Bing launches improved image search

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Today Microsoft announced a big update for Bing's image search, which now searches for trending topics and related images for your query. This is Microsoft's first major redesign to Bing images since it launched last year. Although Microsoft has been working hard behind the scenes to improve on the algorithm and improve on related searches using your Facebook friends shared links, this is the first cosmetic change to the website.

Now when you search using Bing images, you'll now get a new header with your query information and additional search terms. The new links above your images are actually some of the most popular related image searches on Bing.

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Bing has also improved their layout of your image search results. Much like the old Bing, you could filter the size of the images you wanted into grid sizes, but the new search shrinks the images much smaller than that, giving you more results on your screen.

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In addition to all the new Bing image changes, they have also replaced the landing page when you first launch Bing. You'll be able to see and browse some of the top image searches on Bing.

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I switch to Bing last year, only using Google for Gmail, Voice, and Maps (until Bing gets public transit results in my area). However, Google's new image search is way better than Bing's, not in just result, but in layout as well. Yes Google pretty much copied but that is besides the point. Bing's image search needs a major UI overhaul and more relevant search results. I don't do image searches that often but I know people who continue to use Google over Bing because they often do image searches. Otherwise, I'm very satisfied with Bing and sometimes go out of my way to use it over Google.

How is 576 x 814 "Large"? And why can't I specify whatever image size I want like in Google.

This new look is all good but with less/irrelevant results and less options, it is still bad.

jasonon said,
where is the html 5 bing? seriously? its been months now!

Probably waiting for IE9? You know, since it'll be the only MS browser to support it.

Not to derail this article, but the new image search interface has been up since the 15th of December. I've been using it since last year. Today they only updated the landing page for Bing Images (it now shows you the most popular images of the day), but either way I'm glad to see Neowin coverage about Bing.

Link to blog post about the December 15th UI update: http://www.bing.com/community/...ding-the-perfect-image.aspx

AV0X said,
Not to derail this article, but the new image search interface has been up since the 15th of December. I've been using it since last year. Today they only updated the landing page for Bing Images (it now shows you the most popular images of the day), but either way I'm glad to see Neowin coverage about Bing.

Link to blog post about the December 15th UI update: http://www.bing.com/community/...ding-the-perfect-image.aspx


Then it definitely wasn't available in all countries. The update rolled out for me today. I use bing about everyday and the new UI caught my attention, then I found the blog post.

s3n4te said,
Having tried both, Google still gives me the most relevant search results compared to Bing.

As much as I like Bing in general, I agree that Bing still falls short when it comes to Image Results. I still depend of Google Images for Image Searches. The rest, I use Bing. Especially Bing Maps.

thenonhacker said,

As much as I like Bing in general, I agree that Bing still falls short when it comes to Image Results. I still depend of Google Images for Image Searches. The rest, I use Bing. Especially Bing Maps.

Other way around for me, I think I preferred BIng for images since back when it was Live Search

/- Razorfold said,
WTB HTML5 Bing...

I think we'll start to see that when we get IE9 RC actually. I can't wait for it, the preview video for it is so badass.

day2die said,
It's a good sign, but Bing need to improve faster than Google can copy.

The article should also mention that Bing changed the way you view images individually.

The thumbnails are moved to the top part (more convenient).

The webpage where the image come from is below, and you can scroll with ease and a good big view.