Barry Schwartz at Search Engine RoundTable has noticed something interesting, although there doesn’t seem to be any official news about it (although Webmaster Tools PM Duane Forrester retweeted the news): Bing Webmaster Tools, which up until recently required Silverlight, has apparently backed off that requirement. The site is now HTML5 compliant, according to a post Schwartz did on Search Engine Land. Schwartz quotes noted SEO expert Vanessa Fox on the pitfalls of the Silverlight requirement:
most of the data is available only graphically, and not as a download, without Silverlight, you basically can’t use Bing Webmaster Tools at all
The Webmaster Tools, similar to Google Analytics, offers webmasters a way to analyze the traffic to their site coming from Bing. Along with an SEO Toolkit, which uses a local copy of IIS 7 to analyze a website and helps improve a Web site’s relevance in search results, the Bing Webmaster Tools provide a simple graphical way to see how your website is interacting with Bing. The tools can track pages crawled, crawl errors, pages indexed, and traffic coming from Bing search queries.