Using images to find other images

With features like continuous scroll and an index that encompasses millions of websites, a single image search query is often all you need to find what you are looking for. But sometimes those initial results only give you a hint of what’s available and you need to refine your search to uncover the images you want. With Live Search, you can now use images, rather than additional keyword queries, to refine a search and discover more content.

For example, if you searched for images of boxing icon Muhammad Ali, you would get initial results that include everything from portraits to action shots of both a young and old Ali:

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But say that you’d like to see more images of Ali’s famous defeat of Sonny Liston. When you hover over that photo in the results, you’ll see an option to Show Similar Images

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If you click on Show Similar Images, you’ll get a new set of results focused solely on the iconic image from 1964 in which Ali towers over an unconscious Liston, after a quick right cross to the jaw.

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Now, a question for sports history buffs: are the above images from Ali’s first fight with Liston in Miami, Fla., or their second battle in Lewiston, Maine? To find out, try Live Image Search.

Henry Hall, Senior Product Manager and Jason Xia, Senior Software Development Engineer

 

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14 comments
  1. Anonymous

    Great! I’ve always thought searching for images using text is a little awkward. The next step? Let us upload an image to use as a query.

  2. Anonymous

    This is awesome!  Could you take it a step further and apply this to regular web searches?  (And my original suggestions from waaaayyy back still stands:  comprehensive audio search.  

  3. Anonymous

    This is awesome!  Could you take it a step further and apply this to regular web searches?  (And my original suggestions from waaaayyy back still stands:  comprehensive audio search.  

  4. Anonymous

    This is awesome!  Could you take it a step further and apply this to regular web searches?  (And my original suggestions from waaaayyy back still stands:  comprehensive audio search.  You could search by the obvious: keyword, title, artist, etc., but search could also be done in a more intuitive manner (rollover previes like video would be nice!).  A student at my school wrote a program that anaylzes inputed audio, whether from a microphone or attached device, and compares the waveform to all the songs in the database.  Could this be implemented in Live Search?  Possibly in the form of an onscreen piano?  Just some food for thought.)

  5. Anonymous

    * Fixed *  I don’t know why there are 2 half posts above

    This is awesome!  Could you take it a step further and apply this to regular web searches?  (And my original suggestions from waaaayyy back still stands:  comprehensive audio search (rollover audio previews like video would be nice!).  Search could be done by the obvious methods: keyword, artist, track, etc., but also in a more intuitive way.  A student at my school wrote a program that takes audio input, from a microphone, attached instrument, or other audio source, and compares it against a database of songs to find a match.  Could this be implemented in the form of an onscreen piano?  Just some food for thought.)  

  6. Anonymous

    Has this feature been rolled out globally? Or is it still in the testing phase available to a few countries?

  7. Anonymous

    Doesn’t seem to work here (Switzerland)…

    When I hover I just get the "feedback on this image" link

  8. Anonymous

    I have not received my cashback for my HP laptop purchase on Black Friday. Please let me know when I will get my cashback.

  9. Anonymous

    Doesn’t work here down in New Zealand either. i only get the ‘Feedback on this image" link as well.

  10. Anonymous

    Brilliant! Love this feature! Now if only I could collapse the Scratch Pad if I feel like it, have more tools to filter photos, then Image Search would be the best!

  11. Anonymous

    This is a really cool and useful feature.  Indexing every image on the internet by its content is an unthinkable task.  Kudo to LiveSearch team!

    Accidentally, I did something similar for my AppDay (toy) project.   You can check mine out here \satab2publicappday (MS internal only)

  12. Anonymous

    cool and fantastic feature. love to use this.

  13. Anonymous

    I love this idea, and would love to upload an image and find other images like it, but I can’t for the life of me find a link that will do what this post is all about!

    Even the commenter who said "this blog post doesn’t provide a link to it" doesn’t provide a link that will do this. What am I missing? Where can I upload an image and find more like it?

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