Microsoft releases Bing Desktop 1.2; adds Facebook content

Microsoft first launched its stand alone Bing Desktop application in April 2012 as a way for Windows desktop users to search Bing directly without having to go to the website, along with a way to automatically download the image of the day on the Bing.com front page as their desktop wallpaper. A few months ago, version 1.1 was released, adding in Windows 8 support and more new features.

This week, Microsoft quietly updated the free Bing Desktop to version 1.2. The major new feature is the ability to log onto Facebook and see Facebook content in the application. This is yet another collaboration between Microsoft's Bing team and the folks at Facebook that has included Bing being used as web-based search engine for Facebook's own Graph Search service.

The other new feature in Bing Desktop 1.2 is that it now lets users minimize the application as either a toolbar or taskbar, or they can reduce it down to the desktop system tray. This should be useful for the people who don't really care about seeing the application itself but still want to use it to change their desktop wallpaper to the daily Bing image.

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Yay! All I wanted from this was the Bing backgrounds so being able to minimize to tray is a great addition.

DonC said,
Yay! All I wanted from this was the Bing backgrounds so being able to minimize to tray is a great addition.

THat came in v1.1 along with the ability to move it and hide it to the left/right and between monitors?
Also the app gives you higher quality res images vs the RSS feed
That's what I thought.

Edit: nm the System tray etc was the new features

DonC said,
Yay! All I wanted from this was the Bing backgrounds so being able to minimize to tray is a great addition.

Exactly, and this one finally has an option to fix the annoying and overpowering "Top Contents" popup feature in 1.1.
Simply untick "Alert me automatically with updated Top Contents popup" in the general options.

What would be great now is a balloon feature that when you hover over the system tray icon, you see what the daily background is without having to open it, like "Bing Desktop - Charco de los Ciclos, etc, etc."

You think that's bad?
"To fully uninstall Google Update, uninstall any Google applications you currently have installed. Approximately an hour after uninstalling your other Google programs, Google Update should be uninstalled automatically."
The "should" says it all.