It goes without saying that Google is probably the most used search engine on the internet. It is, of course, not the only option out there even though the competition doesn’t quite command the same market share. However, it seems that it won’t stop companies like Microsoft from trying.
Whenever you buy a product, companies typically encourage users to buy into their ecosystem. This is why it didn’t really come as a surprise to learn that Microsoft would be forcing users who use the Office 365 installer to use Bing, where it would install a Chrome extension that essentially changes the default search engine to Bing.
While Microsoft might have failed on the mobile hardware front, the company has been making some inroads by introducing their own software and services to other platforms such as iOS and Android. They have also acquired other apps such as SwiftKey, giving them more in-roads to Apple and Google’s operating systems.
It was previously reported that Microsoft’s Bing had suddenly stopped working in China. It was suggested that it was due to DNS corruption, which apparently is one of the ways that the Chinese government goes about censoring websites in China. However it seems that this could have really been nothing more than just a technical issue.
Western companies who are trying to break into the Chinese market are usually forced to adapt to a new way of doing business, where they would need to comply with the regulations laid out by the Chinese government which can be very different from what they might be used to in the west.
Google’s Gboard keyboard for mobile devices comes with a nifty feature and that is it has Google search built into the keyboard itself. This means that when you are chatting with a friend, instead of having to swap out to another app like the Google app or your browser, you can do a quick search on the keyboard itself.
Google’s AMP is slowly making its rounds on the web on mobile devices where users browsing Google Search can find articles that “instantly” load. However for the most part it does require users to use Google Search in order to take advantage of it, but now according to Microsoft, they have announced that Bing will also support it.
With rivals like Google and Apple improving the news experience on their services, Microsoft has decided to do something similar with Bing. It has announced the launch of a new and improved news experience as part of its search engine called Bing Spotlight. The idea is to enable users to an overview of the news in less time.
Microsoft today announced that it’s adding new Visual Search capabilities to its Bing search engine which build upon the visual technology that’s already present in the search engine. The new capabilities will enable users to search the web using their device’s camera. They will be able to search, shop, and learn more by searching through the photos that they take.
Microsoft has announced that it’s adding new intelligent search features to Bing that are powered by artificial intelligence. The features are designed to give users answers faster, provide them more comprehensive and complete information, and enable them to interact with the search engine more naturally.
In computing there is term known as “garbage in, garbage out,” meaning that if you input garbage you should expect results that aren’t ideal as well. However in today’s modern society, technology has progressed to the point where it can anticipate our needs even before we ask for it. Think about the ads you see on websites for products you’ve searched for in the past.
Apple previously relied on Bing to deliver web search results from Siri and Spotlight on iOS and Mac. However, the company today confirmed that it’s replacing Bing with Google for search results on iOS and Spotlight on Mac. Users will now get Google results instead of Bing if Siri falls back to a web search in response to a voice command.
To combat the surge in fake news, Google started adding fact check findings to search and news results earlier this year. It started working with fact checking organizations like PolitiFact and Snopes for this purpose. Bing is now doing something similar. Microsoft’s search engine will now display a fact check label in search results to help users find fact checking information on news and webpages within search results.
Cortana is integrated with Windows 10 and thus it provides a lot of functionality to the taskbar. Windows 10 users can rely on Cortana to help them out with a wide variety of tasks by just issuing it voice commands. While Cortana has always been able to search the web, that functionality did require some improvement, and Microsoft appears to be making some improvements.