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Part Siri, Part Google Now: Microsoft Announces “Cortana” Virtual Assistant

cortana-600px Rumored for months, Microsoft has formally announced its answer to Apple's Siri and Google's Voice Search/Google Now: Cortana. Danny Sullivan is at the Microsoft Build Conference and live blogging it. Cortana appears to be sassy like Siri and can perform many of the functions that Google Now does (providing reminders and notifications regarding dates, meetings and so on). It appears to have numerous manual personalization capabilities as well. Cortana will also interact with and can launch apps on the device (like Siri or Google). Showing Cortana's smarts, there was apparently an examp [...]


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 [...]


Microsoft Bing Testing Showing “Alternative” Search Engines In Search Results

bing-600 We've seen how Google may display competitive search engines in their search results, based on an EU antitrust settlement. But how will it look for Bing if they did the same thing? Aaron Wall at SEO Book posted a screen shot of what he saw Bing testing around displaying "alternative" results in the Bing search result listings. He searched for [pizza] and in a yellow box, below the top two organic results, displayed a line of results for Citysearch, OpenTable and Yelp. Here is a picture: Google's version seems a lot more extreme but I believe Google, with their marketshare, is bein [...]


Google Search Share Stable, Bing Growth Continues At Yahoo’s Expense

us-map-bing-google-yahoo-featured In February, Google controlled 67.5 percent of US search query volume, according to comScore. Bing had 18.4 percent and Yahoo, 10.3 percent. These numbers were essentially unchanged from last month. Compared with a year ago, Bing's share has grown and Yahoo's declined. In February 2013, Google had an identical 67.5 percent of queries while Bing had 16.7 percent, and Yahoo had 11.6 percent. A year before that, Google controlled 66.4 percent of queries, Bing 15.3 percent and Yahoo 13.8 percent. In terms of their "search alliance" Yahoo and Bing have not grown their collective share at [...]


Bing Adds Directions Driving Directly In Search Results

bing-airport-maps-featured Bing announced they now offer driving directions in the form of a quick answer directly in the Bing search results. For example, last week, I drove from New York to Toronto and I wanted to tell how long the drive was. So all you need to do is search for [nyc to toronto] and Bing will tell you it is about 7 hours and 31 mins and 491 miles. Clicking on the map will take you to Bing's turn-by-turn driving directions, and it also works when you try it from your Windows Phone, iPhone and/or Android devices. Here is a picture: Of course, Google has offered a similar experience for a whi [...]


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 [...]


Drive PPC Revenues By Addressing The Bing Dilemma

Life Beyond Google Meme In February, comScore released their monthly analysis of the US search marketplace, reporting Google with a 67.6% share of the search market and Bing, which powers Yahoo! search, a 28.7% share. Though these findings continue to confirm Google’s dominance in the search landscape, it’s important to highlight that Bing’s share of the market has continued to grow year-over-year, accounting for 3.6 billion searches per month. As advertisers continue to navigate an increasingly competitive and complex landscape, these search trends underscore an incredibly profitable and accessible oppor [...]


Xbox One Gets Bing Web Search

bing-xbox-featured Microsoft announced on the Bing Search Blog that the Xbox One now supports full web search with the latest system wide update to the Xbox One. Microsoft said with this update they are "expanding search to include web results." Now when you search with “Xbox Bing,” you will receive results from the Bing marketplace as well as relevant items from the web. Also when using Internet Explorer on Xbox One, you are now able to highlight text on the web page then press the menu button to engage Bing search. Here are screen shots: For more details about this Xbox One update, see the [...]


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 Saves, Search Bookmarking Feature, Now Public Beta

bing-saves A month ago, Microsoft started testing a new search feature named Bing Saves. This feature enabled searchers to save URLs and searches to their personal Bing/Microsoft account, in order to build an index of their own saved searches. That feature seems to now be available as public beta for anyone who wants to try it. To try it yourself, go to bing.com/saves and you should see this dashboard: You will also see a link in the top Bing navigation that says "SAVES beta." There is a disclaimer on the footer of the page that reads, "This feature is an experiment. Saved results may not be [...]


Bing Quietly Adds A Scientific Full Size Calculator

bing-2013-logo-featured Bing, Microsoft's search engine, has finally added a full size scientific calculator to their search results. Daniel Rubino from WP Central first noticed this addition on Friday saying that now when you search for a math answer, not only do you get the answer, but you also get an interactive calculator in the search results. Here is a picture: Google has had this feature for a long time. But how scientific can Bing go with their math? We know Google can get graphical calculations, but Bing fails to do so. They do however link to their partner, Wolfram Alpha that can offer those re [...]


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 Updates iPhone App With New Search Widget, Bookmarks Manager & Shake Feature

Bing Logo Within a week of releasing three new Windows phone apps, Bing announced a series of updates for its iPhone app, including a search widget to help with navigation, new image tiles, and a shake feature to see what stories are trending. According to the announcement, the new Bing iPhone app search widget has four buttons, allowing users to: return to the homepage, do a voice search, perform a text search, or view recent searches. Bing's iPhone app also now lets users do multiple searches, and manage recent searches from the "Recent" page: Swipe a tile off the screen if it's no longer r [...]


Bing Tags Hangs It Up & Shuts Down

bing-600 Bing Tags, which launched two years ago as Bing Linked Pages and then renamed and did an expansion about a year ago, has hung up the project and shut down the feature. Bing closed down Bing Tags on June 14, 2013. A Microsoft spokesperson told us: We can confirm that beginning on June 14, 2013, Bing Public Tags were no longer available and all existing tags were removed from Bing. Most search engines are constantly testing new features, removing failed features and trying alternatives out all the time. It is not surprising to see this feature go away. What Was Bing Tags? The feature allo [...]


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 [...]


Can Bing Be More Competitive In Search?

bing-satori-knowledge2-featured Recently, Nathan Safran wrote a piece titled, "The Bing Dilemma: What To Do With The Little Search Engine That Can't." In it, he posits that everything Bing has done in the past to grab market share is not working, partly because people are so used to using Google that any hope of capturing market share from the #1 player is an impossible dream. He suggests that, since the online division has been "bleeding rivers of cash with little to show for it" for many years, it might be time for Bing to give up altogether. I would grant Bing a little more gravitas and a little more time. With new [...]


For Robocop, Bing Imagines The Future Of Search In 2028

bing-drawing-sketch-featured What will search look like in 2028? That's a question that the folks at Bing were tasked with answering for the new movie, Robocop. (Well, "new" as in a remake of the 1987 original that just hit theaters this week.) In a blog post this week, the Bing search folks shared a few screenshots showing a 3D, three-panel search display that they come up with for search circa 2028: (Note: Bing's original images were pretty dark, so I brightened them a bit in Photoshop for sharing here.) Here's how Bing describes the vision: Building off the voice recognition work we have releas [...]


Microsoft: We Don’t Censor Search Outside China

bing-china-600 Bing censors search results in China in accordance with Chinese law. But does it do so in the US and elsewhere around the world for Chinese users? That disturbing proposition was raised yesterday in an article appearing in The Guardian. The article asserted that Bing search results for Chinese language speakers in the US were radically different than those in English for controversial terms such as Tiananmen Square or Dalai Lama: Microsoft’s search engine Bing appears to be censoring information for Chinese language users in the US in the same way it filters results in mainland China. S [...]


Bing Beats Google With Bitcoin Conversion Tool

bitcoin-featured First Yandex, and now Bing has beaten Google to offer Bitcoin conversion prices. Bing has announced that people can find the current rates by doing a search on Bing. Bing shared the news in a blog post today. It can be triggered in various ways, such as asking "one dollar in bitcoin," which yielded this answer: Yandex rolled out a similar BitCoin conversion feature in December. Like Bing, it uses pricing from the  Coindesk Bitcoin Calculator. WolframAlpha also offers Bitcoin conversion, having launched that in January. As for Google, it remains a no show. It provides conversion of a [...]


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. [...]


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