(Another) New Bing UI spotted: have you seen it?

By Kip Kniskern | Posted December 8, 2011 50 comments

Looks like the folks at Bing are back at it again, testing new versions of the UI, while not saying much about them or how (or even when) the changes will roll out more broadly.

This latest look seems to feature more of a blocky, “Metro style” interface, and quite a bit cleaner than the current look (well current to us, we’re not even sure that the last round of changes ever fully rolled out).

Here’s one look, from reader Michaël Bessard:

Bing-UI

Compare that to our current look:

bing current

As you can see, the current double navigation (at the top, and again under the search bar), which we find quite confusing, is gone, and the “Wave 3” style header is gone, too, replaced by a block image on the left, a simple gray background, and a more “Metro” looking drop down profile box, in monochrome black instead of the current color version.

Michaël reports on a few details of his new Bing experience:

Unless I’ve completely missed something, the Bing header just changed for me, but only for the ‘Web’ tab.
Whenever I click elsewhere (Images, Videos, Travel, Maps, Shopping, etc.), I go back to the ‘old’ interface.
I haven’t really noticed anything different except that the fluid transitions with the rest of Bing obviously don’t work and when I scroll down, the bar does NOT stay at the top. Also it just goes to the top and reloads only the results section of the page when I click next or previous page, even though I don’t remember if that was the case before or not… :/
Otherwhise, it’s way cleaner, it feels less crowded and takes the same height exactly as the older one.

Reader Nikhil Jain also spotted another example of the new look:

bing-new-nikhil

(update: @kit_y on Twitter spotted it too)

What version of the Bing UI are you seeing?  And which do you like best?

Posted December 8th, 2011 at 8:56 am
Category: Bing, Featured
Tags: Bing, UI
  • Revolutions

    Goddamnit Bing, I give up. It’s been what, a year and a half since you promised some HTML5? Your website still looks like shit. I love competition, and I do use Bing most of the time, but god damn. Every once in a while I’ll go to Google and then back to Bing, and it’s like going from WP7 to Android UI, or worse.

  • Revolutions

    Goddamnit Bing, I give up. It’s been what, a year and a half since you promised some HTML5? Your website still looks like shit. I love competition, and I do use Bing most of the time, but god damn. Every once in a while I’ll go to Google and then back to Bing, and it’s like going from WP7 to Android UI, or worse.

  • Sascenter

    I think the first UI looks pretty good. Just add a little HTML5 love, and I’m good.

    • FremyCompany

      I think the same. But I think they should keep “ad links” of the right side in orange. It attracts the eye and it look nice. So it’s a win-win. Their ads are more seen, and our eyes are more pleased ;-)

    • Sascenter

      Okay, further thinking, maybe it could use some other touches with the links.

      Also, I can see people going “they copy Google’s look!” because they have waited with Metro so long.. I hope I’m wrong.

  • Sascenter

    I think the first UI looks pretty good. Just add a little HTML5 love, and I’m good.

    • Anonymous

      I think the same. But I think they should keep “ad links” of the right side in orange. It attracts the eye and it look nice. So it’s a win-win. Their ads are more seen, and our eyes are more pleased ;-)

    • Sascenter

      Okay, further thinking, maybe it could use some other touches with the links.

      Also, I can see people going “they copy Google’s look!” because they have waited with Metro so long.. I hope I’m wrong.

  • Sascenter

    I think the first UI looks pretty good. Just add a little HTML5 love, and I’m good.

    • Anonymous

      I think the same. But I think they should keep “ad links” of the right side in orange. It attracts the eye and it look nice. So it’s a win-win. Their ads are more seen, and our eyes are more pleased ;-)

    • Sascenter

      Okay, further thinking, maybe it could use some other touches with the links.

      Also, I can see people going “they copy Google’s look!” because they have waited with Metro so long.. I hope I’m wrong.

  • http://alexsimkin.tumblr.com/ Alex Simkin

    I’m still seeing the ‘current’ interface. I like the top image best. It’s been way over a year since Bing announced and demonstrated Bing HTML 5. Are we ever going to get it?

  • Kit Y

    I tweeted the same UI to you guys much earlier, wonder if you check your feed at all…

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

      Just added you in, Kit – actually before I saw this comment.  Thanks for the tweet!  

      • Kit Y

        I suggest they don’t roll it out just yet.

        • techSage

          Guess Google shouldn’t have rolled out Wave without support for IE either. Wait, where is Wave?

          • Kit Y

            Wave was ahead of its time, I admire the team’s vision.

          • techSage

            So was the Tablet PC and the UMPC, but you don’t see anyone giving MS credit for those.

  • http://doctorwhofan98.wordpress.com/ doctorwhofan98

    I’m still seeing the ‘current’ interface. I like the top image best. It’s been way over a year since Bing announced and demonstrated Bing HTML 5. Are we ever going to get it?

  • http://doctorwhofan98.wordpress.com/ doctorwhofan98

    I’m still seeing the ‘current’ interface. I like the top image best. It’s been way over a year since Bing announced and demonstrated Bing HTML 5. Are we ever going to get it?

  • http://reinnovate.asia Kit Yeung

    I tweeted the same UI to you guys much earlier, wonder if you check your feed at all…

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

      Just added you in, Kit – actually before I saw this comment.  Thanks for the tweet!  

      • http://reinnovate.asia Kit Yeung

        I suggest they don’t roll it out just yet.

  • http://reinnovate.asia Kit Yeung

    I tweeted the same UI to you guys much earlier, wonder if you check your feed at all…

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

      Just added you in, Kit – actually before I saw this comment.  Thanks for the tweet!  

      • http://reinnovate.asia Kit Yeung

        I suggest they don’t roll it out just yet.

        • Anonymous

          Guess Google shouldn’t have rolled out Wave without support for IE either. Wait, where is Wave?

          • http://reinnovate.asia Kit Yeung

            Wave was ahead of its time, I admire the team’s vision.

          • Anonymous

            So was the Tablet PC and the UMPC, but you don’t see anyone giving MS credit for those.

  • Delibird444

    I really, REALLY don’t like the top one. If they’re trying to bring in some Metro flare, they could do better than a square with the Bing logo in in it.

    As it looks, the layout and coloring looks very close to what Google is going for. If Microsoft keeps up this rate, Bing will have lost every drop of originality it once had.

    The bottom is a little better, but why so flavorless? No color, no “daily photo”…

    Something is wrong with Bing’s design team. They’re going backwards.

  • Delibird444

    I really, REALLY don’t like the top one. If they’re trying to bring in some Metro flare, they could do better than a square with the Bing logo in in it.

    As it looks, the layout and coloring looks very close to what Google is going for. If Microsoft keeps up this rate, Bing will have lost every drop of originality it once had.

    The bottom is a little better, but why so flavorless? No color, no “daily photo”…

    Something is wrong with Bing’s design team. They’re going backwards.

  • Delibird444

    I really, REALLY don’t like the top one. If they’re trying to bring in some Metro flare, they could do better than a square with the Bing logo in in it.

    As it looks, the layout and coloring looks very close to what Google is going for. If Microsoft keeps up this rate, Bing will have lost every drop of originality it once had.

    The bottom is a little better, but why so flavorless? No color, no “daily photo”…

    Something is wrong with Bing’s design team. They’re going backwards.

  • J-mac

    I like the third one… probably i will see it in 2016 but i like it. Still in beta here…

  • J-mac

    I like the third one… probably i will see it in 2016 but i like it. Still in beta here…

  • J-mac

    I like the third one… probably i will see it in 2016 but i like it. Still in beta here…

  • Michaël Bessard

    Just so we’re clear, I don’t see the changes at home (I only saw them at work yesterday), so it looks quite random (same city: Lyon, France, with the US – English setting of course).

    And while aesthetically, I agree it’s not awesome, I do believe it’s better because the current design is just a mess. Whatever they end up doing, they need to clean it up, and do it fast.

    By the way, the reload thing I talked about seems to be working in the current design so that’s not a new feature at all. :/

  • Michaël Bessard

    Just so we’re clear, I don’t see the changes at home (I only saw them at work yesterday), so it looks quite random (same city: Lyon, France, with the US – English setting of course).

    And while aesthetically, I agree it’s not awesome, I do believe it’s better because the current design is just a mess. Whatever they end up doing, they need to clean it up, and do it fast.

    By the way, the reload thing I talked about seems to be working in the current design so that’s not a new feature at all. :/

  • Michaël Bessard

    Just so we’re clear, I don’t see the changes at home (I only saw them at work yesterday), so it looks quite random (same city: Lyon, France, with the US – English setting of course).

    And while aesthetically, I agree it’s not awesome, I do believe it’s better because the current design is just a mess. Whatever they end up doing, they need to clean it up, and do it fast.

    By the way, the reload thing I talked about seems to be working in the current design so that’s not a new feature at all. :/

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  • bn

    i still miss the original design :(( much cleaner and better than any of them

  • bn

    i still miss the original design :(( much cleaner and better than any of them

  • bn

    i still miss the original design :(( much cleaner and better than any of them

  • Andrew_ww

    The problem is I don’t know what country I have to view this as. Every country’s is different. You don’t see Twitter ,Google, or Facebook creating completely separate UI’s for each country.

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

    The problem is I don’t know what country I have to view this as. Every country’s is different. You don’t see Twitter ,Google, or Facebook creating completely separate UI’s for each country.

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

    The problem is I don’t know what country I have to view this as. Every country’s is different. You don’t see Twitter ,Google, or Facebook creating completely separate UI’s for each country.

  • Anonymous

    Guess Google shouldn’t have rolled out Wave without support for IE either. Wait, where is Wave?

  • http://reinnovate.asia Kit Yeung

    Wave was ahead of its time, I admire the team’s vision.

  • Anonymous

    So was the Tablet PC and the UMPC, but you don’t see anyone giving MS credit for those.