Bing and your browser help get the job done

In our last post, we showed you a few ways to add Bing to your browser whether you are using the latest version of IE, Firefox or Chrome. Today, we want to demonstrate how Bing’s integration with both IE8 and Firefox provides quick access to information, to make your search easier.

 

Internet Explorer 8

 

When typing certain queries in the IE8 Search Box, Bing will return rich auto-suggestions, including Instant Answers, which provide you the information you’re looking for right from the search box.

 

These suggestions are available in English only in the markets designated below:

 

weather (e.g. Boston weather) available for the United States, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, India

 

stock quotes (e.g. msft), available for the United States, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom

 

show times (e.g. Angels and Demons) available for the United States

 

flight status (e.g. ua 820) available for the United States, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, India

 

definitions (e.g. define renaissance) available for the United States, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, India, New Zealand, Philippines, South Africa

 

conversions (e.g. 71 degrees F in C) available for the United States, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, India, New Zealand, Philippines, South Africa

 

equations (e.g. x*5 = 7) available for the United States, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, India, New Zealand, Philippines, South Africa

 

calculator (e.g. 2+2) available for the United States, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, India, New Zealand, Philippines, South Africa

 

Accelerators

 

 

Bing accelerators enable you to access your favorite online services no matter where you are on the web. From the IE Add-ons site, you can add Bing Translate, Maps, and Shop and Save with Bing Shopping accelerators. For instance, if you are in the market for a new cell phone, and you find the Samsung BD-P3600 on a website you can highlight “Samsung BD-P3600,” right click and select the Shop and Save with Bing Shopping accelerator from the pop-up menu. You can preview Bing Shopping cashback offers on the Samsung BD-P3600 or click any of the links in the preview window to see offers from specific merchants.

 

 

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Web Slices

 

IE8 Web Slices enable you to monitor information that changes periodically. We have Web Slices available for you to track Weather, Finance and Traffic.

 

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To find all Bing add-ons for IE8, just click here.

 

Mozilla Firefox

 

 

Bing provides auto-suggestions on Firefox. When you start to type a query in the Firefox search box, Bing will return a list of suggestions based on what you have entered, thus helping you find what is important to you faster and easier. Say you are a White Sox fan and you are looking for tickets. Enter “white sox” in the Search Box and you get back the list shown below…just pick “white sock tickets” and you are quickly on your way to being in the stands!

 

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Bing is based on the Open Search standard and we use the JSON interface supported by Firefox to retrieve auto-suggestions.

 

 

As you can see, you can Bing & Decide in many ways!

 

 

Debapriya Ray, Beatrice Oltean, Alessandro Catorcini, Bill Pardi, Bing

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