Cortana Asks Foursquare: What’s Cool in the Neighborhood

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Today, people in the US with phones running Windows Phone 8.1 will have a new way to experience Foursquare recommendations.  Now, based on your location, Cortana will proactively showcase local recommendations from Foursquare on the Cortana home screen, along with your other interests. [To turn on the feature, pull up Cortana’s notebook go to Interests, look for “best nearby” and then toggle to ON] Cortana talks on your behalf to…

All You and Bing Host #BingIt to Discuss Money-Saving Tips

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From reward programs to traveling on a dime, most people have great saving techniques that help them stay on budget throughout the year. This Wednesday, Bing will partner with All You, America’s smart shopping brand from Time Inc., on a #BingIt to offer helpful tips and tricks on how to spend smart and save well. Additionally, All You is excited to invite you to submit to America’s Smartest Shopper Contest…

Opposites Attract? Bing Search Box Arrives on Chrome New Tab Pages

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Searching just got simpler for people using Chrome with their default search engine set to Bing. Now when you open a new tab in your browser, you will get quick access to the Bing search box (and associated Page Zero features) as well as the frequently used sites you’re used to.   To enable this, go to Chrome’s Settings, and set your search engine to Bing (under “Search”), or follow the…

Meet Bing Offers Card-Linked: A Simpler Way to Save

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Life is complicated. Saving should be simple. With Bing Offers new discount program, Card-Linked, you can ditch the traditional fuss of coupons and pre-paid deals. Card-Linked simplifies saving by turning your favorite credit or debit card(s) into your member discount card. Use your registered card(s) to make qualifying purchases at participating local businesses and save. Automatic Saving When you register for Card-Linked you’re linking your credit or debit card(s) to…

School Ratings Now Live in Bing

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A few weeks ago, we unveiled an easy way to access free online courses and books on Bing.  Today we’re expanding on that theme by showcasing school ratings, rankings and academic indicators directly in Snapshot.  Now when you search for a given school- from elementary to high school to higher ed – we showcase (where available) how they fare nationally, within the state and what their STEM rating might be.  We…

Predicting The Beautiful Game: How Bing Predicts Did

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A few weeks ago, we launched our latest foray into Bing Predicts.  We set out to forecast which teams had the best chance of winning the championship in Brazil.   By all accounts, this has been one of the most thrilling tournaments ever played replete with massive scoring, crushing losses and narrow victories around every match. We are pleased to report that for the final elimination rounds we were 100% accurate…

Bing Apps Refresh

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We are releasing a broad set of updates to the Bing Apps which are available for download and will now ship standard on new Windows Phone devices.   The app updates are available only to users on Windows Phone 8.1 which is currently in developer preview.  It will be available to existing users running compatible hardware and on the next wave of Windows Phone devices in the coming months Let’s take…

Which Parts of the US are Searching for Fireworks?

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Every July 4th, people across the US take to Bing to search for – you guessed it – “fireworks.”  Whether it’s searching to buy fireworks, finding the closest show on Independence Day or maybe just learning about the history of pyrotechnics, we see a pronounced spike in searches containing the term “fireworks” on the fourth of July (relative to all searches on that day) as one might expect. To capture…

School’s Out – Learn Year Round with Bing

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Who says learning needs to stop when the school year ends?  Not us.  We are rolling out two great ways to help you keep your brain engaged regardless of what month it is. Now when you search Bing for subjects such as trigonometry or history we will showcase a list of popular, free online courses available on the Khan Academy site.   We’re also rolling out a new book finding feature…

Hottest Tech Life Hacks to Make the Most of Your Summer

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Ah those lazy days of summer… time for some serious fun and sun-kissed selfies. This summer, Bing has teamed up with Digital Lifestyle Expert, Jennifer Jolly to share some fast and free tech-life hacks to get the most out of the gadgets you use everyday. These tips and tricks help you earn free gifts, impress your friends and overall – just make life a little better. Let’s start with the…