At Microsoft Research Redmond -- one of 13 labs worldwide, with locations from Beijing and Banglaore to Cairo and Cambridge -- there exists Studio 99, an art space that mashes up data and coding with creative expression. It was a perfect place for James George, a computer scientist turned NYU video art professor, to embark on a three-month stint doing whatever he liked with the tools and staff available at one of the most advanced technology playgrounds on the planet.
"The first week I was here, I really had no plan," George explained in a Microsoft Research interview. &… Read more
A new experience launching on Yahoo today with a newsfeed, personalization and a new design - yay! http://t.co/s7YrPbZU— marissamayer (@marissamayer) February 20, 2013 Yet Mayer would be forgiven if, even before she tapped the "tweet" button, she was already restless for the next iteration of the site. While Yahoo's redesigned home page functions just fine (and still commands huge traffic), it's not as … Read more
Not much has changed in the US search engine market during the past month. Google held steady keeping its massive edge over all other players; and, Microsoft saw a small increase, while Yahoo experienced a minor decline.
Digital analytics company ComScore released new data on Wednesday covering the US search engine market in October. The numbers show that Google maintained 66.9 percent of the market and Microsoft came in a distant second with 18.1 percent. In the rear, Yahoo got 11.1 percent, Ask had 2.6 percent, and AOL came in with 1.3 percent of the … Read more
Bing is harnessing the vast collection of music videos on the Internet and aiming to make it easier for users to listen to their favorite artists and find new ones to pore over.
Microsoft announced Monday that it overhauled its music video search function for users to explore, discover, and browse more music on Bing. The search engine has brought in more than 1.7 million songs from 70,000 artists and 500,000 albums from all across the Web, including YouTube, Vimeo, MTV, Artist Direct, and more.
"Our new music video experience was designed with music lovers in … Read more
Microsoft's Bing Desktop lets you search Bing quickly and easily from the desktop or taskbar without opening a browser. Bing Desktop also delivers news, weather, and even Facebook content. It keeps you current by identifying trending news, images, and videos. Bing's draggable toolbar is free of ads and junk and bears small resemblance to more obtrusive toolbars we've all encountered. Bing Desktop is for Windows XP to 8.
When setting up Bing Desktop, you can choose to make Bing your default search engine, make IE your default browser, and set your home page, among other options, though … Read more
In July of this year, Microsoft made it official that Bing is more than just a search engine. It also is a developer platform, providing coders with controls, development kits, and the back-end services powering these elements.
On October 21, Microsoft added a long-awaited piece to the Bing developer toolbox: a speech recognition control. This new control allows developers to build Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT Metro-Style/Windows Store apps that include speech-recognition as one of their inputs.
Microsoft execs also announced updates to the existing Bing Optical Character Recognition Control and Bing Translator Controls so that … Read more
Here's a trick question: Who or what is better at collecting and curating photos -- people or computers?
For Microsoft's Bing, the answer is both.
The search engine announced Wednesday that it has partnered with Pinterest to bring photo pin boards to its image search function.
So, now, when users query "Norwegian Forest Cat," not only will they get the usual photo page of cute fuzzy kitties, they'll also get Pinterest collectors' boards on the right side of the screen. Who knew Norwegian Forest Cats generated such a following?
Here's a little more from … Read more
Googling is one of those habits.
You know, like flossing in the living room or changing your underpants every other day.
Yet Microsoft's search engine has Binged on and on that it is, in fact, better. Its own Web site insists that real people prefer Bing's results by a ratio of almost 2 to 1.
Such a claim tends to invite skepticism.
The vast minds at Freakonomics decided to take their skepticism to another level -- the one of actually trying to replicate the Bing results. … Read more
Microsoft is giving its Bing search engine an overhaul to better compete with Google.
Like Yahoo earlier this month, Bing is getting a redesigned logo, along with a refreshed, modern homepage design. But Microsoft's changes go beyond the cosmetic by introducing new features and tweaking existing ones.
One of the keys to Microsoft's new approach is Page Zero, a new search function that aims to help users get a useful response to their query before they even see a traditional search results page. Building on the traditional autofill suggestion that appears as users type their queries, Bing will … Read more