The Role of Content Quality in Bing Ranking

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In today’s post we take a look at how the Bing ranking algorithm considers content quality for ranking web documents. There are often many web documents on the web that are relevant for any given user query and an effective ranking algorithm should consider not only relevance but also the authority, utility and presentation of the content in order to provide the best search results. My colleague Michael Basilyan will…
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Gifts for map and geography geeks

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This holiday season, are you looking for gift ideas for someone who loves maps or geography?  Or are you looking for a unique gift for someone who is hard to buy for? There are all kinds of great gift ideas that relate to maps and geography that we at the Bing Maps team wanted to share. Books    Mark Monmonier is the author of several wonderful books that look at…
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Hitting the stores or the all-you-can-eat buffet, Bing makes getting there easy

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Bing is there for the things that matter this holiday season, from making the dash to the sales where every second counts, to getting you to that cool place you just heard of for some downtime or dinner over the break. We’ve just released a simpler way to find more local information and directions. These new facts at the top of the search page aim to provide simple answers to…
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Where’s Santa? NORAD tracks Santa with the help of Bing Maps

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year – and Microsoft is excited to be partnering again with the North American Aerospace Defense Command (“NORAD”) to create their annual Santa Tracker web site! A holiday staple for nearly 60 years, NORAD Tracks Santa allows millions of people every year to watch Santa as he makes his annual trip around the globe. This year’s site – built as part of the…
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Torque 2.0 adds shake to search on Android phones, new answers

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After introducing Torque in October, we heard lots of feedback from active, passionate users that we’ve taken to heart. We have incorporated that feedback into Torque 2.0 and added support for Torque on Android phones, new answers including local events and flight status, a way to launch applications with the twist gesture, and more reliable gesture and voice recognition. Torque 2.0 is out today on Google Play.     One of…
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Bing Pulse 2.0 gives consumers a voice, delivers real-time audience insights to broadcasters and live event organizers

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Since the dawn of democracy we have valued our ability to be heard. Since the explosion of social media, we have grown accustomed to having a real-time voice and being active participants in collective conversations. Bing Pulse allows broadcasters, organizers and other organizations to enable the conversation and allow their viewers and customers to be heard. At Bing, we are committed to bringing together information from a variety of sources…
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Bing helps track all your Cyber Monday packages

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It’s that time of year again! We are ordering packages for delivery to our houses, friends’ houses, and more. Tracking all these packages can be difficult. You have to know which carrier is shipping the packages and, on top of that, each of their websites works differently! This year, Bing is here to help. Simply search for your package tracking number on Bing.com and Bing will show you where the…
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And your most searched on Bing in 2014 were…

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As 2014 comes to a close, we’re taking a look back at the people, moments, and events that shaped 2014. Trends in Bing searches give us a unique view into what mattered most to us throughout the year. Turns out, 2014 was a year full of celebrity star-gazing, sports-spectating, and high-end designers. We’re excited to share some our favorite trends below! For a complete list of Bing search trends from…
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Bing vs. NFL Players for Bragging Rights on Thanksgiving

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Over the past few months, Bing has correctly predicted everything from The World Cup to midterm elections, all with uncanny accuracy. Now, we’re turning our attention to the gridiron and arguably the best day for pigskin all year – Thanksgiving. You can check out our predictions below, but Bing isn’t the only member of the Microsoft family getting in on the turkey day fun. For the first time ever, NFL…
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Not Travelling this Thanksgiving? Try a Virtual Family Visit Instead.

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With Thanksgiving just a few days away (and the winter holiday season right around the corner) thoughts turn to family traditions of years past. If you can’t make it home for the holidays Bing Maps imagery is a great way to spark memories of turkey dinner, snowball fights and watching football while you work off your “postprandial somnolence”  and this month we’ve released another batch of aerial 2D, aerial 3D…
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