Microsoft begins rolling out Bing with Live Tiles

As part of the company's effort to move their products to a unified experience, Microsoft has started to roll out a metro-styled Bing to users of the search service. The new look incorporates the Live Tiles and Metro design rules that Microsoft now uses on many of its other products. 

First spotted by WithinWindows, the new look is slowly being rolled out to the Bing homepage in waves, similar to the rollout methods that Live Mail uses. Right now, it looks to be US only, but it's expected to roll out worldwide over time.

We started to see the start of Microsoft’s unification strategy when they released Windows Phone 7, which took the metro UI that was first seen in Windows Media Center to a new level. The company has been deploying this design mentality across many of their products including the Xbox platform and its upcoming Windows 8 release. 

Image Credit: WithinWindows.com 

[Update] As pointed out by @robertmclaws, this could simply be a test. Until we hear official word from Microsoft, take it with a grain of salt that not everyone may get this new look for some time. 

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Very nice! I use Bing as my main search engine since Google creeps me out. Next to having all my e-mail, some of my documents and photos they really don't need to know what I'm searching for. Paranoia? I'm fine with that.

All that Bing lacks is the regionalized search. Being from Europe I don't get good results when I'm looking form something specific to my country.

SuperHans said,
Looking good (coming from a Google fan). The problem is the search results are simply not as good (in the UK at least).

Have you done tests on this? I've never noticed a problem with Bing's UK results.

Looks awesome! Maybe they'll bring back the customizable search homepage, like they used to have with my.live.com?

I was kinda worried the tile concept was a bad idea, but I can really see it's super useful. More informative than static icons, so you can avoid launching the shortcut if you get what you need from the glanceable info. Or at least you don't have to find it again if you must launch the shortcut. Extending it universally across the Microsoft ecosystem from Windows Phone, Windows 8, Xbox and now Bing will definitely make it a winner.

I tried the Chome cookie trick shown on the WithWindows.com article (only took a minute) and now it works on my Chrome browser. Looks very nice, same layout at the Bing iPad application.

alexalex said,
This is exactly how Bing for iPad ,which is out for months, looks.

So you're saying Microsoft copied Microsoft?

/No really sure where you're going with that
//Or where I'm going with this

Sraf said,

So you're saying Microsoft copied Microsoft?

/No really sure where you're going with that
//Or where I'm going with this

Microsoft tends to Apple iPad users before Windows users. :-)

alexalex said,

Microsoft tends to Apple iPad users before Windows users. :-)

Of course, because they are so special boys and the world revolves around them.

Don't notice any changes here, though i am in canada, i tried using U.S settings and don't notice no changes, do i have to like have a bing account or anything like that?

Ultravires said,
Don't notice any changes here, though i am in canada, i tried using U.S settings and don't notice no changes, do i have to like have a bing account or anything like that?

It might geolocate you based on IP, try using a US based proxy

MattWeihl said,

I like black-based UI interfaces. Less jarring on the eyes.

It goes with the image of the day.

Melfster said,
Honestly they have ways to go to beat google in search. I never use Bing and nobody that I know does.

And that accounts for everyone

/s

I know you arent trolling but Im just saying. People have to be using it, its marketshare keeps increasing

Melfster said,
Honestly they have ways to go to beat google in search. I never use Bing and nobody that I know does.

I use Bing daily. It's my home page on all of my PCs. For 95% of my searches, Bing is great. There are a 3 key places where it is lacking for me
1. IT related searches
2. Google Streetview on Maps
3. The Bing mobile site has odd spacing; Google works better on my iPhone

Melfster said,
Honestly they have ways to go to beat google in search. I never use Bing and nobody that I know does.

Well I think that with Bing coming to Xbox and Bing's many appearances in various parts of the world (i.e. default on some Android phones) Bing will keep growing...

(I bet you there is some manager at Bing cackling about captive audiences lol)

JJMustang said,

I use Bing daily. It's my home page on all of my PCs. For 95% of my searches, Bing is great. There are a 3 key places where it is lacking for me
1. IT related searches
2. Google Streetview on Maps
3. The Bing mobile site has odd spacing; Google works better on my iPhone


the best features that brought me to bing were the integration with wolfram alpha and facebook just recently

Melfster said,
Honestly they have ways to go to beat google in search. I never use Bing and nobody that I know does.

I have used Bing for exclusively for the better part of a year and I haven't looked back, I find them to be for the most part equal.

Holey said,
Hopefully these tiles are all fully customisable, and tied in with your live account

Would be beast!

the ability to customize your tiles and have them follow you to different pc's with your live account would be awesome

JSYOUNG571 said,
Is this the Bing htlm5 that we were promised over a year ago?

It would make sense. I'm still not seeing it here. Hopefully soon.

Damn, someone is working really hard for those Bing Reward points. I have only got enough points for a one month Zune Pass.

LAMj said,
Damn, someone is working really hard for those Bing Reward points. I have only got enough points for a one month Zune Pass.
They need to bring them to the UK

LAMj said,
Damn, someone is working really hard for those Bing Reward points. I have only got enough points for a one month Zune Pass.

well i used to have 1800 bing points until thy saw i wasn't in US and they took them away. it sucked but i use bing so it didn't matter much, just a bit blah for not being able to buy anything.

zikalify said,
I have a new found love for microsoft and metro

i love it .. looks sooo good. way to go microsoft.. hopefully this will increase their search rate

zikalify said,
I have a new found love for microsoft and metro

I agree, and I think Microsoft's new found love for a unified corporate theme and moving all their products/groups to one coherent design is wonderful.

Now onto my next wish regarding Microsoft+Design...: Bring back transparency and more customization! For example in their WP7 and now Windows 8.. I wish that I could, for example, have semi-transparent/translucent live tiles so that I can have a nice background behind...

zikalify said,
I have a new found love for microsoft and metro

I loved it the first time I saw it in Zune Media Player (Windows Application) ! <3

It still is the most awesomesttt application using Metro UI!

blerk said,

I agree, and I think Microsoft's new found love for a unified corporate theme and moving all their products/groups to one coherent design is wonderful.

Now onto my next wish regarding Microsoft+Design...: Bring back transparency and more customization! For example in their WP7 and now Windows 8.. I wish that I could, for example, have semi-transparent/translucent live tiles so that I can have a nice background behind...

sounds like you want aero back.. i personally love this new design.. aero was just not all it was hyped up to be I believe..

zikalify said,
I have a new found love for microsoft and metro

Unfortunately, many elements of this design still aren't Metro. The links at the top don't use the correct font, and the search button does not conform to the Metro concept. Hopefully, Microsoft will change this before releasing the new design.

Mohitster said,

I loved it the first time I saw it in Zune Media Player (Windows Application) ! <3

It still is the most awesomesttt application using Metro UI!

+1 totally

Callum said,

Unfortunately, many elements of this design still aren't Metro. The links at the top don't use the correct font, and the search button does not conform to the Metro concept. Hopefully, Microsoft will change this before releasing the new design.

we all know how slow they are.. hopefully we'll ge there soon enough