Bing adds special search results for “Ukraine Russia”
Microsoft recently announced that it will allow users to make free calls to and from Ukraine on Skype. This came thanks to an update that supports language translation which basically allows users to translate Skype phone calls to and from the Ukrainian language.
The war poses an imminent danger to millions of people in Ukraine, as such, when using Microsoft Bing to gather information related to the Ukraine-Russia war, search results will appear in both the Opinions section and in both timelines. It is an attempt to ensure that people have access to insightful, factual and credible information. The timelines include the main column as well as the other in the knowledge panel.
On Opinions, news from the section will appear in the News On section, where people can share their feelings and views on the issues that arise. When it comes to timelines, the horizontal appears as the main column of the search results while the vertical is in the knowledge panel.
The timeline in the knowledge panel helps provide a chronological account that clearly describes the genesis of events and how things have evolved over time. However, the vertical in the main column shows events that have happened recently. The main difference between the two timelines is that the main column cites its source while the second does not.
Essentially, the concept behind it is to help users demystify what counts as news and when it’s just opinion. Given the current state of Ukraine, it is extremely important to have credible information, which in turn will help in decision-making.