Microsoft and Bing to offer U.S. State of the Union coverage

Microsoft promoted its Bing search service as one of the best ways to follow the 2012 U.S Presidential election in November. While we have over three years to go before the 2016 elections, Microsoft has decided to continue their political coverage with the launch of a new effort called Bing Pulse.

The official Microsoft blog has the details on Bing Pulse, which will begin on Tuesday with the annual U.S. State of the Union address, which President Barack Obama will give in front of a joint session of the US Congress. The blog states:

The Bing Pulse will allow people to join the conversation by “voting” every five seconds on their reactions to the President’s speech. Real time results of the Bing Pulse will be shown at and on FOX News Channel. We think this will be the largest live online poll in history.

The site will also stream the speech live with commentary from various Fox News pundits. Bing Pulse will also check on Twitter during the speech to see how trends such as gun control, immigration, and the fiscal cliff are handled during the speech. Finally, it will also filter news from all sides of the spectrum during the speech.

The announcement is also something of a change from Microsoft. Previously, the company has partnered with NBC News for similar efforts. Now that Microsoft is officially no longer a part of the MSNBC network, the company has decided to partner with Fox News for the first time.

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