Windows & Interoperability: Microsoft Raises Bing Bar Against Google

By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2009-12-07 Print this article Print
Microsoft Raises Bing Bar Against Google

Microsoft Raises Bing Bar Against Google

by Nicholas Kolakowski
In addition to the other new features added to Bing on Dec. 2, Microsoft now offers the Bing Bar for Firefox and Internet Explorer. The downloadable application grafts a tool bar to your Web browser, allowing one-click access to various Bing features such as Shopping, Video, Web Search and Maps, as well as instant access to news, stocks, weather and Hotmail. The Bing Bar also includes features such as Search Assist, which displays suggested searches when the user begins to type a term into the search bar, and Browse Plus, which alerts the user to breaking news in specific categories. Microsoft likely hopes that Bing Bar will help its search engine gain traction as it seeks to compete with Google in the search engine space.
Nicholas Kolakowski is a staff editor at eWEEK, covering Microsoft and other companies in the enterprise space, as well as evolving technology such as tablet PCs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Playboy, WebMD, AARP the Magazine, AutoWeek, Washington City Paper, Trader Monthly, and Private Air. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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