Nishtha KanalAug 06, 2013 09:52:58 IST
Microsoft is rolling out a bunch of new updates for its search engine Bing on Windows Phone 8 devices that will aim to streamline the search interface with some handy new features added to it. The search engine will sport a snazzy new look and features that will help make your search experience a much smoother one.
In a blog post detailing the changes, Michael Stroh of Windows Phone wrote that the company had narrowed down the search results filter on the platform to three—Web, Images, and Videos. Previously, results included Local, Media and Shopping too. The reason behind this, writes Stroh, is that as useful as they may seem, most people don’t use these filters enough, or know that they’re there. Consolidating results seems to be a better way of streamlining them.
Search gets a tweak
The Web category will now show relevant results to your query and will include images, videos and more local results. Say you’re searching for restaurants in a particular area, besides web results, photos and videos, you will also see phone numbers and directions now. It will also show popular website results better when you search. This will essentially cut down on the amount of swiping that you need to do to bring these results up, thereby saving you some time. The update for the Images and Videos categories will now support infinite scrolling and the design is now more compact and will show auto-sized thumbnails when you now search for them.
Microsoft has made some tweaks to under-the-hood settings that will make searching a lot more relaxed on your data limit. Earlier, when you searched for something, Bing would populate the images and video pivots on your device, even if you didn’t need to use them. Keeping in mind the colossal waste of data that this feature entailed, Microsoft has tweaked the search engine to ensure that pivots won’t download data unless the user swiped to the right, showing that he needs the information.
Bing has introduced two new features called Answers and Snapshot with the update. As far as Answers go, Bing will be bringing ten more of those available on the PC to the phone, including traffic, flight status, exchange rates, word definitions, translations and more. You can use Bing on your phone to search for instant answers like how many Rupees does a Dollar make now or what does a particular word mean.
Snapshot, introduced first for Bing on the web lets you get information at a glance about a particular place or person so you need not go digging into websites for it. You will be able to find blurbs on your phone with pieces of information, enough to give you a fair idea about your search query.
The updates are first going to roll out within the US and the will be available to the rest of the world over time.
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