Preparing your business for a saleIn an ideal world, you should start preparing your business for sale at least 18 months before you put it onto the market. Some simple changes can have a dramatic impact on the sale price that you achieve.For example, the profit that you declare during your last financial year will be a very important factor in determining the sale price. This can be increased by postponing capital expenditure, cutting costs and asking your accountant to prepare the audited accounts in a less tax-efficient way than usual.With a letting business, most buyers will pay more for recurring income than for one-off income. Consequently, persuading your landlords to switch from let-only contracts to management or rent collection contracts can have a significant impact on the price.Another thing that you might consider is transferring your lettings business into a separate limited company. This gives you the option to sell the lettings book and the sales business to different buyers and still qualify for the ten per cent entrepreneurs’ tax rate. However, under HMRC rules, this must be done at least 12 months before the sale.Finally, you need to check that your compliance is 100 per cent perfect. Missing documents, such as gas safety certificates, HMO licences, tenancy agreements or landlords’ signed terms and conditions, can spook a buyer and cost you a sale. This is so important that you might even consider getting an independent compliance expert in to conduct a formal audit of your business.Be sure that your compliance is 100% perfect. Any missing documents can spook a buyer.Getting the best priceThe best price is not the highest headline price. It is the net proceeds after tax and disposal costs. This can be very confusing for sellers.For example, a lot of businesses are worth much more for break-up than they are as a going concern. In such cases, the obvious thing to do would be to offer the lettings book to a direct competitor who is already operating in the area. However, once you factor in the cost of disposing of the premises and making the staff redundant, it might be actually better to sell the business for a lower price as a going concern. Another factor to consider here is the risk of letting a direct competitor knows that you are selling.One other important factor to consider is tax. Most buyers will want to buy the assets of your business, not the limited company as this is usually more tax-efficient for them. It will also reduce the transaction costs for bothsides. However, you will pay a much higher rate of tax on an asset sale. You therefore need to do your sums very carefully before deciding which the best option is.Once you have decided whether to offer the business for sale as a whole or in parts and whether to offer the shares or the assets, you need to set a realistic guide price. Just as when selling a house, if you overcook it, you run the risk of having to go back to prospective buyers later at a reduced price and this will put you at a great disadvantage.I usually value a business using three different formulae; a percentage of the turnover, a percentage of the profit and the asset value. In addition to ensuring that the price is right, this process also tells me whether the business is best offered for break-up or as a going concern.Finally, you need to decide how many prospective buyers to approach though occasionally the best price is achieved by offering the business to one carefully targeted buyer at a premium price. But in the vast majority of cases, the way to achieve the best price is to invite a number of buyers to compete to buy the business.ConfidentialityIf word gets out that a business is being sold, it can do the most enormous harm. Your staff will be unsettled and may leave and your competitors may start approaching your landlords and vendors. For this reason, estate agency businesses should never be advertised openly for sale and all interested parties must be carefully screened and asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement before they even find out the areas in which you operate.Your last declared profit will be an important factor in determining the sale price of your business.Buying a businessLetting businesses are usually valued on turnover and sell for much higher prices than sales businesses. The reason for this is that lettings income is much more stable and predictable. The prices of letting businesses vary hugely but generally speaking you get what you pay for. Cheap businesses might deal with most of their landlords on a let-only basis, might have a high percentage of housing benefit tenancies or might have compliance problems.Good quality managed businesses might seem expensive but the test is whether you could acquire the same level of turnover more cheaply by building a business from scratch. Most firms cannot which is why good businesses sell for such high prices.The value of a residential sales business is much harder to determine. It will depend on the time that the business has been established, its reputation, the quality of the staff and the consistency of the profits that have been generated over many years. As a rule of thumb guide, a sales business will sell for 30 to 50 per cent of the value of a lettings business with the same turnover.ComplianceIf I could give just one word of advice to business buyers, that word would be “compliance”. When you buy a business, you take on responsibility for all its liabilities and a badly run business could very easily have hidden liabilities that exceed its purchase price several times over. It is therefore absolutely essential to employ a solicitor, an accountant and a compliance expert with specialist knowledge of the property sector to ensure that you are not caught out.Adam Walker is a management consultant and business transfer agent who has specialised in the property sector for 25 years. www.adamjwalker.co.uk June 2, 2014The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. 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ESPN’s “College GameDay” will be in Coral Gables, Florida, for No. 3 Notre Dame’s game against No. 7 Miami on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.Senior David Hessert, who will be attending the game, said College GameDay is known to cover games featuring teams with “storied rivalries, where there are implications for both teams’ success.” Rosie LoVoi | The Observer Senior and Notre Dame leprechaun Joe Fennessy entertains the crowd during Notre Dame’s 48-37 victory over Wake Forest.Hessert said he believes the broadcast is sure to draw national attention for the game.“College GameDay tends to heighten the anticipation around the game and creates a really fun atmosphere for fans,” he said.Hessert said he had attended a game covered by College GameDay once before — the Notre Dame-South Carolina game in 2005.The atmosphere of the game “was absolutely electric,” Hessert said.“You could just feel the excitement in the air,” he said.Senior Morgan Dunn, who is also attending the game, said she is particularly excited for Saturday because of the historic rivalry between Notre Dame and Miami. The rivalry stems largely from a 1988 game in which Notre Dame defeated Miami 31-30, Dunn said.As for game day predictions, Dunn said she believes the Irish will win by two touchdowns.“Their defense is pretty good,” Dunn said. “But our offense will overtake them.”Despite the fact that Miami remains undefeated this season, Hessert said he also predicts a Notre Dame victory.“[Miami] really hasn’t had a formidable opponent yet,” Hessert said. “Notre Dame will be their true test.”The outcome of the game is likely to depend on Notre Dame’s rushing offense, Hessert said.“If our offensive line can make a bit of a push, we should be able to win,” he said.Senior Joe Fennessy, who serves as the Notre Dame Leprechaun for football games, will also be in Florida for the game this weekend.As the Leprechaun, Fennessy said his main job will be rallying support for the Irish and interacting with fans before and during the game.After making an appearance at a pep rally hosted by the Notre Dame Club of Miami on Friday night, Fennessy said he will arrive on set for the College GameDay broadcast by 8 a.m. on Saturday.Fennessy said he expects Saturday’s program to cover “anything from short segments on players and coaches to in-depth reviews of different teams.”Fennessy said he is particularly excited for the prediction segment at the end of the broadcast. Lee Corso, one of the show’s four hosts, concludes each program by donning the mascot headgear of the team he predicts to win, Fennessy said.Fennessy said he hopes for a vote for Notre Dame, and is confident in the team’s ability to return to South Bend with a victory.“Of course I think the Irish are going to win,” Fennessy said. “They’ve been working hard. The team’s getting better every week.”Tags: college gameday, football, Football Friday Feature
At the recommendation of the United States Agency forInternational Development’s (USAID) Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART),Joint Task Force-Leeward Islands (JTF-LI) successfully completed its mission inthe eastern Caribbean on October 5th. JTF-LI completed the USAID-ledhumanitarian response to hurricanes Irma and Maria in Saint Martin on September28th, and in Dominica on October 5th. The U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) stood up JTF-LI on September 9th after USAID requested the unique capabilities of the U.S. military to provide logistics support, airfield support, and water desalination services. During its successful mission, JTF-LI flew 55 missions in the Caribbean to deliver aid and response staff, delivered more than 155 metric tons of humanitarian cargo, transported nearly 61 metric tons of equipment, including water desalination units and forklifts, and produced 83,020 gallons of potable water. “The support from Joint Task Force-Leeward Islands was crucial to help us reach people in need,” said Tim Callaghan, USAID DART leader. As more roads open and aid reaches communities that were inaccessible in the immediate aftermath of the hurricanes, operations supported by the task force have transitioned to host governments, as well as United Nations and nongovernmental agencies. In Dominica, DART worked with government officials and JTF-LI to deliver the relief items provided by USAID to people in need. This includes delivery of aid and response personnel to the southern town of Grand Bay, which had been isolated due to hurricane-related landslides and bridge damage. “In my 17 years doing this, I’ve never experienced anything like this,” said Callaghan. “The devastation I’ve seen is unprecedented.” Hurricane Maria blew off the roofs of most of the homes on the island. Between September 25th and October 2nd, members of DART, JTF-LI, and local residents cut rolls of heavy-duty plastic sheeting into smaller sheets for distribution to more than 2,500 affected families in need. “I’ve worked with U.S. SOUTHCOM on several disaster responses,” said Callaghan. “This strong relationship, built over more than a decade, allowed the USAID disaster team to overcome logistical challenges and helped to turn this response around.” DART also worked with local residents to conduct trainings on how to properly use the shelter materials to protect their homes. USAID DART and JTF-LI also transported 3,000 feet of replacement water pipes to the town of Grand Bay to help the local water and sewage authority restore services. USAID DART will continue to lead the U.S. humanitarian response efforts in the Caribbean in coordination with international donors, partners, and host governments. The United States, through USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) and the U.S. Department of Defense, has provided more than $14.2 million in humanitarian assistance for the responses to hurricanes Irma and Maria. Flexible and nimble DART activated its regional response on September 7th, comprising 54 people at its height. Its members rode out three back-to-back hurricanes in the Caribbean (Irma, Jose, and Maria) and responded to the devastation caused by two Category 5 storms. The team has remained flexible and nimble, with members remaining on the ground to respond to changing humanitarian needs. Disaster experts with OFDA will remain on the ground in the Caribbean to monitor ongoing USAID relief efforts and assess potential gaps, in close coordination with affected governments and USAID partners. By Diálogo October 12, 2017
___The San Francisco 49ers and Giants are teaming with a health care company to distribute hundreds of thousands of cloth masks throughout the Bay Area to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.The two teams announced the plan Thursday to work with Dignity Health and their flagship radio station KNBR on the initiative to support Governor Gavin Newsom’s campaign advocating wearing masks in public.The teams will each produce masks co-branded with Dignity Health’s logo that will be distributed at no charge to fans, workers on the front lines of the pandemic and community organizations. The Giants masks are currently being distributed with the baseball season scheduled to start next week. The 49ers masks are set to be distributed starting next month.The initiative will start with 200,000 masks and could reach 500,000 if there is demand. The league said Thursday that the affected sports are cross country, soccer and volleyball. The decision doesn’t apply to sports which aren’t sponsored by the league, including BYU and University of San Diego football.Training and practices can be conducted at the discretion of each school.Sports that are played in the spring won’t participate in any fall competition before Sept. 24, which includes baseball, beach volleyball, golf, rowing, softball and tennis.Men’s and women’s basketball, which are scheduled to start Nov. 10, aren’t affected.___ ___Wisconsin is delaying its renovation of the south end-zone seating area inside Camp Randall Stadium due to uncertainty caused by the pandemic.The project was scheduled to begin after the 2020 football season and completed by the start of the 2021 schedule.“We are obviously operating in a time of great uncertainty,” athletic director Barry Alvarez said in a statement. “Given our construction timeline and the timing around when decisions had to be made, we felt it was best to be prudent and delay the project for a bit.’’The renovation includes enhanced seating options such as loge boxes and club seats as well as access to indoor and outdoor hospitality clubs and climate-controlled amenities and premium food offerings. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The West Coast Conference will delay the start of fall competition in all sports until Sept. 24 because of the coronavirus pandemic. “It is critical that the local public health status of COVID-19 be considered when determining if professional sporting events should take place in the jurisdiction, with or without spectators,” Juliano wrote. “We all want to see our teams back on their respective fields, but, frankly, this should not come at the expense of the health and safety of the people in their organizations and our community.”The coalition includes the top health officials from 30 of the country’s largest metropolitan areas, including virtually every major league city. It noted that testing should not replace the quarantine of those diagnosed with COVID-19, and recommended that players and staff cooperate with contact tracing. Teams should report clusters of three or more positive cases that occur within a two-week period.___Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said he’s reluctant to allow UConn’s football team to travel to states with high coronavirus infection rates this fall.UConn, which is scheduled to play its first season as an independent after leaving the American Athletic Conference has road games scheduled at Virginia, Mississippi, North Carolina and San Jose State. Lamont said should the team travel to a state where infection rates remain high, Husky players would be subject to Connecticut’s 14-day quarantine rule upon their return to Storrs. Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon, one of the NBA players who tested positive for COVID-19, says he has been wearing a mask at practice for two reasons: To help get in shape and to make his teammates comfortable he won’t spread the disease.Brogdon was a late arrival in Orlando, Florida, after announcing June 24 that he had a positive test. He returned to practice for the first time Wednesday and intends to wear the mask until games start.“I feel really good,” Brogdon said. “My conditioning is not where I want it to be, of course. It’s not NBA shape. But I’ve heard people say I look more in shape than they thought I would. I will definitely be in shape by the time games start.”Coach Nate McMillan said the decision is entirely up to Brogdon.“He doesn’t have to do that,” McMillan said. “But we haven’t really thought about it (spreading) because of all the testing we have go through.” Brogdon also is coming back from a torn quad muscle in his thigh he suffered March 4. The Pacers had listed Brogdon as week to week when the season was suspended in mid-March.He also says he intends to carry a message on the back of his jersey though he declined to say what it will say.___A coalition of health department leaders in major American cities cautioned Major League Baseball to avoid risky behavior when the season resumes next week.In statement issued by Executive Director Chrissie Juliano, the Big Cities Health Coalition made some recommendations about procedures to follow when the baseball season resumes July 23. They range from proper handwashing stations to only traveling on charter flights. Associated Press Final details about hotels, travel packages, teams and schedules have not been finalized, organizers say, and fans are being asked to wait to book trips until more details are available.___The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference has suspended fall sports, becoming the third Division I league to postpone its football season.Following fellow FCS conferences the Ivy League and Patriot League, the MEAC announced it would not have competition in the fall and consider trying to make up the schedule for those sports in the 2021 spring semester.The MEAC is comprised of 11 historically black colleges, though its membership is in flux. Earlier this year, Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman announced they would be leaving the MEAC and joining the Southwestern Athletic Conference next year. MEAC-power North Carolina A&T has announced it will be moving to the Big South in 2021. Wisconsin’s renovation of the Kohl Center is on a different timeline and hasn’t been delayed at this point.___The Big East Conference has joined several other leagues in deciding to play only conference opponents during the fall sports season, if it’s able to play at all.The basketball-focused conference announced the decision Thursday. The Big East still hasn’t decided whether it will conduct a fall season and championships.The league said in the coming weeks, it will continue to monitor COVID-19 conditions across the country and in Big East communities and will provide further updates on dates and formats “as appropriate.” All decisions regarding fall conference competition will be guided by health and safety concerns and will be made in accordance with NCAA actions and policies. July 16, 2020 ___The Miami Dolphins say they’re prepared to play with or without spectators this season, but they will not allow fans to attend their home preseason game or training camp, and there will be no tailgating during the regular season.The changes were made because of the coronavirus and announced Thursday.Stadium capacity for regular-season games will be determined later. Social distancing will be required if spectators are allowed, and fans and stadium employees will be required to wear masks when not eating or drinking.“Things are changing week to week, and we are still more than two months away from our first scheduled regular-season home game,” Dolphins CEO Tom Garfinkel said in a statement. “So we’ll wait and work with local authorities, and make the determination about fans or no fans based on the data as we get closer. … We’re ready for any scenario.” The Latest: West Coast Conference delays fall competition “Gov. Lamont has done a tremendous job leading our state through this difficult time,” UConn athletic director David Benedict said in a statement. “We will continue to consult with his team and follow the guidance of state and public health officials to find the best path forward.”___Michigan State University is temporarily reducing salaries for athletic department employees under contract who make at least $100,000 to cope with the loss of revenue related to the COVID-19 pandemic.The move announced Thursday will cost Hall of Fame basketball coach Tom Izzo just under $250,000 and football coach Mel Tucker a little more than a quarter million dollars based on a 7% cut in pay for employees making at least $500,000.Michigan State athletic Bill Beekman will reduce his $750,000 salary by 10%. Athletic department employees who make $100,000 to $149,999 will have their salaries reduced by 2%. The pay cuts will begin Sept. 1 and will end Aug. 31, 2021. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports “If we want to get back to the ballpark and get life back to life as normal this is a simple step,” 49ers CEO Jed York said about wearing masks.___Organizers of the Cancun Challenge are moving this fall’s Thanksgiving week college basketball tournament to the campus of Eastern Florida State College in Melbourne, Florida.They’re hoping the new venue will help keep athletes, coaches, staff members and fans safe as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage. The arena is located six miles from Kennedy Space Center and seats approximately 1,500 fans.Last fall organizers announced the field would feature men’s teams from Clemson, Illinois State, Mississippi State and Purdue on Nov. 24-25 and women’s teams from Florida State, Houston, Iowa, Northeastern, Purdue, Toledo, Southern California and VCU on Nov. 26-28. Tennessee was added to the women’s field later. The sports affected are men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross-country, volleyball and field hockey. The Big East’s plans for the 2020-21 winter and spring sports seasons remain unaffected at this time.The Big East’s members, located in eight of the country’s top 36 largest media markets, are Butler, Connecticut, Creighton, DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Villanova and Xavier.___The American Athletic Conference will require all its schools to test football players for COVID-19 at least 72 hours before competition.The announcement Thursday by the American comes ahead of the expected release of recommendations from the NCAA. The Power Five conferences — ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC — have been working toward a minimum standard for testing throughout major college football. Though the Big Ten and Pac-12 announced last week that they would play only conference games this football season to help minimize potential disruptions caused by COVID-19, other FBS conferences have not yet decided on scheduling formats for the coming season, which appears to be in peril because of the surging pandemic. AAC Commissioner Mike Aresco says the testing protocols will apply throughout the regular and bowl seasons. More operational protocols are still being finalized, as are testing protocols for other sports. ___A top-division Russian soccer game has been called off after nine people at FC Sochi tested positive for the virus.The Russian Premier League says Sochi’s game against Tambov will not take place as scheduled on Thursday. The league hasn’t said how many of the nine are players. There was no mention of whether the game could be rescheduled. The league is scheduled to finish its season next Wednesday.Sochi last month won a game 10-1 against FC Rostov after a virus outbreak forced Rostov to send a team of youth and academy players. Another club, FC Orenburg, forfeited two games following an outbreak at the club and has since been relegated. Another game was postponed last month after three virus cases among Dynamo Moscow players.___ ___The Mid-American Conference will delay the start of its fall Olympic sports, including men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball, to Sept. 3. The conference football season is also scheduled to begin that day. The conference said the decision will provide more time to provide for a safe return to competition.___The Cancun Challenge basketball tournament for men and women has been moved from Mexico to Melbourne, Florida, because of the coronavirus.The games will be played at Eastern Florida State College. Details on the fields and schedule will be released later. Last year’s event was held in late November.
The Nelson Sports Council is ready to open its Sports Museum for the summer tourist season Saturday, July 7 in the Civic Centre and Nelson and District Community Complex Arenas. The museum exhibits are full of local hockey players who have made it big in the NHL, including Danny Gare, Greg Adams and Pat Price, along with skating and lacrosse memorabilia dating back before the Civic Centre was built in 1935.The museum also has an authentic collection of photos, sport artifacts and historic audio of game play by play for sport enthusiasts, historians and former Nelsonites to enjoy.The Grand Opening and Tour is set for Friday, July 6, at 4 p.m. in the Civic Centre Arena.The museum is open every Friday and Saturday until August 31 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday to Thursday, by appointment only by calling 250-352-3989.Admission is free.
BOOZER: Owned by Al and Sandee Kirkwood, this 6-year-old gelding by Unusual Heat rallied to win Santa Anita’s Sensational Star Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course three starts back on Feb. 27 and he was a close second as the 3-2 favorite two starts back in a one mile turf allowance here on March 20. A winner of the one mile Bertrando Stakes at Los Alamitos on April 16, Boozer, who has run 20 of his 22 lifetime starts on grass, will hope he can replicate his one mile main track win at Los Alamitos here on Saturday. Fifth in his only Santa Anita dirt try five starts back on Jan. 9, Boozer is 22-7-5-4, with earnings of $538,792. SONGFORJOHNMICHAEL: Trained by Dan Hendricks, this lightly raced 5-year-old gelding by Songandaprayer takes a big drop in class off a third place finish behind Cat Burglar in the Santana Mile here on April 2. A winner of a seven furlong allowance off a year and a half layoff March 5, Songforjohnmichael earned a Tiznow-best 98 Beyer Speed figure in the Santana Mile and could be primed for a huge effort on Saturday. With a win from three starts at one mile, he has four wins from nine lifetime starts. Owned by R L Stables, LLC, Songforjohnmichael is out of the Quiet American mare, Silent Demand. SNOW CHIEF IS ONE OF FIVE CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH DAY STAKES FOR CAL-BRED OR SIRED HORSES THE $150,000 TIZNOW STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS AND WEIGHTSRace 8 (of 11) Approximate post time 5:30 p.m. PDT Howdy–Mario Gutierrez–120Boozer–Edwin Maldonado–122Songforjohnmichael–Joe Talamo–120Avanti Bello–Rafael Bejarano–120Indygo Holiday–Fernando Perez–120Soi Phet–Kent Desormeaux–120Rocko’s Wheel–Martin Garcia–120First post time on Sunday is at 2 p.m. Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m. For scratches, late changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com. ROCKO’S WHEEL: Lightly raced, this 4-year-old colt by Grazen makes his third start off a lengthy layoff and stretches out off a pair of allowance sprints. Trained by Phil D’Amato, Rocko’s Wheel, who was bred by Jimmy Ukegawa and the late Mike Mitchell, was a winner of a first condition allowance race at 1 1/16 miles in April, 2015 and he appears to be rounding into form for D’Amato. Owned by Little Red Feather Racing and Ukegawa, “Rocko” has three wins from 10 lifetime starts and earnings of $178,735. He’ll be ridden for the first time by Martin Garcia. HOWDY: A winner of two consecutive allowance races, Howdy will try stakes competition for the first time in the Tiznow. A 4-year-old colt by the A.P. Indy stallion Sundarban, he was bred by Crystal Valley Farms and is out of the Momentum mare Foxy Babe. Although it took him nine starts to break his maiden, Howdy has been first or second in his last four starts and was a good third five starts back–his first time with winners. Owned by his breeder and Ciaglia Racing, LLC, Howdy has two wins and two seconds from six tries at a flat mile. He’s 14-3-4-1 overall with earnings of $165,800. ARCADIA, Calif. (May 25, 2016)–A one mile stakes winner in his most recent start, trainer Mark Glatt’s Boozer heads a field of older California-bred or sired horses as he seeks his third stakes win from four starts in Saturday’s $150,000 Tiznow Stakes at Santa Anita. The Tiznow, for older horses, has attracted a solid field of seven older horses.Named for the two-time Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, the Tiznow was first run at Hollywood Park in 2003 and will be contested for the third consecutive year at Santa Anita on Saturday. SOI PHET: Although winless in his last 14 starts, this veteran 8-year-old gelding by Tizbud comes off a solid second to Boozer in the Bertrando at Los Alamitos, a race in which he was the 3-2 favorite. Trained by Leonard Powell and owned by Benowitz, Powell, Viskovich and partners, Soi Phet has five wins from 15 tries at one mile, but is a glaring 0-12 at Santa Anita. A non-threatening second two starts back in a mile and one eighth main track allowance here on March 6, Soi Phet will be ridden for the third consecutive time by Kent Desormeaux. With an overall mark of 43-8-5-4, he has earnings of $565,536.
Related Posts Silverlight OnlyMicrosoft decided to use Silverlight as the one and only way to access the visual search feature. At this point, Weitz argued when we asked him about this choice, Silverlight is already widely installed on millions of computers and Microsoft decided that the experience will not degrade gracefully if you don’t have Silverlight installed.Useful or Just a Gimmick?While Visual Search might look like a gimmick at first (and it definitely is an interesting visual feature), it actually turns out to be a very usual feature for most of the searches that currently support it. The range of searches that allow you to visualize the results is still somewhat limited, though Microsoft will surely add on to this list over time. If anything, this is yet another feature in Bing that Google doesn’t offer yet. As Bing tries to position itself as a ‘decision engine’ and not just as a search engine, this is also another feature that will help Microsoft to make this distinction. Instead of a list of links, Bing can now offer a set of faster and more visually pleasing search results TopicsHere is a list of current topics that will pop up Visual Search as an option: frederic lardinois 100 heroes and villainsBillboard’s past albumsBillboard’s past songsFilm legendsGreatest moviesMovies in theatersPopular books Popular celebritiesPopular DVDsPopular TV showsPulitzer winning fictionTop albumsTop songsFamous PeopleFBI’s most wantedPopular celebritiesUS politiciansUS presidentsUS vice presidentsWorld leadersReferenceDog breedsPeriodic tableTravel destinationsUS politiciansUS presidentsUS statesUS vice presidentsWorld leadersYoga posesShoppingCell phonesDigital camerasHandbagsHDTVsNew carsPopular booksPopular DVDsPortable GPSPulitzer winning fictionTop albumsTop iPhone appsSportsMLB playersMLB teamsNASCAR driversNBA playersNBA teamsNFL playersNFL teamsNHL playersNHL teamsUFC fighters Since Microsoft launched Bing, the company has been trying to position it as a ‘decision engine’ and not just as another search engine. Today, Microsoft is taking another step in this direction with the launch of Visual Search in Bing. For a growing number of searches, instead of giving users a list of 10 blue links, Bing will now give users the option to visualize the search results on a 3D grid with icons or photos. Now, for example, if you search for ‘Top iPhone Apps,’ Bing will not just present a list of links to other sites but also provide the option to show you those iPhone apps directly in Bing, with the added ability to filter them by price, category, or publisher.Microsoft is definitely trying to change the playing field with Bing and today’s updates show that Microsoft still has a few surprises up its sleeves. Searches for NFL and MLB players, for example, or movies, digital cameras, or US presidents now feature the option to see the results on a nicely designed grid. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Microsoft#news#NYT#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… FiltersThis visualization, while visually quite stunning, wouldn’t be very interesting though, if Microsoft hadn’t also added the ability to quickly narrow searches by relevant categories. If you search for ‘digital cameras,’ for example, you get the option to narrow your search by number of megapixels, optical zoom, or brand. Baseball players can be organized by position, team, or salary, and criminals on the FBI’s ‘Most Wanted’ list can be organized by reward, citizenship, or the crime they are wanted for.Overall, these visual elements can really make some searches a lot easier, especially if you are starting out with a broad category and you are trying to narrow your search down (try ‘yoga poses,’ for example). As Stefan Weitz, Microsoft’s Director of Bing, told us last month, for some queries, visual results are simply much easier to scan for users than simple lists of texts. At the end of your work with the visual search interface, however, you are still taken back to a regular Bing search. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. In a statement from the university’s Office of Sports Development, the management said it is “firmly behind coach Aldin Ayo and his staff as we start the process of rebuilding for the future.”The Green Archers lost 88-86 in the third game of the series that saw the Blue Eagles hoist the Season 80 trophy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe loss also sparked the rumors surrounding ding the tenure of Ayo with De La Salle.It’s been rumored that Ayo will leave La Salle in the end of the 2017-2018 academic year with University of Santo Tomas looming as the likely destination for the former UAAP and NCAA champion coach. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Read Next BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Floyd Mayweather shuts down rumors of UFC crossover: ‘I’m not doing it’ De La Salle University on Wednesday threw its “full support” for head coach Aldin Ayo after the Green Archers lost in the UAAP championship round to archrival Ateneo in three games.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa La Salle management, however, did not quell any speculation regarding Ayo’s time as head coach of the Green Archers but it implied that the 40-year-old will still call the shots for the team in the Philippine Collegiate Champions League in February.“We stand united as a team to regroup and regain the crown next season,” said the management in the statement. “Now more than ever, we are strongly committed to bounce back with a resolve that is uncompromising and unflinching.”“We will forever hold our banner high and bright, a shield of green and white.”ADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments LATEST STORIES
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