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Microsoft unveils Bing for schools, removes ads and sets "SafeSearch" to maximum

Microsoft unveils a custom tailored Bing aimed at the k-12 school system.

@CharlesJGantt
Published Mon, Jun 24 2013 1:23 PM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

This morning Microsoft unveiled its new Bing for Schools initiative, a voluntary program that offers schools in the US a custom tailored version of its Bing search engine that is K-12 appropriate. The customization process removes all advertisements from the search engine you to Microsoft believe that schools "are fore learning and not for selling".

Microsoft unveils Bing for schools, removes ads and sets SafeSearch to maximum | TweakTown.com

SafeSearch, brings built-in adult content filter is configured to the strictest settings by default and is locked down so students are unable to change it back manually. Microsoft says that there will also be many more enhanced privacy protections, but declined to elaborate further.

Bing for Schools will come with several bundled short lesson plans that the school can use to teach students basic digital literacy skills. "We see the program as something we can build alongside teachers, parents, and visionaries to create the best possible search experience for our children," Matt Wallaert, a Bing Behavioral Scientist said.

Bing for Schools will be available later this year just in time for the new school season.

NEWS SOURCE:bing.com

A web developer by day, Charles comes to TweakTown after a short break from the Tech Journalism world. Formerly the Editor in Chief at TheBestCaseScenario, he now writes Maker and DIY content. Charles is a self proclaimed Maker of Things and is a major supporter of the Maker movement. In his free time, Charles likes to build just about anything, with past projects ranging from custom PC cooling control systems to 3D printers. Other expensive addictions include Photography, Astronomy and Home Automation.

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