The next time you search for a business on the desktop version of Bing you may see some new social media integration in the right hand knowledge panel.

Jennifer Slegg has spotted Facebook posts appearing in knowledge panels of certain brands and businesses. They are presented in a card-style format which shows the two most recent posts from the business’s Facebook page.

Here’s an example of what it looks like:

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Facebook posts in Bing knowledge panels are not currently being shown for all brands and businesses, which could indicate this is just a test the company is trying out for a while.

It’s also worth noting that if you search for the name of a brand or business that has a physical store in your area, you will be presented with a local knowledge panel rather than the type of knowledge panel shown above. I could not find any examples of local knowledge panels displaying Facebook posts.

This is a small but newsworthy addition to Bing search, which gives it a slight edge over Google on desktop. Google is capable of displaying real-time tweets in search results, but one could argue being able to display Facebook posts is more meaningful due to the fact it has more daily active users than Twitter.

Auhtor : Matt Southern

Source : https://www.searchenginejournal.com/bing-begins-including-facebook-posts-business-knowledge-panels/180983/

Categorized in Online Research

Microsoft's search offering Bing is ramping up its presence in Australia, with the past nine months seeing the business double its local headcount as its market share grew from 10.8% to 14.1%.

Often seen as being in the shadow of Google and despite admitting it's the underdog, Bing is well and truly investing in this market with the company also announcing the launch of its partnership network. The new venture aims to forge stronger relationships with local agencies and advertisers.

Despite going all in locally, Bing and Microsoft are acutely aware of its number two to Google's number one, however general manager for Bing ads marketing, Steve Sirich, explained that knowing the time spent with Bing is important makes the brand strive to better its offering.

“It's not an easy job for us, that's why we approach it with a certain amount of humility. We know we're the underdog, we know that when you think about the time spent with Bing it's precious because we're not the default experience.”

“We recognise that Google enjoys that today, but we do feel we have a unique audience, we have a unique set of clicks. If you're a small business or an enterprise customer there's still value in reaching that audience.

“We have to respect that we're asking for a share of time from advertisers and agencies and we have to be very respectful that we're creating as much as we can in the way of innovation, the time we get is precious and it has to be productive for marketers,” he added.

With the launch of the partner network Bing is hoping to focus on creating experiences with and for brands. Sirich says that brands locally are keen to get started with the technology business, adding that they're excited to get greater access to the “power of Microsoft”. He also says advertisers are welcoming the competition to the likes of Google.

“What we hear from customers is that they really want to see healthy competition. [They want to see] there’s opportunities to differentiate and that's a function of having more than one player that is dominant in an area of business.

“A message we always leave our customers with is Bing is bigger than you know – Google doesn’t even talk about share, they don't have to – but we have to talk about it because we have to put a perspective behind our growth.”

Australian head of strategic sales for Bing Ads, Deb O’Sullivan, explained the recent growth in the search offering can be linked to the launch of Microsoft Windows 10, but also as Bing is now incorporated across the whole Microsoft ecosystem.

“We find now it's not just growth through Windows 10. That’s what started the growth, but now that Bing is incorporated through the entire Microsoft ecosystem all of the sections are driving searches to Bing.

“From a marketer and advertiser perspective, they love the fact that Bing offers them a legitimate alternative – and that's what I’m really passionate about,” O’Sullivan explained.

Source : http://www.adnews.com.au/

Auhtor : Sarah Homewood

Categorized in Search Engine

Bing Search has been bringing in innovative features lately and the latest one is the save search option. While it is indeed helpful to have the world at your tips with the Internet the ability to save/bookmark videos and other stuff for future usage is something that will go a long way in helping users.

Bing has done exactly that with its ‘My Saves’ search feature that will allow you to store video, images and shopping searches that you found on Bing and later let you view the same on a PC or Mobile device provided that you are logged on to the same account.

Bing My Save feature

Microsoft demoed the feature by taking the instance of a typical search that one would make on Thanksgiving holiday, ‘best ways to cook a turkey’ and while this turns up a ton of videos that you see.

By using My Saves searching feature you can actually hover on the video result and click ‘Save.’ The feature records your exact location and preference in the search and lets you head over to the same without the need to navigate further. All the items are archived in the ‘My Saves’ which is somewhat similar to the My Documents folder in Windows.

The same feature is extrapolated for image search if you like a certain image while searching for your exotic holiday destination, simply hover on it and save. Then you can go to the image source and also check the other details of the article. This is pretty as compared to opening up an image in a new tab or even Bookmarking the entire website.

The shopping results are yet another innovative feature that is mention worthy. So here is what Bing does, the search page displays a ‘See shopping results’ page and clicking on this will filter your results to the images of the products across the search and also lets you save the same. Once your decision is made feel free to delete the saved items.

Bing is coming up with new features regularly and hopefully, this new My Search feature will help the search engine combat with the likes of Google web search engine.

Author:  [email protected]

Source:  http://news.thewindowsclub.com

Categorized in Search Engine

Bing is a new decision based search engine that organizes search results and provides tools to get things done quickly. It organizes popular results by category to help you get the answers you’re looking for and tools to help you accomplish important tasks such as buying a product, planning a trip or finding a local business as quickly as possible. 

Bing Top Features

  • Auto-Suggest – Offers intelligent alternatives for search queries
  • Instant Answers – Serves up information within search results, eliminating the need to click on anything
  • Best Match – Provides useful links and information for definitive sites
  • Related Searches – Points to deeper information available with one click
  • Deep Links – Enables easy, direct access to relevant content within a site
  • Quick View – Summarizes a Web site at a glance, before clicking through to the site
  • Smart Video Preview – Previews a 30-second clip of videos simply by scrolling onto them
  • Infinite Scroll – Provides easily browsed image results without clicking to a new page
  • Quick Tabs – Tailors search results with one click

Bing Tips and Tricks

1) Access full features of Bing.com

To explore all the options inside Bing, which may not be available in your region, visit here and set English – US as your default region. You can now use all the Bing features from anywhere.

2) How can I find a weather forecast?

In the search box, type the name of the city followed by weather or forecast.

London Forecast

london weather

3) How can I convert from one unit to another?

In the Bing search box, type the quantity, followed by in, followed by the conversion. For example, type 10 kilometers in miles. Another example could be 50 degrees F in Celsius. The operator ‘in’convert units of measurements for distance, weight, time, volume, and temperature.

4) Finding Live Financial Quotes Instantly

In the search box, just type ticker symbols that are used to represent companies in stock markets followed by stock or quote. For example to find the financial quotes of International Business Machine, type IBM stock or IBM quote.

5) Retrieving Statistical Information

In the Bing.com search box, type what you want to find. For example, population of USA, or cars in US.

6) Solving simple Mathematical Equations

In the search box, type the equation that you want to solve or the constant that you want to find the value of. The following examples show some of the simple mathematical calculations and conversions that you can type in the search box.

  • Calculations: Get answers to arithmetic problems. For example:

9+4/1-(5*3)

sqrt 4

sin 10 * 40

14% of 94

  • Equation solver: Solve simple algebraic equations. For example:

4x=19

2y^2 + 5y + 10 = 40

Solve 2x + 7 = 4

7) How do I find Hotels in a particular city?

While planning for a holiday, you must be looking for hotels, try some of these examples:

Vegas hotels

hotels in Orlando

San Francisco hotels

8) Tracking Flight Status instantly.

To see the flight status, try some of these examples:

  • flight status for United – Bing will prompt you to enter the flight number on the first result itself. Enter the flight number and press ‘Get Status’ button.
  • flight status – Bing will prompt you to enter the flight name and number on the first result itself. Enter the flight name and number and press ‘Get Status’ button.
  • ua820 – If you know the flight number then bing.com will retrieve the flight status of ua820 instantly.

9) Get quick access to flight deals and cheap tickets.

If you are planning for a holiday then you must be searching for cheap air tickets.To get the cheap flight deals, try some of following examples:

  • Deals on specific routes: flights from Seattle to Boston
  • Deals from a specific city: flights from San Diego
  • Deals to a specific city: flights to Boston

Advanced search keywords for Bing

Sometime Bing.com provides the search results which may be irrelevant to you. Walking through number of pages is very annoying and time consuming activity. Using advanced keywords you can limit the search results so that you find only what you want. Don’t include a space after the colon in these keywords.

10) Search sites with associated filetype

To search for websites that contain links to Microsoft Windows Media Audio (.wma) files, type music contains:wma. The keyword ‘contains:’ Keeps results focused on sites that have links to the file types that you specify.

11) Search files or document of particular filetype.

To find files or document created in PDF format, type your subject, followed by filetype:pdf. Returns only webpages created in the file type that you specify. For example, SEO filetype:pdf will retrieve results with filetype pdf only. If you search for SEO filetype:doc, then the bing.com will retrieve results with MS Office word document. You can use any filetype you are searching for.

12) Find MP3 Music Files

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The keyword contains:’ retrieve the results that have links to the file types that you specify. For example, if you type britney spears contains:mp3 will show pages that are about the singer and that also link to MP3 files. You can search for other music file formats.

13) To Find websites hosted by a specific IP address

Type the ip: keyword, followed by the IP address of the website. For example, IP:198.46.34.22. Note, The IP address must be a dotted quad address

14) Return webpages for a specific language

To find results in a particular language just specify the language code directly after the language:keyword. For example if you are searching for antiques then type “antiques” language:en.

15) Adding emphasis to a search term

To find results about football but that primarily pertain to the organization, type football prefer:organization. ‘prefer:’ adds emphasis to a search term or another operator to help focus the search results.

16) Return webpages from a specific country or region

Specify the country or region code directly after the loc: keyword. You can use a logical OR to include one more language. For example, To see webpages about sculpture from the U.S. or Great Britain, type sculpture (loc:US OR loc:GB). Image results can be accessed at the bottom of the page.

17) Return webpages from a website

To see webpages about blogging from the BBC or CNN websites, type “blogging” (site:bbc.co.uk OR site:cnn.com). To focus on two or more domains, we have used a logical ORto group the domains.

18) To find RSS or Atom feeds

To find RSS or Atom feeds about baseball, type feed:baseball.

19) Find RSS or Atom feeds of particular website

To find webpages on the New York Times website that contain RSS or Atom feeds,

type site:www.nytimes.com hasfeed:football. ‘hasfeed:’Finds webpages that contain an RSS or Atom feed on a website for the terms you search for.

20) Check if website is listed in Bing.com

To verify that the Microsoft domain is in the index, type url:yoursite.com. For example,

url:aboutonlinetips.com must return a single result. Similarly, you can test your own blog or websites. Make sure, in robot.txt file, you have allowed bing.com to index your website or blog.

21) To Check number of webpages indexed in Bing.com

Type site:yoursite.com to see how many pages have been actually indexed in bing.com. For example, site:aboutonlinetips.com.

22) Export Session History directly to SkyDrive

Many times we look for information we came across in a previous search. Session History remembers your queries within a single browser session for up to 48 hours. You can also save your searches in a local folder or to your Windows Live SkyDrive folders for future use using enhanced My Search Folders view. . Alternatively, you may send your search queries to a friend via email or publish them on your Facebook account via Bing.

  • Click on “manage” link underneath the list of previous search queries at the bottom of the Explore Pane.
  • The history management page appears. From here you can browse through past searches, the clicked sites and the time, identify the query you’re looking for, and click on the link to pick up where you left off.
  • To save a search, click on “Save and Share” on the right of the screen. From there, you will see your recent searches and the results you clicked on. Simply check the boxes next to the results you want to save, and hit the “Save” button at the top. From there, you can create a new folder into which you would like the result saved or create a new one. You can save the results directly on your local drive, or you can sign in with your Windows Live ID and save the results to your Windows Live SkyDrive. As well, you can easily send search results to your friends via e-mail, MSN Messenger and your Facebook feed.

23) Watch Preview of Hulu Videos

With Bing you can watch shot previews of Hulu video even if you are living outside US. Just search for any TV show episode on Bing Videos (see example) and hover the mouse over any of the video thumbnail to watch a short clip.

  • Click on “Videos” from the Bing Home Page.
  • Click on “TV Shows” from the Explore Pane.
  • Note the easy navigation of genre from the Explore Pane and the center search results pane.
  • Now, search for “house” from the top search box.
  • In the Explore Pane, click on “Source” and choose from where you want to see your results. If you want to see full-length, high-quality video, choose Hulu.

24) Determine Job Salary

Job Salary Provides users with salary information based on job title and location. For example – Type Seattle software engineer salaryprogrammer pay in Seattlesoftware engineer pay

25) Getting snow report instantly

Give a quick snapshot of snow conditions at mountain resorts worldwide during the season. Just type ‘snow report’ followed by a city For example, type snow report Denver.

26) Determine Area Codes

Area Codes Looks up the location of an area code or ZIP code. Just type area code followed by code. For example, area code 724

27) Currency Converter

No need to search for a currency converter. Just type ‘convert 100 dollars to yen’ for currency conversion from dollars to yen.

28) Track Packages

Actively Tracks DHL, UPS and other packages by tracking number. Just type the package number in the search field of bing.com. For example, type DHL 2710172150

 

29) Get the Used Car history

Vehicle lookup by VIN provides protection against buying a used car with costly, hidden problems. Just type the VIN number and hit the search button. For example, type 3fafp11392r187591

30) Combine or Excluding words

Use the OR and NOTkeywords to combine or exclude words. For example, if you use Apple NOTRed, you will get results for Apple but not for Red Apples. This feature is currently available only in select countries and regions.

31) Search for exact phrase

If you are searching for exact phrases then make sure that you place the search words within quotation marks. For example, “money making blog”. The feature is very useful when you are looking for some particular error message while developing any application or tool.

Internet Explorer (IE8) – Addons for Bing

1) Bing Search

Integrate Bing to your IE8 browser. Once integrated type the search term and bing.com will provide you with real time relevant search suggestions. Add Bing Search to IE8 here.

2) Weather from Bing

To get the instant weather updates from your city just type your city + “weather” on the page that pops up and click on the Bing result that you can subscribe to as a Web Slice. Add Weather from Bing to IE8 here. Note: currently works in US market only.

3) Bing Maps

Quickly map any address or location inside your browser with the Bing Maps Accelerator. Add Bing Maps to IE8 here.

4) Bing Translator

It is a free online language translation service for text and web pages. Easily translate any text on any webpage with this Accelerator. Add Bing Translator to IE8 here. You can use Microsoft Translator for language translation.

5) Bing Shopping

If you are looking for instant product prices, cashback offers, reviews and other relevant information and helps you save when shopping online, then Bing Shopping addon may do wonders for you. Add Bing Shopping to IE8 here.

6) Finance from Bing

Just type the ticker symbol (msft, for example for Microsoft), to get stock information and Bing displays rich stock information. You can also subscribe to as a Web Slice. Add Finance from Bing to IE8 here.

7) Traffic from Bing

Type your city “traffic” (For example, Orlando traffic) and Bing provides a result that you can subscribe to as a Web Slice. Note: currently works in US market only. Add Traffic from Bing to IE8 here.

8) Bing Maps for Outlook

You can actively plan your appointments and meeting requests with – Bing Maps for Outlook. The addon will not send e-mail addresses or information regarding the time and date of your appointments or meeting requests and thereby protecting your privacy. Add Bing Maps for Outlook to IE8 here.

9) Bing Image Search

If you want to search images in bing.com directly from the IE8 then add this wonderful Addon. It searches for Images within Bing. Add Bing Image Search to IE8 here.

You can also search for information on your mobile using Bing for Mobile. If you are looking for local information or looking for directions then ‘Bing For Mobile’ will provide an easy way to find details and directions.

Note:

  • You don’t have to type the word AND between your search words. By default, all the searches are AND.
  • You must capitalize the NOT and OR operators. Otherwise, Bing Search will ignore them.
  • You can type up to 150 characters, including spaces, in the search box.
  • Only the first 10 terms are used to get search results
  • Term grouping and Boolean operators are supported in the following preferred order:

parentheses ()

quotation marks 

NOT + –

AND &

OR |

Source : aboutonlinetips

Categorized in Search Engine

Bing has rolled out new educational-themed search results aimed at helping students and teachers. 

In a continued effort to offer more educational resources for students and teachers, Bing has rolled out new specialized searches in a number of areas, including constellations, molecules, royal ancestries and citations. The site has also incorporated the “World of Word” game into search results and a virtual Rubik’s Cube.

Here’s a quick hit list of the education-themed search features Bing rolled out yesterday:

Constellation searches: A query for “constellations” or a specific constellation name now returns Bing’s interactive constellation viewer at the top of the search results. Using location technology, the constellation tool will display whatever stars and constellations are currently above or below the horizon

Constellations-bing-search-results

Molecule searches: Bing has launched 2-D models for any molecule query. Searches for molecules like methane (shown below), C4h2 molecule or h2o molar mass will return the interactive 2-D representation of the molecules at the top of search results.

Methane-bing-search

Royal family tree searches: Queries for specific royal families and family members — including “Queen Elizabeth II family tree” or “House of Tudor” — will return an interactive ancestry tool at the top of search results.

royal-family-tree-search

Citations searches: For students writing papers, Bing now has a citation tool that will list sample citation text. For example, a search for “apa citation book” will display the correct way to list a book citation according to APA standards.

Along with APA standards, Bing’s citation tool includes MLA and Chicago Manual of Style examples for websites, books, videos and journals.

World of Words game play: Bing has added the “World of Words” interactive game to search results for word-play searches. A query like “words that start with a” or “words containing b and end with k” will surface the “World of Words” tool at the top of search results.

Rubik’s Cube solver: Bing now has a virtual Rubik’s Cube with rotate and drag functions to manipulate everyone’s favorite toy from the 80s. A search for “Rubik’s Cube solver or “Rubik’s Cube” will return the interactive Rubik’s Cube. Players can work the puzzle on their own or use Bing’s instant solver tool to see step-by-step directions to solve it.

bings-rubiks-cube-solver

In addition to its most recent educational tools, Bing launched a periodic table directly in search, as well as an interactive times table and geometry calculator earlier this year.

Source : Search Engine Land

Categorized in Search Engine

When it comes to search, it can often seem that Google is the only show in town, so it’s interesting to note that Microsoft’s Bing search engine is now powering as many as 20% of the UK’s online searches.

Comscore reports that Bing has surpassed 20 percent market share in the UK. So what’s driving this growth? Reports suggest that strategic syndication partnerships with firms like Gumtree and new services such as Bing Shopping and Bing Ads Editor for Mac have helped too

Raven Beeston of Bing UK says: “These figures clearly demonstrate Bing’s growing presence within the search market. We’ve already seen great success, and our journey is only just getting started. Over the past year, we’ve announced syndication partnerships, and new product launches, showcasing Microsoft’s ongoing commitment to search. Bing understands the conversations that consumers are having, and empowers marketers to harness these insights to make meaningful connections.”

Do you use Bing as a searcher or an advertiser to driver your sales?

Source : http://tamebay.com/2016/09/bing-gains-20-share-of-uk-search.html

Categorized in Search Engine

Well it’s been a big week for search, I think we can all agree.

If you’re a regular Google user (65% of you globally) then you’ll have noticed some changes, both good and bad.

I won’t debate the merits of these improvements, we’ve done that already here: Google kills Right Hand Side Ads and here: Google launches Accelerated Mobile Pages, but there’s a definite feeling of vexation that appears to be coming to a head.

Deep breath…

As the paid search space increases in ‘top-heaviness’, as organic results get pushed further off the first SERP, as the Knowledge Graph scrapes more and more publisher content and continues to make it pointless to click through to a website, and as our longstanding feelings of unfairness over Google’s monopoly and tax balance become more acute, now more than ever we feel there should be another, viable search engine alternative.

There was a point not that long ago when you could easily divide people between those that used Google, Yahoo, Ask Jeeves and AltaVista. Now it’s got to the point where if you’re not using Google, you’re not really using the internet properly.

Right now though maybe we should be paying more attention to the alternatives. Maybe our daily lives and, for some of us, careers shouldn’t need to balance on the fickle algorithm changes of the world’s most valuable company.

Let’s see what else is out there in the non-Google world. It’s not that scary, I promise. Although you may want to bring a coat.

Please note: this is an update of an article published on SEW in May 2014, we felt like it needed sprucing up especially many of the listed engines (Blekko, Topsy) are no longer with us.

Bing

Microsoft’s search engine is the second most popular search engine in the world, with 15.8% of the search market.

Bing homepage

 

But why should you use Bing? Lifehacker has some great articles where they try to convince themselves as much as anyone else why Bing is a serious contender to Google. Plus points include:

  • Bing’s video search is significantly better than Google’s, giving you a grid of large thumbnails that you can click on to play or preview if you hover over them.
  • Bing often gives twice as many autocomplete suggestions than Google does.
  • Bing can predict when airfares are about to go up or down if you’re searching for flights.
  • Bing also has a feature where if you type linkfromdomain:[site name] it will highlight the best ranked outgoing links from that site, helping you figure out which other sites your chosen site links to the most.

Also note that Bing powers Yahoo’s search engine.

DuckDuckGo

The key feature of DuckDuckGo is that it doesn’t retain its users’ data, so it won’t track you or manipulate results based on your behaviour. So if you’re particularly spooked by Google’s all-seeing, all-knowing eye, this might be the one for you.

DuckDuckGo homepage

There’s lots more info on DuckDuckGo’s performance here.

Quora

As Google gets better and better at answering more complicated questions, it will never be able to match the personal touch available with Quora.

quora

Ask any question and its erudite community will offer their replies. Or you can choose from any similar queries previously asked.

Dogpile

Dogpile may look like a search engine you cobbled together with clip-art, but that’s rather the point as it pulls in and ‘curates’ results from various different engines including Google, Yandex and Yahoo, but removes all the ads.

Dogpile Web Search

Vimeo

Of course if you’re going to give up Google, then you’ll also have to give up YouTube, which can be a terrifying prospect. But there is an alternative. And a pretty good one at that… Vimeo.. The professional’s choice of video-sharing site, which has lots of HD video and no ads.

otis the cat reviews in videos on Vimeo

 

Yandex

This is a Russian portal, offering many similar products and services as Google, and it’s the dominant search engine in Russia.

As you can see it offers results in a nice logical format, replete with favicons so you can clearly see the various channels for your branded queries.

search engine watch on Yandex

Boardreader

If you want to get into the nitty-gritty of a subject with a variety of different points of view away from the major publications, Boardreader surfaces results purely from forums, message boards and, of course, Reddit.

Boardreader Forum Search Engine

Boardreader Forum Search Engine

WolframAlpha

WolframAlpha is a ‘computational knowledge engine’, or super clever nerd to you and me. Ask it to calculate any data or ask it about any fact and it will give you the answer. Plus it does this awesome ‘computing’ thing while it thinks about your answer (which can take a short while.)

what really killed the dinosaurs Wolfram Alpha

It’s not always successful, you have to practice how to get the best from it. But at least it’s aware of the terrible 90s television show The Dinosaurs.

IxQuick

Another search engine that puts its users’ privacy at the forefront. With IxQuick none of your details are stored and no cookies are used. A user can set preferences, but they will be deleted after 90 days of inactivity.

Ixquick Search Engine

Ask.com

Oh look… Ask Jeeves is still around. Also he’s no longer a Wodehousian butler, but a computer generated bank manager. Weird.

Ask Jeeves

It’s still a slightly mediocre search engine pretending to be a question and answer site, but the ‘Popular Q&A’ results found on the right hand side are very handy if Jeeves himself can’t satisfy your query. And what a good use of the right-hand side space, huh Google.

SlideShare

SlideShare is a really handy place to source information from presentations, slide decks, webinars and whatever else you may have missed from not attending a conference.

 

You’ll also be surprised what information you can find there.

hamburgers on SlideShare

Addict-o-matic

“Inhale the web” with the friendly looking hoover guy by creating your own topic page, which you can bookmark and see results from a huge number of channels in that one page (including Google, Bing News, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr).

Addictomatic Inhale the Web

 

Creative Commons Search

CC Search is particularly handy if you need to find copyright free images for your website (as discussed in this post on image optimisation for SEO). Just type your query in then click on your chosen site you want to search.

CC Search

Giphy

Because really, when it comes down to it, we could imagine a worse dystopian future than one in which we all communicate entirely in Gifs.

GIPHY homepage

 

Source : https://searchenginewatch.com/2016/02/25/say-goodbye-to-google-14-alternative-search-engines/

Categorized in Search Engine

Bing's making it easier to find song titles, as well as add Netflix and Amazon movie titles to your watchlist on mobile.

Bing has released new updates to its search app for iOS and Android, adding new music and video features, along with more map options.

The updated version 6.7.2 Bing search app will now play a video without sound directly in search results with the lyrics listed below the video — a feature that has been available on Bing desktop. The app also includes a new Music page listing trending songs and artists.

Bing search app update

According to a report on the Android Community website, Bing’s search app can also give the title to a song being played: “In case you’re looking for a specific song, you can use the Bing Search app by typing the name of the song or if something is playing, it will tell you what it is.”

In addition to updates around music, users can add movie titles to their Netflix and Amazon Prime watch lists from the app’s Movies page.

Bing has also added the option for users to pick their preferred map app for directions.

Other updates include a refreshed “reading mode” to make news pages “more enjoyable” and the ability to sign in with your Microsoft account to see search history on other logged-in devices.

Source : http://searchengineland.com/bing-search-app-ios-android-gets-new-music-video-map-features-257647

Categorized in Search Engine

Microsoft is introducing some of its Cortana personal assistant smarts to its desktop search engine, with a new feature rolling out today that will use your previous query to inform your next, providing it with key contextual information so that you can search more conversationally, in the same way you’d ask follow-up questions of a friend during a regular chat.

So, if you’re searching for a specific actor, maybe by asking who played Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy, Bing will not only provide you with Chris Pratt’s name directly in results, but you can ask follow-up questions, like “Who is his wife?” or “How old is he?” and the search engine will provide those answers directly about the subject of the prior search, once again in the results page directly.

These are features that Microsoft is rolling out now, so users in the U.S. at least should have access to it. You can continue asking questions without having to name the subject of the search, too, so it really does become like a fairly lengthy conversation over time.

Microsoft’s efforts in bringing more contextual smarts to Bing are admirable, since it brings us closer to the day we can interact with our computing devices in ways more similar to the habits we have in interacting with the world in general. This should make it easier and faster to string queries together and find simple answers to simple questions, and eventually, it could make it possible for search engines and other computing software to engage in even complex conversations with end users.

https://techcrunch.com/2014/08/13/microsofts-bing-will-now-keep-track-of-context-for-conversational-searching-on-desktop/

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Bing has long been the butt of jokes, as the Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) search engine is often seen as a second-rate competitor to Google, an Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOG) (NASDAQ: GOOGL) subsidiary.

But in Microsoft's latest fiscal year, which ended on June 30, its search advertising business brought in roughly an estimated $5.5 billion in revenue. That's more than major digital advertising platforms such as Twitter or Tencent, although it still pales in comparison with the $52 billion Google brought in from its owned and operated websites last year.

More importantly, Microsoft managed to make Bing profitable in 2016. Bing's transformation from a money pit to a profitable business that's still growing at a formidable pace can help offset some of the revenue losses Microsoft is experiencing from the decline in PC sales.

Can the growth continue?

When Microsoft announced that Bing had turned profitable during its fiscal first quarter, it pointed to the adoption of Windows 10 as a big driver of Bing searches and revenue. Search advertising revenue growth accelerated this year after the release of the new OS. Revenue grew 54% last quarter, compared with 21% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015.

In the quarterly conference call, Microsoft said more than 40% of June's search revenue came from Windows 10 devices. But Windows 10's free upgrade window will close at the end of the month, which means the adoption rate is sure to slow down over the next year. As such, it's unlikely the boost Bing is experiencing from its prominent position in Windows 10 will last much longer. Microsoft says it currently has 350 million active devices running Windows 10, and it recently walked back its original goal of reaching 1 billion devices by 2018.

Microsoft has also benefited from strategic partnerships such as the one in place with Apple to make Bing the search engine behind the iPhone's digital assistant, Siri. Apple had a huge year of sales last year, but it's now starting to experience a decline in iPhone unit sales. Microsoft also struck a deal with Amazon.com to make Bing the default search engine on its Fire tablets and the search engine behind the popular Alexa smart speaker, which took off last year.

With several major growth drivers in fiscal 2016, Bing had a great year. 2017 will have challenges from the slowdown of Windows 10 and iPhone adoption, as well as the potential for another digital-advertising platform to acquire one of its partners.

Growing profitability

While Microsoft doesn't break out the profitability of Bing, there are reasons to be optimistic that Bing will continue to become more profitable even if growth slows this year.

One important factor is that Microsoft outsourced its display advertising business at the beginning of fiscal 2016. That has allowed the company to focus its sales team on its search advertisements, which generally carry higher prices and margins than display ads. That makes the sales team more cost-efficient for Microsoft to run while it collects high-margin revenue from outsourcing its display ads.

Microsoft is still growing its ad prices, as indicated by the language "higher revenue per search" in its earnings releases. With a continued focus on search ad sales, ad prices should continue to climb. By comparison, Google continues to see its average ad price decline as it gets more traffic from mobile and YouTube TrueView ads. Although that's more than offset by an increase in ad impressions.

While Bing will likely never overtake Google for search supremacy, it has successfully transformed the search engine and advertising business from a joke to a nice profit center for investors. Investors can expect those profits to continue to grow going forward, even if revenue growth faces some challenges.

Growth from Bing is helping to offset the decline in personal-computing revenue, and with signs that the PC market is stabilizing, it could result in incremental net income in the near future.

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