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September 15, 2009 / Upnishad

Bing Visual Search

Unveiled by Microsoft at the annual TechCrunch50 technology conference, Bing Visual Search—which requires Microsoft’s Flash alternative, Silverlight —also lets you “narrow by” the results for more tailored feedback. Concerning the above “digital cameras” search, for example, the narrow by options include “type,” “megapixels,” “optical zoom,” “brand,” and “good for.” Hovering over a select image puts the search term for that image in the search box. Clicking on the image takes you to the results, where you can also view related searches. You can also use the scroll bar to navigate through the galleries alphabetically. The new visual search feature is one of several Microsoft plans to tack on to its engine in the upcoming months. Check out the above video demonstration for a look at it in action.

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