Qwikis now integrated into the Bing Search results to deliver an experience that helps people go from searching to doing. A seamless user experience is of the utmost importance to Bing, and the "integration of Qwikis follows our design philosophy of not making the page too "heavy" while getting you efficiently to the information most relevant to you," posted Franco Salvetti, Principal Development Lead, Bing. With that in mind, "Qwikis feel like a natural part of the search results column."
Initially, Qwikis will appear alongside Wikipedia results, with deeper integration to follow in the coming months. You now have a multitude of ways to dive in by simply clicking what sparks your interest within the Qwiki.
To interact with a Qwiki simply click on the play button under a Wikipedia entry in the Bing search results. This will launch a Qwiki giving you a dynamic way to interact and learn about a given topic or more often than not present new information avenues to explore.
What are Qwikis? "Qwikis are interactive presentations combining images, videos, maps and spoken narration. In other words, Qwikis are a gateway for further exploration that offer a unique, visual experience to help you quickly get information and do more," explains Salvetti.
"With features like snapshot, which we introduced with the recent Bing redesign, we made it easier to takeaction directly from the results page. With Qwikis and other visual elements in Bing, we're helping people decide what they want to do by creatively exposing them to information that might otherwise take them awhile to find," he adds.
In the video below, Stefan walksthrough how people can interact with information in this innovative experience:
Also, at the Day 2 TechEd Na, Microsoft spilled some impressive statistics, including "Bing is currently composed of nearly 300 petabytes of data and the service is writing nearly 1 terabyte of data each day."
Also, Bing released an improved MLB Instant Answer experience to the seach results page giving instant access to what's happening across the league. "Now, when you search for an MLB team, individual player or "MLB score" you will instantly see the latest scores and statistics on the Bing results page," Bing Team announced.
Scores and Schedules
Simply type your favorite team into the search box and Bing will serve up the score as well as a schedule of when they're playing next. "If the game is underway, we'll show you the up to the minute score of the game," Bing said.
You can get a bigger picture of the season by typing "MLB which will serve up a comprehensive set of scores and standings so you can quickly see what teams are leading the respective leagues and divisions.
Bing also now has dedicated scenarios, to let you see a favorite player's stats for the game live while they're still on the field. You can also compare game performance with season and career stats. And, you will now see a brief bio of the player including their age, weight and salary.