Bing shows off HTML5: getting closer?

By Kip Kniskern | Posted April 1, 2011 14 comments

(note: no April Fool’s jokes here today, unless you consider the whole NoDo release one big Microsoft prank)

Microsoft Advertising held its “Imagine 2011” event in Redmond this week, bringing together advertisers and industry insiders to talk about the future of Microsoft and advertising.  Included were talks by Steve Ballmer, Online Services President Qi Lu, and Yusuf Mehdi, who showed off Bing, including a snippet of HTML5 enabled Bing.  We’ve been being promised the new HTML5 version for quite some time now (maybe it’s just waiting for IE9 to gain some traction).  Here, in a video you can catch a glimpse of Bing/HTML5 in action:

While a bit fuzzy, a screenshot shows not only the HTML5 top navigation bar, which is “pinned” as you scroll down through the search results, but also a new “combo box” of instant answer results for, in this case, the city search of New York.  Instead of separate weather, “explore” (including Attractions), and flight information, all of that is brought into one box:

bing-html5

Interestingly, Microsoft Advertising had posted 3 parts of this series with Yusuf Mehdi, but Part One, which showed off some new Bing mobile advancements has gone missing.  We watched it last night and planned to include it here today (after waiting for the April Fool’s posts to blow over), and now it’s gone.  Dang.  Mehdi did show off some new Social features coming to Bing, including upcoming changes to MSN.com, in Part Three.

The Yusuf Mehdi demo was a part of Dr. Qi Lu’s presentation, “Delivering on the Digital Promise”, highlights of which are also up on the Imagine 2011 video showcase.

When do you think we’ll see Bing/HTML5?  As early as Mix, which is in 9 days? We don’t see much in the way of a Bing presence at Mix, but we may well see more of the new UI as Microsoft continues to embrace HTML5.

Posted April 1st, 2011 at 10:29 am
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  • http://www.timacheson.com/ Tim Acheson

    Wow!!

  • http://www.timacheson.com/ Tim Acheson

    Wow!!

  • http://twitter.com/paint99 Larry

    I’m guessing it will be released for MIX.

  • http://twitter.com/paint99 Larry

    I’m guessing it will be released for MIX.

  • http://twitter.com/Henryed07 Henry Edwards

    Hopefully it will be released for MIX, and I really hope that they either bring it out for the UK version as well. Or give us more features. This whole thing about just upgrading the US version is getting really annoying.

  • henryed07

    Hopefully it will be released for MIX, and I really hope that they either bring it out for the UK version as well. Or give us more features. This whole thing about just upgrading the US version is getting really annoying.

    Update: I am don’t like the Logo being on the right, it should be on the left. as that’s where your eye is drawn, not the right hand side!

  • Revolutions

    Heh, regarding navigation on top, do you guys read your tips@liveside.net email anymore? I tried tipping you guys about that a long time ago after seeing http://new-tab.tumblr.com/post/3879911054/bing-html5-preview way back in mid-March. Oh wells :(.

    • http://www.LiveSide.net Kip Kniskern – LiveSide.net

      Yes – first, of course, thanks for the tip! Bing has been doing a lot of live testing, and while it’s great to see some of these ideas spotted in the wild (and keep the tips coming!), it’s another to have Microsoft execs show them off. Good to see that this is one test that apparently will see the light of day.

  • Revolutions

    Heh, regarding navigation on top, do you guys read your tips@liveside.net email anymore? I tried tipping you guys about that a long time ago after seeing http://new-tab.tumblr.com/post/3879911054/bing-html5-preview way back in mid-March. Oh wells :(.

    • http://www.LiveSide.net Kip Kniskern – LiveSide.net

      Yes – first, of course, thanks for the tip! Bing has been doing a lot of live testing, and while it’s great to see some of these ideas spotted in the wild (and keep the tips coming!), it’s another to have Microsoft execs show them off. Good to see that this is one test that apparently will see the light of day.

  • Html5example

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  • Html5example

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    More info about HTML5 pls visit:
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  • Dingold

    Bing/HTML5 now live for me when using Google Chrome, didn’t work on Firefox 4 or IE9 when I tried it out though.

  • Dingold

    Bing/HTML5 now live for me when using Google Chrome, didn’t work on Firefox 4 or IE9 when I tried it out though.