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Bing to offer more Cortana-like conversation features on desktop searches

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Microsoft is rolling out a new feature for desktop users of its Bing search website that will offer a way for users to continue searching for related topics with questions, similar to what the company is offering Windows Phone 8.1 users with Cortana.

Bing is already offering direct answers to search strings on many subjects without making the user click on a list of links, but this new feature moves that development forward. Microsoft says:

"Now, not only will give you the answer directly in the search results, but we will also continue the conversation. For instance, you can ask 'who is the president of the united states', we will show you the answer. From there you might ask, 'who is his wife' or 'how tall is he.' Bing maintains the context and keeps the conversation moving forward."

Microsoft says that this improvement is based in part on the company's push with "investments in entity and conversational understanding." What do you think of this feature being added to Bing and will it help you in your searches on the Internet?

Source: Bing blog

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Bing to offer more Cortana-like conversation features on desktop searches

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Back when i used google, the shopping thing was more of a joke than anything. And anymore there's only one place to shop online. I think it's time to go back to the real stores.

Yes, well said, just like search by date. Ridiculous. Bing sucks outside the US, even in English speaking countries.

Bing works great for me in Singapore and London. I even set it as my home page. Really like the layout.  Anyway it's personal preference

Yeah I feel it that way too... and I dont complain if there is a timeline where this goes global, I hope that Cortana global expansion influenciates here.

Let me dictate punctuation for Pete's sake! Aaaaaaaah! Why is this not already a feature after almost four years of voice navigation on this platform??

Mostly use Cortana on my phone but when doing an internet search on, say my Surface RT, I type the search into the address bar. Would this create the same results as using Bing?

Long beta :-) the Bing website hasn't changed in Europe for 3 years, nor have the search results been improved. Google is way better, I hate to say.

Cortana on the desktop? GREAT! Now they just need to put Cortana on my XBOX One.

Google and HP are in talks of Google Now services for enterprise. When Cortana starts working on the desktop, it won't be much longer until she will aim for enterprise use. Cortana... Now!

I love bing and the daily new Picture but I'm located outside US and would love the same features without changing the region settings. Please improve Bing for all regions

I am not sure if this as always worked, but if you actually type in each question independantly the contect carries to. Google in my limited testing did not produce the same results. Very cool!

1)Who is the president of the united states? You will get the returned Barack Obama.

2)Who is his wife? You will get Michelle Obama.

3) How tall is he? 6 ft 1 in.

 

Using both Bing and Google, though have set my home page to Bing since really like using it on my WP.

Anyone installed "disconnect" on safari for Google search?  Google has a new way to blocked disconnect and track searches.  It is now not possible to perform search or use map, unless locked-in using google account.

This is a move in the right direction. The more features adapted from windows phone 8.1 the better. Really look forward to the adoption of "history" for the contracts software.