Conversational Search Comes To Bing

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Conversational Search Comes To Bing

Bing recently announced they are now offer conversational search, and it works very much the same way as Google’s conversational search. You can ask a natural language question, and then follow up with another question about the same subject and Bing will remember what you were asking about.

Here’s an example of me testing out Bing’s new search functions by asking it questions about Google.

First question: “who are the founders of Google?”

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So far so good. Now let’s say I want to know how old they are.

Next question: “how old are they?”

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Perfect! Bing is still keeping up with me. Now let’s say I wanted to know where they were born.

Next question: “Where were they born?”

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Bing nails it again. You can see how Bing maintains the context of the search as you move the conversation forward.

Here’s how they explain the essence of their new search function:

Bing will show the most pertinent information about Barack Obama, Burj Khalifa in Dubai and Lawrence Fishburne.  So, by combining conversational understanding with our knowledge repository containing information on billions of people, places and things, you can dive and learn more about a topic or interest.

Bing explains they are doing extensive work to build out their platform with investments in entity and conversational understanding. They expect to deliver a number of additional improvements in the days ahead.

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  • Vishal Singh

    With more and more people talking to search engines like they are talking to some real person is making the companies such as Google and Bing to push their limits. Also I appreciate bing for bringing some competition into something Google had it’s monopoly.

  • Zaheer Ahmad

    Finally, something to talk about the Bing. Seems they want i-am-back quote with their search engine business.

  • Steve B

    Pretty nifty. Bing was right on with all the answers. I tried Google with the same questions and it treated each question as a new question and not a continuation based on the same topic. Maybe I’m doing something wrong??