Microsoft updates Bing in Germany

By Michael Gillett | In Bing, News | Posted March 27, 2012 36 comments

It is being reported that Microsoft has recently updated Bing in Germany which sees features from other markets being brought to the Germany site. The homepage now offers hotspots to allow for exploration and discovery and makes the homepage more engaging.

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In addition to the hotspots being available in a web browser they also work in Windows Phone’s in built Bing functionality.

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Another minor cosmetic change to the German version of Bing is that there is now a Bing Tour video for German speakers.  The video informs users how to use Bing on a PC and a mobile phone showing how users can search for images, check the news, get directions and more. Watch the tour.

But the changes for Bing in Germany aren’t just cosmetic, the way in which the site returns results has also been updated. The update introduces more context awareness so more meaningful and useful results are returned when using the search engine.

The final addition to the Bing experience in Germany is perhaps the most significant and is that Local Scout Bing Local Search is now fully working on Windows Phones in Germany. This feature is not available across a lot of the world but is a much anticipated so Windows Phone users in Germany should be happy. This feature allow local results to be returned when using the in built Bing feature in Windows Phone.

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Have users in Germany spotted any new features with Bing? It’s good to see more Bing features roll out around the world, even if it is at a very slow pace. Check out the updated Bing for Germany.

Thanks to MSicc for the images.

Update: It’s Bing Local Search that recently launched in Germany, not Local Scout. Apologies for the confusion!

Posted March 27th, 2012 at 12:49 am
Category: Bing, News
Tags: Bing, Home Page, Windows Phone
  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000240251511 Andreas Miceli

    The local scout experience in Germany is still not on par with U.S. phones. There’s no “Local Scout” icon in the Maps App. :(

    • http://www.andrewtechhelp.com/ Andrew Tech Help

      that’s because Germany still hasn’t got Local Scout. That’s why it’s not on par, it isn’t there. You’ve got Bing Local Search though which is different.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000240251511 Andreas Miceli

    The local scout experience in Germany is still not on par with U.S. phones. There’s no “Local Scout” icon in the Maps App. :(

    • http://www.andrewtechhelp.com/ Andrew Tech Help

      that’s because Germany still hasn’t got Local Scout. That’s why it’s not on par, it isn’t there. You’ve got Bing Local Search though which is different.

  • http://twitter.com/Henryed07 Henry Edwards

    The Germany version also has the video that the UK and USA have.

  • http://twitter.com/Henryed07 Henry Edwards

    The Germany version also has the video that the UK and USA have.

  • http://www.andrewtechhelp.com/ Andrew Tech Help

    Sorry LiveSide, but Local Scout is NOT working on Windows Phone. Windows Phone has 2 seperate Local features, one called Bing Local Search (which has been around Since Windows Phone 7.0) and the other called Bing Local Scout (which was added in Windows Phone 7.5). Germany has Bing Local Search (it was one of many countries to get it when Mango was released, initally it was US & UK only), but only Australia, France, UK & US have Bing Local Scout. What you’ve demoed is Bing Local Search and that’s been around since Mango was first released. If they were to get Local Scout, you’d see a Local Scout icon added to Bing & Bing Maps but that’s still not there. You can find out all the countries and what features are available in each of them here on my website: http://andrewtechhelp.com/andrews-tech-opinions/126-windows-phone-7-feature-availability-matrix-the-mango-edition

    • http://gcoupe.wordpress.com/ Geoff Coupe

      Andrew – not true. I get Local Scout results from Germany, and have had since I got my Windows Phone in December last year…

      • http://www.andrewtechhelp.com/ Andrew Tech Help

        Is, your phone configured to use US, UK, French or Australian Search settings in
        Settings -> Region + Language -> Browser & Search Language though & are you getting the Bing Local
        Scout icon Bing Search at the very left of the app bar (it looks like some houses)?

        From all the
        research I’ve done so far, I have not been able to reproduce Bing Local Scout on
        a purely German configured phone. I’d be very surprised if you somehow get it
        (maps appearing in the Local Pivot, like the one shown in the picture above,
        don’t count). Also, Microsoft does have lots of mapping data for places like Germany, even though they haven’t enabled the Bing Local Scout button. You can normally switch your search language to a location which has Bing Local Scout enabled & yet find relevant results for your country which doesn’t have the button enabled.

        • http://gcoupe.wordpress.com/ Geoff Coupe

          My phone is set to Display language: English (UK). Region format: English (UK). System locale: Dutch (Netherlands). Browser & search language: English (UK).

          I’m seeing the Bing Local search (houses) button. I have an App called Local Scout (which also has the houses icon). Both of them are returning results from my local area of Germany, which is just across the border from where I am…

          • http://www.andrewtechhelp.com/ Andrew Tech Help

            Ok, yup, that’s what I was expecting. Your Browser & Search Language is set to English (UK). You try changing that from English UK to Germany or the Netherlands and watch that little Bing Local Scout icon disappear.

            This is what I was saying. Microsoft has plenty of mapping & point of interest (restraurants, cafes, museums etc) data in Bing for many many different countries (including the Netherlands & Germany), BUT Bing Local Scout is currently only available in Australia, France the UK & the US.

            By setting your Browser & Search Language setting to English UK, you’re telling the phone to enable the Bing Local Scout feature (because it’s supported there). It works outside of the UK, because the data is there, but technically Microsoft hasn’t launched it as a feature in Germany or the Netherlands, which is why when you change that setting from the UK to Germany or the Netherlands, the button will disappear.

            Technically you’re tricking your phone into something it shouldn’t technically be able to do by telling it to use English UK as your Search Language :) It works, but it’s not official. If the data is good though (like you say), then expect it to be officially launched in Germany later this year. :)

            So as I said up front, technically Bing Local Scout isn’t available in Germany (as this article is incorrectly saying), but if you know the trick, you can make it work (like you have) :)

          • http://gcoupe.wordpress.com/ Geoff Coupe

            OK, got you. And you’re right that if I change the setting on my phone to the Netherlands, or Germany, the Local Scout features disappear.

            But the point is, as far as I’m concerned THIS ISN’T A TRICK – this is how I want my (personal) phone to work. Although I have dual Dutch/English nationality, I prefer to use my phone in English.

            What pisses me off about Microsoft’s divvying up of regions and languages is that very often they work against what people are trying to do with their phones. It’s their personal extension of themselves – not what Microsoft deems right.

            It still irritates me, for example, that, as far as Microsoft are concerned, we can’t change our country of residence when we move around the EU: http://www.itisourdata.com

          • http://www.andrewtechhelp.com/ Andrew Tech Help

            I see, you’d be in a minority though with 2 nationalities eh?

            But yea, I’m annoyed at Microsoft too with their lack of/odd release of features outside the US. This is why I made my feature matrix table, to highligh just how swiss cheese like their support is, it’s just full of holes.

          • http://gcoupe.wordpress.com/ Geoff Coupe

            I may be in a minority, but lots of people do move between countries at least once in their lives. Not that Microsoft seem to believe it.

          • http://www.andrewtechhelp.com/ Andrew Tech Help

            yea, because Microsoft is a US company and why would you want to move out of the good ol USA ;)

            Europe though, with all the countries so close together, I can understand why people move around a lot. I’m in Australia, so there isn’t anywhere close to move really, you’ve got to get on a plane and travel hours to get anywhere, so we just stick around here :P

          • http://www.pedroinnecco.com pmdci

            The concept of dual nationality has nothing to do with this issue.

            This is about EU citizens settling in other EU member states. I don’t need to have a dual nationality for this. This is a MAJOR issue that collides directly with a fundamental concept of the EU.

            Moreover, this also seems to be a complete disregard by Microsoft towards EU directive 95/46/EC.

  • http://www.andrewtechhelp.com/ Andrew Tech Help

    Sorry LiveSide, but Local Scout is NOT working on Windows Phone. Windows Phone has 2 seperate Local features, one called Bing Local Search (which has been around Since Windows Phone 7.0) and the other called Bing Local Scout (which was added in Windows Phone 7.5). Germany has Bing Local Search (it was one of many countries to get it when Mango was released, initally it was US & UK only), but only Australia, France, UK & US have Bing Local Scout. What you’ve demoed is Bing Local Search and that’s been around since Mango was first released. If they were to get Local Scout, you’d see a Local Scout icon added to Bing & Bing Maps but that’s still not there. You can find out all the countries and what features are available in each of them here on my website: http://andrewtechhelp.com/andrews-tech-opinions/126-windows-phone-7-feature-availability-matrix-the-mango-edition

    • http://gcoupe.wordpress.com/ Geoff Coupe

      Andrew – not true. I get Local Scout results from Germany, and have had since I got my Windows Phone in December last year…

      • http://www.andrewtechhelp.com/ Andrew Tech Help

        Is, your phone configured to use US, UK, French or Australian Search settings in
        Settings -> Region + Language -> Browser & Search Language though & are you getting the Bing Local
        Scout icon Bing Search at the very left of the app bar (it looks like some houses)?

        From all the
        research I’ve done so far, I have not been able to reproduce Bing Local Scout on
        a purely German configured phone. I’d be very surprised if you somehow get it
        (maps appearing in the Local Pivot, like the one shown in the picture above,
        don’t count). Also, Microsoft does have lots of mapping data for places like Germany, even though they haven’t enabled the Bing Local Scout button. You can normally switch your search language to a location which has Bing Local Scout enabled & yet find relevant results for your country which doesn’t have the button enabled.

        • http://gcoupe.wordpress.com/ Geoff Coupe

          My phone is set to Display language: English (UK). Region format: English (UK). System locale: Dutch (Netherlands). Browser & search language: English (UK).

          I’m seeing the Bing Local search (houses) button. I have an App called Local Scout (which also has the houses icon). Both of them are returning results from my local area of Germany, which is just across the border from where I am…

          • http://www.andrewtechhelp.com/ Andrew Tech Help

            Ok, yup, that’s what I was expecting. Your Browser & Search Language is set to English (UK). You try changing that from English UK to Germany or the Netherlands and watch that little Bing Local Scout icon disappear.

            This is what I was saying. Microsoft has plenty of mapping & point of interest (restraurants, cafes, museums etc) data in Bing for many many different countries (including the Netherlands & Germany), BUT Bing Local Scout is currently only available in Australia, France the UK & the US.

            By setting your Browser & Search Language setting to English UK, you’re telling the phone to enable the Bing Local Scout feature (because it’s supported there). It works outside of the UK, because the data is there, but technically Microsoft hasn’t launched it as a feature in Germany or the Netherlands, which is why when you change that setting from the UK to Germany or the Netherlands, the button will disappear.

            Technically you’re tricking your phone into something it shouldn’t technically be able to do by telling it to use English UK as your Search Language :) It works, but it’s not official. If the data is good though (like you say), then expect it to be officially launched in Germany later this year. :)

            So as I said up front, technically Bing Local Scout isn’t available in Germany (as this article is incorrectly saying), but if you know the trick, you can make it work (like you have) :)

          • http://gcoupe.wordpress.com/ Geoff Coupe

            OK, got you. And you’re right that if I change the setting on my phone to the Netherlands, or Germany, the Local Scout features disappear.

            But the point is, as far as I’m concerned THIS ISN’T A TRICK – this is how I want my (personal) phone to work. Although I have dual Dutch/English nationality, I prefer to use my phone in English.

            What pisses me off about Microsoft’s divvying up of regions and languages is that very often they work against what people are trying to do with their phones. It’s their personal extension of themselves – not what Microsoft deems right.

            It still irritates me, for example, that, as far as Microsoft are concerned, we can’t change our country of residence when we move around the EU: http://www.itisourdata.com

          • http://www.andrewtechhelp.com/ Andrew Tech Help

            I see, you’d be in a minority though with 2 nationalities eh?

            But yea, I’m annoyed at Microsoft too with their lack of/odd release of features outside the US. This is why I made my feature matrix table, to highlight just how swiss cheese like their support is, it’s just full of holes.

          • http://gcoupe.wordpress.com/ Geoff Coupe

            I may be in a minority, but lots of people do move between countries at least once in their lives. Not that Microsoft seem to believe it.

          • http://www.andrewtechhelp.com/ Andrew Tech Help

            yea, because Microsoft is a US company and why would you want to move out of the good ol USA ;)

            Europe though, with all the countries so close together, I can understand why people move around a lot. I’m in Australia, so there isn’t anywhere close to move really, you’ve got to get on a plane and travel hours to get anywhere, so we just stick around here :P

          • pmdci

            The concept of dual nationality has nothing to do with this issue.

            This is about EU citizens settling in other EU member states. I don’t need to have a dual nationality for this. This is a MAJOR issue that collides directly with a fundamental concept of the EU.

            Moreover, this also seems to be a complete disregard by Microsoft towards EU directive 95/46/EC.

  • tN0

    It seems that Bing navigation now also works in Germany and Bing shows also news results. I think that’s new as well! App connect works for location searches now, but still not for other search results.

  • tN0

    It seems that Bing navigation now also works in Germany and Bing shows also news results. I think that’s new as well! App connect works for location searches now, but still not for other search results.

  • http://gcoupe.wordpress.com/ Geoff Coupe

    Er – Local Scout IS working for Germany on my Nokia Lumia 800 – and has been since I got it in December last year. I live in the Netherlands close to the German border, and I’ve always had Local Scout results from Germany…

  • http://gcoupe.wordpress.com/ Geoff Coupe

    Er – Local Scout IS working for Germany on my Nokia Lumia 800 – and has been since I got it in December last year. I live in the Netherlands close to the German border, and I’ve always had Local Scout results from Germany…

  • Janis91

    I’ve got my German phone set to US region settings and Local Scout has been there since the Mango update lol.

    • http://www.andrewtechhelp.com/ Andrew Tech Help

      that’s because it’s set to US settings :P

  • Janis91

    I’ve got my German phone set to US region settings and Local Scout has been there since the Mango update lol.

    • http://www.andrewtechhelp.com/ Andrew Tech Help

      that’s because it’s set to US settings :P

  • markiz

    Is a fullscreen photo of the day to much to ask?

  • markiz

    Is a fullscreen photo of the day to much to ask?