Microsoft releases Bing Desktop 1.1; adds Windows 8 support

In April, Microsoft released the first beta version of Bing Desktop for Windows 7 which added a stand alone Bing search bar in the center of the desktop screen. It also can change a user's desktop wallpaper every day with the same image found on the Bing.com site.

Today, Microsoft released version 1.1 of the Bing Desktop and it has now added support for Windows 8 along with older versions of Windows (XP and Vista) and Windows Server 2008 and 2012. The new version also adds support for four more languages (French, German, Chinese and Japanese)

The search bar has also received some new features. The official Bing blog states

To start searching, simply click on the Bing taskbar icon, or the Bing tile on your Windows 8 Start screen, and the search bar will automatically appear at the front of the screen. Type in a search term or phrase using the autosuggest keywords or your search history, and the search results will appear in your default browser. You’re off and running in a matter of keystrokes. When not in use, the search box recedes into the background to maximize precious screen space.

Bing Desktop has also added a content icon to the search bar that offers up the top news items, trending images and video and more when a person clicks on it. Finally, the Bing desktop wallpaper feature in Bing Desktop can now access the last nine days of wallpaper from Bing.com, just in case you are away from your PC and missed a few of the images.

Source: Bing blog | Image via Microsoft

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Are you kidding me? This thing is a nightmare....and VERY evil.

Whenever I try to play some of my games or go to full screen using DOSbox, this "attention whore" of a program wants to steal the focus thus resulting in my program I WANT to use to be minimized. If I try to maximize the program I want to use, the Bing Bar keeps on stealing the focus, so I have to exit the Bing Bar every time. I have even written MS on this matter and it was insultingly suggested I minimize the bar with a given illustration of the bar with the minimize button CIRCLED IN RED! I mean really. As if I didn't know how to minimize a window even though I'm running their stupid OS and software AND I've tried minimizing the Bing Bar to no avail. It STILL wants to keep itself in focus.

This is the WORST piece of counter-productive crap from MS yet.

Does this version allow you to disable the search box? I like the bing backgrounds changing daily but there are already enough ways to use bing on Win 8.

No, it doesn't allow you to disable the search box.

What's new on this one though is that every so often it expands to show "news". I installed this just for the bing backgrounds but now I'm removing it.

wallpaper + aida64 sensor panel .
anything else is banned on my machine.
no icons of any kind either.. ever !

so this would a huge no no as far as i'm concerned

Didn't Windows stop supporting widgets, and and wasn't active desktop a security disaster waiting to happen? How is this any different.

Ah yes, looks like I spoke too soon, but it makes no sense that the download links wont work and display a message that its not supported in my region.

Mouettus said,
you must feel strong being a troll!

and yet your comment is even more worthless because you didn't offer an opinion lol

gj som1 git him a cookie 4 troll spotting lol

What it allows, is the ability to start when Windows starts, in turn it boots you into the desktop! It does me anyway.

Sweet except even in docked to the top state, it hampers moving of maximized apps. It should have an option to not popup at all using the mouse or run from the tray.