Microsoft's Bing announced today a new experience with the search engine that will present relevant and comprehensive information to users when they search about a candidate for the 2020 U.S. presidential elections. The expanded Bing elections experience is available in beta today.
The goal is to help voters make informed decisions based on information they find on the web with Bing search. These pieces of information will come from different sources including news websites, official candidate websites, and non-partisan organizations such as VoteSmart.org.
When you search about a candidate on Bing, the search engine will return relevant results like key facts and quotes in a single place. Bing says in a blog post:
"Throughout the 2020 election cycle, Bing aims to help people understand the issues at the heart of political discussions. Our goal is to provide a comprehensive view with the most relevant, accurate and timely information. This includes a holistic overview and introduction to key issues, with a range of news sources and opinions, and key legislation that impacts the issues."
In addition, the elections experience will present the latest news, upcoming events, and the candidates' different standpoints on various issues to the people. Additionally, users may view a summary of each candidate’s voting record on congressional bills.
For now, the new Bing feature is available in the U.S. only. In the future, Microsoft plans to expand this capability, taking into account the feedback from the public.