Cricket fans brought the world to life: See for yourself with a new video from the Bing team

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Donald Brinkman, a Bing program manager who works on relevance and intent, takes a keen interest in new ways to bring information to life. Data visualization often fits best in terms of how people parse information. Donald decided to explore who in the world was following the Cricket World Cup and see how Excel’s Power Map feature could do with Bing’s anonymous search logs. It turns out this was an…
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Bing Round-up: Get movie recommendations with Cortana and see where the March Madness action is with Bing Maps

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Get your weekend movie recommendations from Cortana If it’s Thursday and you’re wondering what fun things to do over the weekend, Cortana might just have the answer for you. Especially if you love going to the movies. Cortana continuously learns new things about you and will suggest new activities that you might enjoy. Last October, we announced that Cortana will keep an eye out for your favorite artists and will…
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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Bing Maps

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Bing Maps is a great tool for exploring and learning about many things, including the numerous celebrations held each year in cities across the country. Today is St. Patrick’s Day, named in honor of the patron saint of Ireland. It is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland and is widely celebrated in the United States and other nations with a large Irish immigrant heritage. Celebrations…
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Let the madness begin on Bing Maps

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March Madness kicks off this week with the first round of games starting in a few days. Along with Bing’s bracket builder, the Bing Maps team is excited to share new imagery of the stadiums that will host both the NCAA Division 1 Men’s and Women’s games across the US. In this blog post we will see how we created a visual of where these teams are from and where…
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Leveraging Search Algorithms for Bing Predicts

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In the past, we’ve provided an in-depth view of how Bing.com improves relevance for users in web and image search, along with ways we’ve improved experimentation.  Leveraging technology similar to search, the team has embarked on the relatively new area we call “Bing Predicts.”  This feature analyzes web activity, social sentiment, and other signals to predict the outcomes of events.  My colleague, Walter Sun, the technical lead for the project, will share…
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Build a Smarter Bracket with Bing

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March Madness® is here! And the Bing team has been cooking up something special for all you bracket builders out there. For the first time ever, Bing has partnered with the NCAA® to gain unprecedented access to over 10 seasons worth of Division I basketball data – and we’re putting that knowledge to work for you. Combined with the industry-leading predictions of our Bing Predicts team, we’re giving bracket builders…
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Roundup: Get fit, stay fit with Cortana; new favorites feature for Bing images

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Never miss another workout with Cortana It is that time of the year again – when all those New Year resolutions become a little fragile. At Bing we see the volume of fitness-related searches peak in January and from there on it’s a bit of a slide. But Cortana is by your side, ready to get you back on track. Cortana is always learning and can now infer places that…
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Track Certificates to Help Users Stay Safe

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Today, I am delighted to announce an exciting new feature in Bing Webmaster Tools pertaining to security. Track Certificates (Preview) — which was built in collaboration with Microsoft OSG Enterprise Security (see their post here) — allows you to track and review certificates that were requested by browsers visiting your site right from within Bing Webmaster Tools. What’s more, Track Certificate not only shows you the certificates we encountered, you can also directly report certificates…
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Slam Dunk: Bing teams up with the NCAA® as Official Bracket Data Partner for March Madness®

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At Bing, we’re constantly looking for ways to help people find the information they need to make confident decisions. From the 2014 midterm elections, to the NFL season, and more recently, the Grammy’s and Oscars, Bing has taken on some exciting moments with these major events. With the arrival of spring, we have one thing on our minds: March Madness. Many of us here at Bing are gearing up to…
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Accessing the Bing Maps REST services from various JavaScript frameworks

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On the Bing Maps forums I often come across developers who have difficulty accessing the Bing Maps REST services using different JavaScript frameworks such as jQuery and AngularJS. One common point of confusion is that passing in a REST service request URL into the address bar of a browser works, but passing that same URL into an AJAX method in JavaScript doesn’t. AJAX allows web pages to be updated asynchronously…
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