Microsoft updates Bing Desktop with lots of new features

Microsoft quietly released its first beta version of the Bing Desktop program just over a year ago, which allowed users to use Bing to search for Internet items without having to surf first to the Bing.com website. It also automatically downloaded the daily image on the Bing.com home page so it could become your desktop wallpaper.

Today, Microsoft announced that over 10 million people have downloaded Bing Desktop so far. It also revealed that a new version is available to download which adds many new features. One of them allows users to highlight a word or phrase on a website, PDF file or document. The Bing icon then comes up which, when clicked, starts a search for that word or phrase. This feature works with Word 2007, 2010 and 2013, Outlook 2013, Notepad, Wordpad, Adobe Reader 11, Internet Explorer 6, 7, 8, 9 , and 10, and the latest version of Firefox, Chrome, and 360 browsers.

Bing Desktop also adds a way to view weather information based on your location, along with a new cascading layout for viewing story summaries and photos in the News sections of the app. Microsoft said, "We’ve also added a visual collection of the top trending items on the Web so you can keep your finger on what’s happening in a gorgeous waterfall layout." Finally, Facebook users can set up the app so they can see when new notifications are available in their Facebook account.

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Another app that I would never use. I like my own desktops. Not some one else's!!

Not to mention what might be going on in background and I'm not even talking any spying stuff, or anything.

cork1958 said,
Another app that I would never use. I like my own desktops. Not some one else's!!

Not to mention what might be going on in background and I'm not even talking any spying stuff, or anything.


I'm glad you felt the need to tell us all you wont be using it, thanks

I use it every day to obtain the new Bing wallpaper. I've never searched from it once, as I use a different search engine. Oh and the weather info included with the Bing Desktop is much appreciated.

Well done, Microsoft!

I guess the loss of privacy here when Bing associates your Searches to your facebook id is acceptable. IE already spies on what you search on Google. Now this will allow Microsoft to accomplish the same across browsers.

Which world do you live in man...IE spies what you search on Google?? ANd what about Google itself, your search queries land up in their server, you know that right. And Google's business model is to show you targeted ads for which it needs to know everything about you.
I bet you have an Android phone so here is the list of things that Google knows about you since you use their services:
- Gmail: everyone you talk to, every contacts of yours. Look out for the ad based on your conversation in the email. Yes they scan your email to see what you are talking about to display that ad
- Google+: every social acquaintance of yours
- Calendar: What your day looks like, whom you are meeting on a given day
-Android phone: All your contacts, your exact location, what you are doing on your phone, playing games, reading emails, etc
-Google play: if you have purchased anything from play, then you credit card and billing address. And BTW, they also send your name and address to the seller of the app
-Maps: Where you live, literally (if you have logged in and saved your home location in my maps)

The above are the facts. What you said IE spying what you enter in Google.com is FUD. Its nice to see that you care about privacy, and if you do then you should seriously be afraid of Google by now.

figgy said,
I guess the loss of privacy here when Bing associates your Searches to your facebook id is acceptable. IE already spies on what you search on Google. Now this will allow Microsoft to accomplish the same across browsers.

congratulations, you win the 'most ass backward stupid comments award for today, well done you.

mrcleanclick said,
nope not yet. they r trying hard but all it matters is the results which is still crap

Not sure if you know how to search but whenever I'm troubleshooting server issues, the results show up fine in Bing, same as Google.