Bing in Spring

There are going to be some changes to Bing. Today at SES New York the Bing team shared their plans to begin testing some new Bing features as they are moving into he next wave of innovation rolling out later this spring and summer. One of the changes is a new design for search results. Over the next few months, they are going to test some new design concepts moving Quick Tabs functionality to the top of the page.

Current:
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New:
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[Image by Microsoft]

Another thing the team is testing are new experiences for real-time results. For example, when you search for a publication such as the New York Times, Bing will not only give you quick access to specific sections of the destination website, but also provides the most popular shared links from that publication.

Furthermore they are previewing a new Web App, which brings real time data from foursquare into the Silverlight maps experience:

The foursquare map app is a powerful combination of the spatial canvas that Bing Maps provides, combined with foursquare’s user reputation service ability to see who has unlocked specific badges, where and who has been crowned mayor of certain locations making it easier to explore any city in the world as if you were a local.  Let’s say you’re travelling to New York City for the week, but you don’t know what’s hot in Greenwich Village. Selecting the foursquare Map App in Bing Maps, and zooming into to Greenwich Village will get you tips that show you what locals are saying about the hot spots in that area. It’s like an interactive day planner, designed to help find the best things to do in that area. And if you have questions, you can always contact users through foursquare to get the inside scoop.

 

You will see some of this roll out as the team begins their testing, with more to come! Can’t wait! Let us know if you spot anything new.

Bing Search Blog: New Stuff Coming From Bing This Spring