Bing Adds Smarts to Cortana

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A few months ago, we talked about how we’re making search more personal.  We discussed how Bing’s massive investments towards indexing the real world combined with speech recognition, entity understanding, and stream processing are making things like Cortana more helpful and intelligent. This week we are rolling out some new improvements that take advantage of these advancements and are making Cortana more useful. Let’s take a look. Daily Glance: Evenings Added…
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Get the Skinny on the Latest Gadgets

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As the holiday shopping season nears, there are numerous products that are getting released in the market. Before you buy a new gadget, it’s helpful to read a review or watch a demo video.  With that in mind, we thought it would be helpful to pull information from various web sources and display them in a snapshot for easy consumption. From there, you can click to the source web sites to…
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Bing Elections: Your One-Stop-Shop for Comprehensive Election Information

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As the U.S. approaches one of the most hotly contested political seasons in years, Bing has launched a new election experience at Bing.com/election that helps you get 360-degree view – from local to national – into Elections 2014.  Bing brings you the latest news from the right, left and center perspectives, up-to-date predictions across governor and national congressional races, a personalized Voter Guide* that includes side by side comparisons of candidates’ positions…
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Now Playing at a Theater Near You

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Finding show times and theater for a movie you want to see is easy on Bing.  Simply type in the movie and voila, we will display the information right in the search results.   But what about those times when you don’t know which movie you want to see? Or those times when you have no idea which movies are even out? Today we’re making that part much easier with a carousel*…
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Bing and Sing: Search Lyrics Faster

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Bing has launched a new Lyrics experience that enables you to view full lyrics for your favorite song on the mainline search results page, without having to click through to a third party site or spend time figuring out which blue link on the page will yield good quality lyrics.   You can also view the artist, album and other song related information on the snapshot alongside the main search…
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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…
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It’s On Us

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Here is a deeply troubling statistic:  1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men are sexually assaulted in college. At the White House earlier today, President Obama urged all Americans to stand up against sexual assault on college and university campuses. Microsoft is pleased to be a partner in the effort of “It’s On Us,” a private-public partnership formed in response to this call to action between the Center…
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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…
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Who is Going to Win Dancing with the Stars?

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After correctly predicting the last winner, Bing Predicts is back again for a new season of Dancing with the Stars! Once again, we will be employing a variety of different signals including search queries and social input from Facebook and Twitter to predict the eliminations and top performers. Last season, we were able to predict all but one of the eliminations during show’s run. To see where you favorite contestant stacks…
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Bing in the Classroom Aims to Spark Learning with Quick Access to Educational Content

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As the only major search engine to offer a tailored experience for school networks, we’re always thinking about how to customize our experience for the classroom. Today, we are releasing a new feature designed to help students better access educational resources, navigate the web, and develop critical digital skills – even easier than before. The more than 9,000 schools enrolled in ad-free, safer, more private search through Bing in the…
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