Bing changes its home page (more to come?)

By Kip Kniskern | Posted September 6, 2011 54 comments

Today Bing announced, via Twitter,  its continued relationship with Twitter, and when a couple of Microsoft watchers asked Bing Director Stefan Weitz (via Twitter, of course) when they could expect the long awaited Bing HTML5, he hinted that it could be coming soon:

[blackbirdpie url="http://twitter.com/#!/stefanweitz/status/110837485122232321"]

Well, we don’t have any HTML5 goodness to report (at least not yet), but it looks like the Bing home page just got a makeover:

bing home page

As you can see, the “explorer bar” on the lower left is gone, with all the navigation (shopping, travel, maps, etc.) running across the top bar.  The Facebook like button has moved up into the home page image, the “popular now” links are a bit bigger and more prominent, and an “information” circle has appeared next to the forward and back buttons on the lower left, which brings up the image info on mouseover.

The top navigation bar is now more consistent with nav bars in each of the search verticals (although they’re not completely aligned and lead to a bit of a jarring experience when moving from page to page), and unless we’re just imagining it, the gray on the home page seems a bit lighter.

Hopefully this is a precursor to another attempt at the full Bing HTML5 experience (are we waiting for IE10, or what?), but nice to be making some headway, at least.

(via: BingWatch)

Posted September 6th, 2011 at 9:40 pm
Category: Bing
Tags: Bing, Home Page
  • http://twitter.com/Henryed07 Henry Edwards

    Also the UK version has got the new Info icon as well but the new navigation links at the top, so at least the UK is still being kept in the loop for some of the new features.

    • Chris

      they also like to riot…

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

        Thats a bit harsh….Only yobs like to riot.

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

    Also the UK version has got the new Info icon as well but the new navigation links at the top, so at least the UK is still being kept in the loop for some of the new features.

    • Chris

      they also like to riot…

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

        Thats a bit harsh….Only yobs like to riot.

  • henryed07

    Also the UK version has got the new Info icon as well but the new navigation links at the top, so at least the UK is still being kept in the loop for some of the new features.

    • Chris

      they also like to riot…

      • henryed07

        Thats a bit harsh….Only yobs like to riot.

  • PHuZZy

    Of course,, Australia is behind. (we’re STILL in BETA for goodness sakes – and it shows with a LOT of missing stuff)

  • PHuZZy

    Of course,, Australia is behind. (we’re STILL in BETA for goodness sakes – and it shows with a LOT of missing stuff)

  • PHuZZy

    Of course,, Australia is behind. (we’re STILL in BETA for goodness sakes – and it shows with a LOT of missing stuff)

  • cleverclogs

    Sigh, yes, I do not understand why Bing Australia is STILL in beta, and STILL missing so much. The forgotten Country, just look at the state of Windows Phone here! All the sheep here live in the land of Apple and Google.

  • cleverclogs

    Sigh, yes, I do not understand why Bing Australia is STILL in beta, and STILL missing so much. The forgotten Country, just look at the state of Windows Phone here! All the sheep here live in the land of Apple and Google.

  • cleverclogs

    Sigh, yes, I do not understand why Bing Australia is STILL in beta, and STILL missing so much. The forgotten Country, just look at the state of Windows Phone here! All the sheep here live in the land of Apple and Google.

  • Fred A.

    I like it.  Looks cleaner…

  • Fred A.

    I like it.  Looks cleaner…

  • Fred A.

    I like it.  Looks cleaner…

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/gerhardweiss Gerhard Weiss

    I am so happy they put the navigation (shopping, travel, maps, etc.) across the top.
    All the other pages had it along the top except for the Bing home page.

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/gerhardweiss Gerhard Weiss

    I am so happy they put the navigation (shopping, travel, maps, etc.) across the top.
    All the other pages had it along the top except for the Bing home page.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/6G3ZZJCHOLYP3S5CRCIHQ7WDSE MVIM

    I don’t like it. The top bar looks too busy now, and I liked the look of the translucent overlay that used to sit over the left edge.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/6G3ZZJCHOLYP3S5CRCIHQ7WDSE MVIM

    I don’t like it. The top bar looks too busy now, and I liked the look of the translucent overlay that used to sit over the left edge.

  • Anonymous

    I have almost given up on Microsoft when it comes to Bing.  We have been waiting almost 2 years for Bing HTML5 to surface and it still has been a no show.  This is the major complaint I have been having with Microsoft and their time table for years.  It also explains why Windows Phone 7 has been dragging for almost a whole year. By the time Microsoft goes through with this Mango update, I still feel it is going to be to late for Windows Phone 7.  Apple and Google will be moving onto a whole new level. MICROSOFT PLEASE DO SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR TIME TABLE when it comes to products and services.

    • john

      There time table from Mango has been just fine. I dont understand how you can say anything about Google, they take forever to get an Android update out, and when it finally does, nobody gets it. Releasing a phone every second does not count as progressing the platform.

      • Anonymous

        @John I am going to have to disagree with you about that time table. The reviews and sales of Windows Phone 7 would disagree with you also. Even on the Liveside Blog, Microsoft has been critized about their time table when it comes to update releases. The too little, too late time table has done nothing but hurt Windows Phone 7 this year. If Mango would have been on the phones from the beginning, then I am quite sure the outlook of Windows Phone 7 would have been different. While you are quick to accuse Google of taking forever to release an Android update, keep in mind that along with Apple they have majority of smartphone customers….and even the former Windowsphone customers. Maybe it takes Google a while to release an update because of the “BIG FAN” base they have as far as Android. What is Microsoft’s excuse for taking forever to release updates for their “small fan” base for Windows Phone 7?

        • Anonymous

          Why are Microsoft’s updates taking longer?  Because they’re packing in a lot more features!  The evolution of Windows Phone from release to Mango is huge.  I know Google and Apple’s platforms are already as mature as Windows Phone will be when Mango drops, but it took Apple and Google several years to get there. Microsoft has crammed the same level of maturation into roughly a year (I’m talking platform, not ecosystem; ie. number of apps).

          To say that Microsoft isn’t doing enough with updates is pretty much expecting them to defy the progression of time.  There’s no way to expect them to release this much functionality any faster.  Could they have released it all in 2 smaller updates?  Sure.  But then there’s additional testing overhead to take into account.  We all saw how cooperative the wireless carriers were during the testing and deployment of NoDo. 

          The only real way Microsoft could be any closer to Google and Apple right now would be to have started sooner.  Hindsight is 20/20.  I don’t think anyone argues that Microsoft missed the boat.  They clung to WinMo too long.  But it’s not even CLOSE to too late.  According to Gartner only 23.6% of mobile phones sold in Q1 2011 were smartphones.  And the smartphone market grew 85% year-on-year.  http://www.gartner.com/it/page.jsp?id=1689814

          Microsoft could do very well in the smartphone market without ever converting one Android, iPhone, or BlackBerry user.  It’s still anybody’s race. 

          • Guest

            The difference is that MS had a decade head start in mobile. Apple and Google had none. And even more concerning is that many of the “missing” WP7 features are things that MS offered in WM.

            I don’t know if it’s too late. But certainly there is no way MS is going to gain share by being the same or inferior. It has to be much better just to have a chance now that they allowed themselves to get so far behind.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Adas-Weber/622729281 Adas Weber

            It is much better, therefore it does have a chance to succeed.

    • Guest

      Agree on the Bing/HTML 5 side. Two years to roll out is ridiculous. They were demoing this more than a year ago. And of course zero communication about why the delay.

      Can’t fault the Mango timeline. But certainly WP7 (original) arrived years later than it should have. MS is slow and bureaucratic and it’s killing their chances in new markets. This has been obvious since mid last decade, with even the company admitting it needed to work on faster response times,  but still it persists and indeed appears to be getting worse.

  • JSYOUNG571

    I have almost given up on Microsoft when it comes to Bing.  We have been waiting almost 2 years for Bing HTML5 to surface and it still has been a no show.  This is the major complaint I have been having with Microsoft and their time table for years.  It also explains why Windows Phone 7 has been dragging for almost a whole year. By the time Microsoft goes through with this Mango update, I still feel it is going to be to late for Windows Phone 7.  Apple and Google will be moving onto a whole new level. MICROSOFT PLEASE DO SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR TIME TABLE when it comes to products and services.

    • john

      There time table from Mango has been just fine. I dont understand how you can say anything about Google, they take forever to get an Android update out, and when it finally does, nobody gets it. Releasing a phone every second does not count as progressing the platform.

      • JSYOUNG571

        @John I am going to have to disagree with you about that time table. The reviews and sales of Windows Phone 7 would disagree with you also. Even on the Liveside Blog, Microsoft has been critized about their time table when it comes to update releases. The too little, too late time table has done nothing but hurt Windows Phone 7 this year. If Mango would have been on the phones from the beginning, then I am quite sure the outlook of Windows Phone 7 would have been different. While you are quick to accuse Google of taking forever to release an Android update, keep in mind that along with Apple they have majority of smartphone customers….and even the former Windowsphone customers. Maybe it takes Google a while to release an update because of the “BIG FAN” base they have as far as Android. What is Microsoft’s excuse for taking forever to release updates for their “small fan” base for Windows Phone 7?

        • ericesque

          Why are Microsoft’s updates taking longer?  Because they’re packing in a lot more features!  The evolution of Windows Phone from release to Mango is huge.  I know Google and Apple’s platforms are already as mature as Windows Phone will be when Mango drops, but it took Apple and Google several years to get there. Microsoft has crammed the same level of maturation into roughly a year (I’m talking platform, not ecosystem; ie. number of apps).

          To say that Microsoft isn’t doing enough with updates is pretty much expecting them to defy the progression of time.  There’s no way to expect them to release this much functionality any faster.  Could they have released it all in 2 smaller updates?  Sure.  But then there’s additional testing overhead to take into account.  We all saw how cooperative the wireless carriers were during the testing and deployment of NoDo. 

          The only real way Microsoft could be any closer to Google and Apple right now would be to have started sooner.  Hindsight is 20/20.  I don’t think anyone argues that Microsoft missed the boat.  They clung to WinMo too long.  But it’s not even CLOSE to too late.  According to Gartner only 23.6% of mobile phones sold in Q1 2011 were smartphones.  And the smartphone market grew 85% year-on-year.  http://www.gartner.com/it/page.jsp?id=1689814

          Microsoft could do very well in the smartphone market without ever converting one Android, iPhone, or BlackBerry user.  It’s still anybody’s race. 

          • Guest

            The difference is that MS had a decade head start in mobile. Apple and Google had none. And even more concerning is that many of the “missing” WP7 features are things that MS offered in WM.

            I don’t know if it’s too late. But certainly there is no way MS is going to gain share by being the same or inferior. It has to be much better just to have a chance now that they allowed themselves to get so far behind.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Adas-Weber/622729281 Adas Weber

            It is much better, therefore it does have a chance to succeed.

    • Guest

      Agree on the Bing/HTML 5 side. Two years to roll out is ridiculous. They were demoing this more than a year ago. And of course zero communication about why the delay.

      Can’t fault the Mango timeline. But certainly WP7 (original) arrived years later than it should have. MS is slow and bureaucratic and it’s killing their chances in new markets. This has been obvious since mid last decade, with even the company admitting it needed to work on faster response times,  but still it persists and indeed appears to be getting worse.

  • http://twitter.com/Andrew_ww Andrew W

    Maybe I am just missing this with every single country’s bing home page.

  • http://twitter.com/Andrew_ww Andrew W

    Maybe I am just missing this with every single country’s bing home page.

  • Andrew_ww

    Maybe I am just missing this with every single country’s bing home page.

  • Jeff Atkinson

    not as slow and bureaucratic as RIM

  • Jeff Atkinson

    not as slow and bureaucratic as RIM

  • Jeff Atkinson

    not as slow and bureaucratic as RIM

  • Sascenter

    i liked the semi-transparent buttons, i think it was coming right at the user’s attention. still, i think the top bar is as good too, i just wish they were a little bit more attracting.. what do you guys think?

    and is it just me, or the site looks a little bit grey? the photos are always beautiful, but the rest of the screen is just so.. grey? maybe if it was a different tone? i don’t know.

    last thing, i would love to see is the bottom links including the popular now in a metro tile-like interface? i think that would look amazing.. with some colors? (not like the new help & support home page with its grey tiles @ http://support.microsoft.com/)

    about the timing, i agree that they tend to be a little bit behind the line, but it would all be okay if they revolutionized things with new features that nobody thought of.. i know it’s hard.

  • Sascenter

    i liked the semi-transparent buttons, i think it was coming right at the user’s attention. still, i think the top bar is as good too, i just wish they were a little bit more attracting.. what do you guys think?

    and is it just me, or the site looks a little bit grey? the photos are always beautiful, but the rest of the screen is just so.. grey? maybe if it was a different tone? i don’t know.

    last thing, i would love to see is the bottom links including the popular now in a metro tile-like interface? i think that would look amazing.. with some colors? (not like the new help & support home page with its grey tiles @ http://support.microsoft.com/)

    about the timing, i agree that they tend to be a little bit behind the line, but it would all be okay if they revolutionized things with new features that nobody thought of.. i know it’s hard.

  • Sascenter

    i liked the semi-transparent buttons, i think it was coming right at the user’s attention. still, i think the top bar is as good too, i just wish they were a little bit more attracting.. what do you guys think?

    and is it just me, or the site looks a little bit grey? the photos are always beautiful, but the rest of the screen is just so.. grey? maybe if it was a different tone? i don’t know.

    last thing, i would love to see is the bottom links including the popular now in a metro tile-like interface? i think that would look amazing.. with some colors? (not like the new help & support home page with its grey tiles @ http://support.microsoft.com/)

    about the timing, i agree that they tend to be a little bit behind the line, but it would all be okay if they revolutionized things with new features that nobody thought of.. i know it’s hard.

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  • john

    There time table from Mango has been just fine. I dont understand how you can say anything about Google, they take forever to get an Android update out, and when it finally does, nobody gets it. Releasing a phone every second does not count as progressing the platform.

  • Guest

    Agree on the Bing/HTML 5 side. Two years to roll out is ridiculous. They were demoing this more than a year ago. And of course zero communication about why the delay.

    Can’t fault the Mango timeline. But certainly WP7 (original) arrived years later than it should have. MS is slow and bureaucratic and it’s killing their chances in new markets. This has been obvious since mid last decade, with even the company admitting it needed to work on faster response times,  but still it persists and indeed appears to be getting worse.

  • Anonymous

    @John I am going to have to disagree with you about that time table. The reviews and sales of Windows Phone 7 would disagree with you also. Even on the Liveside Blog, Microsoft has been critized about their time table when it comes to update releases. The too little, too late time table has done nothing but hurt Windows Phone 7 this year. If Mango would have been on the phones from the beginning, then I am quite sure the outlook of Windows Phone 7 would have been different. While you are quick to accuse Google of taking forever to release an Android update, keep in mind that along with Apple they have majority of smartphone customers….and even the former Windowsphone customers. Maybe it takes Google a while to release an update because of the “BIG FAN” base they have as far as Android. What is Microsoft’s excuse for taking forever to release updates for their “small fan” base for Windows Phone 7?

  • Anonymous

    Why are Microsoft’s updates taking longer?  Because they’re packing in a lot more features!  The evolution of Windows Phone from release to Mango is huge.  I know Google and Apple’s platforms are already as mature as Windows Phone will be when Mango drops, but it took Apple and Google several years to get there. Microsoft has crammed the same level of maturation into roughly a year (I’m talking platform, not ecosystem; ie. number of apps).

    To say that Microsoft isn’t doing enough with updates is pretty much expecting them to defy the progression of time.  There’s no way to expect them to release this much functionality any faster.  Could they have released it all in 2 smaller updates?  Sure.  But then there’s additional testing overhead to take into account.  We all saw how cooperative the wireless carriers were during the testing and deployment of NoDo. 

    The only real way Microsoft could be any closer to Google and Apple right now would be to have started sooner.  Hindsight is 20/20.  I don’t think anyone argues that Microsoft missed the boat.  They clung to WinMo too long.  But it’s not even CLOSE to too late.  According to Gartner only 23.6% of mobile phones sold in Q1 2011 were smartphones.  And the smartphone market grew 85% year-on-year.  http://www.gartner.com/it/page.jsp?id=1689814

    Microsoft could do very well in the smartphone market without ever converting one Android, iPhone, or BlackBerry user.  It’s still anybody’s race. 

  • Guest

    The difference is that MS had a decade head start in mobile. Apple and Google had none. And even more concerning is that many of the “missing” WP7 features are things that MS offered in WM.

    I don’t know if it’s too late. But certainly there is no way MS is going to gain share by being the same or inferior. It has to be much better just to have a chance now that they allowed themselves to get so far behind.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Adas-Weber/622729281 Adas Weber

    It is much better, therefore it does have a chance to succeed.