Microsoft's Bing is still around in 2028, based on the new "Robocop" remake

In the year 2028, there will still be Bing users. That's the fictional prediction made by "Robocop", the new remake of the classic sci-fi action film that opened in U.S. theaters this week. Microsoft confirms that Sony Pictures and the film makers behind "Robocop" worked together to offer up a vision of how people might use Bing 14 years from today.

The Bing blog states that Microsoft didn't want to design a search engine user interface for the movie that used a 3D holographic design, as many sci-fi films use when they try to depict the future of computing. The final product can be seen above, which Microsoft says has been made so a character in the "Robocop" world can speak naturally to the Bing interface and receive the information he or she needs without a lot of links. The blog added:

The solution was to have elements continuously scrolling in and search results updating in a living animated way. We also envisioned a 3D display with the most important things in the foreground. As we know that digital data is going to continue to explode at an exponential rate, we called for the search results tally to be constantly updating as new information arrives.

Of course, Microsoft is working on improving and adding features to Bing in the non-movie real world, including the beta test of 3D maps in Bing Maps and the use of Foursquare's data in its search database. Even Officer Alex Murphy might be impressed.

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Impossible. Microsoft has an obsessive compulsive habit of renaming anything and everything that isn't Windows, Office, or XBox. Especially online services. By 2028, Microsoft's search engine will probably be on its 7th name.

Edited by Shadrack, Feb 14 2014, 5:28pm :

I highly doubt Bing will exist in even ten years given the rate at which Microsoft rebrands products. We've already seen MSN Search, Windows Live Search, Live Search and Bing in a ten year period, meaning that by 2028 we can expect at least another four rebrands.

ambiance said,
Bing should be the first thing Microsoft gets rid of.

and have an OS without a search engine? Google barely supports any of their platforms.. you should of seen how crappy the google search app was on windows phone 7 for 2 years.. Google did not release a search app for windows 8 RT for the first 6 months... Getting rid of Bing would be like Google getting rid of Google+.. they cant rely on Facebook in the long term so they need to take it into their own hands,.

Because they gave it their best shot and it's nowhere near where it needs to be in market share considering the losses it has taken. It's an easy choice when considering the share holders want Xbox, Surface and Bing scrapped. The Xbox brand it too important to Microsoft right now and it's too soon to give up on Surface.

Clearly you haven't tried Bing rewards. You get money for just using Bing. That's $5 a month for doing something that you do daily anyways.

ambiance said,
Bing should be the first thing Microsoft gets rid of.

I like bing, its a good search engine. google's chromebook is more embarrassing than Microsoft's Bing and they insist on making it. why not Microsoft. besides, bing is getting mature now. have you tried it recently? In case you don't know it is used as the main search engine in iPhone siri now

I don't understand why Microsoft fears investing large amounts of money in Bing and improve its results.
If they really invest many resources and time then, they are bad because Bing is still weak.

Decebalvs Rex said,
I don't understand why Microsoft fears investing large amounts of money in Bing and improve its results.
If they really invest many resources and time then, they are bad because Bing is still weak.

I think they're finally taking it seriously. The Bing Hero pages introduced in Windows 8.1 is something truly innovative and has a lot of scope for future versions of Windows as well as across all other Microsoft services. Using their experience on iOS and their long time research in AI and speech recognition, plus their deal to use data from Foursquare and a number of other crowdsourced projects, I think in a few years we'll see Bing really grow and become what a state of the art search engine should be.

ambiance said,
Because they gave it their best shot and it's nowhere near where it needs to be in market share considering the losses it has taken. It's an easy choice when considering the share holders want Xbox, Surface and Bing scrapped. The Xbox brand it too important to Microsoft right now and it's too soon to give up on Surface.

It's easy to just look at Bing's financial performance and write it off, but you are forgetting that the RND from the Bing department is used in the highly profitably Windows and Office divisions. Some of the search and indexing tech in the latest versions of Windows and Office would not be there without Bing.

Bing is essentially Microsoft's RND department on large data indexing and searching heuristics. It doesn't need to be profitable itself to be profitable for Microsoft as a whole.

Not only that, it keeps Google in check and forces them to continually improve their own engine. Microsoft keeping Bing is a win for both Microsoft users and Google users. I just wish they changed the name. "Bing" is almost as lame as "Google" when you think about it.

ambiance said,
Bing should be the first thing Microsoft gets rid of.

Bing got pretty good. No need to get rid of it. I haven't used google for more than a year.

I don't understand people who think a monopoly in the search space would be such an awesome state of affairs. There's really some short-sighted thinking on display here.

"The Bing blog states that Microsoft didn't want to design a search engine user interface for the movie that used a 3D holographic design, as many sci-fi films use when they try to depict the future of computing."

Flat design FTW!

Dot Matrix said,
"The Bing blog states that Microsoft didn't want to design a search engine user interface for the movie that used a 3D holographic design, as many sci-fi films use when they try to depict the future of computing."

Flat design FTW!

Dot, give it a rest already. I understand most of your points when it comes to Microsoft. However, this "Flat design FTW" is sometimes "Flat design FTL." It doesn't work in every UI like you seem to think. Come on now Dot!

JHBrown said,
Dot, give it a rest already. I understand most of your points when it comes to Microsoft. However, this "Flat design FTW" is sometimes "Flat design FTL." It doesn't work in every UI like you seem to think. Come on now Dot!

True. Just look at iOS7.