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Microsoft’s Bing has been part of Windows Phone since the beginning. But it’s more than just a search engine. Earlier this summer we learned how Microsoft planned to turn Bing into a platform, one where developers and users can tap into a vast array of data to get things done. Last summer, Microsoft introduced a new corporate logo. Now, Bing is getting a logo makeover as it brings in a bunch of new features online. Let’s check it out.

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On Friday, we brought you a report of upcoming changes to how Bing works and looks on Windows Phone 8. At the time, we presented a handful of documented alterations and confirmed with Microsoft that these new features were coming to those in the US soon and the rest of the world a bit later.

Today, Microsoft has decided to detail those changes on the Windows Phone Blog, filling in some of the blanks for the search engine overhaul.

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A few months ago Microsoft’s Bing search engine introduced a new feature known as Snapshot, which added the ability to instantly see snippets of information about a search query before submitting it. At first Snapshot only supported people searches (which Microsoft accounted for 10% of all searches). Today, the company is expanding Snapshot with new auto-suggest categories.

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