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Bing follows Google in allowing Europeans to be forgotten online

Microsoft has begun accepting requests to remove results on Bing for searches on some individuals in Europe. The move follows similar changes by Google, after a landmark ruling by the European Union Court of Justice determined that it’s Google and Microsoft’s responsibility to remove outdated or “irrelevant” search results hosted by third parties. Microsoft’s request form includes questions about requestors roles in society, and requires ID to verify individuals.

While Microsoft has remained quiet on the EU ruling, Google has publicly stated its problems with the judgement, saying that it contradicts the information on freedom of expression in the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and that the language used by the court…

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Bing search gets a scientific calculator almost two years after Google

If Bitcoin currency conversion is too trivial a use for you, loyal Bing user, perhaps the addition of a calculator will help solve the equation of your unhappiness. Simply type a math problem into Microsoft’s search engine and, as Windows Phone…

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Bing search results now show key events in famous people’s lives

Whether you use Bing or Google, you’re surely used to that box on the right side of the screen — you know, the one that gives you quick facts about whatever it is you’re searching for, whether it be a celebrity, animal or your next vacation spot. In…

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

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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.

It’s a sensible move given that users of Windows 8.x likely expect their Windows experience to travel to their phone as well, given the platform’s advertised similarity to their normal computing environment.

Microsoft, however, has added a new wrinkle that should raise your eyebrow:

Along with fresh features, your personalized content from all 7 of the Bing apps will now roam across all your Windows devices. For example: any places you’ve added in the Bing Weather app will now roam and sync between your Windows PC or Tablet and your Windows Phone! Just set up once with your Microsoft Account, and you’re all set.

To use the common vernacular, ermergerd, such platform unity.

Microsoft has hinted that it intends to merge the Windows RT and Windows Phone platforms into something — I don’t really know what that product would look like. What matters in the above is that Microsoft is better at tying together its not-very-discrete operating systems.

Unlike with Windows 8.x, the above app set is opt-in on Windows Phone. You can Bing on your phone if you want, but if not no worries. For now, at least.

The new apps look like fine mobile counterparts to their tablet/desktop cousins. This is not the last time that we will see Microsoft work to harmonize the Windows 8.x-Windows Phone user experience.

IMAGE BY FLICKR USER ROBERT SCOBLE UNDER CC BY 2.0 LICENSE (IMAGE HAS BEEN CROPPED) 

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

Screen Shot 2014-02-18 at 10.27.40 AM

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.

It’s a sensible move given that users of Windows 8.x likely expect their Windows experience to travel to their phone as well, given the platform’s advertised similarity to their normal computing environment.

Microsoft, however, has added a new wrinkle that should raise your eyebrow:

Along with fresh features, your personalized content from all 7 of the Bing apps will now roam across all your Windows devices. For example: any places you’ve added in the Bing Weather app will now roam and sync between your Windows PC or Tablet and your Windows Phone! Just set up once with your Microsoft Account, and you’re all set.

To use the common vernacular, ermergerd, such platform unity.

Microsoft has hinted that it intends to merge the Windows RT and Windows Phone platforms into something — I don’t really know what that product would look like. What matters in the above is that Microsoft is better at tying together its not-very-discrete operating systems.

Unlike with Windows 8.x, the above app set is opt-in on Windows Phone. You can Bing on your phone if you want, but if not no worries. For now, at least.

The new apps look like fine mobile counterparts to their tablet/desktop cousins. This is not the last time that we will see Microsoft work to harmonize the Windows 8.x-Windows Phone user experience.

IMAGE BY FLICKR USER ROBERT SCOBLE UNDER CC BY 2.0 LICENSE (IMAGE HAS BEEN CROPPED) 

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

Screen Shot 2014-02-18 at 10.27.40 AM

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.

It’s a sensible move given that users of Windows 8.x likely expect their Windows experience to travel to their phone as well, given the platform’s advertised similarity to their normal computing environment.

Microsoft, however, has added a new wrinkle that should raise your eyebrow:

Along with fresh features, your personalized content from all 7 of the Bing apps will now roam across all your Windows devices. For example: any places you’ve added in the Bing Weather app will now roam and sync between your Windows PC or Tablet and your Windows Phone! Just set up once with your Microsoft Account, and you’re all set.

To use the common vernacular, ermergerd, such platform unity.

Microsoft has hinted that it intends to merge the Windows RT and Windows Phone platforms into something — I don’t really know what that product would look like. What matters in the above is that Microsoft is better at tying together its not-very-discrete operating systems.

Unlike with Windows 8.x, the above app set is opt-in on Windows Phone. You can Bing on your phone if you want, but if not no worries. For now, at least.

The new apps look like fine mobile counterparts to their tablet/desktop cousins. This is not the last time that we will see Microsoft work to harmonize the Windows 8.x-Windows Phone user experience.

IMAGE BY FLICKR USER ROBERT SCOBLE UNDER CC BY 2.0 LICENSE (IMAGE HAS BEEN CROPPED) 

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New Bing fitness app for Windows Phone tracks you after the run is over

Windows Phone owners have their choice of activity tracking apps, but few of those apps will tell you how to remain healthy after you’ve taken off your running shoes. It’s a good thing that Microsoft has released a beta of Bing Health & Fitness for…

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Microsoft to use Foursquare data in Bing and Windows products

It may not be the biggest news to come out of Redmond in recent hours. Still, the Windows faithful will no doubt be interested to hear about a licensing agreement involving two pretty notable outfits. Today, Foursquare announced it has struck a deal…

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Bing Rewards launches on mobile, but not for everyone

Now you can earn rewards for using Bing on your mobile device, as long as it’s not a Windows Phone. Snubbing its own mobile OS once again, Microsoft brought Bing Rewards to iOS and Android devices Wednesday. Already available for desktop, the …

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Bing it on: can third-party apps and voice control push Google out of Windows?

Windows 8.1’s Smart Search functionality debuted last month, merging web results and traditional file search into a full-screen search experience across PCs and tablets. While Microsoft has created a number of visually engaging “hero” pages for certain queries — combining music, video, and information — the software company has much more ambitious goals for the future of Windows search: integrating apps and adding voice controls.

While hero pages were a first step for launch, Microsoft says they’re just one component of many features that will help shape the search experience in Windows — designed to rival Google’s web dominance. Microsoft has around 1,000 employees dedicated to its Smart Search feature in Windows 8.1, and…

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