Cortana now uses Bing to predict who will win Barclays Premier League matches

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You’ll remember back in November we announced that Bing Predicts – our prediction engine using data analysis and machine-learning to predict the outcomes of events – was now predicting Premier League matches. Well now all Windows Phone 8.1 users with Cortana can now simply ask their very own personal assistant who will win. At the touch of a button just ask Cortana “who will win between and <team name> and…

‘Bing Get Me There’ London travel app to be discontinued

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The UK team at Bing is today discontinuing the ‘Bing Get Me There’ London travel app for Windows Phone and iPhone users. With the advent of Cortana on Windows Phone 8.1, accessing maps and directions for travel has never been easier. Cortana, powered by Bing, is the perfect alternative for Windows Phone users. Simply ask Cortana about your journey and set public transport as your preference in the settings area.…

Bing Predicts: the Premier League

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Following on from our success predicting 15 of 16 knockout rounds correctly for the World Cup, Bing Predicts is now going to use its data modelling to predict matches in the English Premier League. This is our second foray into UK predictions after our success with the Scottish Referendum. We have seen strong results for our predictions for the NFL in the US and so we wanted to bring our predicting…

Bing App for iPhone Refresh: Translate the Web and Enjoy the Beauty of the Bing Homepage

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A new version of the Bing app for iPhone is now available for download from the Apple App Store.   With this release, we were able to take advantage of the extensibility possible in iOS8 making it easier to extend the reach and functionality of Bing on iPhone. Let’s take a look at what’s new Translate the Web to Your Native Language from the Bing App or Safari Whether you’re traveling in a foreign…

Microsoft’s Bing Predicts engine correctly forecasts the Scottish Independence Referendum vote

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Big Data. We hear about it a lot these days. But what does it actually mean? And what does it actually do? Well, one way we are utilising the power of ‘big data’ (which effectively just means ‘data’, but lots and lots of it) at Microsoft is through our Bing Predicts engine. It’s an initiative that uses machine-learning models to analyse and detect patterns from a range of (big) data…

Beginning the Next Phase of Image Search

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At Bing, we’re constantly striving to make your search experience better.  In order to do this, we spend a lot of time examining what you’re trying to accomplish. When it comes to image search, we know that when you conduct a search you’re either looking for a specific image or you’re looking to browse and explore across a range of different topics.  We refer to these primary intents as hunting and exploring. Often…

Search Faster on the Latest iPhone with Bing

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Today, Apple unveiled the latest incarnation of the iPhone. Underscoring Bing’s increasingly important role as a service layer across Microsoft and beyond, we’re excited to support the release as Bing will be powering the new integrated web search in iOS Spotlight. When you search on your iPhone or iPad, alongside the contents of your phone Bing will provide web search links so you can find information even faster. Bing was…

‘Bing Predicts’ Forecasts the Scottish Independence Referendum in UK Test

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The Bing Prediction engine has been busy churning out predictions for users in the US in Bing and Cortana, providing projections for reality TV shows, the NBA amateur draft, and most recently, the World Cup. For the ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ Scottish Referendum vote, we are Beta testing the Bing Predicts model here in the UK to leverage our algorithms against web/social data in the UK and Scotland to bring projections ahead of…

Going Head-to-Head – And Why Online Searching Has Changed Forever

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We all like a good head-to-head challenge: Blur v Oasis, TOWIE v Made in Chelsea, Jay Z v Kanye, Rocky v Apollo Creed… Even better when it’s difficult to make a call on who’ll come out on top – although that’s often ‘cos we don’t actually know how the rivals have been faring in the run-up to the challenge. Which is why we are really rather delighted to announce that…

New Bing Apps are Here and Ready to Roam

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At Microsoft, we’ve been hard at work updating our Bing apps as well as bringing a new set of apps to Windows Phone. Today, we’re releasing a comprehensive update to our Bing apps with fresh features and the ability for your personalised content to roam across all your Windows devices. We’re also excited to introduce you to three new Bing apps for Windows Phone: Travel, Food & Drink and Health…