Bing testing tablet-style interface

By Kip Kniskern | Posted September 8, 2011 35 comments

Getting some reports that a new Bing interface, much more than the home page update we reported on yesterday, is starting to surface.  The interface, looking to be quite touch friendly and similar if not the same as what Steven Sinofsky showed as part of a Windows 8 demo at the All Things D conference (D9), has been showing up, somewhat randomly for some.

LiveSide reader Quikboy spotted it with a somewhat random search result, but then it disappeared.  He was able to capture a screenshot:

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Then a bit later in the day, from Australia, Mackenzie Price was able to access the new UI.

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Apparently, although he’s seeing it, it’s not working too well:

[blackbirdpie url="http://twitter.com/#!/mackenziepricee/status/111693679361671169"]

Tom Warren, too, was able to get his hands on a version of the new-look Bing:

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Whether or not Bing will move completely to this new UI, if it’s being tested in anticipation of next week’s Build conference, to be featured on those new Samsung tablets, or if it’s just another enticing but frustrating live test of something we may not see for a long long while, we’ll have to wait and see.  Hopefully we’ll know more by next week, when we head to Anaheim for Build.

Update: Tom from WinRumors just tweeted a link to the new UI, if you want to try it out for yourself:

[blackbirdpie url="http://twitter.com/#!/tomwarren/status/111707127734730752"]

Posted September 8th, 2011 at 12:24 am
Category: Bing
Tags: Bing, Tablet, UI
  • Chris

    “hey whats wrong with bing. It has a new look”

    You just answered your own question.  Nothing is “wrong” with it anyway. It’s what you said: It has a new look, 

  • Chris

    “hey whats wrong with bing. It has a new look”

    You just answered your own question.  Nothing is “wrong” with it anyway. It’s what you said: It has a new look, 

  • Vasudev

    Try http://www.bing.com/bingwin  Just got the clue from mackenziepricee tweetpics 

  • Vasudev

    Try http://www.bing.com/bingwin  Just got the clue from mackenziepricee tweetpics 

  • Damaster – LiveSide.net

    To get to the new Bing Maps, just go to http://www.bing.com/maps/?bingwin8app=1

  • damaster

    To get to the new Bing Maps, just go to http://www.bing.com/maps/?bingwin8app=1

  • http://twitter.com/rigel137 Kelly

    perhaps the reason it’s not working well, it’s because you have to access it using IE10 rendering engine?

  • http://twitter.com/rigel137 Kelly

    perhaps the reason it’s not working well, it’s because you have to access it using IE10 rendering engine?

  • http://twitter.com/rigel137 Kelly Rigel

    perhaps the reason it’s not working well, it’s because you have to access it using IE10 rendering engine?

  • Sascenter

    I’m lovin’ it!

  • Sascenter

    I’m lovin’ it!

  • Sascenter

    I’m lovin’ it!

  • Jonathon B

    Uh Oh a Windows 8 Build App is coming soon :)

  • Jonathon B

    Uh Oh a Windows 8 Build App is coming soon :)

  • Guest

    They’ve been demoing and promising this for two years and it’s still this buggy? No wonder MS has become a failboat.

    • Damaster – LiveSide.net

      The version they had been demoing and working on was for the traditional mouse+keyboard interface, with HTML5 enhancements. Don’t think it was for a tablet interface.

      it is also said that this tablet UI relies on IE10, probably why it doesn’t work well now. For one, all those “times new roman” font you see are actually “segoe UI semilight”, possibly a new builtin font that comes with win8 only.

  • Guest

    They’ve been demoing and promising this for two years and it’s still this buggy? No wonder MS has become a failboat.

    • Damaster – LiveSide.net

      The version they had been demoing and working on was for the traditional mouse+keyboard interface, with HTML5 enhancements. Don’t think it was for a tablet interface.

      it is also said that this tablet UI relies on IE10, probably why it doesn’t work well now. For one, all those “times new roman” font you see are actually “segoe UI semilight”, possibly a new builtin font that comes with win8 only.

  • Guest

    They’ve been demoing and promising this for two years and it’s still this buggy? No wonder MS has become a failboat.

    • damaster

      The version they had been demoing and working on was for the traditional mouse+keyboard interface, with HTML5 enhancements. Don’t think it was for a tablet interface.

      it is also said that this tablet UI relies on IE10, probably why it doesn’t work well now. For one, all those “times new roman” font you see are actually “segoe UI semilight”, possibly a new builtin font that comes with win8 only.

  • john

    Just… release it… already….

  • john

    Just… release it… already….

  • john

    Just… release it… already….

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

    I think the pages have been taken down, i just get a series of letters and numbers.

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

    I think the pages have been taken down, i just get a series of letters and numbers.

  • henryed07

    I think the pages have been taken down, i just get a series of letters and numbers.

  • Alienliquid

    my account has been blocked for 4 months now after using my usual password three times…i have changed my password via the alternate email account and via code sent to my mobile, both of these don’t work, just repeating the same message every time i try to re log in.
    Sign-in with *****@hotmail.com is blocked for one of these reasons:Someone entered the wrong password too many times.If you signed up for this ID through an organization, you might not be able to use the account yet.

  • Alienliquid

    my account has been blocked for 4 months now after using my usual password three times…i have changed my password via the alternate email account and via code sent to my mobile, both of these don’t work, just repeating the same message every time i try to re log in.
    Sign-in with *****@hotmail.com is blocked for one of these reasons:Someone entered the wrong password too many times.If you signed up for this ID through an organization, you might not be able to use the account yet.

  • Alienliquid

    my account has been blocked for 4 months now after using my usual password three times…i have changed my password via the alternate email account and via code sent to my mobile, both of these don’t work, just repeating the same message every time i try to re log in.
    Sign-in with *****@hotmail.com is blocked for one of these reasons:Someone entered the wrong password too many times.If you signed up for this ID through an organization, you might not be able to use the account yet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=516004316 Marty Steinberg

    looks just like the Bing iPad app, which looks pretty nice!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=516004316 Marty Steinberg

    looks just like the Bing iPad app, which looks pretty nice!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=516004316 Marty Steinberg

    looks just like the Bing iPad app, which looks pretty nice!

  • Mario Albertico

    You guys should go perform some Bing searches right now, I’m seeing some HTML5-like transitions when searching for a query from the home and switching between some of the Web/Images/News tabs…kinda buggy though….but exciting!

  • Mario Albertico

    You guys should go perform some Bing searches right now, I’m seeing some HTML5-like transitions when searching for a query from the home and switching between some of the Web/Images/News tabs…kinda buggy though….but exciting!

  • Mario Albertico

    You guys should go perform some Bing searches right now, I’m seeing some HTML5-like transitions when searching for a query from the home and switching between some of the Web/Images/News tabs…kinda buggy though….but exciting!