Microsoft came up with a live dashboard on Bing to keep its users up to date with information on coronavirus pandemic. Launched in March, Microsoft said that the tracker would give our information from sources like the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Health Organization (WHO), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
Now, Microsoft’s Bing Covid-19 tracker has introduced some features, especially for its Indian users.
The Bing Covid-19 Tracker can come in handy for Indian users as it provides information related to Covid-19 from government sources. It also provides users with statistics on infection, recoveries, and fatalities in their states and districts.
The tracker also gives the latest news and authentic information on helpline numbers as well as guidance and advisories from credible sources, including those from the Government of India, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), and WHO.
Users can also get access to both national and local news, Microsoft’s blog stated.
Moreover, they can save locations of their family or friends to view the stats of those areas in one place.
The tracker will provide information in nine Indian languages to “provide people across the country access to critical information related to the pandemic in a preferred language.” These include Hindi, Bengali, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Gujrati, Marathi, Malayalam, and Kannada.
Users can access their preferred language by clicking on the top of the page that will offer them a drop-down menu which gives them access to information in their language.
Microsoft has partnered with Apollo hospitals to assist people in checking if they are at risk by checking the symptoms. Users can conduct a self-assessment of potential symptoms and risk levels for Covid-19, Microsoft’s blog stated.
The bot has been built on Azure and has been developed based on guidelines from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHW), Government of India.
Moreover, the tracker’s Telemedicine support hub offers options for online consultation with healthcare service providers in India.
Microsoft has held talks with digital payment firm Paytm for fresh funding. Microsoft is reportedly going to invest 100 million dollars which is around Rs 760 crore, in extension to the 1 million dollars which was initiated as a fundraiser for Paytm last year.