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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 Updates iPhone App With New Homepage Menu, Improved Sharing & More

bing-logo-2013-200px Bing rolled out an update to its iPhone app late Tuesday night that features a new homepage menu, additional sharing options and improved syncing across platforms. Bing 4.1 for iPhone features a new homepage menu that's accessible from the bottom of the app display. It offers quicker access to Bing Maps Bing Image Search Bing Trends -- featuring the top seven trending searches each day Bing Weather The updated app also includes new sharing options for Facebook and Twitter, and the ability to save images -- whether from Bing Image Search or the daily Bing homepage image -- to yo [...]

Bing Gains New Logo, UI, Page Zero Links, Snapshot & Pole Position Answers

bing-2013-logo-featured This evening, Microsoft announced and has started to roll out a range of new features for Bing -- some cosmetic, some more structural. Prominent among them is a new logo and identity, which is symbolic of Bing's deeper integration across the Microsoft's products and devices. The company has devoted a lengthy blog post to the new "One Microsoft" logo and its meaning. Beyond this there are a range of updates to the Bing user experience. Moreover, the Bing experience will now vary by device. Microsoft says that overall these changes are intended to deliver information more quickly and in [...]

Bing Tests Sub Secondary Level Deep Links In Search Listings

bing-logo Bing is running an experiment with their deep links in the search results. Now Bing is testing displaying sub or secondary level deep links for some search results. That means that under a search listing that has deep links, you may see additional sub-level deep links beneath the main deep links. Here is a picture from @tecnonetblog: Bing recently experimented with deep links in the search box overlay. Related Stories: Bing Tests Deep Links Within Search Box Results Bing Updates Deep Links Management While Google Displays Up To Ten Sitelinks Bing: More Than 50% Of Sea [...]

August Search Market Share Grinds To Standstill, Though Google & Bing Grow In Volume

google-bing-yahoo-logos Today comScore released US search market share figures for August. I'm tempted to say, "Nothing to see here folks, move on." All the numbers are basically flat compared with July. There was almost no movement across sites; everybody's in the same position as last month. A year ago Google's share of the US search market was 66.4 percent. Microsoft controlled 15.9 percent and Yahoo had a 12.8 percent share. Yahoo essentially gave up share to partner Microsoft while Google has grown its share. Overall search volume is down slightly from July. However it's up about 2 billion queries i [...]

Bing Tests Deep Links Within Search Box Results

bing-logo-200 Aaron Wall shared a picture on Twitter of a new experiment Bing is trying out by showing deep links directly in the search box results. When possible, Bing likes to show answers and structured data directly as you type in their search box. But this is the first time I am seeing Bing show "deep links," also known as "sitelinks," in the search box. The picture above shows how the layout of the deep links show in the search box. You can see that it shows the main URL, with the title and description below. It then shows six deep links in boxes below that main result. This is all without [...]

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, [...]

Shatner’s Tweet Hints That He May Like Bing Just As Much As Bing Likes Captain Kirk

bing-startrek In a brief exchange on Twitter yesterday evening, the original Captain Kirk gave Bing a shout-out, recommending the Microsoft search engine could possibly enlighten a fellow Twitter user. William Shatner responded "I hear Google pr Bing helps with that problem" after @Andypops1 tweeted on Shatner's feed, "I still have no idea what spumoni is." Assuming the "pr" in Shatner's tweet was a typo, it appears Shatner is recommending Google or Bing to find answers online. While it would have been a stronger recommendation without the Google reference, it's worth noting that the man who overcame [...]

Starting Today Bing For Schools Is Giving More Than 800,000 Students An Ad-Free Search Experience

bing-logo Bing For Schools officially launched today, a program created by Bing to promote digital literacy to students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The  program was initially announced in June, inviting school administrators to register for the free service that gives participating schools ad-free Bing searches, SafeSearch filters to remove adult content from all Bing searches performed within a school's network, and short lesson plans attached to Bing homepage images with an archived list of the lessons saved on the Microsoft Partners in Learning site. According to the announcement, a nu [...]

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 [...]

Over 19 Billion Searches In July, Google And Bing Both Up

google-bing-yahoo-logos Earlier today, comScore released July 2013 US search market share data. The figures reflect modest growth for Google, stasis for Bing and contraction for everyone else. Google bumped up slightly from last month to 67 percent market share, while Bing hovered just below 18 percent. Yahoo lost a tenth of a point, as did both Ask and AOL. Looking at the data from a year ago, Google's share has been largely flat: between 66.8 and 67 percent. Bing is up a little over 2 points, and the remaining trio are all down. Bing's share gains have come at the expense of partner Yahoo and the other t [...]

Bing Testing Favicons In Search Result Snippets

bing-icon Bing is testing displaying favicons in the search results, next to the title of the search snippet. A reader, Joshua Hedlund, emailed us a screen shot of this test. Bing has confirmed this is not a browser extension modifying the search results, but rather one of Bing's many tests to the search results user interface. Here is a screen shot of Bing with favicons in the search results: I am personally unable to replicate this but a Microsoft spokesperson told us: We’re constantly updating and refining the Bing search experience, and before any changes are implemented they und [...]

Bing Reports They Receive Hundreds Of Thousands Of DMCA Complaints Every Month

google-bing-piracy-featured Because of its share of the search market, Google is most frequently targeted by copyright holders filing DMCA complaints, but the search giant is not the only one managing requests to remove unlawful links from search results. TorrentFreak reports Bing not only receives a great number of takedown notices monthly, but Microsoft submits DMCA complaints to its own search engine, as well as others. "Each month, Bing receives DMCA notices from a variety of copyright owners that seek removal of hundreds of thousands of URLs," said a Microsoft spokesperson. According to TorrentFreak, while Micros [...]

Bing Launches News, Sports, Weather & Finance Apps For Windows Phone 8

bing-mobile-featured After releasing a number of new updates for the Windows Phone 8 yesterday, Bing announced today it has launched News, Sports, Weather and Finance apps for the phone as well. Originally released for Windows 8 last October, the mobile versions offer a new collection of apps for Windows Phone 8 users. Bing News App Bing has partnered with a number of national, local and region news sources, including Associated Press, Reuters, Gizmodo and The Guardian, to deliver a customizable news app that lets users track specific story categories, topics or sources. Users can rearrange headline clusters t [...]

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 [...]

Five Years Later, Ex-Farecast Founder Asks “What Is Bing Doing?”

bing-logo-200 Oren Etzioni, the founder of Farecast who sold it to Microsoft in 2008, says he's "disappointed" with Bing's development and "expected more" from Microsoft's search engine. As Geekwire reports, Etzioni made his comments to an audience last night at a Startup Grind event in Seattle. "What is Bing doing, period? So many smart people, so many resources. What have they rolled out that makes a difference?" Geekwire says he backtracked a bit in an interview afterwards: "It's fair to say that I would have expected more [from Bing] during the past few years. I am disappointed with, given how man [...]

Bing Adds Warnings To Child-Porn Related Queries In UK; Google Rejects The Idea

bing-warning-alert-featured Bing has added new pop-up alerts that are triggered when people search for terms considered to be related to child porn, according to the BBC, in reaction to the UK's prime minister attacking Google, Bing & Yahoo over not doing enough to stop child pornography. But Google has reportedly rejected the idea of warnings. Microsoft told the BBC that the notifications aimed "to stop those who may be drifting towards trying to find illegal child abuse content on the web via search engines." "This is in addition to Microsoft's existing and longstanding policy of removing any verified links to [...]

Google Gets Lowest Score Ever In Customer Satisfaction Survey

google-angry-frustrated-insanity-featured There's a mystery surrounding the latest customer satisfaction numbers released by ForeSee Results (for the American Customer Satisfaction Index [ACSI]). Published late last night, they indicate the lowest levels of consumer satisfaction with search engines (and portals) since 2003. The satisfaction scores for social sites are worse. According to the survey, which ranks sites on a 100 point scale, Google received its worst score (77) since the inception of the survey more than a decade ago. Google's score last year was 82. This year Bing and Yahoo both received scores of 76, which are lo [...]

Google Tablet CPCs Rise 1.7% Above Desktop For First Time [The Search Agency Report]

mobile-ipad-click-featured The Search Agency issued its Q2 State of Paid Search report today, finding that overall impressions were up 19.2 percent across all search engines quarter-over-quarter (QoQ), while overall clicks declined 7.8 percent. Cost-per-click (CPC) rose across all devices. This marks the first quarter The Search Agency has seen tablet CPCs outpace those of desktops on Google. Tablet CPCs rose 26 percent QoQ, coming in 1.7 percent higher than desktops. Overall tablet clicks dropped 8 percent QoQ. Year-over-year, however, tablet clicks were up 62 percent. Bing continued it growth on tablets, i [...]

Bing Autosuggest Adds Brands, Movies, Albums, Places, Software, Teams, Animals & More

bing-search-featured Bing announced they have expanded their search autosuggestions to add more than seven new categories. Bing added autosuggest completions for brands, movies, albums, places, software, sport teams, animal species and more. This is in addition to Bing adding people, search history, news and more over the years. The example given by Bing is searching for the word [pitbull]. With this search, you may want results for the artist (a person) or the dog (a breed). In this case, Bing will serve up thumbnails with both the person and the dog. Here is a screen shot: Antonio Gulli, Principal D [...]

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