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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21 comments
  1. Anonymous

    Great feature this auto-suggestions for Firefox. What's the ranking behind the suggestions? Just alphabetical or search results?

  2. Anonymous

    Let's get Canada in there for Show times!  

  3. Anonymous

    Does Bing have an "I'm feeling lucky" type feature I can use to override Firefox's keyword.URL about:config option, so I can use Bing for location bar searches as well?

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  6. Anonymous

    Great feature. Its much easier to get a variety of results.

  7. Anonymous

    Place a link to Zune and Xbox on the Bing front page.

  8. Anonymous

    Make Bing background pictures available as wallpapers for your desktop through Bing.com. Users would love that. The pictures are fantastic. Another reason to visit the website.

  9. AlessC - MSFT

    @Max: the ranking is based on the frequency of occurrence of a given query.

  10. Anonymous

    Bing Rocks and PeopleSearches.com

  11. Anonymous

    @Nathaniel: To set Bing as your "default" search engine for location bar searches in Firefox, you will need to do the following:

    a. Type about:config in the location bar, and click "I'll be careful, I promise!" :)

    b. Filter on keyword.url

    c. Double-click the keyword.url preference. In the pop-up dialog, please enter: http://www.bing.com/search d. Click OK.

    You are now all set to use Bing for location bar searches!

  12. Anonymous

    How to optimize our site for Bing?

    Do they have any rules?

  13. Quality Directory

    I like the auto-suggestions Bing provides. Nice feature.

  14. Anonymous

    I have noticed that sites which are appearing on google on the first page are on bin in the 5th 6th or even 10th page. As happend with http://www.fabfive24.com. What can some one do to optimize the search for bing without loosing the ranking for google?

  15. Anonymous

    I have noticed that sites which are appearing on google on the first page are on bin in the 5th 6th or even 10th page. As happend with http://www.fabfive24.com. What can some one do to optimize the search for bing without loosing the ranking for google?

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  17. Anonymous

    I'd like to see WebSlices standardised – there are already efforts to get it supported by Firefox (at least via addons).

  18. Anonymous

    It's great

  19. Chris Charabaruk

    Ian M: There's also an addon for accelerators.

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