MSN and Bing - a Match Made in Redmond

  The Hallways here are all a flutter as we celebrate with our MSN teammates. Today marks another milestone in the history of the MSN Homepage. With a new, streamlined and less cluttered appearance you will be able to navigate more quickly to the information and services you use on a daily basis like online videos, local information, news, entertainment, sports, money, lifestyle and of course your familiar Bing search experience built in...
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Bing Goes the Students at Keith Valley Middle School

Every now and then you see something so awesome you have to share it. The blog almost writes itself. We just have to spell check it and post it. You may remember the Bing Jingle contest.  You may even remember the winning entry and its impact on the Internet as we know it.  Okay maybe that is a bit of hyperbole but it was pretty funny.  Well it’s gone viral. Again. Our story begins in the Keith Valley Middle School in...
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Wishing Dr. Richard Bing a Happy 100th Birthday

Today we are celebrating the 100th birthday of a very special man and it all started with a fax to Mich Mathews, our SVP of Marketing.  I’ll admit it was a little strange – it came from a man named Dr. Richard Bing who said he was 99 years old and would love to do something with us since we “used his name for our new search engine”.  Mich routed it around to Carver and I and we both said, “huh, this is...
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Introducing the Bing Reference Homepage

Have you ever wanted to delve deeper into the Bing homepage, and learn even more about the daily image? The recently launched Reference homepage is a great place to start. From the Bing homepage, click “more,”then click “Reference,” to be taken to Bing Reference’s very own homepage. Or you can always access Reference directly by going to http://www.bing.com/reference. Bing Reference is a product of the Powerset team...
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Check out the Binging Jingles (so far)

We are through the first week of the Bing Jingle contest, and it’s time to show off the entries that have been submitted so far.  We’ve seen ballads, clever use of the Bingtones, a poem, and some songs that baffled us a bit and we’ve loved each and every entry in their own special way. Check them out and let us know which ones YOU like best: (Please visit the site to view this video)  There is still time to enter, so...
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Bing Across America

Somehow the Bing team ended up spread practically equidistant across the country tonight, so we thought we should warn all of you.  First, here at home, Bing is sponsoring an epic Ping Pong tourney at the sold-out Tech Flash event where VCs, startups, journalists and people who like BBQ will all congregate and be merry.  The Bing team (Stefan and Aya) will live broadcast from the event starting at 5pm Pacific (if only for a few minutes...
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Bing Home Page Photo Contest Finals! GO VOTE!!

We are in the final round of voting for the Bing Home Page Photo Contest!  Thousands of amazing photos have been submitted and voted for, which has made it very difficult to limit ourselves to only 8 finalists.  During the selection process we looked for photos that would draw people in, tell a story and make you want to find out more. And of course, they had to work within the confines of the page and that adhere to the official...
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BingTweets Debuts

As part of our ongoing efforts to explore options in real-time search, we’ve partnered with Federated Media and Twitter to create BingTweets which fuses Bing search results and real time content from Twitter in an interesting new interface. How does partnering with Twitter make Bing a more effective decision engine? Many people share their thoughts on Twitter, and search engines don’t currently do a great job of capturing that real...
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Breaking news presents challenges and opportunities to improve

Thursday, June 25th was a big news day: details about Governor Mark Sanford’s confession on Wednesday about his liaison in Argentina continued to break, we learned of Farah Fawcett’s death, and then later TMZ broke the news of Michael Jackson’s death. By most reports, Bing did not deliver the best experience for our customers soon after TMZ posted the news on their blog. As Search Engine Journal pointed out, we had the story but...
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Bringing a Bit of Twitter to Bing

 There has been much discussion of real-time search and the premium on immediacy of data that has been created primarily by Twitter. We’ve been watching this phenomenon with great interest, and listening carefully to what consumers really want in this space. Today we’re unveiling an initial foray into integrating more real time data into our search results, starting with some of the more prominent and prolific Twitterers from a...
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