Get your stocking ready, it’s time to track Santa!

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You’d better watch out, you’d better not cry, you’d better not pout, we’re telling you why – you guessed it, Santa Claus is coming to town. The countdown is almost over – and that means it’s almost time to start tracking Santa! On Tuesday, December 23 at 11:00 pm Pacific Time (PT) the NORAD Tracks Santa experience will go live as Santa begins the final preparations for his magical journey….
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Bing round-up: AMBER Alerts and new local features for mobile

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As we head into the holidays, we have a few things to share with you that released this week. AMBER Alerts Following the abduction and murder of 9-year-old Amber Hagerman in 1996, a national child abduction alert system called AMBER Alert was established in her honor. AMBER is eponymous, but it’s also an acronym – it stands for America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response. AMBER Alerts are disseminated though a variety…
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Bing apps get a makeover fit for a new iPhone or iPad

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Heading into the holidays, we suspect there will be a few iPhone and iPad-shaped boxes under all that gift wrapping. One free gift you might want to look at, right out of the box, is the Bing app. And for anyone with an iPhone or iPad, the holidays have come early with updates to the Bing apps released today. Here’s the rundown of what’s new: On iPhone, we completely redesigned…
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Our New Year’s Resolution? More Great Streetside and Aerial Imagery

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With year’s end fast approaching it’s appropriate to take stock on your accomplishments over the past 12 month as well as your ambitions for the upcoming year. Here at Bing Maps we are proud to have delivered an ongoing series of major updates of aerial and Streetside imagery and are starting to plan for what’s next for us in 2015. This post highlights some of the cities in our latest…
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Bing leads adoption of safe preference for child safety

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At Bing, we’re committed to making search better and safer for kids. Bing is the first major search engine to support a proposed new web safety standard known as safe preference. Websites and services that adopt this method only display content they have classified as safe when participating browsers communicate the user’s safe preference to them. We realize that controlling your children’s safety settings can be challenging. With so many…
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Bing round-up: Hotel booking and new mobile features

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We’ve had a busy week over at Bing. Here are some of the new things you can check out on Bing today. Hotel booking on Bing goes international in 22 countries and 14 languages Bing, in partnership with TripAdvisor, has brought hotel booking to Bing.com for people in 22 countries. Whether you are in Germany, Japan, or India, getting a place to stay should be one thing you can quickly…
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Bing brings the world’s knowledge straight to you with Insights for Office

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Today Bing and Office are introducing Insights for Office, a new, more powerful way to search for the information you need while in Office Word Online – available in English to all markets in the next few days. We encourage you to try it here, always free. Our lives are information rich – we learn, create, and share new ideas faster than ever. At Microsoft, we believe the information you…
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Bing it on with the Bing Fans!

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 A guest post from Gayatri Bhaskar, Bing Fan. I was recently invited to a ‘Bing Fans’ event, a pilot hosted by the Bing team at Microsoft. I guess that is just one of the perks of being a ‘Bing Fan’. I was definitely not going to miss this one! Seated amidst the people who work on the different Bing teams and other guests, from all walks of life; the event…
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Recommended Reading: The Role of Content Quality in Bing Ranking

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You’ve heard us talk about quality quite a bit on this blog and we can all agree that creating quality content is the only sustainable strategy in attracting and retaining visitors. Naturally, as a search engine we always aim to connect our searchers with the best content out there, so content quality plays an important part in our algorithms.  Which brings me to the “recommended reading” part: My colleague Michael Basilyan from the Bing…
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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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