Microsoft today has pushed out a new update for its Bing search engine. The new feature called “Spotlight” provides overviews of new topics which are shown in the Bing search results.
The feature shows the latest headlines and also a small rundown of how the story is developing or developed over a period of time. The overview which can be viewed in the search results is of the major developing stories around the world.
The feature also lets the users to decide on which topic they would like to know or read more into by clicking on the articles. The feature is currently available for users on Bing desktop and mobile web in the US.
Spotlight currently provides users with how the story has developed over time along with showing some of the related posts on social media sites which have been posted from people around the world.
Bing monitors millions of queries on a daily basis, identifies stories that have evolved over a period of weeks. The search engines also collects the data of the users queries and browser log along with documents signals from publishers like how many publishers cover a story and more.
Microsoft has added a Perspective module to Bing which shows different view points from high quality sources for controversial topics. Microsoft has laid down certain Guidelines based on the originality, readability and transparency for the source to be considered as a highest quality.
Microsoft is working on providing broader context for stories from politics to business and more. The company in future updates is expected to push out more features like expanding the number of topics spotlight covers.
Microsoft is working on leveraging learning algorithms which help the Bing index to identify top sources for national news according to the category or article. To try the new experience you can search for major news topics like self-driving cars on Bing.com.