Let’s Have a Conversation

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For all kinds of searches, Bing lets you ask a question the way you would ask a friend. For example, “who is the President of the United States” or “the tallest building in the world”, or “who played Morpheus in The Matrix”, Bing will show the most pertinent information about Barack Obama, Burj Khalifa in Dubai and Lawrence Fishburne.  So, by combining conversational understanding with our knowledge repository containing information…

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…

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…

Bing Turns Five

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On June 3rd 2009, we debuted to the world with a fresh approach to search – one that was anchored around the mission of empowering people with knowledge- helping them do more, not just search more. A lot has happened since that debut, so we wanted to take a moment to look back on where we’ve been and give a little sneak peek at what’s to come. The best place…

Na área: Finding the Undiscovered Brazil

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Earlier this year we talked about a project that was getting under way with our Bing Team in Brazil which focused on digitizing knowledge about attractions in the country’s favelas. Now we’re excited to announce that Bing Brazil has officially kicked off “Na área,” a project to help communities in Brazil come together to highlight points of interest, starting with pilots in the favelas Vidigal, Complexo de Maré, and Manguinhos.…

Words, Words, Words: Microsoft at the Scripps National Spelling Bee

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When spellcheck first became popular, there was somewhat of an elegiacal interlocutory fracas by those who practiced the antediluvian deification of autochthonous language and viewed a deteriorating emphasis on canonical spelling as an almost sacrilegious demarche against the euonym and akin to vivisepulture. After all, who would need to learn how to spell when computers could not only recognize the mistakes but suggest corrections? Might one day all languages simply…

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…

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…

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…

Top College Basketball Fan Searches

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As we head into the college basketball championships this weekend, we thought it would be interesting to delve into the Bing search index to see if we could gather insights on the tournament. We took a sample of more than 350,000 queries related to the 2013-2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament to see what you wanted to know. Here’s what we found: Which cities have the most basketball obsessed fans? The…