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Microsoft Testing “Bing Saves” Search Bookmarking Feature

Bing logo Microsoft appears to be testing a new feature for Bing: Bing Saves. According to a Neowin community member who saw the beta, it's a way to click and bookmark a search result for later retrieval from a personal Microsoft account. Below is a screenshot of the feature from Neowin. The utility of such a feature is fairly self evident. Users can create a personalized "index" or repository of sites and URLs for later reference and use. What's interesting is that search bookmarking and "personal web" databases existed for several years and were mostly discontinued for lack of adoption. [...]


Bing Teams Up With The Hollywood Reporter In Anticipation Of The Oscars

Bing Logo Following the launch of its awards site, Bing announced today a new partnership with The Hollywood Reporter to create the "ultimate Oscars resource guide." According to the announcement, Bing's awards site will offer biographical information, photos and news on this year's Academy Award nominees. To illustrate its new Oscar search features, the site used best supporting actor nominees Jared Leto from Dallas Buyers Club and Johan Hill who starred in The Wolf of Wall Street. Bing is also using its trend data to predict winners. The Bing Awards site currently has American Hustle's [...]


“When Do The Olympics Opening Ceremonies Start?” Search Engines Compete To Answer

olympic-rings-featured Who knew a simple question would be so hard to answer? Yesterday I searched across all three engines to find out more about the Olympic opening ceremonies and when they start. I quickly discovered that the official website of NBC, which is broadcasting the games in the U.S., had nothing about the ceremonies or when they'll air in the States.  So back to the search engines I went, chronicling my odd experiences along the way. Oh, and to cut the suspense, the Opening Ceremonies happen at 12:14pm ET on Friday, Feb. 7, although in the US, NBC won't broadcast them live, going with a recording 7 [...]


Bing Launches New Winter Olympics Search Features & Counter To Track Gold Medals

bing-2013-logo-featured With opening ceremonies just two days away, Bing is upping its search game for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Now when Bing users search on specific sports and athletes the search engine will include Olympic-related schedules and content in its search results. The site has also launched a "Winter Olympic Medal Tally" to track the countries and athletes winning the most gold medals. To find Olympic event schedules, users only have to search on a specific sport to see an overview of scheduled events in Bing's search results. Searching on an athlete's name will deliver their [...]


Microsoft’s $15 Million Check-in: Will Redmond Buy Foursquare?

microsoft-foursquare-featured Microsoft has invested $15 million in Foursquare and said it will license the former's location data according to news released yesterday. Foursquare aspires to be "the location layer for the internet." With real-time feedback about local data accuracy, based on user movements and check-ins, Foursquare is becoming a stronger and stronger source of local information. However I wouldn't necessarily agree with the notion that Foursquare's data are the most accurate in the market. Google and Yelp may still have better data -- although I suspect Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley would dispute that. [...]


Seattle Seahawks Take The Lead In 33 States For Bing Super Bowl Searches

bing-2013-logo-featured In an anticipation of the big game Sunday night, Bing has tallied searches for both Super Bowl teams across the country and found the Seattle Seahawks won the largest share of search volume in 33 states. The search engine was quick to note the percentage of searches are "generally evenly divided indicating that Sunday's game is shaping up to be a great match." Seahawks vs. Broncos Bing Searches Across the US: Bing also measured player searches, with Broncos' quarterback Peyton Manning winning 72 percent of the searches over Seahawks' quarterback Russell Wilson. On the flip side, Seatt [...]


An Easy Way To Check What Referrer Data Google, Bing Or Yahoo Pass To Your Secure Site

secure With the three major search engines migrating their default searches to secure search, over SSL/HTTPS, marketers and webmasters want to know what referrer and analytics data will be passed to them and what won't. The majority of Google is secure search, Yahoo yesterday defaulted all searches to be conducted over SSL, and Bing is currently testing SSL search for those who opt in. Testing Referrer Data From HTTPS Search To HTTP URL The default protocol for passing referrer from an HTTPS URL to a non HTTPS URL is to not pass any referrer data at all. Both Yahoo and Bing comply with that, whi [...]


Bing Begins Supporting Separately SSL Search Site; No Referrers Pass

bing-2013-featured Bing now appears to be supporting secure search through the https://www.bing.com address. Previously, trying to use this address generated an error. If you conduct a search on Bing, while on the HTTPS URL, it will remain HTTPS and keep your searches secure. This is a new feature Bing quietly started supporting over the weekend. Cyrus Shepard tested to see if the query data would pass from Bing SSL search to Google Analytics. It is known that the standard protocol on the web is to not pass query referrer data from HTTPS to non-HTTPS, but from HTTPs to HTTPs, it should pass. I am n [...]


The Bing Dilemma: What To Do With The Little Search Engine That Can’t

bing in source code The challenge that Microsoft faces in the online search landscape could be a business school case study: how to capture market share from a competitor whose very brand ("Google") has become synonymous with the act of searching online. Imagine that you are the person at Microsoft responsible for Bing’s success and are tasked with moving the needle on market share. It seems to me you'd have three basic strategic options: out-feature the competition, develop the brand and go on the attack. 1. Out-Feature Differentiate from the competition by "out-featuring" Google -- i.e., adding shiny new [...]


Bing Launches Awards Site In Time For Golden Globes, Grammy’s & The Oscars

bing-2013-logo-featured Bing has launched a new awards site in anticipation of upcoming award shows, including the Golden Globes, Grammy's and Oscars. According to the announcement, the site will serve as an online resource for "all things awards" with background information on nominees, tips for award-themed parties, and winner predictions based on Bing search statistics. To start, Bing has dedicated the site to this Sunday's Golden Globes scheduled to air at 8:00 p.m. EST on NBC: Based on Bing search data, look for big things from Bradley Cooper on Sunday at the Golden Globes. Following Cooper's nomination f [...]


England’s Lulworth Cove Tops Bing’s List Of Most Popular 2013 Homepage Images

Bing homepage LulworthCove Bing has released its ten most popular homepage images of the year, with England's Lulworth Cove off of the Jurassic Coast topping the list. According to the site, homepage popularity was based on user interactions. While the list includes a collection of pictures from across the globe, a majority of the images are of US locations. Bing's Top Ten Most Popular Homepages of 2013: 1. Lulworth Cove, England (© SIME/eStock Photo) 2. Fly Geyser, Nevada (© Ropelato Photography/Getty Images) 3. Ocean Drive, Newport, Rhode Island (© Massimo Borchi/4Corners) 4. North Avenue [...]


The 2013 Bing Infographic In Text Format: Bing Indexes A Lot Of Social Content

bing-2013-logo-featured Bing posted their 2013 highlights on the Bing Search Blog, summarizing some key statistics they wanted to share with everyone. They did it as an infographic, I wonder what Google would think about that? Here is the infographic stats in bullet format followed by the infographic. Bing.com home page views equals the number of people holding hands around the circumference of the earth Bing had double the search activity on Bing Video compared to 2012 If you were to line up 5% of the pixels that make up Bing Maps, you could make four round trips to Venus with trillions of pixels to spare [...]


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 [...]


Brand Bias: 70% Of Consumers Look For Known Retailers When Doing Product Searches

google-brand-search-featured New research from Search Engine Land and SurveyMonkey shows that consumers have a definite brand bias when it comes to searching for products online. According to data from a survey conducted last month, almost 70 percent of US consumers said they look for a "Known retailer" when deciding what search results they click on. That was the most popular response, followed by "Free shipping" and then "Discount or sale offer." Respondents were able to choose up to three answers to the question, What is most important in helping you decide which results to click on in a search engine search? [...]


Following Android Refresh, Bing Intros New iPad Experience

bing-ipad-featured Last week, Bing refreshed its Android app. Today, Bing announced an upgrade of its app for the iPad. The primary driver of the redesign was iOS 7 and the aesthetics of the new Bing app are intended to match the new Apple OS. One of the most promoted new features, as on the Android app, is the ability to save the Bing daily image as homescreen or lockscreen wallpaper on the device. (This was apparently an often-requested feature.) In addition bookmarks can be saved/synced via Skydrive so that they can be accessed on other devices. The new app also permits sharing of search results via Fac [...]


Bing Brings Enhanced Mapping To Windows 8.1

Bing Maps Preview Yesterday Microsoft announced "Bing Maps Preview" for Windows 8.1 (including tablets). The new mapping app offers a range of enhanced features and capabilities. It seeks to bring highly realistic, 3-D imagery together with a more intuitive UI. Google Earth and what used to be called Microsoft Virtual Earth have always been a bit slow and clunky as daily mapping and local search tools. Now with Bing Maps Preview Microsoft is trying to merge the daily, mundane world of local search with the more imaginative and leisure uses of 3D mapping (virtual sightseeing, travel planning). Microsoft sa [...]


See The Top 10 Most Searched Ad Campaigns On Bing For 2013

old-spice-baby Following up on the release of the Bing's 2013 search trends, which culled the top search queries across a range of categories, the Bing Ads team has pulled together the list of the most searched ad campaigns from 2013 as well as the most popular brand searches on Bing this year. Humor drove search volume, with nearly all of the ad campaigns in the top ten scoring somewhere on the comedy spectrum. Old Spice took top billing with its "Baby" ad starring actor Terry Crews and retro-silly "Watermelon" ad seen here: [youtube]http://youtu.be/hfiiWGWhB9g[/youtube] Exceptions to the comedy ru [...]


Bing Revamps Android App To Match iPhone Features

Bing logo Microsoft's Bing and Google are pursuing very similar strategies with their mobile apps. Google's search app for iOS is essentially a browser and gateway to other Google apps and services. The same is true for Bing on iOS and Android. Earlier this week Bing refreshed its Android app to make its UI and design consistent with other Bing properties. There are also some additional new features, though those aren't fully specified. Basically we can assume that the functionality recently added to the iPhone app has now been incorporated into Bing for Android. Among the new features, users can [...]


Bing Posts Its Most Popular Searches For 2013, Naming Beyonce The Most Searched Person Of The Year

bing-2013-featured Bing has released its most popular searches for 2013, including more than 20 "Most Searched" lists, from most searched persons, sports stars and teams, to most searched TV shows and movies, social sites, entertainment electronics and apps. Beyonce topped two lists, winning the No. 1 spot for most searched person of 2013 and most searched musician. Bing notes the Top 10 Most searched persons included eight women, with the top five all female: Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Taylor Swift and Madonna. Bing posted its top ten list of most searched persons in 2013 alongside a list of the mo [...]


Bing Previews Its Role In Providing Natural Language Voice Search On Xbox One

xbox bing voice search When Microsoft's next-generation gaming console, the Xbox One, comes out on Friday, it will arrive with Bing built-in to power a range of searches from games to music to television programs -- and searches you can do just by speaking to the Xbox. Today, Bing shared a preview of how this will work. On the Bing blog, Microsoft highlighted some of the searches Bing will be able to perform, writing: When we watched Star Trek decades ago, the idea of talking to a computer seemed like pure science fiction. Fast forward to the present and your voice has replaced the remote control for your li [...]


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