Microsoft to get some Wolfram in its Bing

Wolfram Research’s Wolfram|Alpha "computational knowledge engine" isn’t meant to be a Google-killer, but it might just help turn Microsoft’s Bing into one. Microsoft has announced on the Bing search blog that it has partnered up with Wolfram Research to integrate some Wolfram|Alpha features inside its search engine.

Microsoft says the integration will span "nutritional information and tools" as well as "some straight up hard math and homework help." On the nutrition side of things, Wolfram|Alpha will be able to work out your body-mass index and pull up nutritional information sheets when you search for a food item. As you can see in this screenshot, that will pretty much mirror what Wolfram|Alpha already offers as a standalone service.

U.S.-based users can expect to see the new, Wolfram-ified version of Bing "over the next several days."

Comments closed
    • Pettytheft
    • 13 years ago

    Still have to pass the test with a big assed graphing calculator.

    • deruberhanyok
    • 13 years ago

    Did you use a calculator in school?

    • khands
    • 13 years ago

    That’s the purpose of computers in the first place no?

    • mutantmagnet
    • 13 years ago

    Mobile specifically. I rarely use Bing over Google on a desktop because there isn’t much of a need. On a phone the usability issue is big enough that I default to m.bing now.

    • stmok
    • 13 years ago

    *[<...as "some straight up hard math and homework help."<]* Meaning the future generation of humanity will become more incompetent or inept in mathematics...Why bother doing any work, when it can be done for you?

    • wira020
    • 13 years ago

    LOL, i just finished my math courses a few days ago and this came up.. wonder if it could have made a difference to how i study…not to mention those assignments…. oh well..

    • MadManOriginal
    • 13 years ago

    So are you talking about mobile specifically or web browinsg all around?

    • ludi
    • 13 years ago

    Plot | polycount=1E20 spectral=glitter rendertime=thisweek <enter>

    • mutantmagnet
    • 13 years ago

    Bing has one advantage over Google I think will get better recognition as time passes on.

    Bing is a much better search engine for browsing the web than Google. It’s not something I would’ve noticed until I used a bunch of different phones. Depending on the browser Google mobile is a step above Bing solely because you don’t get the rediculous page can not be found errors which randomly crop up. But in other browsers the difference between Bing and Google is much bigger and Bing is the one ahead in usability.

    Adding Wolfram Alpha’s functionality will certainly make the turf war in the mobile phone space more interesting for me.

    • Bauxite
    • 13 years ago

    r[

    • lycium
    • 13 years ago

    better than twitter and tweeting, gaaaaah

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 13 years ago

    I liked kumo better.

    • Ricardo Dawkins
    • 13 years ago

    bing…bing…bada bing!

    • Sargent Duck
    • 13 years ago

    I agree that “bing” is dumb sounding name, but honestly I don’t care too much as I’ve all but switched from google

    • indeego
    • 13 years ago
    • d2brothe
    • 13 years ago

    Yes, I’m sure Ballmer PERSONALLY came up with that name…

    • Jigar
    • 13 years ago

    -[

    • OneArmedScissor
    • 13 years ago
    • Meadows
    • 13 years ago
    • HighTech4US
    • 13 years ago

    Wolf Ram, Heart !!!

    Isn’t that some evil law firm.

    • anotherengineer
    • 13 years ago

    mmm Wolfram. What about MATLAB!!!! FTW!!!

    Unfortunatly none of this helps you in the exam room lol

    • MadManOriginal
    • 13 years ago

    Maybe it was the sound a metal chair made as it was bouncing off objects and careening about the room??

    • blastdoor
    • 13 years ago

    I never had a problem with the name google. And I agree that bing sounds retarded. It makes me think of that insurance salesman from Groundhog Day. I blame Balmer — the dude has no taste.

    edit — maybe they should have called it “Bungie” instead — I like that better. One could imagine a certain halo effect associated with that name…

    • dpaus
    • 13 years ago

    “Microsoft licenses 500HP Ferrari V-8, plans to use it in 1 kW home back-up generator”

    • UberGerbil
    • 13 years ago

    A lot of people thought Google was a terrible name too (some still do). Bing at least is short, has the virtue of being easily verbed, and it’s otherwise fairly meaningless to the vast majority of internet users who never saw “White Christmas” or any of the “On the Road to…” movies. Doobie doobie doo.

    • OneArmedScissor
    • 13 years ago

    I’ll complain all I want. It’s dumb as hell and actually pushing it with that name just makes it even dumber.

    • CampinCarl
    • 13 years ago

    I love Mathematica, so it’ll be interesting to see how well they integrate the Alpha system into Bing.

    • Flying Fox
    • 13 years ago

    More easy ways to not do homework now.

    • eternalmatt
    • 13 years ago

    God I love Wolfram|Alpha. Glad to see that its getting used in a real search engine.

    • BoBzeBuilder
    • 13 years ago

    Bing. What an awful name. But it’s too late to complain about that I guess.

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This

Share this post with your friends!