Early precursors to bing provided a digital assistant to users. The search engine called upon over 600 pre-recorded video clips of actor Janina Gavankar, portraying the character of "Ms Dewey", described as a sexy librarian character. The "Ms Dewey" digital assistant provided flirtatious hints, and admonitions.
- Microsoft's New Search at Bing.com Helps People Make Better Decisions, Microsoft.
- Miriam E. Sweeney. Not just a pretty (inter)face: A critical analysis of Microsoft's 'Ms. Dewey', University of Illinois. Retrieved on 2017-11-27. “As one of my co-workers typed in different words and phrases, the “Ms. Dewey” character (pre-recorded film footage of actress, Janina Gavankar) engages in flirtatious banter, sometimes becoming irritated or condescending if too much time passes before entering a search term: “Hellloooo... type something here!””
- Miriam E. Sweeney. Digital Sociologies, Policy Press, p. 401. Retrieved on 2017-11-27.