Bing shows off animated homepage and HTML5 browsing

Amongst all of the excitement with the launch of Internet Explorer 9 today, the Bing team made another presentation with the introduction of Bing in HTML5.

The updated search engine will answer back at Google's instant search results with their very own kind of search improvements, including taking the power of HTML5 and introducing it into their home page.

The new improvements will allow for an animated home page using the Canvas HTML5 tag. Bing demonstrated an animated beach home page, where the water crashes onto the beach, all without the use of additional plug-ins or video.

Neowin also showed off a preview video of the new Bing home page last week, with smooth transitions from the search page, to your actual results, all without reloading the page.

The video below shows just how the new Bing.com will work, with animated home pages, smooth transitions between the home page and your results, including hovering over tabs to show off content, to animated weather.

The new updated home page is expected to preview in a month, and expected to replace the existing home page within the next few months.

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Wow, so is a huge video about eyecandy...?! how is this gonna convince me that Bing is a great seach engine? Only thing remotely usefull in that video is the part in the end where the search results expand as you scroll down the page...

I mean, I'm a sucker for eyecandy any day, and this is cool stuff. Its just that when you compare this to the recent launch of google instant, it kinda feels like they are spending their resources on innovating in all the wrong areas in what is supposed to be a _SEARCH_ENGINE_.

I think that was what put me off from bing when i first tried it out too... i had this feeling from the very start that Microsoft was like "Yeah", so, our search engine LOOKS, so much cooler with those big backgrounds!" and all i could think, yea, but how does that help me find that research material or my paper more efficiently?"

If only their search results would be as useful as Google's results...

I love the Bing interface since day 1, but their search results aren't so good.

First of all it's a waste of time, just try to see what's the period of the transition animation, I need instant results, not waiting for a crap fade in animation. I'll stick to Google becouse it's clean, simple & fast.

Mr Byte said,
More waste of CPU cycles for eye candy.

Really? Did you just get here from 2001? I welcome anything that will take advantage of the plethora of CPU cycles just sitting here never being used.

solardog said,

Really? Did you just get here from 2001? I welcome anything that will take advantage of the plethora of CPU cycles just sitting here never being used.

Say that to someone running a Netbook, or some other low powered mobile device...
This is a complete waste of both cpu and bandwidth.

I have no doubt it will scale to only do this on systems that will handle it, but it just seems so redundant. I want better searchresults, not fancy animations to stare at while i wait for the non-existent results come pouring in....

Also it just shows a bad trend, what happens when all web content take this approach, I find it already ridiculous the amounts of ram and CPU you have to use if you have 5-10 tabs open with various web apps and sites running. Some sites bring the cheaper Netbooks to their knees on their own.

Eye candy for eye candy's sake on a web page? please, don't make this a trend.

Dipso said,

I have no doubt it will scale to only do this on systems that will handle it, but it just seems so redundant. I want better searchresults, not fancy animations to stare at while i wait for the non-existent results come pouring in....

If it scales on systems that can handle it then what is the problem? Im sure you will be able to turn it all off. And again its almost 2011, the weakest of the weak will be among the strongest of the strong within a year of this moment.

mail said,
SearchBar > Eye Candy

I'm confused... this has eye candy and a search bar. Unless you're on about a service called SearchBar or something?

dotf said,

all of the animations use html5

HTML5 only provide structure. Animation is done with Javascript (or CSS3, but I don't think IE9 supports CSS3 transitions and animations yet)

sialivi said,

HTML5 only provide structure. Animation is done with Javascript (or CSS3, but I don't think IE9 supports CSS3 transitions and animations yet)


exactly, IE9 does not support the CSS3 animations module, and I doubt it will.
This is just old and plain HTML using Javascript for animations. It's even more appropriate to call it AJAX than HTML5, at least *it is* using XMLHttpRequest for returning the search results.

The only noteworthy HTML5 element they have is the animated beach on a canvas tag... and who is going to stare all day at the Bing homepage? Bing can't be better than Google just because it has more eyecandy, it needs to have better functionality and give better and more relevant search results

Wow this was pretty cool, I might switch to bing with all this. Exciting time to be a computer user, huh guys?

I was watching them preview this at the keynote, the feature I was most impressed by that he hasn't made a point of here is that it had the same smooth transitions when using the back button. Can't wait for more of the web to look like this.

Benjamin Rubenstein said,
Wow. It's pretty cool looking. I may actually use Bing once or twice a year

Thats what I said and now I am catching myself using Bing all the time. Bye Bye Google Bing is better.

Same thing here. I was like "meh, let's give it I try ...". Next thing I know it's my homepage and I'm actually feeling uncomfortable when using Google. Took me something like a week to get used to it actually but won't go back, it's so much "smarter" than Google Search. (Using the US version though, other locals are crap)

Benjamin Rubenstein said,
Wow. It's pretty cool looking. I may actually use Bing once or twice a year

No chance here as long as Bing sucks in their international support.

We don't even have that Bing Shopping thing here - that link redirects to a third party website.

Northgrove said,

No chance here as long as Bing sucks in their international support.

We don't even have that Bing Shopping thing here - that link redirects to a third party website.

That Bing shopping thing is dead, they killed off the service everywhere...

xchaser said,

Thats what I said and now I am catching myself using Bing all the time. Bye Bye Google Bing is better.

It absolutely is. And I was ALWAYS a Google user... Microsoft really delivered a solid product this time around.

Northgrove said,

No chance here as long as Bing sucks in their international support.

We don't even have that Bing Shopping thing here - that link redirects to a third party website.

It's still in BETA. I don't know why people don't understand that...

Synthetic said,
That Bing shopping thing is dead, they killed off the service everywhere...

No. You're referring to CashBack. Shopping is a section like News or Images, it's not a service

Tom W said,
HTML5 is gonna rock the web

Which is why I hope MS speeds up their dev cycle after they get IE 9 out the door.

IE 9 is behind all other current browsers as for HTML5 support, but this is no biggie as long as MS releases a new more or less major version at least every year or so to keep up with standards getting finalized and implemented.

This is why Google Chrome is moving on to a pretty crazy release schedule, with a major release every ~3-4 months or so. It's not to just inflate the version number -- it's to get stable versions done with cutting edge HTML5 support.

I hope MS improves in this area.

Northgrove said,
IE 9 is behind all other current browsers as for HTML5 support, but this is no biggie as long as MS releases a new more or less major version at least every year or so to keep up with standards getting finalized and implemented.

HTML 5 isn't even a finished standard, so the definition of "behind in support" doesn't mean anything. IE 9 is superior to the other browsers in some parts of the HTML 5, so it's definitely not "behind".

Northgrove said,

Which is why I hope MS speeds up their dev cycle after they get IE 9 out the door.

IE 9 is behind all other current browsers as for HTML5 support, but this is no biggie as long as MS releases a new more or less major version at least every year or so to keep up with standards getting finalized and implemented.

This is why Google Chrome is moving on to a pretty crazy release schedule, with a major release every ~3-4 months or so. It's not to just inflate the version number -- it's to get stable versions done with cutting edge HTML5 support.

I hope MS improves in this area.

I have to disagree there. It IS to advance the version number. Some updates are far too minor to warrant a full step in version number. And all of the current browsers are adding HTML 5 support as they deem necessary. None are ahead at this point, as one thing IE is supporting isn't supported in Firefox, and something supported in Firefox may not be supported in Chrome, and so on and so forth... Claiming anyone is "behind" in adopting an unfinalized standard is rather silly actually...

Northgrove said,

Which is why I hope MS speeds up their dev cycle after they get IE 9 out the door.

IE 9 is behind all other current browsers as for HTML5 support, but this is no biggie as long as MS releases a new more or less major version at least every year or so to keep up with standards getting finalized and implemented.

This is why Google Chrome is moving on to a pretty crazy release schedule, with a major release every ~3-4 months or so. It's not to just inflate the version number -- it's to get stable versions done with cutting edge HTML5 support.

I hope MS improves in this area.

The IE team is on an 8 week update cycle, which doesn't seem to have changed with IE9b1. So we should get beta 2 in Nov unless something changed.

When I was watching the live event, I was in literal awe when I saw it! I was amazed at what they did, and I cannot wait!

I can imagine Google saying "touche, Microsoft." lol

Mr aldo said,
I can imagine Google saying "touche, Microsoft." lol

No, because Google's motto for search has nearly always been KISS, they wouldn't want to add fancy graphics and all sorts of stuff like bing has. I'm not saying bing's design is bad, but it's not something that Google would probably implement, I mean instant search was quite a huge leap for them tbh...

d4v1d05 said,

No, because Google's motto for search has nearly always been KISS, they wouldn't want to add fancy graphics and all sorts of stuff like bing has. I'm not saying bing's design is bad, but it's not something that Google would probably implement, I mean instant search was quite a huge leap for them tbh...

Right. Because that's why they added sidebar "clutter" like Bing has and added a background image like Ask.com and Bing have. Or a more graphical infinite image scroll, or scrolling Twitter results embedded in the page. After Instant search, I doubt KISS will keep Google from adding all that smooth transitiony stuff

burnblue said,

Right. Because that's why they added sidebar "clutter" like Bing has and added a background image like Ask.com and Bing have. Or a more graphical infinite image scroll, or scrolling Twitter results embedded in the page. After Instant search, I doubt KISS will keep Google from adding all that smooth transitiony stuff

Except Google never does that whole "related searches" BS. There's just way too much happening on screen for me to care.

vice le von said,
When will google copy this?
Why does Google have to copy this? The Bing home page is cow dung compared to Google's, given the amount of distraction for the user who is going to use the "decision" engine.


Take a look at Bing's very own advertisement which evidences the fact that the Bing homepage is a distraction to the user, which they gladly show a million times on the web and TV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeI1jD7bFJY . Look at the *blank* search box during 0:00-0:04. This advertisement is a Marketing fail which is where MS spends tens or hundreds of millions of dollars a year.

HTML5 is great, but KISS wins over geek innovation in the long run. Mind you, I have no objections with rest of the website - how the search box flies to the top left in an animated fashion and how the page shows the search results below it; just that the Bing home page is simply BAD.

Edited by Jebadiah, Sep 16 2010, 8:55am :

Jebadiah said,
Why does Google have to copy this? The Bing home page is cow dung compared to Google's, given the amount of distraction for the user who is going to use the "decision" engine.

Take a look at Bing's very own advertisement which evidences the fact that the Bing homepage is a distraction to the user, which they gladly show a million times on the web and TV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeI1jD7bFJY . Look at the *blank* search box during 0:00-0:04. This advertisement is a Marketing fail which is where MS spends tens or hundreds of millions of dollars a year.

HTML5 is great, but KISS wins over geek innovation in the long run. Mind you, I have no objections with rest of the website - how the search box flies to the top left in an animated fashion and how the page shows the search results below it; just that the Bing home page is simply BAD.


You forgot to add its only bad in your opinion, its not a fact.

vice le von said,
When will google copy this?

When will you realize that Google has been around a lot longer than Bing has? MSN doesn't count because it was never as popular or widely used.

I'm convinced, after reading the comments from the Halo Reach thread; there's always idiots who will naysay something as long as it's popular.

jason13524 said,
You forgot to add its only bad in your opinion, its not a fact.
I don't know if you're being stupid but that video proves what I said is a fact.

vice le von said,
When will google copy this?

Google copied Bing Backgrounds shamelessly.

Google copied Bing Images Infini-Scroll -- I tried it and it sucks with many gray rectangles, and page 1 is followed by page 18, like, WTF???

Google copied Bing's left side search filters.


CAN'T WAIT FOR GOOGLE TO COPY:

- Wolfram Alpha integration

- Bing Maps Street Side View

- Bing Maps Applications

- Bing Maps Transit

- And this, Bing HTML5 Experience

FMH said,
Does Bing have something like 'Advanced Search' like Google ?

Yes, make your search, and then on the results page, click "Advanced"

FlintyV said,
Looks great. I want it nowz.
You won't get it nowz. That's what's bad about Microsoft. They don't believe in perfecting a small part of the product and delivering to the public. They just load it all on you at once after the beta testing.

Jebadiah said,
You won't get it nowz. That's what's bad about Microsoft. They don't believe in perfecting a small part of the product and delivering to the public. They just load it all on you at once after the beta testing.

The HTML5 website isn't coming out for a couple months. A preview of it will be available within a month for us to test it.

We aren't missing out on any beta testing... Maybe you should actually read the article.

Electric Jolt said,

The HTML5 website isn't coming out for a couple months. A preview of it will be available within a month for us to test it.

We aren't missing out on any beta testing... Maybe you should actually read the article.

Maybe you should read my post again.

We miss out on beta testing given that the site won't be http://WWW.Bing.com; it will be something else like beta.Bing.com. To correctly measure consumer reaction Bing should rollout small perfectly completed bits and see how people react to those little changes; and this *should* be on http://www.Bing.com.

Jebadiah said,
Believe me. I hope I am wrong for MS's sake.

Well IE9 is not yet released anyway, so even if they released a beta, a Bing Beta in an IE9 Beta won't be a good testing environment. Makes sense. It's better to isolate bugs in their own testing scenarios.