Bing.com testing new button that offers more info on daily background

Microsoft continues to tweak the main page of its Bing search site. The page has seen its share of changes and additions over the past few years, including adding support for showing HTML5-based videos as its daily background. Now it appears that Microsoft is making another small but interesting change to the Bing front page.

Some users of Bing are seeing a new information button on the main page. When that button is clicked, it shows more information on the location that the daily background image is promoting. Normally, the front page has "hot links" inside the image that when clicked activates search results on Bing for more information on the location, but this appears to be a more direct method.

The info button also appears to add some kind of Facebook integration. In this case, the background image, showing the Jambiani Beach on Zanzibar Island in Tanzania, brings up a Facebook conversation that asks, "Which shores are calling you?"

Again, this new image info button is not visible for all Bing.com visitors, but its likely that Microsoft is trying to get some feedback from a limited number of users before rolling this new feature out to the public.

Thanks to Matthew_Thepc for the tip!

Image via Microsoft

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So are they removing the squares on the image itself then? I honestly rather liked that... it added a bit of a nice touch, made it more interesting, or whatever. Lol.

bing is my home page on IE10 and firefox but i haven't seen this feature yet they are getting more creative with bing

I like it, but I wish the "Photo" label was removed and just leave the "i" only, as it blends nicely with the rest of the page.

I still despise the look of Bing, as I find the low resolution images and dark text on a dark background to be unnecessary and unappealing. It flies in the face of conventional design rules for seemingly no reason. It's trying too hard to be different, yet when you type in a query the results are display in a very similar style to Google.

I don't know who Microsoft is trying to appeal to but it certainly isn't me.

theyarecomingforyou said,
I still despise the look of Bing, as I find the low resolution images and dark text on a dark background to be unnecessary and unappealing. It flies in the face of conventional design rules for seemingly no reason. It's trying too hard to be different, yet when you type in a query the results are display in a very similar style to Google.

I don't know who Microsoft is trying to appeal to but it certainly isn't me.


Then don't go there, MS won't miss you.

I wish the site would allow me to default to the minimized version (the two sided arrow button). I love just having the image and the search box, no overlays or trends or whatever.

One thing I hate with my Windows 7 Phone is that the search button maps to Bing, because outside of North America it really sucks. And once again Bing team announces features that the rest of the world never see. Why should I even use you?

I wish they would give the option for more minimalistic design. They let you minimize the info bar on the bottom, but now there is the "full screen" button that will further minimize all web bars to maximize the appearance of the background itself, sadly, this doesn't stick though.

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