Posted by Dominic Carr 
Director Microsoft News Center

Here’s a nice way to start off the new year. Our friends over in Bing are celebrating tonight after being honored at this year’s Crunchies as Best New Startup or Product of 2009. A lot of great companies and products were nominated, so the team was excited to even be considered. If you haven’t, check out the list of finalists – it’s a great snapshot of some of the most interesting and groundbreaking companies and applications out on the Web today.

We know the Bing folks have been working hard to better understand what people are trying to do when they search, and it’s great affirmation to know that those of you that voted on the awards think Bing is on the right track. The work they’ve put in to create a true “decision engine” is just beginning, and know they hope to be as successful in 2010 as they were in 2009 finding new and better ways to help connect people with the information they need. 

Watch the ustream stream, courtesy of Techcrunch.