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Meet the People Behind Bing Photos

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Many times I've enjoyed the background picture du jour on Bing and wondered to myself who at Microsoft does the awesome job (has the awesome job?) of picking them out. I set out recently to find who these folks are, how the pictures are selected, and what kinds of things they look for when picking a background. Meet Stephanie Horstmanshof and Kristin Dean from the Bing team.

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  • Trevor SullivanTrevor Sullivan

    Bing photos are INSANELY AWESOME! Thank you guys, and keep up the AWESOME work!

    Cheers,
    Trevor

  • CharlesCharles Welcome Change

    @Trevor Sullivan: True story.

    C

  • Golnazgolnazal HEY HEY HEY

    how do i become an employee that submits a picture?!?!??!?!?

  • Wonderful! Beautiful!

    You ladies to such great work. Thank you!

    And thanks Larry for introducing us to them.

  • SkyWalkerskkywalkker # Knowledge is Wealth #

    Cool !! I am a daily viewer of bing pics and i was always wondering who selects these pics, and how they are embedding the videos in here. Thanks Channel9 all our questions got answered !!  @Bing Photos Selection Team: Please add more videos in the homepage instead of few per month.

    Wonderful Bing Pics archieve can be found here. http://www.istartedsomething.com/bingimages/ by Long Zheng

  • Dang, I thought Channel 9 was the coolest job at Microsoft...these chicks rock Smiley

  • Bent Rasmussenexoteric stuck in a loop, for a while

    Superb imagery.

    Some of the really cool and funny animations: monkeys in "mountain spa", macro of clockwork, bunnies.

    Keep it up. Smiley

  • Hello,

    Wow That's so cool, vary good job.

    I love Bing photos. But in Canada do we get animations to I have never seen them, maybe it's timing.

  • Philip SaundersPhilip Saunders

    Take it no one looked at bing.com today the show all or from united kingdom is white on a white background (cyclist top) so you can hardly read it.

  • dan_tdtower Surface Fan

    Come for the search, stay for the pics.

  • Gary SpradlingGary​Spradling There is no off position on the genius switch.

    @exoteric: Hi, I'm the video supervisor of Media Acquisitions.  Actually, all the videos you see on the Bing Homepage are, in fact, videos not animations (.gifs or otherwise). Some originate from footage, others from still images.  Both types end up as very small video files, looping on the page.  With still images, my motion graphics artist uses advanced 3D tools to create movement where there originally was none.  As long as it keeps you guessing, that's half the fun!  Smiley

  • Awe, what a great job to have, picking the photos I see every day.  Thank you for picking beautiful photography and not being like everyone else Smiley

  • Bent Rasmussenexoteric stuck in a loop, for a while

    , GarySpradling wrote

    @exoteric: Hi, I'm the video supervisor of Media Acquisitions.  Actually, all the videos you see on the Bing Homepage are, in fact, videos not animations (.gifs or otherwise). Some originate from footage, others from still images.  Both types end up as very small video files, looping on the page.  With still images, my motion graphics artist uses advanced 3D tools to create movement where there originally was none.  As long as it keeps you guessing, that's half the fun!  Smiley

    Nice! That also reminds me of MSR cliplets: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/projects/cliplets/

  • Goshar7Goshar7

    You guys/girls do a great job! I was a hardcore google user but I have to say now that I've tried Bing open-minded, I love it and use it all the time. It's awesome that you all are open to global respect for other cultures and religions. Keep it up!

  • hammburgerhammburger

    is there any way you guys can make the pictures more high-res?

    I would like to see it cover my entire desktop (yes...I have a 2560*1600 SCREEN)...

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