Bing to allow you to download backgrounds natively

Bing.com is known for its striking homepage images and animations that add extra flare to the search service. Every day, the search engine puts up a new image that we suspect draws many users to the site.

If you have been wanting to download the images for use on your own desktop, it looks like there is good news on the horizon. Neowin forum user, Dot Matrix, spotted the feature you see above on his homepage which allows you to download the wallpapers directly from Bing.

While the feature has not rolled out to everyone, or may simply be in testing at this time, if you are like us, you will welcome this small and simple addition to the service. Previously, the only way to get the backgrounds was to use a third-party service that would scrape the images each day.

We have pinged Microsoft to see if they are rolling this feature out to all users or if it is still in the testing phase.  Microsoft has confirmed that they are testing the feature at the moment but has no further information to share. 

Thanks for the tip Dot Matrix!

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I installed Bing Desktop as soon as Microsoft rolled it out and was available for me. Since then, I never had a need to save wallpapers to my hard drive and change them myself. A new wallpaper each day automatically? Yes, please!

One of the reasons I avoid Bing is because of how irritating the background images are. They're low resolution and make any text in front more difficult to read. I'm sure it's possible to turn them off but it just isn't worth the effort when Google offers much better search results.

I don't care about wallpaper much. If I were microsoft I would have make Bing as fast as google's engine (specially maps). Website preview and ranking and search options in google is just better. I don't know why they are fooling around.

S3P€hR said,
I don't care about wallpaper much. If I were microsoft I would have make Bing as fast as google's engine (specially maps). Website preview and ranking and search options in google is just better. I don't know why they are fooling around.

performance wise bing maps blows google maps out of the water. I see 60+fps on bing maps often while 20 or so fps on google maps.

results are identical and the presentation is the same. actually bing shows images better. google instant is the only thing google does that bing doesn't and I've disabled it because it actually makes my searching slower by distracting me.

neonspark said,

performance wise bing maps blows google maps out of the water. I see 60+fps on bing maps often while 20 or so fps on google maps.

I think you are confusing something because maps doesn't have fps. they are static rendered vector based images its just the load time, details and the resolution of satellite photos that are important.What I am talking about is the user experience. open your browser two tabs: http://maps.google.com/ and http://www.bing.com/maps and try to locate your home on the map and see for yourself which one is faster and easier to work with.

Cyborg_X said,

firefox > view background > copy image


Not just Firefox, but also Pale Moon, Waterfox and SeaMonkey.

Cyborg_X said,
firefox > view background > copy image

The only problem with that is, you don't get the full resolution or quality of the original image.

NoClipMode said,

As usual with MS, everywhere outside the US is getting it last. This is getting old.

That's because in the grand scheme of things, nothing else matters. Working as intended.

This is cool! Sometimes I use Chrome's element inspector to get Bing's homepage photo but I use a 1080p monitor and Bing uses a lower resolution photo, so hopefully now Bing will use higher res shots.

A340600 said,
This is cool! Sometimes I use Chrome's element inspector to get Bing's homepage photo but I use a 1080p monitor and Bing uses a lower resolution photo, so hopefully now Bing will use higher res shots.

Yeah, their low resolution photos are the deal-breaker. There are enough different sites with high res free wallpapers.

MsftGaurav said,

Yeah, their low resolution photos are the deal-breaker. There are enough different sites with high res free wallpapers.

Yeah I think even Bing Desktop uses low-res shots.

A340600 said,

Yeah I think even Bing Desktop uses low-res shots.

Actually, not true! I use Bing Desktop (on my work laptop), and it sets my desktop wallpaper to the Bing wallpaper every day. If you make the effort to look at where the desktop wallpaper is set from:

right-click desktop -> Personalize -> Desktop Background -> right-click the Bing image -> Details tab -> Dimensions property value

you'll see the images are actually 1900x1200. So they are, in fact, a high enough resolution to use as desktop wallpaper for our high res monitors.

Now if you want to go the extra step of saving the file for yourself, do the above steps, and then:

copy path from the properties of the image -> open Windows Explorer -> paste folder location -> themes.jpg -> copy file and enjoy!

Woops, typed too fast... 1920x1200

r1zzah said,

Actually, not true! I use Bing Desktop (on my work laptop), and it sets my desktop wallpaper to the Bing wallpaper every day. If you make the effort to look at where the desktop wallpaper is set from:

right-click desktop -> Personalize -> Desktop Background -> right-click the Bing image -> Details tab -> Dimensions property value

you'll see the images are actually 1900x1200. So they are, in fact, a high enough resolution to use as desktop wallpaper for our high res monitors.

Now if you want to go the extra step of saving the file for yourself, do the above steps, and then:

copy path from the properties of the image -> open Windows Explorer -> paste folder location -> themes.jpg -> copy file and enjoy!

r1zzah said,

Actually, not true! I use Bing Desktop (on my work laptop), and it sets my desktop wallpaper to the Bing wallpaper every day. If you make the effort to look at where the desktop wallpaper is set from:

right-click desktop -> Personalize -> Desktop Background -> right-click the Bing image -> Details tab -> Dimensions property value

you'll see the images are actually 1900x1200. So they are, in fact, a high enough resolution to use as desktop wallpaper for our high res monitors.

Now if you want to go the extra step of saving the file for yourself, do the above steps, and then:

copy path from the properties of the image -> open Windows Explorer -> paste folder location -> themes.jpg -> copy file and enjoy!

I'll have to look into it. I thought the photo's resolution kind of looked low.