Bing introduces 'feature' that places search results in a new tab - Update: Feature to be dropped

If you ventured over to Bing today because you love their daily images and search results, you would have been in for a small variation to your usual routine. When you entered the item you were searching for and hit enter, typically the results load in the same tab/window. That all changed today when Bing introduced a new ‘feature’, if you want to call it that, which opens a new tab to display your search results.

When you search, the results open in a new tab and it is a simple change, but depending on your intentions, it could be quite annoying. For example, if you plan on searching multiple items, it could be a good thing as it keeps your results separate but at the same time, you could also end up with a million tabs opened when you spelled a few words wrong in a phrase and you had to keep searching to refine the results.

Twitter has been buzzing (no, not that buzz) with users complaining about the change with most showing detest over the new tabs being opened. Mary-Jo Foley was able to get a comment from Microsoft about the change. The company states:

We are currently testing a new homepage experience in the U.S. The Bing homepage is used by millions on a daily basis, and before we make any features permanent, they undergo intensive testing and experimentation to ensure the best possible search experience for our customers. We have nothing further to share at this time.

Hopefully the Bing team will get the message that most users do not appreciate the new tabs for new searches idea and revert back to the previous method for searching.  

If you do not like the feature and feel like letting Microsoft know about it, you can send them a strongly worded survey here

[Update] Microsoft has heard the complaints and will drop the feature, your voices were heard. 

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Every time I see a Bing headline I am expecting it to say the MS have sold Bing or shut the loss making search engine down.

derekaw said,
Every time I see a Bing headline I am expecting it to say the MS have sold Bing or shut the loss making search engine down.

At this point, they're in pretty deep, and Bing is heavily integrated with their other products. No matter what analysts say, I think they're in it for the long haul.

Well, I guess this "feature" is gone, but what happened to the Bing tab once the tab with the search results opened? It sounded like the user was then stuck with a un-used tab.

I hope all you naysayers understand that MS is in it for the money. They're trying on a new outfit to see it generates some buzz. Beside I don't mind having a useless open tab just to display a beautiful pic of the day from sponsored by Bing!

On another note: Has anyone realized that the new Metro UI for Bing search results is not available in Metro IE??!!!

Andrew Lyle said,
Another reason not to use Bing.

Because they're not scared to introduce and test new features instead of copied ones?

Better user experience by intensive experimentation on their users... Wtf. Statement of the year in the IT industry?

ir0nw0lf said,
Another silly case of "Microsoft knows best" LOL.

Yeah, they never listen to us and now this feature is here forever.. It's so annoying

Filled out the survey. What I put...

Having each search result open a new tab is an absolutely terrible idea. It's very confusing for the general public and annoying for advanced users. Furthermore, it's not a meaningful improvement to the Bing experience or online searching in general. I use Bing on a regular basis, but if this feature becomes permanent then I cannot recommend Bing to other people. It makes Bing a hassle to use and having so many tabs open could dramatically slow down a computer that is using older hardware/browser.

...I also sent a message on Twitter.

Figure 8 Dash said,
Filled out the survey. What I put...

Having each search result open a new tab is an absolutely terrible idea. It's very confusing for the general public and annoying for advanced users. Furthermore, it's not a meaningful improvement to the Bing experience or online searching in general. I use Bing on a regular basis, but if this feature becomes permanent then I cannot recommend Bing to other people. It makes Bing a hassle to use and having so many tabs open could dramatically slow down a computer that is using older hardware/browser.

...I also sent a message on Twitter.


Copy & Pasted your response in the form!

(apart from being a regular Google user ^^)

GS:mac

Goodness. They already crippled the user experience by removing features to easily narrow your search. Bing is wishing to compete with Google, right? This is not the best way to go about doing that.

As someone else said: Sounds rather stupid, especially when you can open your results in a tab if you need!

..... with most "showing detest" over the new tabs being opened.

The above had me going, I have to tell you!

Why isnt this an option you can disable?
I understand it, since its just a new tab when searching from the homepage and not results, but it would be nice to be able to disable it

BoyBoppins said,
Why isnt this an option you can disable?
I understand it, since its just a new tab when searching from the homepage and not results, but it would be nice to be able to disable it

It's an option for when you click on search links if you want it on so that you don't go away from the search results page, which in that use is handy for me.

ohhhh lord this explains alot but its happening to me on UK bing but it opens a new window though not a tab bloody annoying

Everytime Microsoft shifs forward and gain a few miles, they hits the brakes and shift back in reverse to loose the miles they gained and some.

JSYOUNG571 said,
Everytime Microsoft shifs forward and gain a few miles, they hits the brakes and shift back in reverse to loose the miles they gained and some.

Well said.

They have so many good ideas, why do they always mess stuff up with weird decisions.

GS:mac

Jarrichvdv said,

He loves to tag EACH and EVERY message with this ridiculous ending... *sigh* it's annoying


Skip my submissions or feel free to create a user script and have my posts auto-blocked.
Problem solved. I'm not here to please everyone and conform to everything.

Individuality must hit you hard.

GS:mac

Jarrichvdv said,

He loves to tag EACH and EVERY message with this ridiculous ending... *sigh* it's annoying

Yeah his ridiculous signatures are so annoying! No one cares, doesn't he understand?!? He must think he is Steve Jobs or something.

andrewbares said,

Yeah his ridiculous signatures are so annoying! No one cares, doesn't he understand?!? He must think he is Steve Jobs or something.

As if I cared about anyone being "impressed" or "annoyed" by it.
Quite OBVIOUSLY I'm not doing it for others, otherwise I would have quit doing it long ago lol.

Actually I decided to stop bothering about such feedback, I guess this will be the very last bit I say about it.

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,

As if I cared about anyone being "impressed" or "annoyed" by it.
Quite OBVIOUSLY I'm not doing it for others, otherwise I would have quit doing it long ago lol.

Actually I decided to stop bothering about such feedback, I guess this will be the very last bit I say about it.

GS:mac

And amidst all this I wonder, where did my post went? Was it that bad a question to be deleted!?

Astra.Xtreme said,
Hmm, this is a pretty pointless feature if you ask me.
If I wanted a new tab, I'd right click+new tab. No reason to force it.

Agreed, not sure why you'd want it opening a new page, that said, I figure someone do want it seeing as how Duckduckgo also has this "feature", of course, they let you choose if you want it to do that or not yourself.

Astra.Xtreme said,
Hmm, this is a pretty pointless feature if you ask me.
If I wanted a new tab, I'd right click+new tab. No reason to force it.

I actually write them about this crap yesterday. I thought I was going crazy when I saw what was happening.

MS people are sometimes morons when it comes to changes -- they stopped hotmail users from auto logging in and just last they changed the way Bing looked, for the worst.