Bing Shows Wolfram Alpha, Big Name Games Some Love
Article by George Norman
On 12 Aug 2010
In its effort to provide you with the most relevant search results, Microsoft’s Bing decision engine has teamed up with Wolfram Alpha, the computational knowledge engine developed by Stephen Wolfram, the theoretical physics who got his PhD at just 20 years of age. Now when you ask Bing a question, the search engine uses Wolfram Alpha’s capabilities to provide you with an answer.

Let’s say you want to find out how many people there are in India for example. You access and you type in the query “what is the population of India?”. In the search results you will notice the following:


As Microsoft explained, this is only the beginning. To make the user experience as pleasurable as possible, and to provide users with fast and relevant search results, Bing will continue to add new data and answers from Wolfram Alpha. To my mind, the fact that Bing is showing Wolfram Alpha some love is great. After all, Wolfram Alpha is a properly good online service that has a lot of useful information to offer.

Moving on, Wolfram Alpha isn’t the only one to receive some love from Microsoft’s Bing. Big name games got some love too – PopCap games in particular. Bing Games has added more than a dozen casual games to its lineup, including PopCap’s Plants vs. Zombies, Hexic, and Bejeweled 2.

The great thing about Bing Games is that they are socially inclined. Bing Games let you post your scores on Facebook, view your friends' recent activity, or challenge a friend to a game.

Speaking of games, it should be mentioned that a new app has been launched on Bing Maps. Called Coin Search, this app is a fun game and code sample (more details on this topic are available here).

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To get started with Bing Games click
To get started with Wolfram Alpha click

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