Bing.com gets updated, becomes finger friendly

Bing updates its homepage quite often so it is not a surprise to see that the search engine has once again tweaked the homepage. While not a dramatic restyle, it appears that the landing page has been enlarged and that it is better suited for touch enabled devices.

Other than the enlargements, not much else has changed on the site and Bing still focuses on the stunning background images that populate the site each morning. It was not that long ago that Bing revamped its search results page to bring a bit more social to the platform.

Microsoft is dumping a lot of money in to Bing to help fight Google's dominance on the search market. Google currently has a commanding lead in the segment and Microsoft is working hard to show that it too, can provide quality search results.

We fully expect Bing to keep pushing out this minor tweaks as they have showed no signs of stopping until they perfect the layout. After taking a look at the new layout, do you approve? Or do you prefer the previous version of Bing?

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One thing I'll say about bing... it sure looks nicer than google. I use both regularly. I wish bing had better image search parameters but I love their maps.

Bing just barely works where I live... It's still the same thing as when it launched here: rebranded live Search.
It hasnt even got a maps feature...

laserfloyd said,

Not sure if he means it doesn't have maps where he is? Otherwise... not sure if trolling or . . .

He means that the bing search page doesn't give a link to bing maps (and neither does it give a link to videos or search history when I have set my location to Finland).

I think bing will be shut down in a few years, the service is already dead and its because its not innovative or better than google. I love microsoft but this is something that is not going to work out unless it can offer something new and relevant unlike the 'social search' thing or whatever

NightCrawlerInfinity said,
I gave Bing the finger a long time ago.

I quit bing when they started randomly changing the search results every time you searched the same thing a few weeks ago.

Matthew_Thepc said,
also, on my IE10 Metro, the search bar is blue-bordered, and it fades into blue when you hover over it. http://imgur.com/a/JwbNN

Hmmm why IE10?, please don't tell me is not standard code. Why would they even do that only on IE10 anyways? as far as I know that's actually possible with standard JS.

rahvii said,

Hmmm why IE10?, please don't tell me is not standard code. Why would they even do that only on IE10 anyways? as far as I know that's actually possible with standard JS.

well, since it doesn't happen when I go into inprivate mode on IE10, I think it's just that I have a cookie that's randomly selected to get some preview changes

Matthew_Thepc said,

well, since it doesn't happen when I go into inprivate mode on IE10, I think it's just that I have a cookie that's randomly selected to get some preview changes

Makes sense

I would have made the search bigger and centered (needs more importance), eliminate trending images and video, eliminate the facebook like of the background image.

Actually if you collapse down the bottom bar suddenly it's a lot better. Still I would like that the recent searches appear there, might be useful (although a good research could tell me so).

rahvii said,
I would have made the search bigger and centered (needs more importance), eliminate trending images and video, eliminate the facebook like of the background image.

Actually if you collapse down the bottom bar suddenly it's a lot better. Still I would like that the recent searches appear there, might be useful (although a good research could tell me so).


agreed with the last point, but I actually like having the picture get most importance, since it's the nicer element (and it's still not that much harder to find the search bar)

NyaR said,
How about focusing on the actual search functions?

I've heard they are actually good in the US. They are unbearable where I live, so I wonder if this is really true.

aristofeles said,

I've heard they are actually good in the US. They are unbearable where I live, so I wonder if this is really true.


Doesn't show very relevant results in my research.

I started using Bing over Google about 6 months ago and I find that I run into problems with search maybe once a week. When it happens I will use Google to do the same search and most of the time I find nothing there also. Bing also has a far superior Image and Video search function than Google.

I never set out wanting to like Bing or anything I just wanted to try other options after Google tied Google+ into their searches. I like both Google and Bing, keep an open mind and give it a try you might be surprised at what you find.