Bing turns on HTML5 UI

By Kip Kniskern | Posted April 7, 2011 44 comments

After months of waiting and a few “peeks”, it looks like Bing has finally turned on the HTML5 version of its “decision engine.  We’ve heard some rumblings about it being ready to go, but tonight for the first time we are able to see it for ourselves:

bing-html5-1

A screenshot doesn’t quite do the new interface justice, as there are a number of quite nice transitions between pages, the page loads are extremely quick, and there a number of new features, including the “pinned” navigation header that Yusuf Mehdi showed off at Imagine 2011.  Interestingly, the nav bar “pins” when you scroll down in “web” and “images”, but doesn’t stay visible when scrolling using the “video” tab, for example.  Also, a new tab, one that some of our readers have already reported seeing, is the “Blogs” tab.  This doesn’t appear to show up for all searches (it’s visible above searching for “Windows 8”, for example, but didn’t show up here in a search for “Japan earthquake”.

First impressions are that there’s quite a lot of black, the feeling is quite stark in contrast to the softer tones of Windows Live and the previous Bing incarnations.  The new Images page has some rather jarring dividing lines between each image, and there’s lots of black text throughout:

bing-html5-2

A quick check of the usual blog sources isn’t revealing any news about an HTML5 rollout, but we’re definitely seeing it here.  Are you?  We don’t even know if we’ll still have the new version in the morning (and by the way you can’t tell from the home page, you have to do a search to get the HTML5 experience), but it’s here now.  Let us know what new features you’re spotting if you have Bing – HTML5, and your first impressions.

Posted April 7th, 2011 at 10:59 pm
Category: Bing, Featured
Tags: Bing
  • http://profiles.google.com/ian.aldrighetti Ian Aldrighetti

    I don’t see it on my desktop, but I got it on my netbook a few hours ago… If you look you will also notice that the Bing Rewards program no longer requires the use of the Bing Toolbar, as when you are logged in you can see your current points and rewards that you can claim.

    • Mario Albertico

      I was very happy to see that too; never been a big fan of toolbars so this is excellent news! I tried perfoming five searches and surely enough, I got my one point :)

      Though no Bing HTML5 for me…

      • http://profiles.google.com/ian.aldrighetti Ian Aldrighetti

        Yeah, and when there are those offers to get ~6 points they will popup there too.

        I didn’t mind the toolbar on my desktop too much, but on my netbook it took up valuable room, and rather sluggish. It was also getting very sluggish on my desktop as well, and froze many times, so I stopped using Bing Rewards all together. But now I can once again resume, because I do a lot of searching :)

        It really sucked because I was online at school the most, where I had my netbook (and didn’t use the toolbar), and wouldn’t get the points.

        • Mario Albertico

          Yep, the first thing I did was two of those 6 point deals. Well, the main reason I don’t like having any toolbars on my PCs is because of the way IE displays the “X” in front of them; athough an easy way to manage and disable add-ons, I find it rather ugly. And then of course the points you mention on browser performance, so I’m hoping that they’ve realized there’s a community of people not being able to participate in Bing Rewards because of the toolbar requirement and decide to keep this new functionality. Thanks for pointing it out by the way, I would have probably never noticed :)

  • http://profiles.google.com/ian.aldrighetti Ian Aldrighetti

    I don’t see it on my desktop, but I got it on my netbook a few hours ago… If you look you will also notice that the Bing Rewards program no longer requires the use of the Bing Toolbar, as when you are logged in you can see your current points and rewards that you can claim.

    • Mario Albertico

      I was very happy to see that too; never been a big fan of toolbars so this is excellent news! I tried perfoming five searches and surely enough, I got my one point :)

      Though no Bing HTML5 for me…

      • http://profiles.google.com/ian.aldrighetti Ian Aldrighetti

        Yeah, and when there are those offers to get ~6 points they will popup there too.

        I didn’t mind the toolbar on my desktop too much, but on my netbook it took up valuable room, and rather sluggish. It was also getting very sluggish on my desktop as well, and froze many times, so I stopped using Bing Rewards all together. But now I can once again resume, because I do a lot of searching :)

        It really sucked because I was online at school the most, where I had my netbook (and didn’t use the toolbar), and wouldn’t get the points.

        • Mario Albertico

          Yep, the first thing I did was two of those 6 point deals. Well, the main reason I don’t like having any toolbars on my PCs is because of the way IE displays the “X” in front of them; athough an easy way to manage and disable add-ons, I find it rather ugly. And then of course the points you mention on browser performance, so I’m hoping that they’ve realized there’s a community of people not being able to participate in Bing Rewards because of the toolbar requirement and decide to keep this new functionality. Thanks for pointing it out by the way, I would have probably never noticed :)

  • Judayeong

    The new bing search bar is not metro ui… very very disappointed.
    and there is quite a lot of black transition. First impression is ugly.

  • Munni Badnaam

    I can see it here in India (with country selected to United States).

    • http://www.techit.in/ Kalpesh Mistry

      Not working for me, even when selecting US.

  • Judayeong

    The new bing search bar is not metro ui… very very disappointed.
    and there is quite a lot of black transition. First impression is ugly.

  • Munni Badnaam

    I can see it here in India (with country selected to United States).

    • Kalpesh Mistry

      Not working for me, even when selecting US.

  • http://twitter.com/MichaelGillett Michael Gillett

    Its only availabe in, surprise surprise, the US :P

  • MichaelGillett

    Its only availabe in, surprise surprise, the US :P

  • http://www.facebook.com/bbodenmiller Ben Bodenmiller

    Can’t see it here in Oregon.

  • Ben Bodenmiller

    Can’t see it here in Oregon.

  • http://www.techit.in/ Kalpesh Mistry

    did anyone tested which browser it supports?

    • Anonymous

      It works on Chrome 10.0 on this end. :)

      • http://www.techit.in/ Kalpesh Mistry

        not for me :P … from India, but trying out selecting US as location

  • Kalpesh Mistry

    did anyone test which browser it supports?

    • http://www.facebook.com/travisbrowny Travis Brown

      It works on Chrome 10.0 on this end. :)

      • Kalpesh Mistry

        not for me :P … from India, but trying out selecting US as location

  • CortexProwl

    I experienced the Bing/HTML 5 Experience this morning and was really impressed but after I deleted my browsing history(a security precaution I learned from the avast! News Service) it was gone. I was using IE9 and it worked wonderfully, but not on my Chrome (I use the latest version). I’ve been waiting for this since October 2010–I’ve stuck to IE9 since the first Beta, and I love it and I love Bing. This was the URL (my homepage though I live in the PH):http://www.bing.com/?scope=web&setmkt=en-US&setlang=match&uid=37E83729&FORM=W5WA

  • CortexProwl

    I experienced the Bing/HTML 5 Experience this morning and was really impressed but after I deleted my browsing history(a security precaution I learned from the avast! News Service) it was gone. I was using IE9 and it worked wonderfully, but not on my Chrome (I use the latest version). I’ve been waiting for this since October 2010–I’ve stuck to IE9 since the first Beta, and I love it and I love Bing. This was the URL (my homepage though I live in the PH):http://www.bing.com/?scope=web&setmkt=en-US&setlang=match&uid=37E83729&FORM=W5WA

  • Neb Okla

    Not seeing it this morning in Columbus, OH.

  • Neb Okla

    Not seeing it this morning in Columbus, OH.

  • http://twitter.com/kenobeano Keno Butler

    works in both chrome, and ie (… but i hate the overly dominant black it makes it ugly

  • http://twitter.com/kenobeano Keno Butler

    works in both chrome, and ie (… but i hate the overly dominant black it makes it ugly

  • Anonymous

    I captured video, a few screenshots, and a comparison image comparing the new Bing to the old Bing homepage if those who can’t see the new page are interested. I’m really hoping it’s alright to post a link here. http://winphonia.com/2011/04/08/html5-enabled-bing-begins-rolling-out/ Enjoy!

  • http://www.facebook.com/travisbrowny Travis Brown

    I captured video, a few screenshots, and a comparison image comparing the new Bing to the old Bing homepage if those who can’t see the new page are interested. I’m really hoping it’s alright to post a link here. http://winphonia.com/2011/04/08/html5-enabled-bing-begins-rolling-out/ Enjoy!

  • Heaphus

    Not seiing here, in any browser.

    Lexington, KY

  • Heaphus

    Not seiing here, in any browser.

    Lexington, KY

  • Mahesh

    Looks like this is being tested against a subset of random users and is not available for everyone, yet.

  • Mahesh

    Looks like this is being tested against a subset of random users and is not available for everyone, yet.

  • http://seogeeker.com Seogeeker

    FF4 no but a yes on chrome! looks nice.

  • http://seogeeker.com Seogeeker

    FF4 no but a yes on chrome! looks nice.

  • SwaggaXL

    Man I cant believe this, I hope there is an improvement to what I am seeing with this html5 implementation really soon. A stunning iPad app and we get this? Come on Microsoft…..

  • SwaggaXL

    Man I cant believe this, I hope there is an improvement to what I am seeing with this html5 implementation really soon. A stunning iPad app and we get this? Come on Microsoft…..

  • JSYOUNG571

    Well after a couple of days my HTML5 Bing page returned back to the old version of Bing. I guess as usual Microsoft is NOT READY! and is going to drag this out a few more months. Truly Sad!

  • Anonymous

    Well after a couple of days my HTML5 Bing page returned back to the old version of Bing. I guess as usual Microsoft is NOT READY! and is going to drag this out a few more months. Truly Sad!

  • http://www.elitecomics.net/ gerry rivers

    it would be cool to have Bing built into Windows one day if the monopoly didn’t play a part, it would be nice to have the features, social integration, translator, and dictionary into our OS without the need to go online for simple task

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000223576244 Gerry Rivers

    it would be cool to have Bing built into Windows one day if the monopoly didn’t play a part, it would be nice to have the features, social integration, translator, and dictionary into our OS without the need to go online for simple task