Search and Taxes

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Let’s face it, unless you are an accountant or work for the IRS, tax season probably isn’t a time of year you look forward to. In fact, a recent survey by Bing and Impulse Research revealed that one in four people would rather clean their house from top to bottom than file their taxes. While it’s not one of people’s favorite things to do, taxes is one of the most…

Bing Apps Released for Windows Phone 8

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Back in October we launched a collection of Bing Apps for Windows 8 including News, Finance, Weather, Sports, Travel, and Maps. The apps provide you with gorgeous, comprehensive and customizable experiences powered by Bing that showcase world class content from leading outlets. Today we are bringing many of those experiences to Windows Phone 8 users around the world*. Let’s take a look at what’s included. Bing News –Want to keep tabs…

Bing on Windows Phone 8 gets new look, features

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Coming soon, Bing will roll out a set of global updates for Windows Phone 8 similar to recent upgrades we’ve made to Bing.com on Android and iOS.  With this release, we’re excited to provide people with more info they need on their mobile device, including additional instant answers and  Snapshot entity information.  Check out the guest blog post below from our Windows Phone counterparts to learn more. – The Bing…

Better Search Arriving with Windows 8.1

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Over the past couple of years, we’ve been lucky enough to work with product teams across Microsoft to include the capabilities of Bing in some of our most exciting products. Whether Xbox, Windows Phone, Office or Windows 8, we’ve begun a journey to make it easier to find the stuff you are looking for and take action on your favorite Microsoft devices. Today we take another important step in that…

Evolving Search on Facebook

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Almost two-and-a-half years ago, Bing and Facebook started down a path to make search more social. We both firmly believed that people possess the keys to unlock a world of knowledge previously inaccessible via traditional search. There was increasingly an opportunity to improve discovery on the web by giving people an easy way to use their friends as a “search signal.” Even before we started making search more social with Facebook,…

8 Ways to Search on Windows 8: Start and Search Charm

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Windows 8 is here and we couldn’t be more excited. In fact we’re so excited, we’re kicking off a series in which we’ll showcase 8 ways to use Bing on Windows 8. Check back here on Wednesdays and Thursdays, to see how we’ve reimagined search to be fast, fluid and built for touch. To “start” things off, check out how search is baked right into Windows 8. From the start…

Bing Search Quality Insights: Whole Page Relevance

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Dr. Jan Pedersen, Chief Scientist for Core Search at Bing If you compared the results you see with Bing today with those of our search product five years ago, at first glance they might seem similar – ten blue links presented with text summaries. However, if you look closer you would see some important differences. The first thing you would notice is that many of the queries you perform today…

Smart Motion Preview and SafeSearch

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One of the things we noticed in looking at how customers use search is the number of times people clicked the Back button in their browser soon after clicking on a search result.  When we dug into this, we found that people who clicked on the Back button quickly often did so because they were disappointed with the page they went to.  We call this ‘destination disappointment.’  We’ve been focused…

Popular New Year’s Resolutions

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Admit it… You made a few resolution this year, just like the last. In fact, you may have even stuck to a few of them. Year after year, you commit to make changes. Stop doing this… start doing that… and you know what? You’re not alone! The following are some of the most popular New Year’s Resolution queries on Live Search over the holidays. (Editor’s note: All queries are anonymous.)…

Live Search Books: Now with In-Copyright Content

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Today we’re delighted to announce the availability of in-copyright book content in the Beta version of Live Search Books! For hundreds of years books have been the repositories for the world’s most trusted, authoritative knowledge. But until recently, books have been invisible to the world’s search engines. Change is afoot! Starting today, you’ll find search query results from in-copyright books in Live Search Books. The integration of this valuable content…