This Week at Bing: May 9th

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Customize Bing Desktop with Your Favorite Bing Homepage Image Bing Desktop brings together the beauty of Bing’s daily homepage images with quick and convenient ways to search from your desktop. Over 10 million people have installed Bing Desktop worldwide, and based on your feedback, we’re constantly looking for ways to make the experience more useful and convenient. To that end this week, we rolled out an update that makes it…
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Bing for Android Updates with New Streamlined Look

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Earlier this week, we rolled out updates to the Bing for Android app that includes a new streamlined look and feel. The changes are more than just cosmetic, we have optimized for performance. You will now notice that the app is markedly faster than the previous version. For Bing Rewards fans, we have included a way to track your points natively within the app so you can keep tabs on…
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Making Smart Search Smarter

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Back in October, we rolled out Smart Search powered by Bing in Windows 8.1. It offers a new way to experience search. Built specifically for touch, Smart Search allows you to swipe or type from the start screen to find what you need – whether it’s a document on your PC, a photo album in the cloud, your favorite app, or a website. This week we’re rolling out a series…
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Which US City Gets Up Earliest?

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Last week, Nate Silver posted a blog examining how much major US cities differ in terms of when they arrive at work. Using survey data collected by the American Community Survey, Silver showcased the average time people say they arrive at work across the country. Inspired by this experiment, we thought it would be interesting to look at Bing usage as a proxy for when people get online, start work…
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Bing in the Classroom Now Available to All Schools in the US

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Today, we’re proud to unveil the next phase of the Bing in the Classroom program, including broad availability of our ad-free, safer, more private search to all eligible K-12 public and private schools in the US. Along with providing educational enhancements, Bing in the Classroom removes ads and blocks searches from being used for personalized advertising for all Bing.com searches done through the school’s network, making Bing the only major search…
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Search and Earn Airline Miles and Gas with Bing

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Just in time for the spring travel season, Bing Rewards has added two new offers for members to help keep their expenses down. Now members can search and earn airline miles with popular airlines as well as hotels, and they can also earn free gas at major stations with FuelCircle. Bing Rewards was designed to help you discover ways Bing can help you do the things that are most important to…
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Predictions with Bing

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As Yogi Berra once said, “it’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” One of the most interesting aspects of search engines is their ability to process trillions of signals to reflect what is happening in the real world. For instance, during the presidential elections, Bing experiences a surge of positive and negative queries about the presidential candidates from different parts of the U.S. Taking this model even further,…
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Bing Supports Vets with General Assembly's Opportunity Fund

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General Assembly, a global educational group that provides best-of-class practical education in business, technology and design, is empowering the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs. This week, General Assembly is unveiling the “Opportunity Fund” – a scholarship and support program that is being piloted in New York City to serve underrepresented students entering the technology industry. Bing is proud to be a founding member of the program and is underwriting…
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Bing.com Gets More Personal

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At Build, we previewed Cortana powered by Bing which will ship with the upcoming release of Windows Phone 8.1. One of the things that makes Cortana so helpful is her ability to learn about your preferences and interests. As we talked about last week, it is the Bing platform that makes this possible, earned through years of experience doing web search. Starting today, we are unveiling a set of personalized…
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Integrating Store Apps with Cortana in Windows Phone 8.1

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Last week, we took the stage in San Francisco and proudly announced Cortana as part of the Windows Phone 8.1 update. You’ve likely already read about how Cortana will use the power of Bing to deliver personalized, natural experiences to users. What you may nothave read is how Cortana empowers application developers to deliver robust, natural experiences of their own. Windows Phone 8.0, our previous release, brought with it the…
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