’s minds ahead of the game we delved into the Bing index to measure what you have been searching for as it relates to the two teams. The results may surprise you. First off, we looked to see if there was any correlation between search volume for the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks based on where people live. The results came back with Seattle capturing searches in 33 states and Denver capturing the remaining 17. Though the percentages are generally evenly divided indicating that Sunday’s game is shaping up to be a great match. As we gear up for the game, people are inevitably comparing the two quarterbacks. Let’s look at the match-up. Are you Team Manning or Team Wilson ? Of the two, veteran quarterback Manning was the fan favorite capturing 72% of searches since the Division Championships. Though Seattle Seahawks fans can take heart because their namesake team received 26% more searches than the Denver Broncos. Richard Sherman grabbed the attention of the nation, as 81% of Bing searches for him this... Read More
  • January
    27

    Bing Teams with Fox News for Real-Time...

    On Tuesday, January 28 th at 6 p.m. PT, people in the US will be able to track and share their opinions of the State of the Union address in real-time via smartphones, PCs or Tablets. Bing.com and FOX News are teaming up again on the Bing Pulse online voting tool for the State of the Union address. Bing Pulse allows people to share their opinion of the State of the Union by “voting” every five seconds on their reactions to the content of the speech. You can go to Bing.com/politics from a computer, tablet or mobile device to connect with the poll while watching the president’s address or Republican response on television or through a live feed on the Bing.com/politics hub. Unlike typical polls, Bing Pulse allows people to self-identify by gender and political party affiliation to provide additional aggregate data analysis to the results shown online and on Fox News. You can read more about the announcement here. - The Bing Team On Tuesday, January 28 th at 6 p.m. PT, people in the US will be able to track and share their opinions of the State of the Union address in real-time via smartphones, PCs or Tablets. Bing.com and FOX News are teaming up again on the Bing Pulse online voting tool for the State of the Union address. Bing Pulse allows people to share their opinion of the State of the Union by “voting” every five seconds on their reactions to the content of the speech. You can go to Bing.com/politics from a computer, tablet or mobile device to connect with the poll while watching the president’s address or Republican response on television or through a live feed on the Bing.com/politics hub. Unlike typical polls, Bing Pulse allows people to self-identify by gender and political party affiliation to provide additional aggregate data analysis to the results shown online and on Fox News. You can read more about the announcement here. - The Bing Team
  • January
    27

    Replay Grammy Moments at Bing.com/Awards

    The 2014 Awards Season continues on, this time with the music industry’s biggest night. This year’s Grammys didn’t disappoint, showcasing its share of wild performances, surprising wins, and daring red carpet looks. To help narrow down the big moments and performances and see what people were buzzing about most, Bing monitored spikes in searches throughout the show. This and more can be found at bing.com/awards , your one stop for all things Awards. The night was kicked off by a glamorous red carpet and one of the biggest color trends of the night was metallic. Taylor Swift’s silver Gucci gown captured 70% of the searches followed by Chrissy Teigen, Ciara, and Rita Ora who rocked the gold and silver look as well. The searches continued throughout the night as the audience was treated to performances that ranged from heavy metal to old-school country and everything in between. No surprise though, it was Katy Perry’s dark and magical performance of “Dark Horses” which featured crystal balls, brooms, and fire, that caused the largest spike in searches from the night. It was also a night of collaborations with Daft Punk, Stevie Wonder... Read More The 2014 Awards Season continues on, this time with the music industry’s biggest night. This year’s Grammys didn’t disappoint, showcasing its share of wild performances, surprising wins, and daring red carpet looks. To help narrow down the big moments and performances and see what people were buzzing about most, Bing monitored spikes in searches throughout the show. This and more can be found at bing.com/awards , your one stop for all things Awards. The night was kicked off by a glamorous red carpet and one of the biggest color trends of the night was metallic. Taylor Swift’s silver Gucci gown captured 70% of the searches followed by Chrissy Teigen, Ciara, and Rita Ora who rocked the gold and silver look as well. The searches continued throughout the night as the audience was treated to performances that ranged from heavy metal to old-school country and everything in between. No surprise though, it was Katy Perry’s dark and magical performance of “Dark Horses” which featured crystal balls, brooms, and fire, that caused the largest spike in searches from the night. It was also a night of collaborations with Daft Punk, Stevie Wonder... Read More
  • January
    21

    Experience the Awards Season with Bing

    Last week, The Academy of Motion Pictures’ unveiled nominees for the 86 th Oscars reminding us that awards season is officially in full swing. While we enjoy the glamour of the red carpet, we know it can be hard to keep track of all the celebrities, songs and films out there. With that in mind, we’ve got some easy ways for you to stay in the know while you’re watching the awards shows and stay tuned to Bing.com/awards – your online resource for all things awards. Smart Search on Windows 8 and Surface Because we think that your search experience should be beautiful as well as functional we rolled out Bing Smart Search on Windows 8. Smart Search takes the best of Bing multimedia and brings it into the Windows search experience to create something that’s not only useful and well-organized but also highly crafted. You’ll see rich images of your favorite actor or artist accompanied by relevant facts and information. Haven’t heard a song nominated for an award? Simply swipe in from the right on your Surface and select search or simply start typing from the Start screen, we’ll bring back results for the song and you can play it via Xbox... Read More Last week, The Academy of Motion Pictures’ unveiled nominees for the 86 th Oscars reminding us that awards season is officially in full swing. While we enjoy the glamour of the red carpet, we know it can be hard to keep track of all the celebrities, songs and films out there. With that in mind, we’ve got some easy ways for you to stay in the know while you’re watching the awards shows and stay tuned to Bing.com/awards – your online resource for all things awards. Smart Search on Windows 8 and Surface Because we think that your search experience should be beautiful as well as functional we rolled out Bing Smart Search on Windows 8. Smart Search takes the best of Bing multimedia and brings it into the Windows search experience to create something that’s not only useful and well-organized but also highly crafted. You’ll see rich images of your favorite actor or artist accompanied by relevant facts and information. Haven’t heard a song nominated for an award? Simply swipe in from the right on your Surface and select search or simply start typing from the Start screen, we’ll bring back results for the song and you can play it via Xbox... Read More
  • January
    17

    Get Inspired at 92Y

    At Bing, we interested in surfacing the human side of life, helping you explore and learn about the world’s great thinkers and creators with search. This is why we’re excited to be a founding supporter for New York’s fabled 92 nd Street Y’s new video-on-demand service: 92YOnDemand . 92YOnDemand.org is a cultural resource that showcases videos from 92Y’s rich archive of recorded events from both historic and current seasons at 92Y. We’re excited to help make available online for the first time content from some of the greatest thinkers , writers , and performers of the past century. Some of our recent favorites: Amy Poehler , Jonah Hill , Bill Clinton , Malcolm Gladwell and many more. Head over to 92YOnDemand.org to check it out. - The Bing Team At Bing, we interested in surfacing the human side of life, helping you explore and learn about the world’s great thinkers and creators with search. This is why we’re excited to be a founding supporter for New York’s fabled 92 nd Street Y’s new video-on-demand service: 92YOnDemand . 92YOnDemand.org is a cultural resource that showcases videos from 92Y’s rich archive of recorded events from both historic and current seasons at 92Y. We’re excited to help make available online for the first time content from some of the greatest thinkers , writers , and performers of the past century. Some of our recent favorites: Amy Poehler , Jonah Hill , Bill Clinton , Malcolm Gladwell and many more. Head over to 92YOnDemand.org to check it out. - The Bing Team
  • January
    14

    “Hello World!” Speech Input Arrives in...

    The following was reposted from the Bing Translator Official Team Blog . Say ‘Hello World!’ in multiple languages with the new speech-to-speech feature for the Bing Translator app for Windows . The recent release update for the Translator app for Windows now delivers the same speech-to-speech functionality offered in the Bing Translator app for Windows Phone 8 . Now you can leverage the power of speech-to-speech translations from any Windows device. Simply speak into your device by using the microphone feature to place orders or ask for directions and hear the translated words in a native speaker's accent. In addition to speech input, this new release of the Translator app now offers users the option to use the camera feature in both portrait and landscape mode. Simply point your camera, scan and translate printed language using your tablet or PC to create subtitles for everyday life. Today, we are also releasing new updates to the Bing Translator app for Windows Phone 8 which include improvements to the speech functionality for better quality and responsiveness of translations, in addition a redesigned user interface for the existing and recently released... Read More The following was reposted from the Bing Translator Official Team Blog . Say ‘Hello World!’ in multiple languages with the new speech-to-speech feature for the Bing Translator app for Windows . The recent release update for the Translator app for Windows now delivers the same speech-to-speech functionality offered in the Bing Translator app for Windows Phone 8 . Now you can leverage the power of speech-to-speech translations from any Windows device. Simply speak into your device by using the microphone feature to place orders or ask for directions and hear the translated words in a native speaker's accent. In addition to speech input, this new release of the Translator app now offers users the option to use the camera feature in both portrait and landscape mode. Simply point your camera, scan and translate printed language using your tablet or PC to create subtitles for everyday life. Today, we are also releasing new updates to the Bing Translator app for Windows Phone 8 which include improvements to the speech functionality for better quality and responsiveness of translations, in addition a redesigned user interface for the existing and recently released... Read More
  • January
    13

    Relive the Golden Globes with Bing.com...

    It was one of Hollywood's biggest nights, and the Golden Globes certainly did not disappoint thanks to plenty of red carpet fashion and headline-grabbing moments throughout the show. To help narrow down the big moments and see what people were buzzing about most, Bing monitored spikes in searches throughout the entire evening. This and more can all be found at bing.com/awards , your one stop for all things Awards. The searches started on the carpet with the baby bump being the favorite “accessory” of the evening among many of Hollywood’s leading ladies. While Kerry Washington and Drew Barrymore wowed the crowd, it was Olivia Wilde’s pregnant belly that stole the show on the carpet and captured over 65% of the searches among the expecting mothers. Two of the evenings most buzzed about moments came very early on in the evening. Jacqueline Bisset’s colorful acceptance speech for Dancing on The Edge was one of the most-searched Golden Globe moments last night, beating out other search-worthy moments including Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s surprising wins, Amy Poehler and Bono’s make out session and Robin Wright's wardrobe malfunction. Additionally... Read More It was one of Hollywood's biggest nights, and the Golden Globes certainly did not disappoint thanks to plenty of red carpet fashion and headline-grabbing moments throughout the show. To help narrow down the big moments and see what people were buzzing about most, Bing monitored spikes in searches throughout the entire evening. This and more can all be found at bing.com/awards , your one stop for all things Awards. The searches started on the carpet with the baby bump being the favorite “accessory” of the evening among many of Hollywood’s leading ladies. While Kerry Washington and Drew Barrymore wowed the crowd, it was Olivia Wilde’s pregnant belly that stole the show on the carpet and captured over 65% of the searches among the expecting mothers. Two of the evenings most buzzed about moments came very early on in the evening. Jacqueline Bisset’s colorful acceptance speech for Dancing on The Edge was one of the most-searched Golden Globe moments last night, beating out other search-worthy moments including Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s surprising wins, Amy Poehler and Bono’s make out session and Robin Wright's wardrobe malfunction. Additionally... Read More
  • January
    07

    Make 2014 the Healthiest Year Yet

    The New Year is here and it’s time to tackle your resolutions. 41 percent of people want to improve their health and lose weight in 2014, according to a recent survey from Bing and Impulse Research, and we’re seeing the same trends on Bing. In the days leading up to the New Year, “healthy recipes” searches spiked more than 45 percent. On New Year’s Day, searches for Weight Watchers spiked nearly 60 percent. When it comes to diets, Bing search trends revealed people are looking for Weight Watchers most often this New Year, followed by Jenny Craig and the Mediterranean Diet. As you make plans to make your resolutions stick, the Bing Health & Fitness app for Windows 8.1 makes it easy with nutritional information for more than 200,000 foods, so you can compare various items and make sure you’re making the healthiest choices. The app also has a food journal, so you can monitor your daily meals and view your progress. You can even compare foods to make more informed decisions and learn about diet programs from Atkins to Zone. Learn about nutrients and calories, including what they do for the body and what it takes to burn them off. Unfortunately... Read More The New Year is here and it’s time to tackle your resolutions. 41 percent of people want to improve their health and lose weight in 2014, according to a recent survey from Bing and Impulse Research, and we’re seeing the same trends on Bing. In the days leading up to the New Year, “healthy recipes” searches spiked more than 45 percent. On New Year’s Day, searches for Weight Watchers spiked nearly 60 percent. When it comes to diets, Bing search trends revealed people are looking for Weight Watchers most often this New Year, followed by Jenny Craig and the Mediterranean Diet. As you make plans to make your resolutions stick, the Bing Health & Fitness app for Windows 8.1 makes it easy with nutritional information for more than 200,000 foods, so you can compare various items and make sure you’re making the healthiest choices. The app also has a food journal, so you can monitor your daily meals and view your progress. You can even compare foods to make more informed decisions and learn about diet programs from Atkins to Zone. Learn about nutrients and calories, including what they do for the body and what it takes to burn them off. Unfortunately... Read More
  • January
    06

    Bing Launches Awards Season Resource Guide

    Today Bing launched Bing.Com/Awards , a look at the 2014 award season including Golden Globes, the Grammy’s and the Oscars. The site serves as an online resource center for all things awards, kicking off with the Golden Globes which air live this Sunday night. First up is an inside look at the Golden Globes , background on the nominees, and a glimpse into the history as well as ideas and tips for planning the perfect Golden Globes viewing party. Be sure to check out the predictions for who may prevail based on the spikes in Bing searches following the nominee announcements. Based on Bing search data, look for big things from Bradley Cooper on Sunday at the Golden Globes. Following Coopers' nomination for Golden Globe's Best Supporting Actor in American Hustle , searches for the actor were dramatically higher than the other nominees in his category, capturing 90% of all the searches among Best Supporting Actor nominees in December. Following Cooper were Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club and Michael Fassbender for 12 Years a Slave . Additionally, the race is on for the most coveted category, Best Picture. Two of this year's most hyped movies, American Hustle and The... Read More Today Bing launched Bing.Com/Awards , a look at the 2014 award season including Golden Globes, the Grammy’s and the Oscars. The site serves as an online resource center for all things awards, kicking off with the Golden Globes which air live this Sunday night. First up is an inside look at the Golden Globes , background on the nominees, and a glimpse into the history as well as ideas and tips for planning the perfect Golden Globes viewing party. Be sure to check out the predictions for who may prevail based on the spikes in Bing searches following the nominee announcements. Based on Bing search data, look for big things from Bradley Cooper on Sunday at the Golden Globes. Following Coopers' nomination for Golden Globe's Best Supporting Actor in American Hustle , searches for the actor were dramatically higher than the other nominees in his category, capturing 90% of all the searches among Best Supporting Actor nominees in December. Following Cooper were Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club and Michael Fassbender for 12 Years a Slave . Additionally, the race is on for the most coveted category, Best Picture. Two of this year's most hyped movies, American Hustle and The... Read More