Microsoft and Facebook have partnered in search before and today’s Facebook announcement of new search tools puts a spotlight on that partnership.
Microsoft Bing’s and Facebook’s engineering teams worked together on changes to web searches conducted on Facebook. According to an official Bing blog post:
Now when you do a web search on Facebook, the new search results page features a two-column layout with Bing-powered web results appearing on the left-hand side overlaid with social information from Facebook including how many people like a given result. On the right hand side, you will see content from Facebook Pages and apps that are related to your search.
Facebook also announced today “Graph Search,” which allows people to search within Facebook for, say, friends who are interested in dancing to photos taken before a certain year.
While Bing powers Facebooks’ web search function, Bing does not power Graph Search, a Microsoft spokeswoman said.