It’s that time of year again, when the sports world looks to college basketball for Cinderella Stories, the beginning of dynasties, and the agony of defeat. Whether you’re hoping your team gets One Shining Moment or if you’re just trying to win the office bracket, Microsoft is here to help make you a March Madness master.
Bing will be the Official Bracketologist for the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. It’s part of a comprehensive partnership along with a Windows 10 NCAA app.
As Official Bracket Data Partner, Bing will bring its Bing Predicts technology. Microsoft’s Bing Predicts gathers search data, historical data, tournament performances, social sentiment, win-loss ratios, and home versus away records for teams.
Bing Predicts has some street cred when it comes to sports analysis; with accurate predictions in the 2014 World Cup, elections, award shows, and more. In 2015, Bing Predicts came in the top 30 percent of all brackets.
There are 68 teams vying for the title, so any help you can get to prevent breaking out the red marker and crossing out your eliminated teams is welcome. Microsoft says there are over nine quintillion possible outcomes in the tournament.
“Partnering with the NCAA as the Official Bracketologist of the NCAA is a perfect match for Bing,” said Derrick Connell, corporate vice president, Bing at Microsoft. “Pairing our Bing Predicts rich machine learning with sports analyst data that only the NCAA can provide is enabling a whole new bracket experience for all types of college basketball fans.”
Microsoft will also be launching a March Madness app for Window 10 that will let users watch the tournament live. The app will be available on Windows 10 phones, tablets, and PCs. Fans will be able to watch the tournament live wherever they are and will send live alerts of upsets, overtimes, and close games.