Microsoft is doing a lot of things right these days. Windows 10 is looking very promising so far, with its Technical Preview and the promise to run iOS / Android apps. In addition to this, MS seems to have regained its trademark touch of innovation. The tech giant’s inclination to innovate has been apparent even from seemingly “non-serious” stuff like the now famous age detector service. The MS age detector is hilariously inaccurate at times, and eerily spot-on at others. It might not have too much practical value, but you can’t deny that the service can prove to be a bit addictive. It can also garner some lighthearted adoration when you are with friends, or just want to see if a photo is worth uploading to Facebook. Even though it started out as an experiment, the How Old service looks like it is here to stay. We recently saw it getting released as a Windows Phone app, and now it has been integrated with Bing image searches as well.
In recent years, Bing has started to shed its tag of being a search engine that nobody uses. Due to Bing’s Windows Phone integration, and the neat-looking UI, a significant number of users have turned to using it at least occasionally. If you are one of those, or are just looking to see what the age detector integration is all about, here is what needs to be done.
- Look up any person’s photos using Bing image search. You can search for your own name, or try finding photos of a celebrity.
- Once the desired image is opened, hover over it. The age detector moniker will show up in the top-right corner of the picture.
- Click the moniker and wait for the service to make its calculations. Within a few seconds, you will see the estimated age and gender of the person(s) in the photo.
If you want to jump to the official age detector site right from within Bing search, the How Old badge offers a link to that as well.
It remains to be seen whether the How Old integration with Bing is a permanent addition, or will go away once the hype around it dies. In any case, the feature is pretty non-intrusive and you might end up actually using it every once in a while. So, head to Bing image search and see if you like its new toy.