In a latest addition to Microsoft Cognitive Services portfolio, Bing has introduced a new commercial—grade tailored site search solution called "Bing Custom Search."
With Bing Custom Search, users can create own customized web search experience that delivers more relevant results from targeted web space.
The tool now available as a free trial, comes with a simple UI and help to create a topic specific search experience witout a line of code—just select a topic, the tool will then indentify on-topic sites to crawl, applies Bing ranking algorithm and deliver relevant search results.
Bing also allows you to specify sites or blogs to fetch results, or pin favorite websites to the top, while also allow adjusting parameters at any time. Even you can programmatically retrieve custom search results, using an additional query parameter with Bing Web Search API.
Bing says, it's very easy to plug the custom search solution into your blog and share it with like-minded people. And, the displayed results are totally ad free. See below the example custom search solution plugged into a blog:
Bing says, additional availability is planned for later this year.
To get started with Bing Custom Search singn up for a trial key, at this page, or Bing Custom Search on Azure.
A revamped hotel search interface with a new carousel at the top of the Bing search results page lets you now scroll through various options is launched. You can narrow your search down even further using the filters from the dropdown boxes.
When you click on a result in the carousel, bing prompts you to start a new search for the entered query. From there, you can learn more about using any of the information contained in Bing's search results.
In other news, Bing Maps has launched five new additions to its existing truck routing and other services:
Project "Johannesburg" previews a new truck-routing service for professional transportation with taking into consideration attributes and preferences, such as avoiding strong crosswinds and grounding risks.
Project "Abu Dhabi" previews an advanced implementation of a distance matrix API, by optionally including a histogram of travel times considering a time-window and the predicted traffic.
Additionally, the project also lets you optimize several stops for customer service deliveries thus solving the "travelling salesman problem."
Project "Nanjing" provides time-specific isochrones for most accurate search across time and space. It help answer questions, such as "Where should I live if I don't want to commute more than 45 minutes?" or "What service engineer can make it to the customer in the next 45 minutes?".
"Isochrones describe the area that can be reached given a mode of transportation and predicted traffic at a given time of day."
Project "Wollongong" implements an API that let you provide a score for a locations attractiveness based on a number of amenities, proximity to public transit stops or other criteria.
These new APIs are available in preview immediately on the Cognitive Services Labs website.
Project "Hurghada," a vehicle tracking solution includes trip detection, geofencing and email notifications and can be deploy into Azure subscription, accessible though a iOS, Android and Windows Phones devices.
Project "Hurghada" with a set of APIs lets you build a bot that allows you to find your assets an more.
In addition, same as on maps for Windows 10, users are now able to reflect their brand colors on the map and show or hide elements as they see fit. And, then oblique aerial imagery is now available to Bing Maps v8 Control, alongside some imagery refreshes.