Bing’s Halloween home page full of scream-worthy surprises

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I grew up reading ghost stories. I watch horror movies and sleep with the lights on afterward. So, when I got a sneak peek of Bing’s 2014 Halloween home page experience, it sent chills down my spine. At the stroke of midnight PT Oct. 31 Bing unveiled its homage to legendary ghost stories. In keeping with the spirit of the holiday, this creepy exploration is all about anxiety-provoking curiosity. “We’re…
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Find GIFs in a Jiff

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In our quest to help our users hunting for image content with our last UX improvements, we are proud to unveil the work we’ve done to make searching for animated GIFs easier, and more fun. An animated GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) is a graphic image that takes a series of uploaded images and frames them together. The images run on a loop, making it appear like a movement or short…
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Toggle between Outlook.com, OneDrive and Office Online with the new app launcher

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Today, when you log in to Outlook.com, OneDrive.com, or Office Online, you may notice something new. We have updated our header to create a consistent and simple way to switch between your Microsoft services—the app launcher. Last week we announced a new way to organize and launch apps in Office 365 for business. Today, we’re introducing the new app launcher, which offers a single point of access to the personal…
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The New MSN Arrives

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Earlier this month, we unveiled a first look at the new MSN.   Over the past 3 weeks, nearly 10 million of you took the opportunity to test out the new site and more than 80,000 of you even took the time to tell us what you thought. Based on your feedback, we have made significant changes to the site. From everyone here, a sincere thank you. Over the next 72…
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Bing App for iPhone Refresh: Translate the Web and Enjoy the Beauty of the Bing Homepage

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A new version of the Bing app for iPhone is now available for download from the Apple App Store.   With this release, we were able to take advantage of the extensibility possible in iOS8 making it easier to extend the reach and functionality of Bing on iPhone. Let’s take a look at what’s new. Translate the Web to Your Native Language from the Bing App or Safari Whether you’re traveling in a foreign country…
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Beginning the Next Phase of Image Search

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At Bing, we’re constantly striving to make your search experience better.  In order to do this, we spend a lot of time examining what you’re trying to accomplish. When it comes to image search, we know that when you conduct a search you’re either looking for a specific image or you’re looking to browse and explore across a range of different topics.  We refer to these primary intents as hunting and exploring. Often…
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Get Around Town Faster with Bing Maps Preview App

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Let’s face it.  Sometimes using public transportation can be a bit nerve wracking.  Am I taking the fastest route? Will I miss my bus?  How long will it take me walk to the nearest subway stop? This is especially true if you’re just in town for the weekend and particularly so if you’re not familiar with the local routes. With our latest release of the Bing Maps Preview app for Windows…
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A First Look at the New MSN

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    MSN aims to deliver the world’s best consumer media experiences with the most popular content in the world; on Windows, iOS and Android devices For nearly two decades, MSN has been a place where millions of us go every day to discover and connect with what’s important in our lives. Whether it’s a great article that sparks us to think differently or following our favorite sports team, MSN has…
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Meet XiaoIce, Cortana’s Little Sister

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  Last month, we announced the expansion of Windows Phone 8.1 with Cortana to China (nicknamed “Xiao Na”).  As you can read about here, the team did a tremendous amount of work to tailor the experience to ensure that Cortana felt intelligent and natural for Chinese speakers.   Cortana in China Today we wanted to share some related work that was inspired by the question Alan Turing posed in 1950: “Are there imaginable…
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Over 100 New Streetside and 3D Cities Go Live on Bing Maps

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If you’re headed out on a last-minute vacation this summer, you can preview that special place on Bing Maps. We have been busy driving and flying to bring you more cities to view before you travel. We recently surpassed the 100-city mark for both our Streetside imagery and our 3D cities, and there are a host of vacation favorites among them. New Streetside cities Drive right up to your destination…
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