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Microsoft Adds New Visual Search Features Math Solver, Text Transcription and More on Bing

Nearly three months after rolling out several new features to visual search on Bing, Microsoft is expanding its search engine with many new capabilities, including you’ll now be able to solve math problems, transcribe text from a photo, all by snapping a picture, and more.

Math Solver probably is the most impressive addition today, that allows users to solve complex mathematical equations by simply taking a photo. It’s located in the bottom menu between “Auto” and “Barcode.”

A single tap on the “Math” button will allow Bing to snap a picture of mathematical equations, including calculus, then solves it with a step-by-step explanation.

Microsoft says it will even connect related online videos from Kahn Academy and others for further help on understanding the problems as well as growing mathematical knowledge.

This feature is now live on iOS, and is also coming to Android, soon.

Here is an example image of Math Solver:

Math Solver on Bing apps for iOS and Android

Another new feature “Text Transcription,” allows to snap a photo of a text and then copy it from the photo and take action on it. “Snap a pic, tap the menu text and search,” Microsoft stated.

Actions for example “take a picture of a phone number to call it directly, add an email to the contacts list, visit a website, navigate to an address, or simply copy/paste text” can be taken Microsoft says.

Text Transcription will be rolling out on iOS in the coming few weeks.

Here is an image showing Text Transcription:

text transcription bing ios app

Some possible usage indlude:

  • Snap a photo of a phone number to make a call
  • Add an email address as a contact
  • Navigate to a URL
  • Get directions to a physical address
  • Copy and paste text into the search bar


Faster Image Search

Microsoft also has redesigned visual search dialog box for quicker searching via an image on Bing.com. After clicking on the Bing Image tab, the overhauled box allows dragging and dropping an image to search.

The box lets copy and paste an image either from Bing or PC, take a snap, or copy and paste an image URL.

The top image above the fold shows new intuitive Visual Image Search Box.

Education Carousel

Also, new an “Education Carousel” on the web expands Bing’s educational capabilities by giving access to a full suite of interactive sections “in math, science, and language tools for parents and students,” Microsoft says.

To learn a popular topic quickly enter a search query like [Education on Bing], or try specific topics, like “Solar System,” “Fraction Calculator,” and “Language Translator.”

Many of these topics feature step-by-step instructions and quizzes to help kids with memory and retention.

An image of Bing Education Carousel:

bing education carousel

For students learning sign language, Bing also now includes an American Sign Language (ASL) experience that is intended to assist in the learning process.

The “Sign Language” experience contains “159 videos of words and 13 phrases in ASL, uniquely catered towards a growing audience of students learning sign language in schools,” Microsoft said.

Microsoft says, currently trained interpreters are signing in the videos, but it is working towards to feature people from the deaf community for a more authentic experience.

Intelligent Answers for NFL

Lastly, just in time for football season, Bing is now providing contextually specific, nuanced answers on a huge variety of past games to NLF fans.

“Whether you are a Fantasy Football rising star or simply an NFL aficionado, Bing has you covered with in-depth, context-specific information on every NFL game ever played,” the Bing team stated.

An image below shows the new NFL feature on Bing.com:

intelligent answers for nfl on bing web

The improved image search, Bing education carousel, and ASL experience are available at Bing on the web now.

While Math Solver is available on iOS now and is “coming soon” to Android. Text transcription, meanwhile, is expected to launch on iOS in the coming weeks.

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