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Bing Adds A Couple Features For iOS 8

Apple released iOS 8 last week, and many apps are adding features that take advantage of its specific capabilities. These include Microsoft’s Bing app, which has added a new translation feature and the ability to put Bing’s daily homepage image and trends on the Today screen. “With this release, we were able to take advantage of the extensibility possible in …

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Bing Ads Lets You Share Negative Keyword Lists Among Campaigns

Microsoft announced that you can now share negative keyword lists between campaigns in Bing Ads. You can do this with the Bing Ads Editor, the web interface, or the API. “Gone are the days of manually copying negative keywords between campaigns,” says Microsoft’s Anar Alimov. “With this release, you can create lists of negative keywords and apply them simultaneously to …

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Bing Gives Image Search A Makeover

Microsoft announced that it’s rolling out a new user experience for Bing Image Search, which adapts based on query, resolution, and interaction. Here’s what it looks like: Image results will now expand to the full width of the screen, and will include exploration suggestions dynamically according to screen resolution. “This means an uncluttered first page where images are the hero. …

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Bing Ads Get New Dynamic Sitelinks Feature

Microsoft announced a new Dynamic Sitelinks feature for Bing Ads, which it says can help improve relevance and click-through rates for SMB advertisers. Once again, Bing is following Google’s lead on ads, as the search giant launched a similar feature for AdWords in July. “Dynamic Sitelinks are clickable text additions to your ad that help enrich and enhance the information …

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Microsoft Initiates Another Round Of Layoffs

Microsoft announced a couple months ago that it would reduce its overall workforce by up to 18,000 jobs over the course of the next year, and that of those, 12,500 would be related to its acquisition of Nokia assets. The company was also said to be eliminating Xbox Entertainment Studios. Microsoft said it would begin with 13,000 eliminations, and that …

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Xbox 360 Bundles Released For $249 Through Walmart

Even though it has released the Xbox One, Microsoft is not letting the Xbox 360 fade into oblivion this holiday season. Three new Xbox 360 bundles have been announced via the official Xbox blog, Major Nelson. First is an Xbox 360 with Call of Duty: Ghosts and Call of Duty: Black Ops II, for $249. Second is the same as …

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Conan Checks In With Minecraft Inventor About Microsoft Acquisition

The big news on Monday was that Microsoft is buying Mojang, the company behind the hugely popular Minecraft, for $2.5 billion. Naturally, the subject came up on Conan, who checked in with the inventor of the game to see how he’s celebrating: The actual founders are leaving the company, but Mojang says most of the team will probably stay on …

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Minecraft Downloads to Continue on PC, PlayStation

Yesterday Microsoft officially announced that it is acquiring Mojang, the development studio behind the game Minecraft. Microsoft will reportedly pay $2.5 billion for the Swedish game studio. Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson also announced that he will be leaving Mojang and will not go on to work for Microsoft. Respectfully, I'm not going to be doing any interviews. — Markus …

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Microsoft Announces It’s Buying Minecraft For $2.5 Billion

Rumors circulated throughout the media last week that Microsoft was preparing to acquire Mojang, the makers of the massively popular game Minecraft. On Monday, Microsoft officially announced that it is doing so. The company says it has reached an agreement to acquire the Stockholm-based game developer for $2.5 billion, and that the Mojang team will join Microsoft Studios, which is …

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NFL Announcers Keep Calling Microsoft’s Product-Placed Surface Tablets ‘iPads’

Oftentimes, a brand can become so ubiquitous that people stop thinking of it as a brand of a specific product, and instead begin to associate the brand as inherent to said specific product. You probably do it all the time – sometimes without noticing. For instance, in the south, it’s common to call any soft drink a “Coke”. Not just …

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Microsoft Gives MSN A Big Overhaul

Microsoft announced a new rebuilding of MSN, which is geared toward a “mobile-first” and “cloud-first” experience. The top of the page includes quick access to what Microsoft is calling the “Services Stripe,” which includes email, OneDrive, OneNote, Facebook, Twitter, Office 365, and Skype. The page also includes tools like shopping lists, a savings calculator, a symptom checker, a 3D body …

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Skype Now Lets You Host Group Audio Calls From Your iPhone

Skype announced a new update for its iPhone app, which enables users to host group audio calls from the device. There’s a new call button in the app in the bottom navigation bar, which can be used for existing and new groups. The feature supports up to four people for now, but it sounds like they’ll be increasing that number …

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