Skip to main content

Move over Nate Silver, Bing is now firmly in the election prediction business

Every election cycle in the U.S. is usually wild and weird as it is. Now, Bing will be taking cracks at predicting who will win this season’s House, Senate, and Gubernatorial races.

Officially dubbed the “Elections & Voter Guide 2014,” the page also serves as a hub for election-related news, and you can use it to break down information based on individual states, and more. The hub, which is currently in beta, also contains separate pages for poll results. Using an interactive map, it also shows you how offices are divided on a party affiliation basis.

The poll results page doesn’t contain any information at this point. Bing says that you should “check back soon for the latest poll results,” so we imagine that this will get filled up sometime between now and Election Day.

The guide also contains a link to a voter registration page, will tell you where you can vote, provide you with election trivia, and much more.

Image used with permission by copyright holder

With this initiative, Microsoft hopes to educate voters, according to the company’s blog post.

“Politics aside, our goal with Bing Elections and the personalized Voter Guide is to arm voters so they can make decisions based on the most comprehensive and best information available,” Derrick Connell, Microsoft’s Corporate VP of Bing says. “Whether it’s the senate race at the national level or a proposition affecting your city, we’re hoping to give you the confidence to make the most out of your vote.”

It will be interesting to see whether famed election result predictor Nate Silver will be more accurate during this cycle, or whether Bing can seize the prediction guru crown from him.

Keep in mind that you’ll only be able to use this service in “major metropolitan markets,” Microsoft says.

Editors' Recommendations

Konrad Krawczyk
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Konrad covers desktops, laptops, tablets, sports tech and subjects in between for Digital Trends. Prior to joining DT, he…
What is an RSS feed? Here’s why you should still use one
A person using a HP ENVY x360 2-in-1 15.6-inch Touch-Screen Laptop sitting on a bed.

With so much new content on the web added daily, it can be tough to keep up with what's happening online. People try several different ways, including visiting specific websites every day, doing Google searches, or relying on social media to keep them informed. One solution that sometimes gets overlooked is an old-school one: The RSS feed.

What is an RSS feed? It's a technology that has influenced many modern internet tools you're familiar with, and its streamlined, algorithm-free format could make it your next great tool for reading what you want online.
What is RSS?

Read more
Best laptop deals: Save on HP, Lenovo, Dell and Apple
Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 playing Cyberpunk 2077.

Buying a new laptop can be very daunting, especially with how saturated the market is with dozens of options from nearly a dozen brands and various configurations of each of those laptops. Even worse is trying to navigate the maze of available laptop deals across various retailers, and for those who don't want to do all that legwork, you're in luck! We've used our experience to collect the best deals in various categories to ensure you get the best bang for your buck. All you need to do is have a general sense of what specs or brand you want, and we'll likely have a deal for it listed below.

Best Laptop Deals

Read more
M2 MacBook Air vs. M1 MacBook Air: things have changed
A man holds the new Macbook Air (2022) in his hands.

The Apple MacBook Air M1 has been among our favorite MacBooks for some time now, and it's even held a place on our list of the best laptops overall. The new MacBook Air M2 is a significant redesign, bringing with it a new chassis and Apple's latest M2 processor.

Sometimes, it's easy to recommend the new model over the old one, especially when the new model brings significant improvements. The M2 MacBook Air qualifies, as it feels a lot more like a completely new model than a simple replacement of the old one. While Apple continues to sell the original M1 MacBook Air at a lower price, the M2 MacBook Air can often be had for only a little more money. That makes the choice between them a lot easier.

Read more