Microsoft this time seems to be dead serious to compete at all levels with the seemingly almighty guys at Google, and especially with Google's search engine technology.
Several key services over at Bing were updated today, including Bing Maps which we reviewed already here on the site. But Bing Maps was but one service that got updated. Microsoft has also updated Bing Search and Bing Videos to make the services more appealing and useful to web users.
Bing Videos for one got a new interface that makes use of a sidebar navigation for a better and faster browsing experience.
Other improvements to the interface include the option to dim the surroundings when a video is played so that you can better focus on the video. New content providers have been and will be added to Bing Videos making the service a very comprehensive source for videos and tv shows from all over the web.
Most of the US TV shows can only by viewed by US users on the other hand which puts a dent to the service for users from outside the US. Read the announcement here for additional information.
Update: Note that the video layout on Bing has been modified again in recent years. The sidebar is gone, and controls to filter videos have been moved to the top of the results page instead.
Today was also the beginning of the next chapter of Bing Search with improvements to travel, weather and shopping options. One of the interesting options is a search for events in US cities.
The search term city events, e.g. Lost Angeles events, leads to a standard Bing search results page. The page looks different though, as the first result shows event in the city you searched for. A link to open a larger list of events in the city is also provided.
Other additions include "better results for health conditions, medications, and even hospitals", search sharing with friends on Facebook and Twitter, or better help to plan and book travels.
Most of these additions seem to be targeted at US visitors at the moment with the likelihood that they will eventually become available for visitors from other countries as well.
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