Bing has announced several new features as well as highlighted some existing functionalities on its search engine.
More precisely, Bing offers an overview of new election-related information and NFl answers on search results page along a refreshed user interface (UI) for image search.
Bing also talked about the new “word of the day” feature.
In addition to search engine enhancements, a new itinerary feature is also launched on Bing Maps today.
Here is an overview of the new Bing Maps and Bing search engine features.
Bing Election Information
Bing now offers multi-perspectives answers to help people better understand different views for or against different ballot initiatives that matter them most. The feature provides a clear summary of the main arguments on each side of the key positions.
As an example, when searched for a specific initiative, Bing search results may offer two different perspectives on it.
Here is an example picture of Colorado voters:
Bing now covers over 75 measures nationwide and provides a break down on the US Senate and House races, gubernatorial contests, as well as state House and Senate races in every state.
Additionally, Bing also offers US Senate candidates profiles and their positions on various key issues.
Bing says they will offer live results for the Associated Press on November 6 mid-terms polls.
Refreshed Image Search UX
Bing Image Search has received an update to its user interface (UX) on the desktop. The refreshed image detail page is designed to “highlight new and relevant details about images being clicked.”
So such as, clicking on images of food will automatically prompt Bing to show recipes associated with that image.
Bing will also show related product pages where possible, as a search for outfits or costumes.
The information will appear in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.
Here is an example of image food search:
Bing also reminds us its object detection features can help you more easily zoom in on particular parts of the image which you might want to search.
These UX changes are also extended to “visual search results” page that allows to search using an image as an input.
Using “object detection” users can more easily zoom in on particular parts of the image which they might want to search.
Here is how the new visual search results page looks:
With NFL season in full swing Bing is expanding on its NFL results to offer football fans with more information including stats, schedules, injury reports, news, viewing information and even predictions.
Users can make use of “pre-game” insights to get specialized information on teams history and the matchup, as well as what to watch for in the current showdown.
Word of the day
A fun feature intends to help people improve their vocabulary by giving them a new word every day to learn.
The word of the day feature shows word’s meaning and pronunciation, It also helps to see the word in context as well as view the past week’s words.
Plan New Itinerary on Bing Maps
Bing Maps now let users create a new itinerary as well as already available ability that allows people to customize Bing owned itineraries to make them their own.
Follow these steps to create a new itinerary:
- Open “My Places” in Bing Maps and choose “New Itinerary” from the Itineraries tab.
- Next, select a destination, set up dates.
- Now add attractions, restaurants, hotels, and more to the itinerary. Click on the “Find attractions” button to see some of the most popular things to do in your destination, or just search for what you are looking for on the map and click “Add to itinerary”.
Here is an image of creating a new itinerary using My Places:
A new itinerary can also be created anywhere the “save” option is displayed on the map.
Here is an image of creating a new itinerary other than My Places on Maps:
Bing mobile app now has a new feature that let users find their celebrity lookalike. After taking a selfie, the Bing app will utilize visual search technology to find a celebrity that the user most resembles.
Bing team has published a short video demonstrating the feature on the Twitter: