Microsoft in 2014 added the capability for users to search with Bing merely by entering in emojis into the search box, now the firm appears to be expanding that capability somewhat.
Some users of Bing have now been able to type in an emoji description into the search engine and then receive not only a description of an emoji, but related emoji and be offered the option to copy that emoji for personal use in heated twitter debates or what have you.
To be clear, this feature seems to be limited to certain accounts (and regions we’d wager). I haven’t been able to trigger it on my own account despite changing the region to Microsoft’s favoured USA but another member of the MSPU staff in the same region has had it work for him, we have reached out to Microsoft to comment on this and will update this if necessary.
Bing’s status as “not Google” has been detrimental to it in the past. Despite Microsoft’s best efforts, the search engine has settled at a 20% share in the market and still remains the butt of many jibes and japes online. Along with a series of quizzes and more, Microsoft seems to be trying to push Bing as the more interactive search engine in comparison to Google – even tying it to Cortana to force Windows 10 users who use the personal assistant to use Bing by extension. With Microsoft adding more and more features to Bing, they may still be able to carve out a small but loyal piece of the market.
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