Microsoft’s Bing search engine has been rumoured to be up for the chop if former Nokia boss Stephen Elop is made CEO of the company. In the meantime, it’s business as usual: and that business now includes a new music videos section. Launched yesterday, it’s a neat thumbnail-driven way for people to find music videos from a range of sources. “Let’s say you’re searching for Tighten Up by the Black Keys. You will see the most popular video showcased in the top-left of the screen. Harnessing Bing’s machine learning capabilities, the most relevant and popular music video for an artist, album or song is showcased in the upper right of the screen,” explained Microsoft yesterday. “Because we know that quality videos don’t just come from one place, we showcase videos from leading sites including YouTube, Vimeo, MTV, Artist Direct and more. Instead of making you click through to a site to see if a video is the one you want, you can simply mouse over the thumbnail to see a preview. If you like what you’re hearing, simply click on the button to play the full version.” Each artist gets a ‘Top Songs’ section of their profile, and videos from albums can be watched “in the same order that they originally appeared on the album”. For now, Bing is tracking 1.7m songs.

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