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Bing now lets users Find ‘big’ historical events

Bing now lets users Find ‘big’ historical events

Microsoft’s replacement for Live Search, Bing, now includes a new feature, found in the main carousel of items at the bottom of the Bing home page which lets users find out big historical events.

The company says users can also explore its new feature by simply searching “on this day” or “on this day in history” or even a specific date like April 15 in history” and a box will pop up at the top of the results that gives the user four big events in history that happened on that day.

According to the company, there is also a calendar icon with which users can check out what happened on other days, too.

“We really wanted to introduce a different way of engaging with search,” says David Edwards, Editor on the Bing Home Page and Editorial lead for Bing in the Classroom and Special Features.

“This showcases significant historical or extraordinary events that are also interesting, quirky and part of pop culture. We hope to satisfy users’ interests in exploring and discovering a wide range of facts, not just what they searched for initially. It’s a daily opportunity for serendipitous delight”, Edwards adds.

Edwards further explains that the search experience tends to be linear, so that is why Bing is trying to introduce more human elements like this to the experience, adding that the editorial team worked with writers to research nearly 1,500 events using a variety of sources, including Wikipedia, History.com, the New York Times and CBC archives and that they have identified events for every day of the year, so they’ll be able to switch out some entries.

“It’s interesting when you stumble upon an event you haven’t given any thought to, like the invention of the Frisbee,” Edwards says. “Our feature tells you how this guy sells the disc to Wham-O and how it became a marketing sensation. There’s a small space to explain each event, and then people can find links to fall down rabbit holes if they choose to.”

Elizabeth Edozie Technology Journalist @Technology Times 08077671659 elizabeth.edozie@technologytimes.ng

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