Microsoft confirms changes to Bing on Windows Phone 8

Microsoft has been quietly been making changes to its Bing search design and experience for Windows Phone 8 owners. While the company has not issued a formal press release or blog post about the updates, they started appearing on some Windows Phone 8 devices in the U.S. Friday morning.

Windows Phone Daily reports that one of the biggest changes is the pivot categories for Bing. Previously, it gave Windows Phone 8 owners the choice to go to Web, Local, Media, or Shopping search results. Now the number of pivot categories has been reduced to just three and the labels themselves have been changed to Web, Images and Video. The Media label was expanded to Images and Video, while Local and Shopping were dumped completely.

The Image pivot now features large thumbnails of photos while the Video pivot has video previews in a 2x2 format. The Web search has also been changed to include more content such as local results and product cards for items.

When asked, Microsoft sent a brief statement to Windows Phone Daily and other websites:

We can confirm that people will now see a refreshed experience when they use Bing on Windows Phone 8. The updated experience is rolling out gradually and will be available globally on all Windows Phone 8 devices in the coming weeks.

It's possible that Microsoft started the update earlier than planned and thus did not have time to issue a more detailed press release or blog post about the changes.

Source: Windows Phone Daily | Image via Windows Phone Daily

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WHAT ON EARTH!? LOCAL WAS AMAZING! WHY WOULD YOU DO SUCH A THING!!

I'm being legit too, I mean it was a bit hit and miss in Australia...but it was still really useful! Now what...we have to open local scout? (I cant find it on my phone?)

I would hope they integrate the local results into the "web" results or something...

They should have settings where you can pick and choose what you want to display (in WP 8.1).

UseLess said,
WHAT ON EARTH!? LOCAL WAS AMAZING! WHY WOULD YOU DO SUCH A THING!!

I'm being legit too, I mean it was a bit hit and miss in Australia...but it was still really useful! Now what...we have to open local scout? (I cant find it on my phone?)

I would hope they integrate the local results into the "web" results or something...

They should have settings where you can pick and choose what you want to display (in WP 8.1).

This, many times this.

I pretty much exclusively use the local option on my phone >.<

I wonder how I get that info on my phone once the update rolls in >.>

LOL you obviously didn't read. Local Scout is still there as it's always been :-) The 'local' pivot (tab) for search results has simply been moved under 'web'.

UseLess said,
WHAT ON EARTH!? LOCAL WAS AMAZING! WHY WOULD YOU DO SUCH A THING!!...

You obviously didn't read the article.
Local Scout is still there and accessible on the Bing screen as it's always been
Only the 'local' pivot (for web search results) has simply been moved under 'web'.

Hopefully Microsoft will change the search button to be just a bar able to search the phone, bing, and bing like on Windows 8.1. It is kinda annoying to keep accidentally hitting the search button and flipping to the bing screen.

Hmm, is this only for web search or does this include the app that is activated by pressing the search key? I always check movie times that way and will be disappointed if they remove it

This is for the Bing app (by pressing the Search key)... so your movie times will still be there. This is only for search results.

Would be nice to see a unified search of items on the device too. Hit the search charm, type in a contacts name, see e-mails, contact, appointments, phonecalls etc.

j2006 said,
I'm sure this is coming in the next major update
I've been on Windows Phone long enough to realize that small things like this area always overlooked. Sad really.

Me neither. I'm also looking forward to it. I just use local scout if I want results for local stuff and I never bothered with shopping. Media seemed to cramped with videos and images on one page. This is a good change. I'm also impressed the layout isn't hard coded into the OS and can be changed from there end. That's pretty cool.