Bing is pushing more pixels while testing new homepage images

As we reported earlier this morning, Microsoft has officially launched its new and stripped down search result layout for its Bing service. However, the company isn't done with its tinkering with the site. In a post on the official Bing blog, Microsoft said, "Today, we’re also testing out some new ideas for the homepage, including a larger version of the popular daily image."

The testing for the Bing home page isn't visible for everyone yet, but if you happen to run across it, Microsoft asks that you send them some feedback on what you like or don't like about it. The Bing home page has been one of the most distinguishing things about the site since its launch as it offers some great looking images every day. Some days, it even has some HTML5-based animations.

Speaking of HTML5, ZDNet asked Microsoft if the company has decided not to launch an HTML5-based version of Bing's user interface. Microsoft responded with this statement:

We’re always looking at how technology can benefit the search experience – HTML5 can offer some interesting opportunities that can scale across platforms and browsers without plugins but we’re cautious about doing things simply because we can.

By the way, the new Bing search results layout is only for US users at the moment. There's no word when it will be used in other countries. Microsoft did say that the new design is more that just cosmetic, saying, "You will also notice faster page-load times and improved relevance under the hood."

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Wish MS would increase the amount of web crawlers they use, or speed up the ones they have. The accuracy of the algorithm is good enough now, but the speed at which it indexes new stuff HAS to be improved.

Bing is just another search engine like Google, what's the difference? Basically nothing.

You type in the searchbox and hit enter. You get results that are the same since day one. Bunch of links and more links if you dive deeper into it.

Chica Ami said,
Bing is just another search engine like Google, what's the difference? Basically nothing.

You type in the searchbox and hit enter. You get results that are the same since day one. Bunch of links and more links if you dive deeper into it.

The results are not the same.

Chica Ami said,
Bing is just another search engine like Google, what's the difference? Basically nothing.

You type in the searchbox and hit enter. You get results that are the same since day one. Bunch of links and more links if you dive deeper into it.


As s3n4te stated, the results can be really different. I use both, but typically Google gives me up-to-date results.

Chica Ami said,
Bing is just another search engine like Google, what's the difference? Basically nothing.

Google provides much more relevant results. For instance, if you search for "Falmouth beach" on Google you get images of the recent fire at the Falmouth Beach Hotel that occurred in my town, whereas Bing mentions it but all the image previews are much older and unrelated. Google offers much more topical and contextual results that are more useful to me than Bing - the Google results are as recent as 6hrs, whereas Bing it's 1-2 days old.

Google is constantly updating its algorithms and I've always found the search results to be much more accurate than Bing.

theyarecomingforyou said,
Google is constantly updating its algorithms and I've always found the search results to be much more accurate than Bing.

And when that doesn't work, they update their terms of service.

Interesting. Sinofsky's goons sure are sucking HTML 5's d---. Funny how it would probably be *appropriate* for Bing, since it's a web site, rather than the much trumpeted ability to use it for Metro Apps.

That would look nice.

But since I already have Bing Desktop installed, I am already getting more pixels.

TRC said,
Bing and Google are just tools. You don't have to be loyal to one or the other; use them both.

unplug your router / switch off your data connection, you are barred from the interweb for using common sense!

I've been looking forward to an update like this for a while. Microsoft's advertisements of Bing have always seemed to use a design like this, and it looks gorgeous.

It's annoying how most you post "I prefer..." comments that are irrelevant to the article content. If you have nothing constructive to say (i.e. about the new larger images they testing), then don't comment at all and go rant elsewhere like on a forum.

j2006 said,
It's annoying how most you post "I prefer..." comments that are irrelevant to the article content. If you have nothing constructive to say (i.e. about the new larger images they testing), then don't comment at all and go rant elsewhere like on a forum.

Couldn't have said it better myself.

j2006 said,
It's annoying how most you post "I prefer..." comments that are irrelevant to the article content. If you have nothing constructive to say (i.e. about the new larger images they testing), then don't comment at all and go rant elsewhere like on a forum.

Not like you guys do it, when it comes to a Apple article. or something non-Microsoft.

j2006 said,
It's annoying how most you post "I prefer..." comments that are irrelevant to the article content.
If all you want to do is post positive comments about Bing then go to the Bing community forums. Forums / comments are used to share ideas and opinions and if people prefer other services then that's perfectly relevant. You can't have a ban on negative comments.

theyarecomingforyou said,
If all you want to do is post positive comments about Bing then go to the Bing community forums. Forums / comments are used to share ideas and opinions and if people prefer other services then that's perfectly relevant. You can't have a ban on negative comments.

I didn't say you shouldn't post negative comments. Both negative and positive comments are great. I said people should stop posting IRRELEVANT comments. Most of the comments have nothing to do with what the article is saying.

theyarecomingforyou said,
If all you want to do is post positive comments about Bing then go to the Bing community forums. Forums / comments are used to share ideas and opinions and if people prefer other services then that's perfectly relevant. You can't have a ban on negative comments.

I think he was referring to the single "I prefer Google" by itself further up. People randomly do that. Yes you prefer Google, but you should go further and tell us why by adding your input on why, despite the change[s] the article is referring to, you will stick to Google. It can also get annoying when people outright claim that Bing's results aren't as good as Google's. Really? They're search engines, I think we've pretty much hit a plateau in their basic functions for now as the only thing MS and Google seem to be trying to tack on now is social networking (yech).

Now for my input... I use both. I'll admit, Bing needs some serious localization work. I would imagine it plain sucks for most non-North American regions. In fact, I prefer Google Maps because Bing Maps for my island are ridiculously ancient. Bing search in general though works as my general purpose engine. If I'm looking for some really specific, almost needle in haystack term, them I'll whip out Google. As for the image improvements mentioned here, I'm not sure this is anything more that visual tweaking and I wish they would hurry it up with getting their services to look consistent across the board.

medium_pimpin said,
I use Bing on my Samsung Focus. Local seems good. Never use it on my PC, though.

I only use it on my Focus because there is no other choice, i.e., Bing is tied to the search button, and there is no way to change that.

s3n4te said,

I only use it on my Focus because there is no other choice, i.e., Bing is tied to the search button, and there is no way to change that.

use the google app if its that hard

I cant use bing for a very simple reason, there is no (worthy) alternative to iGoogle. I'd like to read my emails, rss feeds, calendars etc in my homepage

Varemenos said,
I cant use bing for a very simple reason, there is no (worthy) alternative to iGoogle. I'd like to read my emails, rss feeds, calendars etc in my homepage

LOL go to My MSN .. its exactly the same thing as iGoogle.. There we go I just solved your very simple reason for not using bing.. i expect you to switch today and never complain again since you dont know what you are talking about.

deadonthefloor said,

but but but, it doesn't say bing.

Bing used to be the Live Search as part of the Live.com page. With it you had my.live.com that is now my.msn.com due to the rebrand and structure changes (again) and its not as good as the my.live.com's version. I personally hate the my.msn.com version but have continued to use it because I've got so much setup on there and moving it over to google.. is just meh.

I used Bing for around 6 months. However, it always fell short when i had to do local searches. Bing is good if you are inside the US, otherwise Google is much better with local searches outside the US.

Techomaniac said,
I used Bing for around 6 months. However, it always fell short when i had to do local searches. Bing is good if you are inside the US, otherwise Google is much better with local searches outside the US.

Bing is much better in Canada these days.. they are getting alot more local stuff in the major cities up here..

Lachlan said,
Bing is much better in Canada these days.. they are getting alot more local stuff in the major cities up here..

Agreed.
If only we could convince of our data holders to partner with Bing, because that's how it works.

I used Bing for around 6 months. However, it always fell short when i had to do local searches. Bing is good if you are inside the US, otherwise Google is much better with local searches outside the US.

Techomaniac said,
I used Bing for around 6 months. However, it always fell short when i had to do local searches. Bing is good if you are inside the US, otherwise Google is much better with local searches outside the US.

I don't have any problems with Bing in the UK.

Hum said,
I have no use for Bing.

I use, among others, Bing and Google. I'm not sure why you'd want to limit your search results, even more so when Google's results aren't exactly the best all the time anymore.

I used to love google to bits, their search results were simple, and direct. No spam pages or dead links and it searched for exactly what I typed in.
These days, it tries to hard and guesses words I'm typing in with auto corrections and its even going as far as adding keywords I didn't even search for. It might be ok for the kids that can't spell very good (and I'm one of them) while they're trying to do their home work but for anything other then a general search its next to impossible to find anything worth while.

Don't get me wrong becaues Bing isn't any better at times and the search results at one time used to look like a spam page in its own right. However, Bing does turn up results tha google doesn't and at the moment, doesn't 'help' me with what it thinks im looking for.

Hum said,
I have no use for Bing.

I think Bing's biggest problem is that Google was there first and works well. When that occurs, people don't consider the alternatives, no matter how much better they may be.