Unwrapping Windows 8.1: Bing Apps

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Yesterday we launched Windows 8.1 to people around the world. With this release we are focused on delivering one experience across all the devices in your life. The centerpiece of which are the Microsoft services and apps that come right from (the) Start on your new Windows device. Today we’re showcasing the work we’ve done with the eight Bing Apps for Windows to give you a great experience out of the…

Introducing My Bing News on Facebook

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Current events are often hot topics among friends.  Whether it’s the latest news about an election, the latest celebrity rumors, or how your favorite player did in last night’s game, we all have interests we follow and share with friends.  Our interests are personal and we all have unique preferences when it comes to news. Today we’re announcing a new experience that makes it easier to follow and share the…

Let the Games Begin: Your Guide to Awards Season Fun

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  Everybody loves a good rivalry. Whether it’s celebrities vying for an Oscar, artists competing for a Grammy, or presidential hopefuls stumping for the nomination, we all enjoy a good competition. That said, some races are more entertaining than others. According to a recent survey we conducted, nearly 70% of people said they are equally or more invested in the Grammys and Oscars than the race for the US presidency.…

The News About Bing News

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Search data indicates that people expect search engines to stay up-to-date on news: 60% of our customers use a search engine to get the details about a news story and 40% say their search engine is their “most important” resource for this key task.  You come to us for world, US, entertainment and local news and you’ve given us feedback that we hadn’t met all of your needs and expectations.  …

Bing Updates up Close

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Last night we brought together some leaders in the entertainment industry to discuss how technology is changing the way we interact with media. We also came together to kick off the latest release of Bing with the launch of Bing Entertainment, a destination for all your entertainment searches. As part of our work in this summer release, we also made a significant investment and update in the way we’re visually…

Breaking news presents challenges and opportunities to improve

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Thursday, June 25th was a big news day: details about Governor Mark Sanford’s confession on Wednesday about his liaison in Argentina continued to break, we learned of Farah Fawcett’s death, and then later TMZ broke the news of Michael Jackson’s death. By most reports, Bing did not deliver the best experience for our customers soon after TMZ posted the news on their blog. As Search Engine Journal pointed out, we…