New Bing Desktop Updated, Adds Inline Search, News Headlines and More

Bing Desktop updated with more inline search options, news headlines, trending topics, updated News, Weather and Facebook apps. AlwaysOn Availability Groups Troubleshooting and Monitoring Guide.

Bing Desktop update while preserving the simplicity of the original incorporating new features. Release to its "10 million" existing users, the new bing desktop lets you "search Bing inline within web pages, documents and many apps without having to launch a browser.

Additionally, you now get visually rich news updates at a glance and keep an eye on your Facebook notifications."

Below is a full list of features available today:

Bing Desktop new enhanced search, updated news, weather and facebook apps

Today we are releasing a new version of Bing Desktop* that includes:

  • "Inline Search: Now you can search directly from a webpage, word document or PDF file simply by highlighting the word or phrase and clicking the Bing icon. "With Inline Search, now all you have to do is highlight what you want to search, hit the Bing icon and you will see a preview of search results in a convenient window without ever leaving what you were doing," explains bing.
  • New weather app gets real-time weather snapshot. "With the updates to Bing Desktop, you can answer that question with a simple click."
  • Update Neww app brings the news at a glance and trending topics. The updated app now features a new cascading layout that lets you see images and text summaries so you can keep up on the news you're interested in.

    In addition, the app also added a visual collection of the top trending items on the Web so you can keep your finger on what's happening in a gorgeous waterfall layout.

  • Overhauled Facebook app from the ground up with a new look now display notifications, whenever there is an update for you to check out," informs Bing.

Download is available here.

To help enterprise customers who use AlwaysOn Availability Groups for disaster recovery, Microsoft has released a new resource to help them work through problems.

The AlwaysOn Availability Groups Troubleshooting and Monitoring Guide, provides information on troubleshooting common issues and monitoring the availability group health.

Introduced in SQL Server 2012, AlwaysOn Availability Groups "maximize the availability of a set of user databases for an enterprise." This is important because an availability group supports a "failover" environment for a set of user databases (aka availability databases) -- which despite the name, is a good thing. A failover automatically switches over to a standby system in the event of an unexpected outage - though they're not triggered by loss of a data file, deletion of a database, or corruption of a transaction log.

Check the guide online at MSDN.

Update 06/14: Bing in a blog post based on the results of an award-winning research paper, describes a method called "optimized interleaving" that Bing researchers use to evaluate the relative usefulness of different possible search results, then use that data to give users more of the results they prefer.

"To provide the most relevant and useful search results, modern search engines must try to correctly predict what people are trying to accomplish. If someone types the query 'florida songs', the engine has to interpret whether the searcher meant songs about Florida, or songs by rapper Flo Rida, or something else. It's difficult to know the right interpretation without asking the person who typed the query, or deducing their intent based on their behavior. That's where online measures come in, these are the ones that involve feedback from a real user in context of what they are doing," Dr. Nick Craswell and Dr. Filip Radlinski, Applied Research, Bing R&D writes in the blog post.

At the same time, "we'd like the search to return results of high quality. For instance, imagine two pages with the same information, but one has many more ads and pop-up windows. Imagine two pages with the same information, but one is from the National Institute of Health and the other is from an abandoned health blog with only one entry. Or imagine two pages from the same site, but one directly answers your query while the other one requires you to browse within the site. To tell which pages are best, we perform offlineevaluation. We write detailed guidelines on what constitutes a high-quality page, and ask trained experts to annotate which pages are best," adds Craswell and Radlinski.