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Bing.com runs on Windows Server 2012

With the recent announcement of the Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate (RC), we at Bing.com considered how we might benefit from some of the operating system’s new features. Bing.com is a cloud service that runs on thousands of computers spanning many datacenters across the globe. Performance is a key component in running a successful cloud service such as Bing. Bing serves thousands of user queries every second, and users demand both relevancy and speed in those results.
Our deployment of Windows Server 2012 leveraged four key new features, in particular:

  • Built-in Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5, included with Windows Server 2012, including the background garbage collection and associated improved latencies
  • Improved performance at startup, enabled by the multicore JIT functionality of .NET 4.5
  • Ability to collect call stacks for 64-bit .NET JITted applications
  • Evaluation of Hyper-V 3 (the version of Hyper-V in Window Server 2012)

Read more – http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsserver/archive/2012/06/07/bing-com-runs-on-windows-server-2012.aspx

Bing Desktop Beta

Bing Desktop provides an automatic update of the Windows Desktop Background image to the Bing home page image each day. In addition, Bing Desktop offers an easily accessible yet unobstrusive search box to streamline searching without opening the browser.

Download – http://download.microsoft.com/download/9/7/8/9782D80D-1CB1-48A0-9138-E8C67782866E/BingDesktopSetup.exe

Bing rolls out “Honey Badger” webmaster tools update

Microsoft has been working hard to make Bing the premier search website. But the features of the platform go beyond your traditional search as Bing also offers up a set of webmaster tools to help out site owners make the most of their website.

  • Crawl delay management: Lets webmasters configure the bingbot crawl rate for a specific domain.
  • Index Explorer: Allows webmasters the ability to access data in the Bing index regarding a specified domain.
  • User and Role Management: Provides site owners the ability to grant admin, read/write or read-only access to other users for their site.

Link – http://www.bing.com/community/site_blogs/b/webmaster/archive/2011/06/08/updates-to-bing-webmaster-tools-data-and-content.aspx

Bing rolls out "Honey Badger" webmaster tools update

Microsoft has been working hard to make Bing the premier search website. But the features of the platform go beyond your traditional search as Bing also offers up a set of webmaster tools to help out site owners make the most of their website.

  • Crawl delay management: Lets webmasters configure the bingbot crawl rate for a specific domain.
  • Index Explorer: Allows webmasters the ability to access data in the Bing index regarding a specified domain.
  • User and Role Management: Provides site owners the ability to grant admin, read/write or read-only access to other users for their site.

Link – http://www.bing.com/community/site_blogs/b/webmaster/archive/2011/06/08/updates-to-bing-webmaster-tools-data-and-content.aspx

Microsoft hopes Bing users pick up the tab

When it released Bing last year, Microsoft hoped that users would be willing to click on a host of additional options presented in a column along the left side of Bing search results.

It turns out, though that disappointingly few users clicked on the added options. The low click rate meant that some of the pages that Microsoft invested the most in–topic pages, articles, and custom data feeds–were being overlooked by lots of users.

Link – http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-20001118-56.html

Bing Ringtones

Bing isn’t just a search engine, it’s a decision engine. Download these Bing-branded ringtones to your mobile device, then make www.bing.com your new default search engine today.

Link – http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=043c49db-e33b-4603-a699-9f1fba8e9245

The Bing Bar

image Also announced yesterday is the Bing Bar. Another search/tool bar? Yes and no, it replaces the MSN Toolbar Beta. If you go to the MSN toolbar URL you get the following page:

Link – http://liveside.net/bingblog/archive/2009/12/03/the-bing-bar.aspx

Bing Maps Beta

Today is a day I’ve been waiting for. Today is the day that I can finally stop biting my lip and start blabbing to the world that YES we have Streetside photography in Bing Maps – woohoo! Today is the day we release our beta Silverlight version of Bing Maps and it is smoking hot. We’ve added two new map modes – Streetside and Enhanced Bird’s Eye. We’ve added an Application Gallery to browse applications mashed-in to Bing Maps – sort of the reverse of our APIs where you’re putting Bing Maps onto your site. We’ve added Photosynth and a slew of other features…read on! If you don’t like to read, you can watch the video Laura Foy and I made on Channel 9.

Link –http://www.bing.com/community/blogs/maps/archive/2009/12/02/bing-maps-adds-streetside-enhanced-bird-s-eye-photosynth-and-more.aspx

Logos, favicons coming to paid search listings in Bing

Microsoft will launch a pilot this month to test new paid search ad formats using logos and favicons embedded in listings. The icons expand on the traditional two simple text lines and link. The formats are intended to make ads pop in search results and to encourage advertisers and media buyers to allocate more paid search campaign dollars to Bing.

Link – http://www.mediapost.com/publications/?fa=Articles.showArticle&art_aid=113842

Visual Search – Why type when you can see it?

How many times have you seen a movie trailer and forgotten the name of it the next day? You go online to search for it but you can’t seem to find the movie with “what’s-his-name” in it anywhere but you can picture the actor in your head. A study conducted by Microsoft Research shows that consumers can process results with images 20% faster than text only results.  So it’s clear that images play a big part in helping consumer’s with a variety of search activities.

Link – http://www.bing.com/community/blogs/search/archive/2009/09/14/visual-search-why-type-when-you-can-see-it.aspx