Bing Offers, a brand new service available in the United States, provides simple ways to discover the best deals closest to you in a easy to use interface.
"Bing Offers" aggregates deals from a broad set of partners, including many of the leading local deal providers. Bing claims that Offers has one of the largest collections of local deals on the web. And, it works seamlessly across tablets, mobile devices, and PCs, so you can use access great deals regardless of where you are.
- "All your favorite deals in one place: You no longer need to browse through different websites, manage multiple sign-ups or sift-through your inbox. Bing Offers aggregates popular deals across the US to help you discover great deals at the right time and place.
- Quickly find the deals you are looking for: Search for your favorite deals by using any business name, category or keyword. Not looking for a specific deal? Then filter out irrelevant offers by location or category including: food, activities, health & fitness, beauty, travel, retail & services," explains Bing.
Vist Bing Offers here.
Also today, Bing Business Portal is now re-branded as Bing Places for Business, that aims to provide you with all the tools you need to easily and quickly find local customers online.
In addition, Bing retiring a few business promotion and management services that were being previously offered including:
- "will no longer provide the option of creating deals, coupons, QR codes and mobile sites
- removing the ability to create and print collateral for your business," informs Bing.
To start using Bing Places for Business, you can use the same username/password to access your existing information at http://bing.com/places.
- "If you're new to Bing Places for Business, e.g. your business was never claimed, go and claim your listing now.
- If you already have a business listing verified, rest assured that your data will be migrated from Bing Business Portal to the new web experience under Bing Places for Business over the next 3-4 days.
- a. Note: where you used to have to email in a spreadsheet for bulk uploads, you will now be able to perform that upload through the web interface.
- If you had a listing under Bing Business Portal, but never completed the verification process, you will need to do so before your listing will appear to potential customers.
- Finally, remember customers have a lot of options when searching online. Put your best foot forward by uploading detailed information about your business e.g. days and hours of operation, payments accepted, parking information and pictures to engage those customers," Bing said.
In other news, two new projects using Kinect are spotted recenlty--the first project is from Dr. Dave Brown, who built a framework for rendering holographic videos recorded from a Kinect. Check out the first video below shown with the canonical Leia video.
In the second project, Second Story in Portland's "Lose Your Occlusion" uses two Kinect sensors to create full 3-D models. "Using one Kinect sensor can result in occluded parts of a scene. But with two, Second Story combined the source data to a single mesh with impressive effects," writes Steve Clayton.
Microsoft is poised to launch an Android app called Switch to Windows Phone that will help them find identical (or at least comparable) Windows Phone 8 applications to replace their Android ones.
"The way the new Switch to Windows Phone app supposedly will work is it will inventory all the apps on a user's Android phone and then send that list of apps to SkyDrive. When customers log into the same SkyDrive account from a Windows Phone 8 device, the app will list the suggested replacements," explains CITEworld citing a source.
The search company Quixey runs what you could call "the app-search engine" for this new app. "The engine uses descriptions of apps, reviews of apps, trouble reports about apps and other metadata it gathers from the web to recommend substitute apps to users."
For example, if you want to upgrade a Twitter app--out of all the 135,000 apps on the Windows Store, it'll find the right Windows Phone Twitter app--or, if there was no Windows Phone Twitter app, it'll find an alternative that is similar and is closer in similarity to the one you had on your Android Phone.
The app is expected to be made available some time on April 25.
Microsoft pushed a major update to Visual Studio Tools for Git. It will require that you have Visual Studio 2012 Update 2. The most compelling improvements include: "Push is dramatically faster; Larger repos now work a lot better; and Merge and pull now allow you to have non-conflicting changes in your working copy."
You can install the latest drop here.
Also, shipped today is the Enterprise Library 6.0 that not only includes new reusable components (called "application blocks"), but also extends the library's integration with other technologies (such as with ASP.NET MVC and ASP.NET Web API) and simplifies its learning and usage.
You can check out the Enterprise Library at CodePlex.