Bing rolls out Olympic updates

Bing is helping its users stay up to date with the Olympic games, thanks to a new Olympic Instant Answers feature, and that’s in addition to a fresh coat of paint highlighting the games.

Instant Answers lets you pull down information and stats quickly, whether it’s a schedule, medal tallies, or info on your favorite athlete. We tried it out a couple of times to see what happened, and it actually works pretty well. It looks like it’d be particularly useful if you were trying to pull up some quick info while on the go.

Even Bing Maps is getting in on the action, unveiling a host of new London imagery, from Bird’s Eye to Streetside. The imagery is all top notch quality, and there’s another really special treat for you if you’re actually lucky enough to be attending the games: up close and personal maps of Olympic venues that help you find everything from vendors to your seat. From there, you can use updated transit directories to find a ride back to your hotel, or to the next event.

We’ve got to say, it’s pretty cool to see Microsoft working to keep Bing relevant to current events by putting important information front and center in a way that is more than skin deep and is actually pretty useful, which is more than the competition can say.

Via: SoftPedia
Source: Bing

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kinda hard to access, if you type in olympics into bing, it returns no special content, you must search for "olympics medal tally" to get the special medal count

jasonon said,
kinda hard to access, if you type in olympics into bing, it returns no special content, you must search for "olympics medal tally" to get the special medal count

Just 'medal tally,' works, too. Also try athlete names and schedules.

If you type "Olympics" into Bing it only produces normal search results, yet the same search in Google provides you a medal table listing the medals received by each country as well as a schedule of events - both past and upcoming. Google does a better job with contextual search results.

As usual Google does a better job and provides better results than Bing.

theyarecomingforyou said,
If you type "Olympics" into Bing it only produces normal search results, yet the same search in Google provides you a medal table listing the medals received by each country as well as a schedule of events - both past and upcoming. Google does a better job with contextual search results.

As usual Google does a better job and provides better results than Bing.

I agree. I tried to stay up to date using Bing, but I was disappointed. I went to Google and got just what I needed.

theyarecomingforyou said,
If you type "Olympics" into Bing it only produces normal search results, yet the same search in Google provides you a medal table listing the medals received by each country as well as a schedule of events - both past and upcoming. Google does a better job with contextual search results.

As usual Google does a better job and provides better results than Bing.


Whatever dude:
http://www.bing.com/explore/olympics

Not seeing anything stat related at all out of Google, best I could get is just when it starts and ends. "Olympics" shows the regular web search stuff, "2012 Olympics" gives the dates, a name is just as uninformative. Bing on the other hand is showing me much better coverage.

I wish Microsoft was streaming the events for free like they did in 2004. NBC wants people to hve a cable or satellite to view streaming video.

Doli said,
I wish Microsoft was streaming the events for free like they did in 2004. NBC wants people to hve a cable or satellite to view streaming video.

*too late to fix:
cable or satellite subscription to view streaming video because you need to enter your provider account info.