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  • Bing Home Page Gets Some Of Cortana’s Smarts

    Bing Home Page Gets Some Of Cortana’s Smarts

    Two weeks ago, Microsoft debuted its Cortana personal digital assistant for Windows Phone 8.1, which uses the Bing platform to learn about your preferences and interests. Starting today, the Bing home page will also get some of Cortana's smarts. You can now find a set of personalized cards that help you keep track of news, weather, flights and stocks. Read More

  • Bing Is Here To Stay

    Bing Is Here To Stay

    Every couple of months, new rumors about Microsoft trying to sell off its Bing search engine pop up. At some point late last year, the word on the street was that if then-CEO candidate Stephen Elop would take the reins of the company, he would sell Bing as soon as possible. After last week's Build developer conference, I think we can now put those rumors to rest. Bing is now a core part of… Read More

  • Microsoft Said To Be Considering A Free Version Of Windows 8.1

    Microsoft Said To Be Considering A Free Version Of Windows 8.1

    Microsoft is looking at a cost conscious crisis, relative to both mobile and desktop hardware, and on the heels of the news that it might be reducing its Windows Phone software license fee, there’s new evidence that it’s looking at pursuing the same strategy for the desktop. The Verge reports that Microsoft has an experimental free version of Windows 8.1 called “Windows 8.1 with… Read More

  • Microsoft Adds 3D Imagery Of 15 New Cities To The Bing Maps Preview App For Windows 8.1

    Microsoft Adds 3D Imagery Of 15 New Cities To The Bing Maps Preview App For Windows 8.1

    In December, TechCrunch reported that Microsoft had met its earlier promise to bring rich 3D imaging of several cities to Windows 8.1 through a new Bing Maps Preview application. Today, Microsoft extended that work to include 15 new cities. Why the gap between release and new content? The company had to go out and, well, collect the information contained therein. You can snag the app here, if you… Read More

  • New Bing Apps For Windows Phone Point To Increasing Platform Unity From Microsoft

    New Bing Apps For Windows Phone Point To Increasing Platform Unity From Microsoft

    This morning Microsoft announced updates to Bing apps for Windows Phone (News, Finance, Weather, Sports), and new Bing-based apps for the smartphone platform: Food and Drink, Health and Fitness, and Travel. Comparable apps were already available on Windows 8.1. Read More

  • Foursquare Gets $15M And Licensing Deal From Microsoft To Power Location Context For Windows And Mobile

    Foursquare Gets $15M And Licensing Deal From Microsoft To Power Location Context For Windows And Mobile

    Today, Foursquare is announcing that it has received $15 million in funding as a result of a partnership with Microsoft. The deal will see Foursquare contributing to the Bing platform’s location and context layers on both Windows 8 and Windows Phone. Read More

  • Yahoo Could Do Search Because It Needs The Money

    Yahoo Could Do Search Because It Needs The Money

    Yahoo could be getting back into the search game. Its long-suffering deal with Microsoft has underperformed, making recent revelations that the company is working on building new search products hardly surprising. Read More

  • TripAdvisor Scores Deep Bing Integration With Its Hotel Metasearch, Launches Windows 8.1 App

    TripAdvisor Scores Deep Bing Integration With Its Hotel Metasearch, Launches Windows 8.1 App

    TripAdvisor puts a nice notch in its belt today with a Bing integration deal that places its results front and center on search results pages. The deal marks the first time that TripAdvisor has lent its metasearch data, gathered from over 125M reviews across 3.1M locations, to a search engine. In conjunction with the new Bing integration, TripAdvisor is also launching a new Windows 8.1 app that… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Hocus Pocus

    Gillmor Gang: Hocus Pocus

    The Gillmor Gang — Danny Sullivan, Robert Scoble, John Taschek, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor — find themselves in a quandary over Steven Elop's alleged exit strategy for Microsoft. Is he really serious, dumping XBox and casting aside Bing? Or is this just a magician's sleight of hand, misdirecting the attention from the more radical idea of abandoning Windows to save Office. The Gang is… Read More

  • Bing Renews Its Firehose Deal With Twitter

    Bing Renews Its Firehose Deal With Twitter

    Microsoft today announced that it has renewed its partnership with Twitter, giving Bing access to all of the public content Twitter’s users create. The terse three-sentence announcement is short on details, but a Microsoft spokesperson told us it extends, for an unspecified amount of time, the deal the two companies made four years ago. “The past four years partnering with Twitter have… Read More