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Microsoft launches coronavirus tracker on Bing

Microsoft’s coronavirus tracker is a basic tracker that shows the number of coronavirus cases country wise.

A man wearing a protective face mask is seen following an outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), at Lujiazui financial district in Shanghai, China.
A man wearing a protective face mask is seen following an outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), at Lujiazui financial district in Shanghai, China. (REUTERS)

Microsoft on Monday launched a web portal that keeps a track of the coronavirus cases around the globe. The tracker is available as a part of the company's Bing products and it gives details about the active and recovered cases of coronavirus country wise. The site also tracks the fatalities around the world. Interestingly enough, users can also access this tracker via Google Chrome and Apple's Safari web browsers.

The tracker, which can be accessed at -- https://www.bing.com/covid, sources information from various credible sources such as the World Health Organisation (WHO), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

Microsoft's coronvirus tracker also gives a list of coronavirus cases based on countries.
Microsoft's coronvirus tracker also gives a list of coronavirus cases based on countries. (Bing)

Microsoft's coronavirus tracking website is a fairly basic tracker. It gives a break of coronavirus cases around the world. When you click on a particular country, the tracker sources news stories and videos relevant to that country along with the stats pertaining to the coronavirus outbreak in that country. But, for people in the US, the tracker also gives a state-by-state division of the coronavirus cases along with the relevant news stories and videos.

As far as the design is concerned, while the web interface looks quite similar to other coronavirus trackers that users might have seen online, the mobile interface is equally simple with the map appearing on top and stats appearing at the bottom of the screen.

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It's worth noting that apart from Microsoft, Google too has ramped up its efforts to educate its users about the coronavirus outbreak. The company has launched a website, that is developed by its sister company, Verily, to educate people about the preventive measures and local resources. The website also includes helpful tips and tool, which it sources from sources such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).