Microsoft has released a rather major upgrade to the Bing search engine. The company details a new way to explore, discover and browse music videos with a new experience. Whether you're seeking videos of favourited songs or looking to see what else is out there to discover, it's a pretty sure bet you'll find something on Bing. That's the claim, but is it worth using?
In short: yes. It's a really neat way to search through artists. The most popular video will be showcased in the top-left of the screen, accompanied by the most relevant songs displayed on the right-hand side. This makes it convenient and easy to access the most popular hits and what's currently trending with fans and the general public.
Come one, who isn't a huge fan?
The search engine will show results pulled from multiple sources, including YouTube, Vimeo, MTV, Artist Direct and more. Instead of clicking through to a website and see if that's the media you're after, you're able to hover over a thumbnail to check out a cheeky preview. Bing showing the right video? Click on through and you're sorted with full playback capabilities.
Should you not be a pop fan and want content from the charts, Microsoft has worked hard to include "the most comprehensive set of videos possible" spanning genres, decades and even geography. If there's something you're looking for, you're likely to find something - even Arabic Rock from the Aladdin GENS game.
"We believe that search should be more than a collection of blue links pointing to pages around the web. Search should be a reflection of the actual world including music. To that end, Bing knows that artists create songs, songs are collected in albums and albums are part of musical genres. Using the connections between these things, Bing is able to generate a 'Top Songs' section which uses the relationships and attributes of these people and things to provide a useful set of results."
Notice the top songs on the right (as we lightly touched on this above)? This section will prove to be a invaluable resource should you not be familiar with the music produced by a particular artist - Animal Collective in the above example. It's a more streamlined experience for those who simply love music (and if you're an avid follower who regularly attends live music events, you should definitely have Pepper installed on your Windows Phone).
If the above wasn't enough, there's more:
- Songs and videos are assembled in the same order they were originally loaded on albums to provide that feeling of owning that vintage record. Select listed albums and songs will be displayed in the correct order.
- Related artists are displayed on the far right in a SERP (search engine results page) to help you discover more music, utilising your genre and artist tastes.
- Over 1.7 million songs, 70,000 artists and 500,000 albums are covered.
Head on over to the Bing blog to read through the changes in full, and be sure to try out the new music search.
Source: Bing Blog