Bing set to announce new features today, "Bing 2.0"

Microsoft is holding a private "bing news event" today in San Francisco where several Microsoft executives will demonstrate a new set of Bing features.

Kara Swisher from All things digital will be live blogging the event. The Microsoft executives attending include Harry Shum, Corporate VP of core search development; MSN Corporate VP Erik Jorgensen; and Brian MacDonald, corporate VP for Core Search Program Management.

Little is known about the event but according to the invite sent out by the Bing team - Microsoft "will showcase and demo several new Bing features". Microsoft has been working on Bing aggressively internally and developing new features regularly. "Bing Explorer" has been mentioned to Neowin several times by sources close to Windows Live and Bing. According to insiders a version 1 of Bing Explorer aims to seamlessly search and browse to find, re-find and discover. The application or web application (we are unsure) will also provide a simple & integrated search UX whilst providing unified data and UI across IE and Firefox.

Neowin understands that this event will be the full release of Bing 2.0 which was first demonstrated to internal employees in September. The update, named "Dublin" internally will include a number of new features which have been slowly rolled out to a small percentage of users. Microsoft began rolling out "Bing 2.0" features in early November. In recent weeks Microsoft announced a partnership with Wolfram Alpha to better answer question based search queries. Bing Video was also rolled out in early November alongside an updated version of Bing maps. There are a number of small features that are unannounced but we believe the Silverlight version of Bing Maps is on the list. Time will tell and Microsoft is planning the showcase at 10AM PST (see other time zones). Updates to follow.

Update: As we correctly predicted, Bing Maps Silverlight is now available. Click here for more information.

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And is Bing supposed to impress anyone? Not even one bit so far. Only fanbois use it I'm sure. Now if they would bring something new AND good to the table...

Frankenchrist said,
And is Bing supposed to impress anyone? Not even one bit so far. Only fanbois use it I'm sure. Now if they would bring something new AND good to the table...


Psh I use Bing cash back, its nice to get refunds on purchases... but I use google for searches mainly, so its not just a fanboy thing...

Hey, I just saw a new link "History" on the left menu from Bing.com . Go and check it out for yourself ! Is it a sign for Bing Explorer ?

lordcanti86 said,
I use Bing way more than Google, but it's stupid to limit yourself to one search engine


That's true, I still use google if I can't find something with Bing.

I'm still waiting for better search results. I've tried using Bing a few times when I couldn't find something easily enough on Google, but it always seems that Bing is way off course when I do.

For me, I think I know how google "acts" and so I know what search terms bring up what types of results etc, when you use a different search engine and start seeing results you don't expect it's too easy to just go back to google. That's my two cents anyways.

For me, I use Bing by default and then Google if I don't find what I want. Usually, Google doesn't give me what I'm looking for either.

dead.cell said,
I'm still waiting for better search results. I've tried using Bing a few times when I couldn't find something easily enough on Google, but it always seems that Bing is way off course when I do. :/

Glad I'm not the only one with this problem, whilst I want to like Bing, its really just not working for me. They can keep adding all the features they want but unless the search algorithm is improved; it just won't match Google in terms of supplying relevant search results (the purpose of a search engine?).

Bing Explorer??? sounds like MSN Explorer, and we all know that was a load of ...

I hope they do bring out something useful, I really do...but it's not sounding promising so far.

Are there going to be any new (as in currently unreleased) features that they're going to talk about, or is it just the features that we've already seen (Twitter, Visual Search, etc.)?

Xire said,
You should wait for SP1 for the bing to be usable :D

Actually Bing 3.0. They say Microsoft gets it right on the 3rd version.

Does it matter? It's not like an mobile OS where it is annoying if a company does it.

If the release is significant enough, then making it 2.0 is fine.

rheostat said,
Didn't Bing 1.0 just come out?

Coming from Google who release like a new version of chrom every other minute. Microsoft is allowed. :P

Competition is GOOD.
Anything that knocks down google is a good thing. It will cause them to roll with the changes.
This makes both search engines better. I don't like the idea of any one search engine being #1, because,
just like what happened with the American auto industry, they will sit on their butts, become a bloated
bureaucracy and lose market share when some new kid on the block comes along.

naap51stang said,
Competition is GOOD.
Anything that knocks down google is a good thing. It will cause them to roll with the changes.
This makes both search engines better. I don't like the idea of any one search engine being #1, because,
just like what happened with the American auto industry, they will sit on their butts, become a bloated
bureaucracy and lose market share when some new kid on the block comes along.

That's exactly the same way I feel about operating systems.

When I saw "Bing Explorer", I just wondered if that could mean integration with Windows Explorer via a seach connector.