Bing: Again, Why We Are Better Than Google At Image Search

bing-photos-images-featured Several months ago, Bing told us seven ways Bing is better than Google at image search. This week, Bing posted more examples in the Bing blog of why Bing is better than Google at image search. The examples are of course specific sets of queries that show better results for Bing over Google. I wouldn't be surprised if Google can do the same thing on a set of examples on their end. That being said, here are some of the new examples: (1) Bing says they are better at understanding image quality, just compare a search for [photos of yunnan] where Google shows maps and Bing shows images of [...]

Bing’s New “Image Match” Button Helps Locate Images Of Varying Resolutions & Sizes

Bing "Image Match" Button Bing announced today it is launching a new "Image Match" button, a feature that helps users quickly find alternative resolutions and sizes of a desired image. When viewing an image from the Bing image search page, users should see the "Image Match" button below the photo. Clicking the new "Image Match" button delivers a list of varying sizes for the selected image, allowing users to narrow their image search by size. Users can also click the "View all sizes" link to see all image options. Similar to the Google image search feature released nearly three years ago, Bing u [...]

Google & Microsoft Agree To Block Child Sexual Abuse Material From Search Results

google-bing-featured The Mail Online reports Google and Microsoft Bing have adjusted their search results to block child pornography and other child sexual abuse content from being accessible through their search engines. The news is being widely covered, some claiming that over a 100,000 unique searches and keywords have been blocked from showing up in the search results. Microsoft has already been issuing warnings for such queries in the UK and other countries but this is now being expanded beyond the UK, to all English language search results and then hopefully many more languages in the near future. Goog [...]

Bing Adds Pinterest Boards To Image Search

bing-logo-2013-200px If image search is important to your business, this might be another reason to be active on Pinterest: Bing has just added Pinterest boards to its image search results. The boards show up on the far right of Bing's image search results page. The board name and image count are displayed, along with the Pinterest user's account name (first image below). Clicking on one of the Pinterest board results leads to another page on Bing image search that shows almost the entire set of images from the Pinterest board, starting with a visible link to visit the board itself on Pinterest's website (se [...]

Bing: Here’s 7 Ways Our Image Search Is Better Than Google

bing-images-photos-featured Microsoft's Meenaz Merchant, Senior Program Manager at Bing, posted a behind the scenes look at why Bing is a better image search engine than Google. Here are the seven examples on scenarios on why Bing is better than Google with image search, as described on the Bing blog. (1) Entity Understanding - Bing says while they understand if a search is about a person, place or thing and then show images based on that understanding. Google does not. "Bing is able to understand the primary intent of the search and find relevant images," said Bing. Then they added why Google doesn't work to well, [...]

Bing Asks Users To Submit Photos For Their Hometown Homepage Photo Contest

Bing Photo contest In partnership with Discovery Communications, Bing is honoring World Photography Day with a Hometown Homepage Photo Contest. According to the announcement, Bing wants, "Images that highlight and capture the beauty of your hometown." Starting today through September 3, Bing is asking users to submit photos of their hometown on Bing's Homepage App on Facebook. Ten finalist will be announced September 10 and their images posted on Bing's Facebook page where fans can vote on their favorite photo. The winning photo and photographer will be showcased on Bing's homepage on October 1, and the wi [...]

Bing Brings Faster Search Results, Infinite Image Scrolling, Snapshot & More To Windows Phone 8

bing-mobile-featured Bing announced a number of new upgrades today for the Windows Phone 8, including search feature design updates, infinite scrolling for images and videos, ten new "Instant Answers" topics, and a new mobile version of Bing's "Snapshot" feature that offers at-a-glance information. With the new updates, tapping the Search feature on a Windows Phone 8 now will display only three result categories: Web, Images and Videos. Microsoft said the Local, Media and Shopping categories have been removed because, "...many people just don't use them." The intention is to reduce confusion by streamlining vie [...]

New Bing Search-By-License Feature Filters Images Based On Usage Rights

bing-photos-images-featured Bing announced a new "Search by License" feature today that filters images based on usage rights. The new feature filters images with a Creative Commons license, helping users avoid the hassle of digging through image licensing details to find available photos. The "Search by License" feature has six different filters, making it possible for users to find images that will best serve their needs. The six filters include: 1. All, 2. Public domain, 3. Free to share and use, 4. Free to share and use commercially, 5. Free to modify, share and use, 6. Free to modify, share and use commercially. [...]

New Bing Feature Lets Users Pin Images To Pinterest Straight From Image Search Page

bing-pinterest-featured Bing announced today a new "Pin to Pinterest" feature that allows users to pin Bing image search results directly to a Pinterest board. According to the Bing Search Blog, the company assembled a group of lifestyle and design bloggers last fall to evaluate their search and social media habits. Based on the results of the evaluation, Bing created the "Pin to Pinterest" feature to help the lifestyle and design community overcome common challenges when searching for original, high resolution images. Users can pin images directly from a Bing image search to a specified Pinterest board wit [...]

Bing Updates Friends’ Photos Search With Windows Tiles Layout & Slideshow View

Bing announced they have made some changes to the Friends Photos search site that lets you browse and search photos of your Facebook friends. Friends Photos launched in August 2012 and several months later gets its first major refresh. The changes include a new title-like layout you are familiar with when it comes to Windows 8 and a slideshow view for faster and richer photo viewing. Tile Layout Here is a picture of the new tile layout on Bing Friends' Photos: Slide Show View Here is a picture of the slideshow view on Bing Friend's Photos: [...]

Bing Updates Image Design Again: Dim Background, Faster Load Speed & More

3821.Puppies 1.jpg-550x0 Microsoft Bing announced they have once again updated the Bing Image Search user interface. The previous update was in June of this year. This new update includes: Added dimmed background and full-screen mode to make it easier to view images in high definition Larger filmstrip results to make viewing and browsing the images easier Lightning fast loading speed to view the picture immediately Unique Page Snapshot preview to see if the webpage it’s from is helpful before clicking on it Here is a before and after shot: Before: After: Related EntriesBing's Visual S [...]

Bing’s Image Search Gets A New Look, Updated Features

bing-logo Bing has updated its image search today with a new look and some tweaks to its search and discovery features. The first thing you'll notice, aside from the fact that puppies are really cute, is the tight tile-based layout that Pinterest often gets credited for making popular in the past year or so. Both Flickr and Yahoo have recently rolled out similar layouts -- Yahoo, in fact, rolled out a very similar look and feel just yesterday. Image search on Bing has also been updated to the minimalist user interface that launched in early May. There are also bigger thumbnails and a [...]

Bing’s Visual Search Is Gone (Has Been For A While, Actually)

bing-logo The fact that almost no one noticed might be one reason why Bing has dropped its Visual Search feature ... something that apparently happened months ago. To be clear, this isn't traditional image search that we're talking about; that's still available at We're talking about the "Visual Search" tool/interface that Bing launched in 2009 with a unique interface that used Silverlight technology to let searchers view a large set of images and data. In our article about the launch, we used this screenshot as a sample of the Visual Search interface: The independent Micr [...]

Bing Promotes Top Image Searches With New Landing Page

Bing has announced a new image search landing page that contains the top image searches on Bing. The group of images highlights those top image searches with the use of images, how novel. When you click on an image from that page, you are taken to a Bing image search result. From that page you can narrow down the image search with the various tools on the page. Bing updates the landing page daily. Here is a picture of the new landing page: Related Topics: Bing Improves Image Search With Tabs & Page Preview Bing 2.0 "Visual Search" Launches, Allows Search By Pictures Bi [...]

Bing Improves Image Search With Tabs & Page Preview

As Greg covered earlier, Bing announced a ton of new features today. One of those features is an improved image search. The first major change is the added tabs for image searches that can have several meanings. Some example searches that would trigger the tabs include [Casablanca], [Apple], [Jaguar] and others. Now Bing has added these tabs at the top to help you refine your query. In addition, Bing added a preview or live version of the site hosting the image in a frame layer below the image. So if you visit a specific image, you can see the full page it came from. Here is a [...]

Bing Releases Huge Set of Upgrades: Maps, Local, Mobile, Travel, Image Search

At the Bing Search event in San Francisco today, Microsoft unveiled a dizzying array of nearly across-the-board updates and improvements for Bing online and mobile apps. Some are minor and some are more significant. Most of these upgrades and feature enhancements will be available starting today or later this month. There are in fact so many things rolling out simultaneously that it's a bit overwhelming. Accordingly in this post I'm just going to offer up an edited version of the information provided by Microsoft. We'll explore selected features and products later in subsequent posts. Fa [...]

Bing 2.0 “Visual Search” Launches, Allows Search By Pictures

Microsoft has unveiled Bing 2.0 at TechCrunch50 today, also known as Bing Visual Search, which allows people to "search by picture." After much speculation following Microsoft's annual meeting last week in Seattle, many had expected to see an update to Bing Maps,  integrating  Silverlight technology to display images of local businesses and locations within map search results. We got a sneak preview of Visual Search in August, we can confirm this is the first in a series of tweaks and other major features set to roll out through the end of the year. Here's a closer look at today's launch. [...]

Microsoft Makes It Easier To Filter Out Unsafe Images In Bing

Microsoft announced two new ways Microsoft is making Bing image and video search safer to use. The first change Microsoft made was to serve up all adult related images and videos on a new domain, Having the content served from a different domain will help schools and homes set their own safe filters to block out images and videos from that domain. The second change will be that they will serve this data in the referrer information, this way, people who are already filtering content can find this information and better filter based on the source information. [...]

Microsoft Live Search Adds More Images, Multimap, Find My Location, & Celebrity Rank

Live Search has informed us that they have made a few enhancements to the search engine. The enhancements include an expanded image search index, a new integrated mapping experience with Multimap, a location-based mobile search feature to "find me," and more content for the celebrities and books sections. Here are some more details: Increased image index – searching for images is now faster with Live Search because images are organised into one page so you don't have to keep clicking "next page" to see more. Live Search is also expanding its Video search offer to let you browse and [...]

Live Image Search Adds Face, Portrait, B/W, & Related Features

The Live Search Blog announced new image search features over the weekend. The new features include a way to search for images of people by face, portrait, black & white and related people. Here are examples of the new features in action, by searching for [paris]: pairs without any filter, mostly shows Paris Hilton but does show an image of the Eiffel Tower paris filter:face mostly shows face shots of Paris Hilton paris filter:portrait shows more full body shows of Paris Hilton paris filter:bw shows images of Paris Hilton, the Eiffel Tower and other images in black and white The [...]

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