Top online shopping trends for the holiday season

As Black Friday approaches, should you plan ahead or procrastinate this holiday season? While Black Friday warriors may get their list done sooner, procrastinators who wait until the last minute to make their purchases hope to take advantage of deeper discounts from retailers as the holiday nears.. If you’re a last minute December shopper, you’ve got lots of company. Called the December Dash, Researchers at Microsoft (1) found that in...
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Bing Feature Update: Bing Movies streamlines movie search

Providing the best movie results for everyone who uses Bing is not an easy task. Many times, you’re looking for a movie because it’s received great reviews, has a mind-blowing trailer or is playing at your favorite theater.  Other times, you’re looking for a movie based on where you happen to be, or what time the film is showing.  And if you’re like us, it’s usually all of the above.  This week we are...
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The Bing Million Dollar Giving Challenge to help schools launches for the holidays

Bing is ready to share some holiday cheer with deserving schools – our goal is to give one million dollars to schools in need before December 31st! Starting today, you can help us help kids with one simple click here. The Bing One Million Dollar Giving Challenge is in partnership with DonorsChoose.org, a long-term partner of Bing that connects individuals with the schools and classrooms that they care about most.  Help Bing Give One...
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Windows Live + Bing Cloud photo contest winner snags Bing homepage

In the past, we’ve held Bing photo contests to showcase the talent of our Bing enthusiasts on the Bing homepage. Earlier this month, we teamed with Windows Live to help celebrate how Windows Live Essentials connects the PC to the cloud. The contest asked participants to submit photos of clouds which would be featured on the Bing homepage and featured in a Windows Theme Pack.     We’re pleased to announce that Somana Konganda...
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Bing’s new social search features arrive today

Today we are completing our deployment of our new social features that we built in partnership with Facebook. We’re really excited to get these features in the hands of all our US users. As with all the work we do at Bing, we have been focused on user feedback in an effort to make sure the features are really useful to customers, and we have made a couple of changes to the product that we want to make people aware of. Early users told us...
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More exciting news from Bing and Yahoo!

Today we marked a very important milestone in our search alliance with Yahoo!.  As David Pann outlined in his post, as of today, Microsoft’s adCenter advertising platform is now powering all the paid search listings for searchers on both Bing and Yahoo! in the US and Canada. This is exciting news for advertisers looking to reach a broader audience that comprises almost a third of online users in the US and Canada.  This work...
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Bing at the Summit with Eric Larsen

If you have been following along with Eric Larsen’s Save the Poles expedition you would know that he was on his way up to the summit of Mt. Everest to complete his third and final leg. Well late last week Eric made it to the Summit. Eric has now been to the South Pole, the North Pole and the Summit of Everest all within one calendar year. An accomplishment that has never been done before. Eric Larsen and his team on top of Mt. Everest with...
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New Signals in Search: The Bing Social Layer

The technology search engines employ to retrieve that needle in the information haystack is staggering and humbling; it’s one of the things that get us fired up to come to work at Bing every day.   Today we announced an exciting expansion to our long-term partnership with Facebook.  Specifically, we are rolling out some new features that allow you to take your friends with you into your Bing experience, both at www.bing.com as...
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Web N-Gram Now More Accessible

Today the Microsoft Research team will be at SIGIR 2010 in Geneva, Switzerland discussing new updates to the Web N-gram service and participating in a number of other workshops as well as a Keynote. Where you can Find Microsoft at SIGIR: Keynote: Refactoring the Search Problem to Exploit Difference Between Clients and Servers Dr. Gary Flake, Microsoft, Director of Live Labs Workshops: · Crowd Sourcing for Search Evaluation ·...
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Bing Gets a Fresh Look

Bing is getting some exciting enhancements today as we roll out our spring wave of features. Our user research guided us to make an investment bet in entertainment, built some great new decision-making tools in areas like autos and finance that continue our journey toward a better understanding of your search intent so we can match it with more effective and relevant tools and information. In this post, I want to share some specific changes we...
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