If you're working with a device made by Microsoft (or running a Microsoft-made OS) right now, get ready to see a whole lot more of Foursquare. Microsoft has just invested a cool $15 million USD into the check-in app ecosystem, allowing them to agree to a "strategic partnership" which has Microsoft becoming Foursquare's number-one source of revenue. Part of this comes from the additional multi-year contract signed by both groups to license Foursquare data in Microsoft services.
Google and Microsoft have reworked their search algorithms to make child abuse content harder to find, though some experts still argue that it will make little difference to those who actually hunt out the illegal imagery. Announced at a UK internet safety summit, the new search code has apparently already removed around 100,000 Google results related to the sexual abuse of children, with Bing expected to do similar. However, there are lingering concerns that those interested in such content will continue to find it on so-called darknets.
Yahoo has been denied a request to delay Microsoft's Bing search in Taiwan, something that is required under a partnership the company has with Microsoft. The reason cited was the upcoming Microsoft CEO shift, with Yahoo's CEO Mayer wishing to delay the search in Hong Kong and Taiwan until Microsoft appointed a new chief executive for her to discuss the matter with.
Shortly after Microsoft rolled out its new look and features for Bing, the company's CEO Steve Ballmer spoke of the search engine in a presentation held during a financial analysts meeting. During his presentation, the executive referred to Google having a monopoly, and quipped that Microsoft is the last company competing against it, with Bing being a vital part of that effort.
Microsoft has announced that it has made some changes to its Bing search engine. Microsoft says that Bing search gets a new modern design focused on simplicity and speed to provide a better search experience. Microsoft notes that it heavily researched the new interface and evaluated different fonts, spacing, color, visual scan patterns, the search box, and the underlying code.
Microsoft has revealed a new way to search for products that's integrated into Bing, adding purchase functionality to skip directly visiting individual vendor pages. The roll out will happen over the next couple of months, with further modifications deemed necessary before release by the company in order to ensure product results appear at the appropriate times. Pricing and availability information from individual merchants will appear alongside standard search results in Rich Captions to give users a more robust experience.
Students across the country will soon be using a cleaned up version of Microsoft's search engine ecosystem Bing, devoid (or so they hope) of content they're not especially fond of sending out to under-age citizens of the USA. Microsoft spoke up this week at the International Society for Technology for Education meeting in San Antonio, Texas, and dubbed the program "Bing for Schools."
On Thursday, Microsoft detailed its Bing improvement efforts, which largely concern a variety of testing and experimentation that takes place unannounced, often without anything noticeable happening on the consumer end of things. One experiment, however, will be very visible to those who receive it, and for this reason it has been formally announced: Bing Boards.
Windows Phone users may have noticed speedier results when using voice recognition in recent weeks, and depending on how well the feature works for them, perhaps also a slight increase in accuracy. This is because Microsoft has just announced a Bing update that has been getting pushed to users over the last few weeks, bringing with it a couple improvements.