Metro Bing Maps App for Windows 8

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 November 2011 05:11 Written by Mire_B Tuesday, 29 November 2011 05:11

The upcoming Bing Maps application for Windows 8 will take advantage of the new Metro platform, Microsoft revealed. There aren’t all that many details available as of now, but it’s easy to guess just what kind of experience users will be in for.

But the Metro-style Bing Maps app will be only one example of a collection of Bing-powered applications for Windows 8 currently under development.


Software Development Engineer II – Bing Job
Date: Nov 9, 2011
Location: Bellevue, WA, US
Job Category: Software Engineering: Development
Location: Bellevue, WA, US
Job ID: 775947-67975
Division: Online Services Division

Did you like what you saw at the //BUILD conference? Do you like cool UX? (client dev) Do you like data services integration? (server dev) Or want to do both?

Join the OSD Application Experiences team! The AppEx team is a new group formed to build Windows 8 applications powered by Bing.

We are a startup within Microsoft with an aggressive timeline. Now’s a chance to help ship a set of applications on Windows 8, and have it be used by millions around the world! Our team will concentrate on a Maps application as well as other key consumer-friendly apps with Metro-style UI. Now’s the perfect time to dig into the Windows Runtime and target the cutting edge of Microsoft platforms.

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Yahoo! and Microsoft Search Alliance Gets Green Light from the U.S. Department of Justice and the European Commission

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 February 2010 10:49 Written by Mire_B Thursday, 18 February 2010 10:49

Yahoo! and Microsoft will start implementing their search alliance, as the two companies have been given the green light from both the U.S. Department of Justice and the European Commission. From the Microsoft News Center:

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) and Yahoo! (Nasdaq “YHOO”) announced today that they have received clearance for their search agreement, without restrictions, from both the U.S. Department of Justice and the European Commission, and will now turn their attention to beginning the process of implementing the deal.

Implementation of the deal is expected to begin in the coming days and will involve transitioning Yahoo!’s algorithmic and paid search platforms to Microsoft, with Yahoo! becoming the exclusive relationship sales force for both companies’ premium search advertisers globally. Once the transition is completed, the companies’ unified search marketplace will deliver improved innovation for consumers, better volume and efficiency for advertisers and better monetization opportunities for web publishers through a platform that contains a larger pool of search queries.

“This breakthrough search alliance means Yahoo! can focus even more on our own innovative search experience,” said Yahoo! Chief Executive Officer Carol Bartz. “Yahoo! gets to do what we do best: combine our science and technology with compelling content to build personally relevant online experiences for our users and customers.”

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer concurred with Bartz’s assessment. “Although we are just at the beginning of this process, we have reached an exciting milestone,” Ballmer said. “I believe that together, Microsoft and Yahoo! will promote more choice, better value and greater innovation to our customers as well as to advertisers and publishers.”

Consumer Search Experience

Under terms of the agreement, which was announced in late July 2009, Microsoft will provide Yahoo! with the same search result listings available through Bing, and Yahoo! will innovate around those listings by integrating rich Yahoo! content, enhanced listings with conveniently organized information about key topics, and tools to tailor the experience for Yahoo! users.

Yahoo! will focus on providing a compelling and innovative search experience that allows people to find and explore the things, people and sites that matter most to them. While Microsoft will provide the underlying platform, both companies will continue to create different, compelling and evolving experiences, competing for audience, engagement and clicks.

Transition Timeline

Yahoo! and Microsoft will work with advertisers, publishers and developers on a customized plan designed to make the transition as efficient and seamless as possible. Both companies will begin working closely with most partners well in advance of their planned transition to the Microsoft platform and will communicate important information to partners about the transition regularly.

The companies will begin the transition of algorithmic search and have set a goal of completing that effort in at least the United States by the end of 2010. The companies also hope to make significant progress transitioning U.S. advertisers and publishers prior to the 2010 holiday season, but may wait until 2011 if they determine that the transition will be more effective after the holiday season. All global customers and partners are expected to be transitioned by early 2012.

Customer Relationships

Once the transition is in place, Yahoo! and Microsoft will each represent and provide customer support to different advertiser segments. Yahoo!’s sales team will exclusively represent and support high volume advertisers, SEO and SEM agencies, and resellers and their clients. Microsoft will represent and support self-service advertisers.

Regulatory Summary

Although the transaction previously was cleared by regulators in Australia, Brazil and Canada, the terms of the agreement required clearance by U.S. and European regulators before it could commence. Meanwhile, Microsoft and Yahoo! continue to work with regulators in Korea, Taiwan, and Japan to ensure that they have all relevant information necessary to evaluate the transaction before the deal commences in those specific jurisdictions.

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Visual Search for Bing (1.9), v2.0 this Fall

Last Updated on Monday, 14 September 2009 10:06 Written by Mire_B Monday, 14 September 2009 02:29

But don’t call it Bing 2.0, Microsoft doesn’t want you to. It’s an update, seeds planted some time ago, the fruits will be ripe for the picking this fall. I actually knew earlier this summer that Microsoft was working on a Bing Silverlight hybrid. Yes, sure, it’s easy for me to say this now. And yes, I should have spilled the beans, right, that’s enough agricultural metaphors, I promise, but I should have blogged about it when I first had the chance. In my defense, I had the Bing + Silverlight part, but couldn’t figure out for the world what was Microsoft planning.

I’m going to have to go through my notes, as I recall I had come out with some pretty wild speculation. Nothing as “mild” as Visual Search. But now, that I see Visual Search I think that I wasn’t all that far off. If I’ll find something interesting I’ll post it. Meanwhile, play with Visual Search.

From the Bing blog: 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.

We have taken this to heart with Bing’s new Visual Search feature announced today as a beta at TechCrunch50. Visual Search is a new way to formulate and refine your search queries through imagery, particularly for sets of results that tend to be more structured. We call these data groupings galleries. Simply go to and install Silverlight if you don’t have it already. What you’ll see is an amazing new visual search experience. Visual Search allows you to quickly scroll through the galleries or do a one-click refinement using the quick tabs on the left, which are specifically relevant to the type of results you are browsing through.

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