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The Bing UK blog — Oct 2010

  • October
    25

    A picture paints a thousand words

    Alexander McNamara, Homepage Editor at Bing, discusses the power of a photo  Read More Alexander McNamara, Homepage Editor at Bing, discusses the power of a photo  Read More
  • October
    20

    Expert panel discuss and debate UK mapping...

    Excitement is growing at Bing HQ! We’ve been hard at work building a new version of Bing Maps for the UK, and are now ready to share the experience with Multimap users. On Wednesday 27th October we will host our first ever informal panel and Q&A session with a range of industry specialists and mapping experts.  Read More Excitement is growing at Bing HQ! We’ve been hard at work building a new version of Bing Maps for the UK, and are now ready to share the experience with Multimap users. On Wednesday 27th October we will host our first ever informal panel and Q&A session with a range of industry specialists and mapping experts.  Read More
  • October
    18

    The Basilica Cistern, a subterranean treasure

    If you haven’t yet paid a visit to the Bing homepage today, then we would definitely recommend that you go take a look. But before you do, we thought we’d take the opportunity to tell you a little bit more about it… The Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia are two of the most recognised and photographed buildings in the world. It’s not hard to understand why - from the Bosphorus, the minarets of the Blue Mosque can be clearly seen, dominating Istanbul’s skyline. Opposite to the mosque, on the far side of Sultanahmet Square, the Hagia Sophia continues to intrigue visitors with its varied and somewhat colourful past. It has been a mosque, as well as a Christian church and its unique blend of styles, a fusion of European and Asian architecture, is somewhat fitting given the location of the city it has come to represent. But just 150m from the Hagia Sophia, hidden from most visitors’ eyes, is the Basilica Cistern – a unique underground waterway originally built by the Emperor Justinian in 532 A.D. and star of today’s homepage. The cistern was originally used to store water for the Great Palace of Constantinople and, later on, the Topkapi... Read More If you haven’t yet paid a visit to the Bing homepage today, then we would definitely recommend that you go take a look. But before you do, we thought we’d take the opportunity to tell you a little bit more about it… The Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia are two of the most recognised and photographed buildings in the world. It’s not hard to understand why - from the Bosphorus, the minarets of the Blue Mosque can be clearly seen, dominating Istanbul’s skyline. Opposite to the mosque, on the far side of Sultanahmet Square, the Hagia Sophia continues to intrigue visitors with its varied and somewhat colourful past. It has been a mosque, as well as a Christian church and its unique blend of styles, a fusion of European and Asian architecture, is somewhat fitting given the location of the city it has come to represent. But just 150m from the Hagia Sophia, hidden from most visitors’ eyes, is the Basilica Cistern – a unique underground waterway originally built by the Emperor Justinian in 532 A.D. and star of today’s homepage. The cistern was originally used to store water for the Great Palace of Constantinople and, later on, the Topkapi... Read More
  • October
    16

    On the Bing homepage – Evel Knievel, a...

    Today’s homepage features what would have been the 72 nd birthday of the legendary Evel Knievel, the man who risked all on a motorcycle. If you’ve never seen his death defying stunts, then just type his name into Bing and watch him jump over buses, cars – anything that got in his way! 35 years ago, he came to the attention of the British public when he arrived in England to jump 13 single decker buses. Evel actually crash landed, yet still managed to address the crowd with a broken pelvis and back. Wembley Stadium has seen a lot of sights in its time, but that has to be one of its more memorable moments. Probably one of his most famous career jumps was when he attempted to clear the fountains outside Caesar’s Palace, captured in this photo: In the words of Evel himself: " It's better to take a chance in life, to win a victory or suffer defeat even though scarred by failure -- than it is to live in the shadows of life as some do, never knowing a victory or defeat because they have not the guts to try either " (from the official Evel Knievel website ). In our opinion, Evel Knievel is the greatest daredevil who... Read More Today’s homepage features what would have been the 72 nd birthday of the legendary Evel Knievel, the man who risked all on a motorcycle. If you’ve never seen his death defying stunts, then just type his name into Bing and watch him jump over buses, cars – anything that got in his way! 35 years ago, he came to the attention of the British public when he arrived in England to jump 13 single decker buses. Evel actually crash landed, yet still managed to address the crowd with a broken pelvis and back. Wembley Stadium has seen a lot of sights in its time, but that has to be one of its more memorable moments. Probably one of his most famous career jumps was when he attempted to clear the fountains outside Caesar’s Palace, captured in this photo: In the words of Evel himself: " It's better to take a chance in life, to win a victory or suffer defeat even though scarred by failure -- than it is to live in the shadows of life as some do, never knowing a victory or defeat because they have not the guts to try either " (from the official Evel Knievel website ). In our opinion, Evel Knievel is the greatest daredevil who... Read More
  • October
    12

    Bing team take on Windows Phone 7 and search

    Yesterday, we announced Windows Phone 7, the latest addition to the Windows family. The Bing team is very excited, as search is available straight from the start screen. The Search button will bring you Web results, local information, maps and a range of other information – making finding the content that matters most to you faster and easier than before. Another great thing about the event itself was that British institution Stephen Fry was on stage to talk about Windows Phone 7 - which is a great endorsement! Aside from search, the way the phone is so customisable is key. Live Tiles provide a personal experience – showing the content that matters most to you. You have access to real-time updates such as news or even the current status of your friends on Facebook. Add the Xbox LIVE, Microsoft Office Mobile, Zune and Windows Live integration and it’s easy to see why there’s been so much buzz already online. If you haven’t yet seen Windows Phone 7 or had a chance to find out more about the features, then make sure you visit the Windows Phone 7 site here . Yesterday, we announced Windows Phone 7, the latest addition to the Windows family. The Bing team is very excited, as search is available straight from the start screen. The Search button will bring you Web results, local information, maps and a range of other information – making finding the content that matters most to you faster and easier than before. Another great thing about the event itself was that British institution Stephen Fry was on stage to talk about Windows Phone 7 - which is a great endorsement! Aside from search, the way the phone is so customisable is key. Live Tiles provide a personal experience – showing the content that matters most to you. You have access to real-time updates such as news or even the current status of your friends on Facebook. Add the Xbox LIVE, Microsoft Office Mobile, Zune and Windows Live integration and it’s easy to see why there’s been so much buzz already online. If you haven’t yet seen Windows Phone 7 or had a chance to find out more about the features, then make sure you visit the Windows Phone 7 site here .