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  • Microsoft and RIM helping people make better decisions with Bing on BlackBerry

    Posted by sumeethevans on May 5 2011, 9:21 PM. Posted in bing.

    Since we launched Bing, we’ve tried to make it as easy as possible for people to use the service from any device, anytime, so that they are never without access to Bing’s great decision tools. Today we joined with Research In Motion (RIM) in announcing some exciting news for our joint customers.

    This morning at RIM’s annual Blackberry World, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced on stage a new alliance between Microsoft and RIM, outlining how the two companies can work together to help people make better decisions with Bing on BlackBerry devices.

    Central to this collaboration, , Blackberry devices will use Bing as the preferred search provider in the browser, and Bing will be the default search and map application for new devices presented to mobile operators, both in the United States and internationally.  Also, effective today Bing will be the preferred search and maps applications with regular, featured placement and promotion in the BlackBerry App World carousel.

    Bing is also now shipping as the default search experience, and map app, for the newly released BlackBerry Playbook. Together, we’ll also market and promote the strength of our joint offerings as “Making better decisions with Bing on BlackBerry.”

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  • Bing Welcomes KAYAK

    Posted by sumeethevans on March 9 2011, 1:42 AM. Posted in bing.

    Since the launch of Bing, our goal has been to create a new and different search experience focused on helping you make faster, more informed decisions. We set out to do this by delivering great results, organizing the results in more visual and useful way and simplifying key tasks across all the things customers are doing in search, including shopping, health, local and travel.

    Along the way, we’ve teamed up with some great vertical search partners to help us bring new, unique and interesting features to our users including Facebook, Twitter, Wolfram Alpha, just to name a few.

    Today, we’re excited to welcome a new technology partner, KAYAK. Teaming up with KAYAK, a leading innovator in travel search, allows us to provide a more comprehensive travel search experience. In the coming weeks KAYAK will provide flight search results in the U.S. from multiple cities, airports and airlines, giving customers access to a larger set of flight itineraries as they work to plan and book travel on Bing.

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  • Bing expands Facebook “Liked Results”

    Posted by sumeethevans on February 24 2011, 11:57 PM. Posted in bing.

    A few months ago, we announced an exciting partnership with Facebook to make search more social. As part of that work, we introduced Liked Results, which promotes links your friends have publicly liked or shared via Facebook. Today we are extending Liked Results to annotate any of the URLs returned by our algorithmic search results to all users in the US.

    While we are very excited to talk about our next development, we’re all aware that it’s all part of a longer journey. This is the first time in human history that people are leaving social traces that machines can read and learn from, and present enhanced online experiences  based on those traces. As people spend more time online and integrate their offline and online worlds, they will want their friends’ social activity and their social data to help them in making better decisions. Integrating with Twitter data 16 months ago was one step, and exploring Facebook’s rich streams is another.

    If your friends have publicly liked or shared any of the algorithmic search results shown on Bing, we will now surface them right below the result.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Bing's Fall Update: More Helpful, Local, Social and Mobile

    Posted by sumeethevans on December 16 2010, 5:47 AM. Posted in bing.

    Today we spent some time in San Francisco to talk with people about the latest release of Bing which is rolling out in the coming weeks. We love getting the opportunity to share what we’re up to and talk about what’s next for search in general and for Bing in particular.

    Here’s a brief look at some of the new work we showed today organized into how we think the work will benefit you:

    • More social: Expanding on our exclusive partnership with Facebook, we will now show you which of your friends have “liked” search results to help you decide the best answer to your query, whether it’s a vacation destination, movie selection, or laptop review.
    • More local: Better, easier to read and faster maps on the desktop and a focus on making the 40% of queries we see with local intent much easier.  Our Map Apps have been favorites of many users, and we’re exposing those apps more broadly by making them front and center on bing.com/maps.  Taxi Fare Calculator, Parking Lot Finder and Twitter Maps all help people make decisions in their everyday local lives and are now easier to find.  We’ve reduced the clutter and enhanced the contrast, making the maps easier to use. We also made the left-hand pane more task-oriented and are even taking you inside with interior maps for local malls and 360 degree interior panoramas for thousands of restaurants. 
    • More mobile: We’re bringing these focus areas to the mobile experience as well. However, just porting our PC product to the mobile device didn’t make sense. Instead Bing apps for Android and iPhone have all been updated to reflect how customers are using mobile devices. We’re delivering new mobile-friendly features like AutoSuggest, a new way to search by having a simple “conversation” with Bing. Integrated task completion experiences that let you book tables and have food delivered from partners OpenTable and GrubHub—right from search results like, “California Pizza Kitchen,” or “Chinese.” We also offer street-level mapping, real-time public transit status, unified “check-ins” and much more. Finally m.bing.com is updated with the latest HTML5 technologies to deliver an amazing browser-experience across many modern devices.

    Full Story at Bing Blog

  • Bing for Mobile comes to your Verizon Android

    Posted by sumeethevans on August 31 2010, 3:07 AM. Posted in bing.

    Today we are happy to announce the first official Bing for Mobile Android App available to Verizon customers.  You can now download the free Bing App from your Verizon Wireless Android phones’ Marketplace. 

    The app homepage features the Bing image of the day, complete with clickable hotspots that you can explore and discover related trivia.  Did you miss one of the latest images? Don’t worry; you can still swipe through up to 7 days’ worth of Bing images.

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    Are you a visual person? Try the image search feature that has endless scrolling results (Tip: this also works for any search result).  Then easily swipe through image previews and click straight through to the image host site.

    Full Story at Bing Community

  • Facebook Places Launches with Bing’d Out Maps

    Posted by sumeethevans on August 24 2010, 8:19 PM. Posted in bing.

    After listening to the rumor mills roar and authoring hundreds of emails with my friends at Facebook it can finally be said that Facebook has launched their location-based check-in service dubbed Facebook Places. And, while location-based services like this are certainly interesting to me I’m writing this for you because Facebook is using Bing Maps to pinpoint everyone’s location-based experiences on Facebook.com. When using Facebook Places from your mobile device, users will have the opportunity to check-in to a specific place such as a restaurant, hotel or other place of interest. No, you don’t need a reservation since this isn’t that kind of check-in. This is basically an update you provide your friends where you are.

    So, fire up the Facebook for iPhone application or touch.facebook.com site on your mobile device. Select the Places button, find the location where you are and check-in. Just like that, the check-in will flow to your profile on Facebook.com complete with a Bing Map, a pin of your location and any commentary you’ve added to your check-in. Places also includes the ability to see where your friends have checked in, a link to get directions to a place (via Bing Maps) and a Like button for the respective place page.

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  • Answering your questions with Bing and Wolfram Alpha

    Posted by sumeethevans on August 11 2010, 9:06 PM. Posted in bing.

    Have your kids ever asked you a question for a school paper or homework that you wish you knew?  Have you given an answer that you “think” you remember from your days in school, knowing that the information you were about to give might be very outdated? Now, with the latest release of new Bing answers through our collaboration with Wolfram|Alpha, you can get access to more types of answers quickly and confidently.

    For example, maybe your child is doing a report on France and they need to find the country’s GDP or the capital, go to Bing and type in “gdp of France” or “what is the capital of France” or how about those science homework questions that you think you know but you just need to make sure, like what is the  boiling point of water? You can also use Bing to instantly compare geographical information, like comparing the current population in India to that of China or even how their literacy rates compare. Bing and Wolfram | Alpha make finding the answers to these common questions that much easier by proving this information to you right in the search results.

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  • Testing begins with Yahoo!

    Posted by sumeethevans on July 23 2010, 1:15 AM. Posted in bing.

    One of the most significant things our search and advertising platform teams have been working on over the past several months is the preparation and engineering for our search alliance with Yahoo!

    When we announced our intention to enter into a search and advertising relationship with Yahoo! almost a year ago, we began a journey that will help us build a scale search advertising marketplace and provide a real competitive alternative for consumers, publishers and advertisers.

    Beginning just a few days ago, we began some important testing across both our systems designed to verify our joint work and make sure we are ready to deliver a quality transition for customers, which we are on track to complete in the US and Canada over the next few months. Yahoo has posted an update on this milestone on their blog.

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  • Bing cashback program will be discontinued

    Posted by sumeethevans on June 7 2010, 8:19 PM. Posted in bing.

    We are writing to notify you that the Bing cashback program will be discontinued, and the last day to earn cash back on your Bing Shopping purchases will be July 30, 2010. Until July 30, 2010 9:00 pm PST, it’s business as usual so continue to take advantage of great offers from your favorite merchants. You can redeem all of your earned cashback savings consistent with the cashback terms and conditions and access the Bing cashback customer support system through July 30, 2011. We encourage you to redeem your cashback savings and to further support redemption, we are waiving the $5 minimum payout effective July 31, 2010. To assist with prompt delivery of your cashback earnings, please visit http://cashbackaccount.bing.com to ensure your account information is current. For more details and answers to your questions, please visit our frequently asked questions page.Thank you very much for being a loyal cashback user.  We remain committed to delivering great value to our customers, and we are currently working on an exciting new program which you will hear more about from us later this summer. Sincerely,Bing cashback Team

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  • New Stuff Coming From Bing This Spring

    Posted by sumeethevans on March 26 2010, 7:06 PM. Posted in bing.

    Today at SES New York we shared with attendees our plans to begin testing some new Bing features as we start to move into the next wave of innovation which will be rolling out later this spring and summer.

    Our focus remains consistent – we want Bing to be the best place to help you make better decisions. When we launched last June, one of the ways we helped customers get to better decisions was by providing a more visual, more intuitive, and more organized experience. This spring we will continue this evolution by making some changes to our user experience and providing new experiences throughout search.

    his feature drove a lot of customer engagement, and was really popular with customers. But we are constantly looking for ways to make the experience even better. Jeff Henshaw, GPM of our user experience team put it well, “We have a vision for Bing to serve as a vital assistant to your online decision-making. In these latest designs, you’ll see a lighter, cleaner presentation of results that highlight key actions that will efficiently guide you toward your goal. Every day, Bing gets more intelligent about tasks that are important to people like you and me, so we continue to streamline and polish the Bing experience in ways that let you tap into that intelligence.” So over the next few months, we are going to test some new design concepts moving Quick Tabs functionality to the top of the page for 1-click access to our most robust, visual, and organized pages. We think this approach is a better way for Bing to anticipate user intent and adapt both the page and the results to help make faster, more informed decision.

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  • Web Application Toolkit Features Bing Maps

    Posted by sumeethevans on February 23 2010, 8:14 PM. Posted in bing.

    If you’re really looking to jumpstart your Bing Maps development you’re going to want to check out the new web application toolkit. The toolkit provides sample ASP .NET code for common scenarios such as pushpins on the Bing Maps Silverlight Control and creating a store locator. Read on the info I scraped from the site.

    Web Application Toolkits help ASP.NET web developers quickly complete common tasks.  Each Web Application Toolkit download contains reusable assets - e.g. controls, class libraries, endpoints etc. and a sample application that shows how to use them.  Earlier this year we launched 7 Web App Toolkits; IE8 Extensibility, Bing Search, REST Services, Mobile Web Applications, Template-driven Email, Social Web Apps, FAQs.  We received a great response from the community and had plenty of suggestions for new toolkits!  Over the past couple of months we’ve been busy in the lab creating three new Web Application Toolkits and are excited to launch them today!

    In this Web Application Toolkit you will find a set of reusable custom controls built in Silverlight, which integrated with the Bing Maps Silverlight Control, make a perfect fit for some of the most common location-aware scenarios. With this Toolkit, you will also find a sample Silverlight application showing how to use those controls when implementing a “store locator” scenario on a Web site.

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  • Bing Ringtones

    Posted by bink on December 14 2009, 6:45 PM. Posted in .NET, bing.

    Bing ringtones? Yes Bing Ringtones Nerd

    “Three Bing-branded ringtones for your mobile device.”

    • Supported Operating Systems: Windows Mobile 5.0; Windows Mobile 6; Windows Mobile 6.1.
    • A mobile device that can play MP3 files
    Download details Bing Ringtones for your phone