Microsoft launches 'Bing Pulse' for tonight's State of The Union address - interact and vote with other viewers

Tonight in the United States, the president will deliver his annual State of The Union address. The speech itself will take place at 9 PM Eastern Standard Time and you can tune into the event on FOX News (evidently, Bing Pulse is a partnership with Microsoft and FOX News). As with various past political events, Bing likes to kick their “Bing Pulse” website into action. The site tracks opinions and reactions as President Obama reports on the condition of the nation and the best part is that you can take part!

During tonight’s speech, viewers will be able to watch the event take place live on their televisions while providing their feedback and viewing the feedback of others from around the nation. An implementation into the service will introduce the “intensity score”, a number that helps to highlight key moments of the event when the most people take action and vote. An additional new implementation into the site will also allow users to click on certain parts of the viewable graphs and polls to see exactly what was said during those key moments.

It’s extremely easy (and even fun) to take part in Bing Pulse. If you want to take part in the action, simply head over to and you can join in via your computer, tablet or smartphone. The live polls allow people to identify themselves by either gender or political party affiliation – in this regard, you can see how others of the same category are reacting to the same issue.

Microsoft refers to Bing Politics as “a single destination for up-to-the-minute political news, expert information and real-time conversations on major policy issues”. In summary, Bing Politics’ Bing Pulse service will allow viewers to watch a live feed of President Obama’s State of the Union speech, view a graph showing viewer reactions to the president’s comments, real-time news coverage (that can be sorted by left or right wing sources), and finally a live feed of Twitter conversations surrounding the event.

To take part tonight at 9 PM EST, simply head over to when the event starts.

Will you be watching the State of the Union address tonight?

Source: Microsoft

Michael Archambault