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  • Bing’s New Apps For iOS And Android Focus On Finding Deals, Local Offers

    Bing’s New Apps For iOS And Android Focus On Finding Deals, Local Offers

    Microsoft’s Bing is trying to carve out a niche for itself on mobile by focusing on the types of common searches and information requests people need to access while on the go. To that end, the company this week rolled out new iOS and Android applications with features like a barcode scanner for price comparisons, a tool to find the cheapest nearby gas prices, and, on iOS to start, a… Read More

  • Bing Is Profitable

    Bing Is Profitable

    Microsoft promised that Bing would stop losing money in its fiscal year 2016. Today, the company reported the first quarter’s results of that fiscal period and dropped an interesting tidbit: Bing is profitable. Read More

  • Google To The Yahoo Rescue

    Google To The Yahoo Rescue

    Yahoo had a profit miss for Q3, causing shares to drop, but there was a gem in the release that should make investors very happy. The company says that it reached a search agreement this month with search giant Google, CEO Marissa Mayer’s old stomping grounds. It’s a three-year, non-exclusive agreement that covers both mobile and desktop audiences here and abroad. Here’s… Read More

  • Microsoft Targets Revenge Porn With Link Removal Form

    Microsoft Targets Revenge Porn With Link Removal Form

    Falling in step with various recent industry moves, Microsoft has set up a formal process for removing links to so-called ‘revenge porn’ from its Bing search engine, allowing victims to notify it via a dedicated web form to have access to the content cut off. Read More

  • 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

  • We Search More On Apps, Less On Google Now

    We Search More On Apps, Less On Google Now

    We’re using apps on our smartphones and tablets much more to look things up now, according to a new report out from eMarketer. That means a serious drop in ad revenue for many of the major search engines Google, Bing and Yahoo. According to eMarketer, Google mobile ads saw a dramatic 17 percent drop in revenue from 2012. The search giant owned 82.8 percent of the $2.24 billion search… Read More

  • Microsoft’s Ad-Free “Bing In The Classroom” Program Exits Beta, Opens To All U.S. Schools

    Microsoft’s Ad-Free “Bing In The Classroom” Program Exits Beta, Opens To All U.S. Schools

    A year ago, Microsoft launched a beta of its ad-free “Bing For Schools” program, which promises to give K-12 students access to an ad-free search experience with additional content filters, privacy protections and a couple of specialized learning features to enhance digital literacy. Today, it’s taking this program — which is now called “Bing in the… Read More

  • Bing Starts Using Search Data To Predict TV Talent Show Votes

    Bing Starts Using Search Data To Predict TV Talent Show Votes

    Google’s attempts to model flu trends based on people’s search behavior has come under fire lately, but our search behavior can undoubtedly be used to predict lots of other things. Starting today, Bing will use its search data to add predictions about who will win shows like The Voice, American Idol (that’s still on?) and D-list dance show Dancing With The Stars. Read More

  • 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… 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… 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… Read More

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