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Bing shows lyrics in search results to help you avoid karaoke disasters

Bing can not only help you do math homework or write history papers; thanks to its latest update, it can also keep you from having a Phoebe moment where you mishear a song verse. The Bing Team has just announced that the website now displays full…

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Getty Images sues Microsoft over new Bing tool for embedding photos

Thousands of people running small blogs and websites over the years have received threatening letters from Getty Images for using its professional photos without a license, but now the photo service is going after something a little bigger: Microsoft. Getty Images filed a lawsuit this week against Microsoft, claiming that its new Bing “Image Widget” tool constitutes “massive infringement” of copyrighted images. The company has asked a US District Court judge to shut down the widget and award unspecified damages, according to Reuters.

Bing “Image Widget” launched just a couple of weeks ago in beta form. It lets users embed an active slideshow or grid of image search results on their sites just as easily as adding an embedded YouTube…

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Bing Quietly Rolls Out App Linking, Connecting Search Results To App

Bing Quietly Rolls Out App Linking, Connecting Search Results To App
Add your app's Windows and/or Windows Phone Store URL as a Connected Page and your app will be displayed in website-level results (e.g. contoso.com) for Windows 8.1 Smart Search and Windows Phone search. If you go to the App Linking page, you …
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Spotify is now free for Windows Phone
Spotify has offered free, ad-supported streaming to Android and iOS for months, leaving Windows Phone users wondering what they'd done wrong to be so roundly ignored. Today, it seems, Spotify has finally remembered that they exist, and has announced …
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Huawei says Windows Phone is unprofitable and difficult: Report
Do not expect to see any Huawei-branded Windows Phone handsets in the near future, as the Chinese networking giant has put a hold on any new releases using Microsoft's mobile operating system. Richard Yu, Huawei's consumer business group chief, …
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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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