In September, Microsoft revealed a new logo for its Bing search engine along with plans to launch a revamped layout for its website search results. Today, Microsoft announced that people who have installed Windows 8.1 on their PCs will be the first to check out the new search results layout on Bing.
Microsoft said in a blog post that the new Bing pages will be "rolling out to everyone in the coming weeks." As we previously reported, some of the changes include combining Bing"s snapshot information box with the sidebar section on the right side of the page. It also includes the new "pole position" feature, which shows information on top of a page about a search string that the Bing algorithms have "high confidence" about. For example, typing in "Greer SC Weather" puts current weather conditions for the city on top of everything else, along with a five-day forecast.
Microsoft"s blog post concentrates mostly on the new Bing Smart Search features, which have been integrated into Windows 8.1. Internet Explorer 11 users will also find that the first site listed in a Bing search results page will be automatically downloaded and rendered in the background of the web browser.