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  • Bing Follows Google With Its Own “Mobile-Friendly” Ranking Algorithm Change

    Bing Follows Google With Its Own “Mobile-Friendly” Ranking Algorithm Change

    There’s no “mobilegeddon” taking place on Bing, but Microsoft did announce today that it’s taking steps to improve the search rankings for mobile-friendly websites. The changes follow a similar move by Google which last month rolled out a change to its ranking algorithm which penalized sites that aren’t easily usable from mobile devices. The update was… Read More

  • Microsoft And Yahoo Confirm Search Outages

    Microsoft’s search engine Bing.com and other sites, including live.com, suffered a brief outage of somewhere around 20 minutes today, give or take, according to reports on Twitter and other website-monitoring services. While Bing.com and others have since returned (in fact, while we were reaching out for comment on the outage), we noticed also that Yahoo’s search service (powered… Read More

  • Good Riddance To Social Search

    Good Riddance To Social Search

    Remember how not too long ago the future of search — at least according to the big search engines — was social search? Today, you’d be hard-pressed to find any mention of social search on Google or Bing (let alone Yahoo Search). Let’s be thankful for that because social search was an ill-begotten idea to begin with. Read More

  • Facebook Dumps Bing, Will Introduce Its Own Search Tool

    Facebook Dumps Bing, Will Introduce Its Own Search Tool

    It seems that Facebook quietly removed Bing as its primary search provider over the weekend, announcing plans to debut its own search tool on Monday, according to Reuters. The report says that Facebook’s new search tool will give users the ability to filter through old comments and other information from friends. Read More

  • Torque, Microsoft’s Alternative To “OK Google,” Now Works On Android Smartphones

    Torque, Microsoft’s Alternative To “OK Google,” Now Works On Android Smartphones

    Microsoft this morning has released an app for Android smartphone users called Torque that allows you to shake your phone in order to perform a voice search, similar to Google’s “OK Google.” The difference is that instead of waking up the app with a standard keyword command, it’s the shaking motion that instead does the trick. Also like Google, Torque will provide a… Read More

  • Microsoft Brings MSN Back By Shifting Windows Phone’s Bing Apps To A New, Old Moniker

    Microsoft Brings MSN Back By Shifting Windows Phone’s Bing Apps To A New, Old Moniker

    Microsoft, in an effort to bring MSN back to mainstream prominence, is shifting its Bing-labeled Windows Phone and Windows apps under that brand’s aegis. You are forgiven if you forgot that MSN is still a thing, or that a number of Windows Phone and Windows apps that have little to do with search are in fact still branded under the Bing name. MSN may be on this side of risible in the… Read More

  • Microsoft’s Bing Will Now Keep Track Of Context For Conversational Searching On Desktop

    Microsoft’s Bing Will Now Keep Track Of Context For Conversational Searching On Desktop

    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… Read More

  • Microsoft Next To Comply With Europe’s Search Privacy Ruling

    Microsoft Next To Comply With Europe’s Search Privacy Ruling

    Microsoft has followed Google’s lead and launched an online webform where European users of its Bing search engine (all few of them) can make a request for information displayed in search results triggered by a search for their name to be de-indexed — if that information is outdated or irrelevant. Read More

  • Bing Looks Abroad

    Bing Looks Abroad

    Microsoft is working to expand Bing’s international footprint. A job posting, spotted by Neowin, speaks plainly: “Bing is embarking on the most ambitious geographic and product expansion in its history.” Well then. Microsoft hasn’t taken down the listing, so it’s likely not too concerned about having its plans aired publicly. What this signifies is that Microsoft… Read More

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