This month on Bing: expanded intelligent answer coverage, hotel booking, homepage photo contest, and more

We’re excited to announce several new features this May at Bing.

Expanded intelligent answer coverage

People want to feel confident in an answer to their question, and often need to verify information multiple times before being confident that it is correct. That’s why when we launched intelligent answers in December, one of our experiences showed you answers supported by multiple websites when you asked a question. Starting this May, we began expanding the coverage of these intelligent answers in the US and the UK, and enhancing the experience by showing up to 5 websites that support the answer, so you can find answers with less effort.


Updated hotel booking experience

Hotel booking can be a pain, requiring you to do a bunch of searches and try several sites to ensure you’re getting the best deal.

Now on Bing you can simply search for hotels in a desired location, and when you click on one of the options you’ll see a full-page experience which lists options by price, location, rating, and availability by date. The experience also provides an aggregated view of this across popular third party booking sites like Expedia and Tripadvisor, so once you’re done browsing you can click straight through to booking via your preferred service. This experience is live in the US and the UK, where users will get results for both domestic and many international locations.

This experience is part of our ongoing investment to help you book hotels with less effort, so stay tuned for more exciting updates soon!


Updated weather results

We recently enhanced the weather results in Bing to help you plan your day even better.

Now, on top of the usual forecast information, you can see a live radar map for the city of your interest, as well as easily accessible links to your favorite weather sites. Bing also provides information on nearby cities’ forecasts, and one for average temperature, rainfall, and snowfall, so you have full context on what to expect.


Bing homepage contest

We just launched the #AmplifyIngenuity Urban Photo Contest, which gives Bing’s community of photography enthusiasts the opportunity to share their photos of amazing things in cities for a chance to be featured on the homepage. Whether it’s architecture, engineering, or pieces of urban technology, we are surrounded by examples of human ingenuity in the only environment created by and for people: the urban jungle.

The first-place winner wins the Urban Explorer Prize Pack, which includes a Surface Laptop, Sony a6500 camera and lens, Filson photographer’s backpack, $1000 airfare gift card, and a chance to have their picture featured on the Bing homepage! Visit our page for rules, entry, and a gallery of submissions. The contest runs through June 16th.

We value your feedback

We hope you’re as excited about these features as we are! As always, we truly value your perspective, and one of the best ways for you to provide it is via the Bing Insider Program, which gives our most passionate users the opportunity to provide feedback to Bing engineers and partner teams via monthly calls, Insider events, interactive feedback sessions, and more.

Please register at the Bing Insider site to be a Bing Insider. And even if you don’t join today, the website is chock-full of great content featuring our Insiders as well as new Bing features. We hope you enjoy the new site and come back often.


The Bing Team