Bing Snapshot Adds 150 Million New Entities & Relationships To Search Engine

bing-satori-knowledge2-featured Dr. Richard Qian from the Bing Index and Knowledge Team announced that they've added an "additional 150 million entities" to power Bing's Snapshot results. This is part of Microsoft Bing's efforts to improve and grow their knowledge engine they named Satori. Most recently, they added tax help and famous people data to the engine. Now, they have grown it by another 150 million entities bring in Doctors, Lawyers, Dentists and Real Estate Properties into the mix. In the post, Bing gives Google a little jab saying, "unlike other search providers, we let you do something with that information [...]


New Video Shows Microsoft “Assistant” Cortana In Action

Cortana screen shot Microsoft will be introducing its Siri and Google Now/Voice competitor Cortana with Windows 8.1 in April. The new "intelligent assistant" will eventually be available cross-platform, although launching on Lumia Phones. The name Cortana comes from a character in the game Halo. It was originally thought that Cortana would look like her character in the game (see image right). However it now appears "she" won't have a face or a body. Cortana is intended to help users discover and search for information as well as providing Google Now like personalization and "predictive search" capabilities [...]


Bing Improves Tax Related Search Results Before April 15th

bing-600 Microsoft Bing has added new features to the Bing search results when you search for tax related queries. This is being done because Bing and other search engines see a huge increase in the number of tax related queries between January and April, i.e. before your taxes are due on April 15th. Bing now shows smarter results when you search for [tax forms], [IRS forms], or even specific forms like [irs form 1040]. Bing will show you the most searched-for forms as you type your query, show you where to mail your taxes or where to e-File, and links to download the necessary forms you searche [...]


Bing’s Satori Adds Timeline Data For About 500k Famous People

bing-satori-knowledge2-featured Satori, Bing's knowledge index, is expanding with the addition of timeline-style facts about important individuals. The new "Timeline" section is now showing up in the right-side search results for famous people such as Abraham Lincoln and Isaac Asimov (shown above), along with athletes (Serena and Venus Williams), artists (Vincent Van Gogh), business people (Bill Gates, Donald Trump, etc.), explorers (Sacagawea) and other important people. The Timeline section seems to be almost exclusively reliant on Wikipedia, at least based on my searches this morning. Bing says it currently h [...]


Bing’s Knowledge Repository, Satori, Adds More Interactive Content

bing-satori-knowledge2-featured Dr. Richard Qian from the Microsoft Bing Index & Knowledge Team announced some major updates to Satori, Bing's version of Google's knowledge graph. The updates are vast and incredibly smart, making the Bing knowledge repository a lot more useful and interactive. The new features include: Links to TED Talks when people searches return the talks Audio to listen to famous speeches and national anthems Links to online courses at some universities University rankings Scientific topics explanations Snapshots of historic events Place to People relationships, so when you sear [...]


Microsoft Touts Bing Smart Search In New TV Ad For Windows 8.1 Release Tomorrow

bing-logo-2013-200px Microsoft is pushing its new Bing Smart Search feature, which will hit the streets tomorrow when the company releases Windows 8.1. Bing Smart Search is a feature in the new OS that simultaneously searches the web, the cloud (Microsoft SkyDrive), your PC and -- if you're using a mobile device -- your device and the apps on it. Microsoft pushed out a TV commercial about it a month ago, and has posted a new ad today on YouTube: There's also a lengthy post on the Windows blog about Smart Search that dives into a lot of the details about the new technology, including its reliance on B [...]


Bing’s Page Zero Offers Deep Links & Shortcuts To Relevant Information Straight From The Search Box

bing-2013-featured Today, Bing released a detailed overview of its Page Zero experience, a new search feature that delivers deep links directly from the search box with shortcuts to relevant information associated with the search term. According to the announcement, the new feature gives "best" auto-completion suggestions for a query, as well as displaying "rich information" related to the search term. Bing says the Satori technology that powers the Page Zero experience delivers relevant search information in the same amount of time it takes to blink, giving users a "Faster way to search" both from the Bin [...]


Bing News Gets Easy Way To Spot Trending Stories On Twitter & Facebook

bing-news-featured What are the top stories being shared on Facebook and Twitter? There's a new way to get a sense of that. Bing News got a makeover today, including new "Trending" boxes that show news content that's popular on both of those social networks. Bing News Now Features Trending Topics From Facebook & Twitter on Marketing Land had the drill-down on the new features, so check it out. [...]


Bing Snapshot Grows To Understand People, Places & Things With “Satori” Expansion

bing-snapshot-featured Over the past year, Bing's been steadily growing the "Snapshots" it shows on the right-hand side of its pages. Now, Bing says those are taking another leap to better understand relationships between people, places and things, using an expansion of what it calls its "Satori" technology. Bing writes on its blog today saying: Today, we are inviting people to check out Snapshot to experience our expansion of Satori. Since its introduction in June, we have expanded Satori to include a significantly larger number of entities from more domains with a deeper level of understanding about them. T [...]


Is Bing Testing “Subjectship” Rather Than Authorship In Its Search Results?

bing-logo Some are spotting new author images appearing in Bing's search results today, similar to the way Google shows author images. Except, they're not really author images. They're what I'd call subject images, something that might be coming more formally to Bing. Author Images At Google Here are two examples of authorship images as they appear on Google: The first is a picture of Kara Swisher, next to a search that brought up an article that she wrote on the new season of Game Of Thrones. The second is for myself, for an article I wrote about a test I ran to see if my two boys would ch [...]


Bing Relaunches, Features New Social Sidebar, Snapshots

bing-social-featured Bing announced a relaunch of its search engine today, with a big emphasis on bringing social into search. But wait! Didn't Bing already have social as part of its search experience? Yes, but now the search engine hopes to do it better, especially by largely off-loading social elements into a new sidebar area. The new features will appear for Bing users in the United States the coming days, taking several weeks to go live fully for everyone. Postscript: The new Bing should now be live for everyone. If you don't have it, see the instructions here: Bing’s New Social-Friendly Search Interfa [...]


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