Microsoft launches Bing
Bing, Microsoft's new search engine, is now live. Launched on Monday June 1 in the United Sates, Bing will be fully deployed worldwide on Wednesday June 3. Successor to Live Search, Bing is billed as a "decision engine" designed to "enable people to find information quickly and use the information they’ve found to accomplish tasks and make smart decisions".
Bing offers a number of innovative features as well as several rebranded Live Search tools and services, such as Bing Health (formerly Live Search Health): a search engine specifically for health-related information. Of the new features, one of the most prominent is the "Explore Pane": this is intended to make Bing "a richer, more organized search experience" by consolidating related searches, search specific tools and services and a session history in a single place. WolframAlpha
Launched on the Monday May 18, WolframAlpha is a "computational knowledge engine", designed to provide answers to factual queries by "doing computations from its own internal knowledge base", "instead of searching the web and returning links" as a search engine does.
WolframAlpha offers an innovative service very different to what is currently available in most traditional search engines. WolframAlpha will give answers to not only mathematical questions but also fact-based questions. For example a simple mathematical question: 'what is the square root of 49?
' will give the answer 7. Put the same query
in the Google search engine, and through Google Calculator, you will get a similar answer. However, ask a factual question, such as 'When was the United Nations founded?
', and WolframAlpha will answer directly with the the date (in a variety of formats), other historic events that occurred on that day, what time the sun rose and set as well the phase of the moon.
Developed by Stephen Wolfram and Wolfram Research, WolframAlpha is built on their previous computational software platform, Mathematica, as well as algorithm discoveries published in Stephen Wolfram's book 'A New Kind of Science'.
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