Bing launches new look for image searches

Not long ago, Microsoft launched a new version of its Bing website, including an all new layout and Facebook integration. Today, Bing launched a new look for users to search for images on the Internet. In a post on the official Bing blog, Microsoft goes over the new image search features.

The most obvious change is that when you search for images, you get much larger photos rather than smaller thumbnails. Microsoft says, "We trimmed out all our empty whitespace and filled it with pictures to make image search more visual."

Another added feature is the new image “magnifying glass”. Microsoft says:

When you hover on an image, you’ll immediately get a blown up preview that follows your mouse around. You can hold up this “magnifying glass” to any picture and see its size, title, and where it comes from. It’s smooth, fluid, and a little bit addictive.

Bing users can also filter their image searches according to size, color, type, layout, and faces. You will also get some search suggestions if the word used to find the image might mean more than one thing. It also offers some related image search suggestions along with another that shows which images are trending on the Internet.

Source: Bing blog | Image via Microsoft

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17 Comments

Marshall said,
I like it, the image previews are more snappy.

I like it when they put the Image Search Filters at the top. This will be copied by Google, I bet $1000.00.

thenonhacker said,

I like it when they put the Image Search Filters at the top. This will be copied by Google, I bet $1000.00.


Oh absolutely!

thenonhacker said,

I like it when they put the Image Search Filters at the top. This will be copied by Google, I bet $1000.00.

But didn't Bing get their search results from Google?

Panda X said,
It's probably just me, but I'd prefer the images to be in a grid rather than scatter and fit.

So would I, looks a little messy and unbalanced to me.
I also tend to prefer smaller images, get more on screen at once as if I really want to get a good look at the image I just go directly to it.

Trimming some of the blank space is a nice change though, albeit an odd one when Bing is adopting Metro ques and Metro heavily emphasizes white space as the best means of differentiating content.

The magnifying glass is a spectacular change, I use an extension on Opera to provide this functionality everywhere. Browsers should have this built in IMO, but at least having it on one site for everyone is a big plus.

duddit2 said,
US only again by any chance?
Seems like it, just checked out bing and looks nothing like how it's reported here

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