Get One Year of 100GB of OneDrive Storage for FREE Now with Bing!

100 GB OneDrive with Bing

Great new foks. You can get one year of 100GB of OneDrive Storage for free right now with Bing Rewards. Just head over to this link to Join Bing Rewards to get started. With bing rewards, you will earn points for completing simple quests and doing web searches. With only 100 points, you will have enough points to get 100GB of OneDrive (formarly SkyDrive) storage for free for one year. Trust me, 100 points only would take you only a few days to earn at most. Continue reading

Microsoft Bing Translator App for Windows 8 in the Store!

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Lately, Microsoft has been blazing the path in Lingua Franca, championing and touting their ability to translate To and From Klingon. All Star Trek fans went wild of course. Now they are bringing the joy of the Translator to Windows 8 via the Bing Translator app.

Description
The Bing Translator App for Windows is your companion when you need to quickly translate what you are looking at. Use your camera or just type the text you want to translate. Text and camera translation work offline with downloadable language packs, so you can get the power of Bing Translator on-the-go, even when you don’t have an Internet connection.
Features
Text translation – Type and translate text into more than 40 languages.
Camera translation – Translate signs, menus, newspapers, or any printed text with your device’s camera in an instant.
Text to speech – Hear translations spoken with a native speaker’s accent.
Offline translation – Translate when you are not connected to the Internet and when you want to avoid expensive data roaming charges by using downloadable offline language packs.
Translate from anywhere – Translate text from other Windows Store apps using the Share charm. Just select and share
Multitask with Snap View – Translate quickly while doing other tasks by snapping Bing Translator to the right or  left of your screen.

Optional Windows 8 Update Released: Bing Desktop

Earlier this year, Microsoft released “Bing Desktop” for Windows 7 that put a Bing search box on your desktop and also set Bing’s daily homepage pictures as your desktop background. That way, every day, you had a fresh, new, and high quality, desktop wallpaper. However, if you were an early adaptor of Windows 8, you might have known that Bing Desktop would only install and run on Windows 7. It would not install on a Windows 8 PC even with compatibility settings. But today, there is good news for Windows 8 users! Continue reading

A New, Metro Style, Bing Is on Its Way!

Bing is slowly rolling out its new version to certain users. I have been “chosen” as one of the users to get a new update. But the interesting this is that I seemed to have received two different updates of bing in my two separate PCs. On the first PC, the update brings about new animations to the search engine. In addition to the animated wallpaper in the bing homepage, this new update gives smooth transition when you enter in a search query or switch from one type of search to another (for example web to images). Now, I cannot take a picture of the animation update, but I can show you the new update I got in my other PC.

My second PC received an UI update. The new update reduces color and has a “metro” feel to it. This UI seems to be part of Microsoft’s attempt to make the UI across its products consistent. Windows 8, Windows Phone, and the Xbox dashboard all feature the metro style UI. Take a look at the screenshot below; click it to enlarge.

Ne bing with Metro Style UI

Old Bing
This is the old (current) bing

 

As we can see, the new bing takes the attention off itself, as per the metro UI principles. The space is mostly white, and the content shine. You may also notice that some search results are social driven, showing what my friends like on Facebook. Of course, I can always disconnect Facebook from bing if I don’t like social integration with search.

Connecting and disconnecting bing and facebookThere are, however, some UI headaches that I face with this new user interface. For example, on the old bing UI, it was easy to get to other types of search such as News. With the new bing UI, these other types do not always appear on the top. Perhaps they do not appear if they don’t have any content for that type; I am not sure. But it bothers me because it is difficult to deal with UI that isn’t consistent in every search. One would expect the top to always have the same links for easy access, but with the new UI, this is dynamic, and can be unpredictable.

For me, I only get the new UI for web search. If I do an image search or a new search, I am returned to the old bing. So, it is still under development; so, thing can very well be tweaked. I am curious to know if any of you reading this have gotten this new bing. Better yet, did you get another bing update that I didn’t get? Share your comments; I look forward to them. :)

Bing Update Brings A New Look

Hello again! Today was a very big day, with the iPhone announcements! If you haven’t had a chance to see what’s been announced, take a look at this article.

With the big updates on the Apple side, Microsoft rolled out a small, cosmetic, update to it’s bing search engine. This new bing update brings a dynamic, cosmic, bing homepage. While Google is still my search engine of choice, I must admit, I did spend a minute looking at the bing homepage today. It looks beautiful. It may be worth while to spend 30 seconds to take a look at the bing update.

However, the new homepage doesn’t really increase the efficiency of search (unless looking at beautiful things makes your brain better at finding content…I don’t know). So, I guess this post was just a post about spending a minute watching the stars. :P But hey, it is beautiful to look at.

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Bing goes Boom with HTML5, and heads are rolling at Google

Well, we know it takes time for Microsoft to wake up, but boy when they wake up, they go Boooom! They are doing it with IE9 and Bing, and the competition are already feeling the heat, heads are already rolling at Googolplex.

IE9 is leveraging the full power of the PC, and now Bing is also. Set to be released next week, the new Bing is showing something we’ve never seen in a search machine before, the full power of HTML5, and boy it is beautiful! And they know this at Google, because news is just out the head of UI and Experience at Google has just been demoted to a lesser function. Indeed Google is feeling the competition from Bing, Facebook and the likes.

Did I say the new Bing with IE9 is beautiful and functional? Don’t take my word for it, just see it for yourselves below, the full power of Accelerated Graphics:

 

Bing goes Boom with HTML5

Read about the sacked Head of UI and Experience here