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You know how Microsoft has gradually started pre-loading Windows 8 with a glut of apps? Sure, it’s kind of convenient--emphasis on the “kind of”--and having certain apps such as Skype ready to roll as soon as you install the OS is indeed rather handy, but a lot of it just feels like bloatware. (Cough, Bing, cough.) There’s an app for that (sorry, couldn’t resist) called Windows 8 App Remover. According to Betanews, it’s a portable program that’s designed for fresh installs of Windows 8, and it’s actually just a GUI front end for a tool called dism.EXE.... Read more...
With Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft’s Siri-like personal digital assistant Cortana becomes a crucial part of the user experience. She’s powered by Bing, and between the two, the system is designed to learn about you in order to anticipate your needs and deliver pertinent information to you while filtering out the clutter. The video below gives a nice overview of how that works. In order to make the Bing experience even more personal, Microsoft has rolled out personalized “cards” on the Bing homepage that will give users a similar experience on the desktop as well as on Windows-powered... Read more...
There’s more than one way to skin a cat, and there’s more than one way to monetize your company’s products, especially when your product portfolio is as vast as Microsoft’s. To that end, Microsoft is reportedly experimenting with different ways to make money from its products and services that include offering its flagship operating system for free. This would be a stark departure from the norm for Microsoft, which has always charged for OS licenses, whether the cost is boxed software or wrapped up in a PC purchase. Of course, nothing is really free, so the tradeoff would... Read more...
UK Prime Minister David Cameron is on a crusade to clean up the Internet, and he’s convinced the likes of Google and Microsoft to help him do it. In a press release straight from Downing Street, the UK government revealed that the two tech behemoths have developed new search algorithms for Google and Bing to block images and video of child abuse as well as preventing autocomplete features from producing child abuse terms. Google is also working on technology that will uniquely identify videos containing abusive content so that if one copy of the video is deleted, all copies will vanish from... Read more...
The online search wars are serious business, so when Microsoft got called out by a Yale study suggesting the Redmond software giant's claims of users choosing Bing over Google at a nearly 2-to-1 clip in its "Bing It On" challenge are hogwash, Microsoft felt compelled to fire back and address each and every point of the study. Let's back up a moment. Back in 2012, Microsoft conducted a blind comparison test of Bing versus Google via its Bing It On website, and during that test, almost twice as many people selected Bing's results. Then in 2013, Microsoft updated its claim from saying "People chose... Read more...
After a leaked screenshot of a Nokia Lumia 920 running Windows Phone 8.1 showed, among other things, an app called “zCortana”, many speculated that Microsoft was developing a personal digital assistant in the vein of Siri. Nothing has happened since then to change that perception, and in fact whispers, rumors, and photos indicate that it’s coming along quite nicely and may be more than just Siri wannabe. Tom Warren posted a screenshot showing Cortana’s involvement with weather alerts, calendar synchronization, and an ability to pin others to your Start screen. Mary Jo Foley... Read more...
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...
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