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Microsoft believes its Bing search engine is better than what Google has to offer, and while it's not surprising the Redmond giant prefers its own offering over the competition, the company is willing to put its money where its mouth is at. Well, kind of. As part of a free program called "Bing for Schools," students and teachers in participating school districts will have access to ad-free search results, as well as adult content filtering and other perks. It's a good will effort on Microsoft's part, but also a self serving one that it hopes will lead to increased Bing usage outside the classroom... Read more...
Microsoft is enrolling its Bing search engine in as many local schools as it can as part of a new initiative aimed at teaching digital literacy skills. The program is called for Bing For Schools and it will provide kindergarten through 12th grade students with a custom-tailored version of Bing that automatically removes ads from search results, enhances privacy protections, filters out adult content, and adds specialized learning features. While details are still being hammered out, Microsoft confirmed the program is both free and completely voluntary, giving schools the choice of whether to participate... Read more...
Microsoft knows its waging a tough battle with Bing Desktop. After all, desktop search giants like Google and Yahoo have long since dominated the space. But even a small percentage of this market share means big bucks in advertising and referral dollars, and this week, Microsoft refreshed Bing Desktop with a raft of new features. Over 10 million people presently have Bing Desktop installed, and the company is hoping to reach even more following the addition of these new features. News at a Glance and Trending Topics:Interested in world news and not crazy about entertainment stories? Or vice versa?... Read more...
Evolution is a natural thing in the world of consumer electronics, even when it comes to branding. A few months back, Microsoft ushered in a new logo for itself, relying on flattened squares that showcase a new push in design to take away some of the gloss and glitz that has cropped up in recent years. Now, reports suggest that Microsoft may be extending its design overhaul from Windows right on down to Bing, Yammer and/or Skype. And the timing makes sense. A new Xbox is likely right around the corner, and it'd make sense if Microsoft were to get every one of its major product lines into a similar... Read more...
Poor Bing. Microsoft's search engine has been having quite the challenge in trying to inch closer to Google's marketshare, and incidents like this ongoing one do little to help. If you try to visit the secure version of Bing (using https:// instead of http://) right now, you'll be greeted to an error instead of the website. You can see an example of the error in the image below, which was captured with Google's Chrome. Any Web browser will issue a similar warning. It'd be easy to jump on the "Microsoft is too inept to handle SSL certs!" bandwagon, but this issue actually has nothing to do with... Read more...
Microsoft wants to remind you that Google isn't the only game in town. There's also Bing, and Bing Maps, the latter of which just received a pretty significant update with new top of the world and updated high resolution satellite imagery spanning more than 13 million square kilometers. "We are pleased to present our new seamless base satellite imagery provided by TerraColor. This imagery has a resolution of 15 meters per pixel, providing coverage of the entire world!," Microsoft said in a blog post. "This new imagery will enhance overall viewer experience with Bing Maps and the Windows 8 Maps... Read more...
In the search engine world, there are a handful of companies that you've probably heard about -- and then gobs of smaller alternatives that hardly anyone visits. But in a universe dominated by the likes of Google and Yahoo, a particular Russian company is soaring up the leaderboards. According to the most recent comScore report, Yandex has just passed Microsoft's Bing.com to become the world's fourth largest global search engine. Based on monthly searches compiled in November and December of 2012, comScore's qSearch report saw Microsoft sites process 4.477 billion inquiries, while Yandex handled... Read more...
It may come as no surprise to you that Facebook hosts a lot of data, generated by and harvested from its billion users. In fact, Mark Zuckerberg said today that there are 240 billion photos and one trillion connections in Facebook’s social graph. Thus, it makes sense for Facebook to launch its own search tool, called Graph Search. Zuck was clear that Graph Search is not a Web search tool, but one that is primarily focused on Facebook and its many users. (Of course, Facebook has partnered with Bing to pull in "lite" Web search results for things like weather, so how that partnership evolves... Read more...
Microsoft earlier this week rolled out a streamlined design for its social sidebar feature for Bing, making it easier to find contacts relevant to your search query based on what they've shared, blogged, or tweeted. That same feature has now been ported over to the Safari browser on iPad tablets, including the iPad mini. "Whether you're planning your night out or trying to decide where to vacation next, the sidebar now shows you upfront what friends and experts have shared -- making it easier for iPad users to get stuff done," the Bing Team explained in a blog post. Getting it up and running is... Read more...
The folks behind Bing Maps have been undeniably busy this past month: they've released 121 terabytes worth of satellite and Global Ortho imagery to its Windows 8 Maps app and Bing Maps, released a Hurricane Sandy-specific map app and have also launched a Facebook page where they'll show off some cool imagery each and every day. Whenever a company like Microsoft or Google rolls out a boatload of fresh imagery, it's rarely easy to figure out what exactly has been updated. Well, that problem is non-existent with Bing Maps, because if you visit its "World Tour", you'll see yellow areas coat... Read more...
One of the popular sayings Google adopted early on was "Don't be evil." However, with a new initiative with Google Shopping, Microsoft feels the company is being less than honest. It's likely some consumers will agree. Instead of displaying truly relevant search results when people search for a product using Google Shopping, the company is now displaying a list of targeted ads that are ranked by bid price (in other words, how much an advertiser will pay for the spot). Microsoft has been quick to pick up on this practice and has created a site called Scroogled to spread the word about Google's practices... Read more...
Kim Kardashian, the American socialite and reality television star who turned 32 years old last month, had previously said she wanted an iPhone 5 for her birthday. It seems an appropriate gift request, considering both her and Apple's latest smartphone were the top searches on Bing in their respective categories. In the field of technology and consumer electronics, the iPhone 5 ranked No. 1 as a search term on Bing, according to the "Bing Top Searches of 2012 Report," which is based on the aggregation of billions of search queries (it also topped the list for news stories). Here's how it broke... Read more...
Score a victory for Microsoft, which was apparently able to ink a deal with Amazon to make Bing the default search engine on the e-tailer's new batch of Kindle Fire devices. If you're not down with Bing, don't worry, Amazon is giving users the option of switching their default search provider to other services, like Google (hooray!) or Yahoo (as if!). One thing to keep in mind if you pick up a Kindle Fire is that, in theory, Amazon could change your default search provider at any time, or at least that's how it's worded in Amazon's terms and conditions. "All text you enter in Amazon Silks address... Read more...
Hot on the heels of Google adding birthday reminders to Google+, Bing has announced another feature you didn’t know you can’t live without: Bing can now help you quickly find photos of your Facebook friends. Because you know, when you’re kicking around Facebook, speed is everything. All kidding aside, Friends’ Photos Beta looks like a pretty slick tool, and one that may come in handy if you’re trying to hunt down a particular photo from your friends’ many albums. Log into Facebook from Bing’s Friends’ Photos page, and you’re ready... Read more...
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