bingbot Series: Maximizing Crawl Efficiency

What does the bingbot do and why does Bing need it? This is the first article in the series related to bingbot dand how we are focused on improving the bingbot crawler over the next 18 months. Discover what the bingbot is and what some of the challenges are with trying to manage expectations of webmasters and content systems at scale when they all have different views on the frequency of which their sites are crawled.
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Anonymous URL Submission Tool Being Retired

Saying Goodbye is never easy, but the time has come to remove the ability to anonymously submit URLs directly through Bing.com's URL submission tool. Webmaster Tools will still support the ability to submit URLs and Sitemaps in the a logged in state.
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Intermittent Webmaster Tools API Issues Resolved

Feedback is important. It helps notifying us of potential issues and helps us to improve Bing. In July, your feedback notified the Webmaster Tools team of intermittent API failures. Upon investigation we discovered a technical glitch causing the errors that was not captured through our existing protocols. Thank you for your feedback. It helped us correct the error and is making Bing Webmaster Tools better for everyone.
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Introducing Social Login for Bing Webmaster Tools

Introducing Social Login for Bing Webmaster Tools

We are excited to begin the first phase of the global roll out of social login to webmaster tools on Friday, February 9th to webmasters in the United States. On May 22nd, we continued the roll out of social login to webmasters in Europe, Middle East and Africa, Latin America and Asia Pacific regions, and the feature is now available globally.
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Bing refines its copyright removals process

In a continuous effort to enhance the Bing user experience and promote the expression of free speech while simultaneously upholding the rights of intellectual property and copyright holders, Bing has streamlined the copyright removals process.  We heard your feedback and understand that sometimes websites that experience alleged copyright infringement issues have a difficult time gaining visibility into the problem and getting relisted. ...
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Increasing the size limit of Sitemaps file to address evolving webmaster needs

For years, the sitemaps protocol defined at www.sitemaps.org stated that each sitemap file (or each sitemap index file) may contain no more than 50,000 URLs and must not be larger than 10MB (10,485,760 bytes). While most sitemaps are under this 10 MB file limit, these days, our systems occasionally encounter sitemaps exceeding this limit. We are happy to announce that we are increasing sitemaps file size.
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