Bing Boards, an experimental feature that providing a new way for people to create highly specialized content, specifically for search is introduced to Microsoft’s decision engine Bing.
“Bing Boards” are designed to be complementary to web search results, appearing in the middle column of Bing, and are aimed to help people to discover new, visually rich content.
“Bing Boards are visual collections of images, videos and links that tell a story from a unique point of view. They are created by people who are passionate about the topics they blog, write or talk about – not companies or algorithms,” explains bing.
At the moment, Microsoft is testing the features with a small group of food and lifestyle bloggers, experts and social influencers. And, “looks to evolve the Bing Boards, as more people create and interact with it over time,” added bing.
Here is how Bing Boards appear on bing search results, the picture below shows a board created by Chelsea Costa for a search for “photo booth backdrop”:
Update 06/24: Bing For Schools, availabe starting later this year, will offer schools in the U.S. the option to tailor the Bing experience for K-12 students “by removing all advertisements from search results, enhancing privacy protections and the filtering of adult content, and adding specialized learning features to enhance digital literacy,” informs Bing.
The program is completely voluntary and free: schools have the choice of participating or keeping the normal Bing experience. For those “that opt-in, Bing will enable the experience across all searches from within the school’s network on Bing.com, without any need for special software or a different search address,” bing stated.
- “Keeping Our Kids Focused on Learning: As a country, we’ve set schools aside as a special place that is focused on learning, and have traditionally kept advertising out of that environment. Bing For Schools removes ads from the search experience, keeping with our strong belief that schools are for learning and not selling.
- Protecting Our Kids:Bing already offers the ability to filter out adult content with SafeSearch, but with Bing For Schools, SafeSearch will automatically default to the strict setting and remove kids ability to change it.
- Educating Our Kids: In addition to the beautiful Bing homepage images, which feature hotspots that encourage exploration of new and unexpected topics, Bing For Schools will offer short lesson plans that teach digital literacy skills that are related to search and tied to the Common Core. For example, thispicture of a sloth might be coupled with the question “How many sloths could live in one square mile of jungle” and a lesson helping students use search tools and critical thinking to find potential answers,” explains bing.