Bing’s Voice Search On Xbox Now Searches The Web, Too

bing-logo-200Microsoft is expanding Bing’s capabilities in the living room with news today that Xbox users can search the web via their console.

It’s part of the “new entertainment experience” that Microsoft is pushing out this week via the Xbox.

Bing Voice Search has been available on the Xbox since June 2011, but it could only search content available via the console itself — games, movies, TV shows, music and so forth. But Microsoft has added Internet Explorer into the mix, and with that comes the ability to do Bing voice searches of web content, not just Xbox content. Here’s how Bing explains it:

With the addition of “Internet Explorer,” you can now search across the web, as well as the content on your Xbox, to find the most relevant results. Bing on Xbox also searches YouTube for web original video. So, if you’re searching for a film with Jason Statham, you not only get results for his movies from within Xbox, but you can also view related web content within the same search.

There are other updates regarding music and genre search, as well as the wider availability of Bing voice search on Xbox in about a dozen new countries. See the Bing announcement for full details on that.

Related Topics: Channel: Mobile | Microsoft: Bing | Microsoft: Bing Voice Search | Microsoft: Xbox | Search Features: Search By Voice | Top News


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  • Peter Kelly

    It was only a matter of time when they would do that. Having such a powerful feature as the “voice search” and be able to using it just on searching items within the machine is such a waste of this feature`s potential.

  • Maurice Walshe

    Yes I got teh update last night will have to try it out. SO will google try and do an Android Games console or do a deal with Sony ?

  • Clayburn Griffin

    Xbox is the only thing making Microsoft money, and they insist on ruining it with their failed products. For instance, Bing Rewards lets you get free Xbox points. And now they’re adding Internet Explorer, perhaps their most universally hated product, to Xbox?

    Microsoft needs to be happy with a good thing and stop trying to break it for the benefit of its failures.

  • SmartSEOBacklinks

    Got a question here – is there any research about how differently searchers might be verbally rather than typed? i.e. all SEM campaigns (especially adwords) are optimised around how people use keywords in each country, demographic… if this changes, and continues to grow across devices and platforms – how on earth can we optimize a campaign?

  • Kernel’s Corner

    It’s time for Microsoft to focus on something that they excel with, and this is one of them. Hopefully this will be incorporated in many of their other products aside from Xbox. Technology is evolving and people wanted technologies to be intuitive, automatic and promote ease.

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