Bing launches new search results design layout

Bing is giving its users a new way to look at their search results. Microsoft has launched a new search results design layout that basically strips out a lot of Bing's previous (and some might say unneeded) links. The new design shows links based on the keywords, but the left side of the layout, which used to show a number of related searches, search history and dates of searches, has been done away with completely.

The right side of the page, not shown in this post, now has a small list of related searches but nothing else. The right side no longer displays Bing search ads. Also, social networking links for Bing's search results are now displayed in a more low key manner and are highlighted when you move your mouse cursor to those logos.

Microsoft has yet to comment officially about this new Bing search results layout. The company has been gaining in search market share over the past several months and recently overtook Yahoo to become the US's second most popular Internet search provider. However, the Microsoft division that Bing is a part of continues to lose money and there is speculation that Microsoft might even sell the Bing business to Facebook.

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I have tried to switch to bing many times however I'm still not happy with the results... example for "Samsung galaxy ace custom ROM", it sill points me to the result from 2011 pages which is way outdated... as against in google and in duckduckgo latest updated pages are automatically listed first. I hope Microsoft reads this and updates the bing algorithm for updated pages.

I don't really like it. Does anybody know how to re-enable the fly-out preview on the right side of the search entry (like Google and old Bing do)?

xn--bya said,
The bing logo & homepage don't fit with the new minimalistic metro look.

I hope they do bring more metro to the home page.

The Bing homepage is still horrible, with unnecessary images and a dull colour scheme. And the search results just look like Google's, except with less style.

Google's design is simple, efficient and clean, with excellent quality search results. Microsoft still doesn't seem to have come up with a brand identity for Bing and I can't imagine it will be long until they revamp it to fit their Metro design philosophy. Microsoft needs to do something bold and different, not just tinker around the edges. I'm surprised they've kept Bing going this long, especially considering how short-lived Live was.

Enron said,
The images are great. Are you still using a 28.8 modem or something?

I have absolutely no desire to look at images when I'm trying to perform a web search. It is wasted bandwidth, regardless of how fast my internet connection is. Why would I want to see a low resolution picture of California's Death Valley, especially by default? At least with Google the background images are optional and much higher resolution for those that choose to use them.

More importantly, I find the colour scheme to be rather unpleasant to look at. The text at the bottom has poor legibility (grey on a greeny-grey) and the white text at the top isn't pleasant either, especially as it isn't bolded. It would be better if they went Metro and just stuck to bold, flat colours with much more defined shapes - at least that would be distinctive and much more legible. Heck, it was better when it was Live.com.

At no point have I ever looked at Bing and thought "here's a well designed website that's pleasant to use" - my response it more "wtf were they thinking?".

THANK GOODNESS. I've been waiting for them to make this the standard layout for ages. I had it for about a week a long time ago (months).

I think they need to update the home page to give it a slightly more consistent look, though. It goes from a light grey background to a white background, and the upper menu needs to be the same.

I get the new UI only If I change my location to US, but hey, it's better than nothing. I'm still waiting for the full HTML5 Bing they showed at WWDC 2010.

Sszecret said,
I get the new UI only If I change my location to US, but hey, it's better than nothing. I'm still waiting for the full HTML5 Bing they showed at WWDC 2010.

yeah, what happened to that? I remember they showed off a Bing search layout where the page would dynamically reassemble - as you're typing in the search query. It looked impressive, but wtf? what happened to it?

FalseAgent said,

yeah, what happened to that? I remember they showed off a Bing search layout where the page would dynamically reassemble - as you're typing in the search query. It looked impressive, but wtf? what happened to it?

The promised a beta in one month - and a few of us did get it (search for a vid of it on YouTube, you might be able to find one), but then after a month or two of using it, it mysteriously disappeared...then we got this -.- Nobody will say where the HTML5 one went (other than one "I can't talk about that" from a Bing Insiders representative)

Jarrichvdv said,
I has been like that for more than 2 weeks for me

Yeah, some people have been getting it but now everyone in the US should.

j1232 said,
Microsoft products looking more and more attractive . .

After 5 days of using it: I find it better! I also liked the fact that the links for "Web | Images | Map | Videos | More..." was unified, cuz before they appear two times in the header.

The spacing between the search results: Yes it's eye-friendly, and touch-friendly, too.

I bet Google will copy Bing's improvements once again!