Windows 8 has a special Bing homepage, Consumer Preview name all but confirmed

By Michael Gillett | Posted February 4, 2012 30 comments

Today a special Bing page was spotted (My Digital Life via Twitter) that is designed for users of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. The homepage features a HTML video of a betta fish swimming across the screen, the fish is now synonymous with Microsoft beta/preview version of Windows as it was the main feature of the default wallpaper in the Windows 7 beta.

Bing for Windows 8 Consumer Preview

There are 4 hotspots on the video on the special homepage, sadly most of the links in the hotspots don’t yet work. The hotspots are:

At the bottom of the page are three sections; these are:

As you will notice the name “Windows 8 Consumer Preview” is mentioned twice on this page and is the most obvious, public and official use of the name so far. The name “Consumer Preview” has been rumoured about for the past month since it was first mentioned at CES and looks set to replace the term “beta” Microsoft have traditionally used.

Microsoft has announced that it will be releasing a new version of Windows 8 towards the end of February. It is looking increasingly likely that this version of Windows 8 will be a Consumer Preview and not a beta version. Don’t expect the release of Windows 8 to be about sending feedback to Microsoft but instead it will be purely about previewing what the consumer experience will be like using the new OS.

Check out the special Bing homepage: http://www.bing.com/?win8start=1

Posted February 4th, 2012 at 7:58 am
Category: Bing, Featured
Tags: Bing, Windows 8
  • Bolix

    It is a betta fish though

  • Bolix

    It is a betta fish though

  • http://www.facebook.com/randall.lind Randall Lind

    can I change it to Google?

    • Anonymous

      go what?

    • sa

      What’s a google?

  • http://www.facebook.com/randall.lind Randall Lind

    can I change it to Google?

    • WebUser

      go what?

    • sa

      What’s a google?

  • Guest

    real url: prev.windows.microsoft.com

  • Guest

    real url: prev.windows.microsoft.com

  • Anonymous

    Must have been a mistake since they have since changed the homepage image and links.

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

      Still the same for me…

      • Anonymous

        Probably in your cache.

    • http://twitter.com/Georgesab George Sabourin

      Nope, same here too. Are you going to
      http://www.bing.com/?win8start=1.
      It only works at that site which will likely be the IE10 homepage, bing.com is normal.

  • techSage

    Must have been a mistake since they have since changed the homepage image and links.

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

      Still the same for me…

      • techSage

        Probably in your cache.

    • http://twitter.com/Georgesab George

      Nope, same here too. Are you going to
      http://www.bing.com/?win8start=1.
      It only works at that site which will likely be the IE10 homepage, bing.com is normal.

  • http://jvd897.blogspot.com jvd897

    “It is looking increasingly likely that this version of Windows 8 will be
    a Consumer Preview and not a beta version. Don’t expect the release of
    Windows 8 to be about sending feedback to Microsoft but instead it will
    be purely about previewing what the consumer experience will be like
    using the new OS.”

    My guess is that the name “Consumer Preview” is just that: a name. A sexier way to refer to a “beta”, if you will. Microsoft would be foolish not to seek feedback for the Consumer Preview, especially if it’s feature-complete and includes features that weren’t present back in the Developer Preview. Based on the name alone, there’s no indication that they won’t.

    • Anonymous

      Looks like Michael just bought one of these.

      • Anonymous

        Haha, I like that :)
        I am only reitertaing what other pundits (Thurrott and MJ Foley) think the Consumer Preview experience will be like.

    • Anonymous

      This is correct.  Microsoft is moving away form the term “beta” in favor of previews.  There may or may not be a release candidate.

  • jvd897

    “It is looking increasingly likely that this version of Windows 8 will be
    a Consumer Preview and not a beta version. Don’t expect the release of
    Windows 8 to be about sending feedback to Microsoft but instead it will
    be purely about previewing what the consumer experience will be like
    using the new OS.”

    My guess is that the name “Consumer Preview” is just that: a name. A sexier way to refer to a “beta”, if you will. Microsoft would be foolish not to seek feedback for the Consumer Preview, especially if it’s feature-complete and includes features that weren’t present back in the Developer Preview. Based on the name alone, there’s no indication that they won’t.

    • Anonymous

      Looks like Michael just bought one of these.

      • MichaelGillett

        Haha, I like that :)
        I am only reitertaing what other pundits (Thurrott and MJ Foley) think the Consumer Preview experience will be like.

    • frankwick

      This is correct.  Microsoft is moving away form the term “beta” in favor of previews.  There may or may not be a release candidate.

  • Anonymous

    I am a Windows guy, but the consumer preview looks ugly and non-cohesive.  It is such a cluttered mess. 

  • frankwick

    I am a Windows guy, but the consumer preview looks ugly and non-cohesive.  It is such a cluttered mess. 

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

    They have now removed the page, it just takes you to the normal homepage.

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

    They have now removed the page, it just takes you to the normal homepage.