New Bing features unveiled at Bing Search Summit

By Sunshine | Posted December 15, 2010 14 comments

Unfortunately we are unable to attend the Bing Search Summit in San Francisco, but that doesn’t stop us from bringing you the news! Today at that Summit new features were revealed, and released!

These features are:

  • Mobile: The updated Bing for Mobile app on iPhone and Android delivers new mobile-friendly features, including integration of OpenTable and Grubhub. Now when you search for and find your restaurant of choice, using terms such as “California Pizza Kitchen” or “Chinese,” you can reserve a table on OpenTable or order takeout from Grubhub without leaving the Bing for Mobile app. Additionally, Bing for Mobile will begin offering street-level imagery, “check-in” functionality and real-time public transit info, providing a more comprehensive mobile search experience.
  • Local: In addition to making reservations and ordering takeout through OpenTable and GrubHub, desktop users will be able to virtually “walk inside” restaurants and venues using 360-degree panoramic views. These interior views will begin rolling out in the coming weeks and months.
  • Events: Through integration with FanSnap, people will soon be able to purchase tickets to concerts and sporting events directly through the event details page in Bing.
  • Social: Expanding on the exclusive partnership with Facebook, Bing will now show which links on the search results page have been “liked” by a person’s Facebook friends. Whether you’re choosing a vacation destination, picking a movie to watch, or searching for laptop reviews, Bing incorporates information from your social network to help you choose the best answer to your query.
  • User Experience: Bing’s new image search organizes images in a more intuitive way and provides additional categories based on your search. Bing is also rolling out richer instant answers across entertainment verticals including music, movies, TV and Games.

More information about these features can be found in the blog posts linked to above. Additionally, you can find a blog post by Bing Senior VP Satya Nadella here, outlining Bing’s progress over the past several months.

Where we miss out, Greg Sterling from search engine land does not. He is at the Summit. You can read his live blog (includes pictures taken at the Summit) here.

Disclaimer: Mentioned features may or may not be released in your market.

Posted December 15th, 2010 at 12:24 pm
Category: Bing
Tags: Bing, Search
  • RBJ

    One thing really pisses me off about Bing Image search is the size option, “small, medium and large” won’t cut it anymore.

    Not to mention, how is 640×480 “large”?

  • RBJ

    One thing really pisses me off about Bing Image search is the size option, “small, medium and large” won’t cut it anymore.

    Not to mention, how is 640×480 “large”?

  • http://twitter.com/efjay01 Ef Jay

    So even with WP7 released the iphone and now android is taking priority over Microsofts offering? When this was mentioned about the WM version wasnt the argument that WM was obsolete and WP7 would be getting updates? Yet here we are and WP7 is not even mentioned. Another great move MS, guess WP7 will soon be the next WHS!!!

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, I agree, WP7 better get the updates soon, because the iPhone should not have more bing features than an operating system made by Microsoft.

      • http://www.facebook.com/K33nz Keno Butler

        thats the best way to gain more brand lovers, iphone clearly has more users the wp7… think its a strategic move by Microsoft/bing

  • Guest

    So even with WP7 released the iphone and now android is taking priority over Microsofts offering? When this was mentioned about the WM version wasnt the argument that WM was obsolete and WP7 would be getting updates? Yet here we are and WP7 is not even mentioned. Another great move MS, guess WP7 will soon be the next WHS!!!

    • Omen1337

      Yeah, I agree, WP7 better get the updates soon, because the iPhone should not have more bing features than an operating system made by Microsoft.

      • http://www.facebook.com/K33nz Keno Butler

        thats the best way to gain more brand lovers, iphone clearly has more users the wp7… think its a strategic move by Microsoft/bing

  • Anonymous

    I wish Bing UK had the new image search – I have to use Bing US whenever I search for images!!
    Also, when you click on the homepage search box for Bing US homepage, it brings up info. Bing UK doesn’t do that. When is HTML5 Bing coming out? In September they said ‘within a month’. It’s now December. Not happy.

  • http://alexsimkin.tumblr.com/ Alex Simkin

    I wish Bing UK had the new image search – I have to use Bing US whenever I search for images!!
    Also, when you click on the homepage search box for Bing US homepage, it brings up info. Bing UK doesn’t do that. When is HTML5 Bing coming out? In September they said ‘within a month’. It’s now December. Not happy.

  • Bnlf

    whats the use if all these features are only available to US?

  • Bnlf

    whats the use if all these features are only available to US?

  • brianm76

    Has anyone tried the Events search? This is really cool!

  • brianm76

    Has anyone tried the Events search? This is really cool!