Bing launches HTML5 video front page

Microsoft's Bing search web site has always had a new and colorful photo every day on its front page, as opposed to the all white background for Google's front page. Today, users of HTML5-based web browsers who surf over to Bing.com will see something different. Instead of a static image, the front page now has a background that runs a time-lapsed video showing several hours of a rural mountain horizon.

Microsoft's Bing blog site states that non-HTML5 web browsers will see a static image on the front page when Microsoft puts in a video. The HTML5 video page can only be seen by US web surfers for some reason but Microsoft plans to open up the video page to other parts of the world in the next few months. There's also another video on the blog page that goes into a little more detail about how the Bing team at Microsoft picks which images and videos they decide to feature on the front page. There won't be a new video every day on Bing.com. Microsoft says it will post a new video on the front page "just when the mood strikes us."

Bing's market share is growing in the search business but as we reported earlier this week, it has a long way to go before it can make a significant dent in Google's search business. Bing has so far lost $5.5 billion for Microsoft since the web site launched back in 2009 and it doesn't look like it will be making money anytime soon, if ever.

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Bing logo sucks and the homepage sucks too. I don't like the image on the background. It's too business. Simple is the key for search engine.

No. Just no.

As a Remote Desktop user, the background image on Bing makes it pretty much unusable. With video, you can't even wait until it's done loading.

_dandy_ said,
No. Just no.

As a Remote Desktop user, the background image on Bing makes it pretty much unusable. With video, you can't even wait until it's done loading.


thats true... i hope we have something in the user agent that tells the website that we're in remote desktop to tune down the graphics...

Bing.com is my homepage, it looks nice. I do hope they bring the boxes back though. Interesting, bing.com on ie8 is different and has a different background (non moving obviously).

If you go to bing.com more than 3 times or so, the video doesn't play anymore, but switches to it's normal static image. That's a fail IMO.

Jarrichvdv said,
If you go to bing.com more than 3 times or so, the video doesn't play anymore, but switches to it's normal static image. That's a fail IMO.

I can't seem to reproduce this...

Can't see the point since most of the time I do my searches within the omnibox or the address bar, very seldom I launch the google webpage but I do think that results from bing are slower to show and not as relevant as the ones from google, but that's for my taste.

I give it a week until google does this and says how innovative it was... then takes it down due to complaints....

Skwerl said,
This is pretty cool. Definitely has some bang to it.

Except now the Bing page shows up as a tiny little box on any manly monitor. I seem to remember it would pop up full-screen when it used the static images.

A damn nifty feature - and really pretty - but does anyone else think the speed of the time passing needs to be slower? Right now it's moving through so fast that it's distracting. I'd prefer it if it was slower and had a calming effect instead.

Lazy Garfield said,
A damn nifty feature - and really pretty - but does anyone else think the speed of the time passing needs to be slower? Right now it's moving through so fast that it's distracting. I'd prefer it if it was slower and had a calming effect instead.

I agree. You don't have time to really admire anything before it flies by.

It's very cool, but I kind of miss the boxes that told you a little about the picture. I liked checking those out each day.

ekw said,
like

This is stupid. They need to spend more time on the actual search results instead of window dressing. Bing is terribly slow at indexing new web content. Even then it tends to miss most of it.

But instead they will just add page transitions or something.

Ryanlm said,

This is stupid. They need to spend more time on the actual search results instead of window dressing. Bing is terribly slow at indexing new web content. Even then it tends to miss most of it.

But instead they will just add page transitions or something.

chicken and egg!

Whether you like the changes or not they need to work on making it attractive to new users, as that is what is needed to improve the search results.

Ryanlm said,

This is stupid. They need to spend more time on the actual search results instead of window dressing. Bing is terribly slow at indexing new web content. Even then it tends to miss most of it.

But instead they will just add page transitions or something.

I think that this is a other team... frontpage team or something like it. its not that every developer works on Searchindexing and stuff like that.

Ryanlm said,

This is stupid. They need to spend more time on the actual search results instead of window dressing. Bing is terribly slow at indexing new web content. Even then it tends to miss most of it.

But instead they will just add page transitions or something.

apple has shown the world its more about form then function..

Ryanlm said,

This is stupid. They need to spend more time on the actual search results instead of window dressing. Bing is terribly slow at indexing new web content. Even then it tends to miss most of it.

But instead they will just add page transitions or something.


Bing results are pretty good, for some reason better than google. so yeah they can spend time to use what people were asking for. a video in front page.

but oh wait... the ones that work with search nd stuff aren't the same designing thats another reason why they can do that.

Ryanlm said,

This is stupid. They need to spend more time on the actual search results instead of window dressing. Bing is terribly slow at indexing new web content. Even then it tends to miss most of it.
But instead they will just add page transitions or something.

I will never work with your company. Seems that you think that designers should write comples search algorithms. What are you smoking?

RealFduch said,

I will never work with your company. Seems that you think that designers should write comples search algorithms. What are you smoking?

I am saying something completely different. Most of the updates we have seen from Bing lately are superficial. The problem is, they also suck. Adding video behind a search box? They have no taste. Why not some background music next?

So, the reality is, their UX team sucks, and their search team sucks. Bing's primary problem is how slow it is to pick up content, which is really a core challange in search. It can take months, and then it only picks up part of a site. You can get in google in about a day.

A running joke we used to have was how aweful their image search was as well. search "jon stewart" in both Google and Bing. Google gives you a page of Jon Stewart, Bing's third result is a fail, and then gets worse. However, it used to be much worse, so thats good I guess.

Lachlan said,

apple has shown the world its more about form then function..


Nope, they've shown the world that they can make hype out of form to detract from lack of function.

Ryanlm said,

I am saying something completely different. Most of the updates we have seen from Bing lately are superficial. The problem is, they also suck. Adding video behind a search box? They have no taste. Why not some background music next?

So, the reality is, their UX team sucks, and their search team sucks. Bing's primary problem is how slow it is to pick up content, which is really a core challange in search. It can take months, and then it only picks up part of a site. You can get in google in about a day.

A running joke we used to have was how aweful their image search was as well. search "jon stewart" in both Google and Bing. Google gives you a page of Jon Stewart, Bing's third result is a fail, and then gets worse. However, it used to be much worse, so thats good I guess.

Maybe Bing is not for you?

1. Yes, they have many backend improvements, too, not just visual. Tip: Check their blogs. A lot of Bing improvements are being copied by Google, too.

2. Trust me, they won't add music. These people know what clean design is.