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Check Out this Fall’s New TV Shows, Movies & More

As summer fades and the weather cools, people begin to spend more time indoors, in front of their screens and devices, looking for entertainment. To help you navigate the deluge of offerings, the Bing team has curated carousels for this fall s TV series, movies and books. We ve also included predictions for top reality voting shows and the 2016 Primetime Emmy Awards1 *, airing this Sunday, September 18.

Check out the list of Bing 2016 fall entertainment experiences, and stay tuned for new releases and updates coming this October and November.

TV
Fall TV premieres: Search Bing for Fall TV shows2 to see a list of this season s lineup. Use the filters within the carousel to narrow your search by month of release, genre, or new versus returning shows. Check Out This Fall’s New TV Shows, Movies & More Cancelled TV shows: Many people search for a list of shows that won t make it back to the small screen. If you re among this group, Bing has you covered. Just search for cancelled TV shows3 to see the list of the unfortunate programs .
Primetime Emmy Awards: See the list of nominees and who Bing predicts will take home the statuette for each major category. For example, Game of Thrones is likely to take home an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series for the second year in a row, and Veep is also predicted to repeat its Outstanding Comedy Series win.
Check Out This Fall’s New TV Shows, Movies & More Reality voting shows: This season, we re keeping a close eye on the two most searched-for reality voting shows: Dancing with the Stars (DWTS) and The Voice. DWTS just started its 23rd season, and Bing already has its first predictions: Ryan Lochte is safe while former Texas Governor Rick Perry is in danger of elimination. For more predictions, check bing.com.

The Voice returns on September 19th and predictions will be available after the first episode.
Check Out This Fall’s New TV Shows, Movies & More4 MOVIES
Movies in theaters: Itching to get out of the house? How about a movie? Use Bing s carousel of fall movies to see what s in theaters now, and coming soon. Click on each title to watch the trailer, read reviews, see the cast, check local show times (available starting three days prior to theater release), buy tickets, and more.
Movies at home: Not a new feature to Bing, but always a great reminder that you can search what s new on Netflix or Amazon to see what movies are available to stream.

Check Out This Fall’s New TV Shows, Movies & More

567 BOOKS
Predicted must-read books: With tens of thousands of new books published each season, it can be difficult to choose your next read. To help, we ve enlisted our Bing Predicts technology that factors in the search, web and social buzz around the books, early reviews and more. From there, we used the data to showcase the top 50 books predicted to be the best sellers this autumn. Just search for fall books8 to see which made Bing s top list. From there you can use the filters in the carousel to search by release date and by paperback or hardback. Check Out This Fall’s New TV Shows, Movies & More

As you can see, it s a jam-packed season for entertainment, but we re just getting started. We ll be back next month to share more.

Until then, enjoy!

– The Bing Team

* The Emmy name and the Emmy statuette are the trademark property of The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Additionally, the Emmy name, logo and statuette are licensed to the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for International Emmys.

References

  1. ^ 2016 Primetime Emmy Awards (www.bing.com)
  2. ^ Fall TV shows (www.bing.com)
  3. ^ cancelled TV shows (www.bing.com)
  4. ^ bing.com (bing.com)
  5. ^ fall movies (www.bing.com)
  6. ^ Netflix (www.bing.com)
  7. ^ Amazon (www.bing.com)
  8. ^ fall books (www.bing.com)

Road to Rio: Our Summer At Bing

Road To Rio: Our Summer At BingIn the Photo (left to right):

David Ku, CVP IPG
Melissa Du, Intern
Shannon Phu, Intern
Grace O’Brien, Intern
Derrick Connell, CVP @ Bing, Cortana

We re in full Olympics swing and are so excited for you to join our Road to Rio! When we received that message from our soon-to-be mentor, Kelly Freed, we couldn t believe it. As interns with the Microsoft Explorer program, would get the opportunity to work on the Rio Games experience this summer at Microsoft. There were still a few weeks of school left, but already we couldn t sit still: We wanted our summer at Microsoft to start already. Along with about 300 other Explorer interns, we were divided into groups, otherwise known as pods .

Our pod had three people: Melissa, a rising junior studying computer science at Stanford University, Grace, a rising sophomore studying product design at Stanford, and Shannon, a rising junior studying computer science at the University of California Los Angeles. We first met each other during intern orientation, and over the course of our internship, bonded over many sushi outings and debugging sessions. Our main project was to help build the Rio Games experience:

Road To Rio: Our Summer At Bing
Bing has many experiences like these, to help users find all sorts of information, such as the 2016 Academy Awards1 and even a Rubik s cube solver2! We were each given ownership of a specific module for the Rio Games Experience.

Melissa would be in charge of building the Daily Predicts module, which used past Olympic data and the Bing Predicts team’s machine-learning algorithms to generate an athlete or country’s chances of winning a certain event. Grace would be in charge of building the Social module, which displayed the five most relevant and popular tweets from Rio 2016 at any given time.

Shannon would be in charge of building the Events to Watch module, which used the Bing Predicts team’s predictions, based on data about sport and athlete popularity, to display the top five events to watch every day. Actually building one of these experiences required a strong understanding of what happens throughout the whole Bing system, from data ingestion to user interfaces. We onboarded by getting an overview of the connection between the various major components that are involved in building experiences like these on Bing which include natural language processing, data storage, and UX rendering.

We then used tools that allowed us to emulate Bing on our local machine and develop our standalone modules in C# before they were merged into the whole Rio Games experience. Our backend development work consisted of obtaining data through layers of caching and then dispatching calls to update data stores so that we could render the new UX. Our frontend work consisted of using Bing’s internal frontend component library to build the view of our module. One of the biggest challenges we faced throughout our project was dealing with the intricacies of the data pipeline. For example, because the Bing Rio Games experience was displayed globally, we had to make sure that each of our modules were localized for the markets that they had to support. Another challenge was learning how to communicate effectively across different teams. Throughout the entire development cycle, we were in close contact with the design team, the editorial team, the Predicts team, and our own dev team, just to name a few.

To get more of an idea of the Rio Games experience that we helped contribute to, you can check out the Bing blog post about it here3.

We were so excited to see something that we had been working on the whole summer actually ship to the entire world while we were still here, and even more excited to see that the millions of fans worldwide enjoyed the Rio Games experience we helped build. Of course, none of the above would have been possible without the help of our incredible mentors Kelly Freed, Zachary Garcia, and Barry Lumpkin, who were always there to answer our barrage of questions and help us with whatever challenges came our way. In addition, we’d also like to thank the rest of the Bing Engineering Team for providing us with support throughout our internship.

We really couldn’t have asked for a better summer and thank our team for providing us with such an amazing experience.

Road To Rio: Our Summer At Bing

– Grace, Melissa, and Shannon, Bing summer interns

References

  1. ^ 2016 Academy Awards (www.bing.com)
  2. ^ Rubik s cube solver (www.bing.com)
  3. ^ here (blogs.bing.com)

Get your first down with Bing’s football and fantasy predictions

Professional football is finally back and, as in previous seasons, and the Bing Predicts team has you covered. We will provide weekly predictions for your favorite team as well as the other 31 teams, plus playoff and Super Bowl predictions. (Our models predict Carolina over New England, in case you wondered. Read below for the full playoff predictions).

We also have weekly fantasy projections2 to help your fantasy team get the edge in that high-stakes office league. Find all the information you need each week on Bing: schedules, scores, standings, teams, and players. Weekly Power Rankings Bing Predicts machine learning and deep knowledge takes power rankings to a new level, giving you a glimpse into your team s future. Every Tuesday at noon Pacific Time, we will update our power rankings with predictions for which team the Predicts model forecasts to win its respective division, and which teams are on-pace to earn those elusive wild-card spots. Here are our projected pre-season playoff rankings: AFC:
1.

New England (AFC East),
2. Cincinnati (AFC North),
3. Kansas City (AFC West),
4. Houston (AFC South),
5. New York Jets (first wild-card),
6. Denver (second wild-card).

NFC:
1. Carolina (NFC South),
2. Green Bay (NFC North),
3. Arizona (NFC West),
4. Philadelphia (NFC East),
5. Minnesota (first wild-card),
6.

Seattle (second wild-card). These rankings will update dynamically as the season unfolds, so check Bing.com or the Bing mobile app3 weekly for our full divisional and wild card predictions4, and find out whether your team is among those top 12 playing deeper into January. Weekly Game-by-Game Predictions

Search for your favorite team to find its schedule and chance of winning its weekly matchup: Just look for the blue flag (see the table below), or search for NFL predictions to get the coming week s predictions for all games. This feature gives you the information you need heading into Sunday, whether you re a survivor-pool fanatic or simply want to have a point of view at the coffee machine at work.

Get Your First Down With Bing’s Football And Fantasy Predictions5 For week one, Bing predicts a 57 percent chance for a Carolina win over Denver in the September 8 season opener. On September 11, we predict an Atlanta win over Tampa Bay (58 percent chance); Green Bay over Jacksonville (55 percent), and Arizona over a New England team without Tom Brady (67percent), to name a few. Bing predicts three likely upsets: Buffalo over Baltimore, San Francisco over Los Angeles, and New York s Gang Green over Cincinnati.

Get Your First Down With Bing’s Football And Fantasy Predictions6 Fantasy Football Features

For some of you, the success of your fantasy football team is as important as the record of your hometown franchise. Get a competitive advantage from Bing in your fantasy league, with projections of player stats and scores by position (see table below) as well as all-up top players. Search for fantasy football predictions7 on Bing when deciding who to start each week, and which free agents to pick up in order to help you optimize your weekly lineup. Which running back should you start on week one? Curious about how many fantasy points your wide receiver is going to score? Check Bing Predicts latest fantasy football projections8.

Get Your First Down With Bing’s Football And Fantasy Predictions Before, During and After the Game Bing has the bass down too.

Before the game we ll help you locate each team s stat leaders and predicted game-changers, as well as game location, time and broadcast network. During the game, you can search for up-to-date scoring drives. After the game, we know how important it is to help you find results and the postgame highlights, so make it part of your Sunday-night routine to visit Bing.com or the Bing mobile app9. Check back with us at the start of the season as these features become available. Whether you re looking for information to help you dominate your fantasy league or just enjoy great football, don t make your moves without checking in with Bing first. Just like you, we re counting the hours till the first whistle blows on September 8. Good luck out there this season!

-The Bing Team

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References

  1. ^ weekly predictions (www.bing.com)
  2. ^ weekly fantasy projections (www.bing.com)
  3. ^ Bing mobile app (www.bing.com)
  4. ^ full divisional and wild card predictions (www.bing.com)
  5. ^ NFL predictions (www.bing.com)
  6. ^ week one (www.bing.com)
  7. ^ fantasy football predictions (www.bing.com)
  8. ^ fantasy football projections (www.bing.com)
  9. ^ Bing mobile app (www.bing.com)

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