Bing has a new results page design, rolling out to more people

By Michael Gillett | In Bing | Posted February 28, 2012 36 comments

Today we were tipped off by @ParasValecha about a new design for Bing. Microsoft has been testing a few different designs for the search engine over the past few months and a few readers of Liveside have had access to them. However, those designs weren’t too different from the current design of Bing, mainly the design just incorporated elements of the Metro UI.

However, it now appears that Bing has released a new design for a wider group of people in the US. I have tried Bing when set to the UK locale and it still uses the old UI but when set to the US I now see a new design (although I don’t see it when using Chrome).

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This new design is different from previous versions of Bing because the sidebar has now been moved to right. Suggested searches have been removed from the sidebar and now sit below the search box. The navigational elements on the page have all been reduced in size therefore giving more prominence to the search results. Another aspect of the design that has received more prominence is the user account controls with a user’s profile picture being pulled from Facebook if they have signed in.

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When clicking on the settings icon there is a new UI for all the settings, this UI has actually been live for quite a few weeks (also available in the UK) but it is good to see the matching UI on the Bing results page.

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Sadly though, as you can see in the above screenshot, this new design is only found on the Bing web search results with elements of it seen in the settings page. I have looked at image results and Bing Maps but not found anything new with the design of those parts of the site.

There are a lot of events this week that Microsoft is hosting or taking part in and I wonder if this increased roll out of this design has anything to do with any of these events.

We don’t know what Microsoft’s plans are for this new design, it might not be final and might not be available for you but we certainly find it interesting that Microsoft is trying out so many variations of the design. Do let us know if you see anything else new with Bing. Try out the new UI in Bing.

Posted February 28th, 2012 at 12:45 am
Category: Bing
Tags: Bing, Metro, UI
  • http://www.pixelcustard.com/ cjschris

    Wouldnt be surprised if this arrives officially with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview

  • http://www.chrissouthcott.com/ cjschris

    Wouldnt be surprised if this arrives officially with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview

  • http://www.technize.net/ Usman Khurshid

    This design certainly looks better. I think Bing should stop following Google and invent their own way of displaying search results rather than the default serial method..

    • Ed Ferron

       You are still looking at the list of blue links instead of activities in Bing. Search for airline tickets and check out the price predictator or go to bing.com/music and listen to the entire song for free, get the official lyrics, and get a great experience learning about your favorite artist. Look for sports tickets like timberwolves tickets and notice that bing local searches all the ticket brokers for you, then you get to pick the best option for you. Google just shoves you off the first site that may or or may not have the best prices or seats. Those are just a few things. Bing is different in a good way. [I am obligated to say I work for Microsoft when posting]

      • http://www.technize.net/ Usman Khurshid

         You’re absolutely right when it comes to different services but one has to understand that those blue links are a major part of a search engine and that’s what most of the people look at. Those blue links should be thought out differently than Google. That’s my point. I love Microsoft as this platform is my bread and butter and I blog about Microsoft mostly. That’s why I want Microsoft’s Bing to be more successful than Google.

    • http://twitter.com/OfficalKhiem Khiem Le

      i love bing

  • http://www.technize.net/ Usman

    This design certainly looks better. I think Bing should stop following Google and invent their own way of displaying search results rather than the default serial method..

    • http://twitter.com/eferron Edward Ferron

       You are still looking at the list of blue links instead of activities in Bing. Search for airline tickets and check out the price predictator or go to bing.com/music and listen to the entire song for free, get the official lyrics, and get a great experience learning about your favorite artist. Look for sports tickets like timberwolves tickets and notice that bing local searches all the ticket brokers for you, then you get to pick the best option for you. Google just shoves you off the first site that may or or may not have the best prices or seats. Those are just a few things. Bing is different in a good way. [I am obligated to say I work for Microsoft when posting]

      • http://www.technize.net/ Usman

         You’re absolutely right when it comes to different services but one has to understand that those blue links are a major part of a search engine and that’s what most of the people look at. Those blue links should be thought out differently than Google. That’s my point. I love Microsoft as this platform is my bread and butter and I blog about Microsoft mostly. That’s why I want Microsoft’s Bing to be more successful than Google.

    • http://twitter.com/OfficalKhiem Khiem Le

      i love bing

  • TechBear

    i used to LOVE bing… but with the unfullfilled promised and search results irrelevant ive slowly gone back over to google. 

  • TechBear

    i used to LOVE bing… but with the unfullfilled promised and search results irrelevant ive slowly gone back over to google. 

  • Omega Ra

    I still have the old design.

  • http://twitter.com/OmegaRa Shaun Sommer

    I still have the old design.

  • cmwind

    1st – i had the refresh design last week but no longer have it this week

    2nd – bing is my everyday search engine BUT google is running circles around bing in implementing a clean, attractive (even more metro like) design. bing destroyed google’s design back when it launched (my opinion obviously) but now it seems the bing design team is entirely focused on itterating on that same design (which at this point feels very web 1.0ish) instead of developing a new, fresh UI for metro and all the other design innovation going on around MS

  • cmwind

    1st – i had the refresh design last week but no longer have it this week

    2nd – bing is my everyday search engine BUT google is running circles around bing in implementing a clean, attractive (even more metro like) design. bing destroyed google’s design back when it launched (my opinion obviously) but now it seems the bing design team is entirely focused on itterating on that same design (which at this point feels very web 1.0ish) instead of developing a new, fresh UI for metro and all the other design innovation going on around MS

  • hypernovae

    I had it for a little while on Firefox, but after firefox self-updated i lost it.  Anyone know if there is a cookie you can set to use the new serps?  I find after “seeing the light” and having the new SERP pages i can’t stand the old ones anymore :)

    • http://twitter.com/AndrewCalling Andrew Filipe

       In your address bar, type in: “about:config”

      Inside of the filter search box, type in:

      browser.search.defaultenginename

      Double click that entry (or right click and choose “Modify”) and
      then type in the name of the search engine you wish to have as the
      default search engine. It must be one that you already have installed
      and also make sure you type in the name correctly. You can add Bing to search engines through add-ons or the manage search engines option.

      • hypernovae

        i got bing set as default, that wasn’t the problem.. its just after firefox self updated i lost the new serp.

        I just logged in at home and now i have a new result page that looks a bit different, there is no advanced search box which i think they should leave there and suggest search terms are right under the search box now.

  • byronm

    I had it for a little while on Firefox, but after firefox self-updated i lost it.  Anyone know if there is a cookie you can set to use the new serps?  I find after “seeing the light” and having the new SERP pages i can’t stand the old ones anymore :)

    • http://twitter.com/AndrewAuCourant Andrew Filipe ✔

       In your address bar, type in: “about:config”

      Inside of the filter search box, type in:

      browser.search.defaultenginename

      Double click that entry (or right click and choose “Modify”) and
      then type in the name of the search engine you wish to have as the
      default search engine. It must be one that you already have installed
      and also make sure you type in the name correctly. You can add Bing to search engines through add-ons or the manage search engines option.

      • byronm

        i got bing set as default, that wasn’t the problem.. its just after firefox self updated i lost the new serp.

        I just logged in at home and now i have a new result page that looks a bit different, there is no advanced search box which i think they should leave there and suggest search terms are right under the search box now.

  • JJ

    Bing Map is not in your picture. Does this mean Bing Map will be removed from Bing service? Should I use Google Map instead? (OK, I am pretty sure it is in MORE. I am also pretty sure MORE is the most intuitive way for my mom to access basic Bing features.)

    • damaster

      The text above the search box are now dynamic depending on your search query. So in the example above where the keyword is “liveside”, only “Images” and “Video” will show. If you enter a stock quote, “Finance” will also appear. If you enter an address, “Map” will show up.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jer-Ming-Chen/833833653 Jer Ming Chen

    Bing Map is not in your picture. Does this mean Bing Map will be removed from Bing service? Should I use Google Map instead? (OK, I am pretty sure it is in MORE. I am also pretty sure MORE is the most intuitive way for my mom to access basic Bing features.)

    • Damaster – LiveSide.net

      The text above the search box are now dynamic depending on your search query. So in the example above where the keyword is “liveside”, only “Images” and “Video” will show. If you enter a stock quote, “Finance” will also appear. If you enter an address, “Map” will show up.

  • NS

    Sad that they still can’t save the search preferences with Windows Live / Facebook login.
    Only saved search history.

  • NS

    Sad that they still can’t save the search preferences with Windows Live / Facebook login.
    Only saved search history.

  • Lyszczyk

    I love Bing and it was convenient to just “tab over” to a new section in the results page.  I don’t like having to go two steps further (ie ‘More’, then ‘Maps’) to get to the same result.  I also like the color structures identifing different sections on the page.  I hope they don’t incorporate this UI for all of Bing, and this is just a trial.

  • Lyszczyk

    I love Bing and it was convenient to just “tab over” to a new section in the results page.  I don’t like having to go two steps further (ie ‘More’, then ‘Maps’) to get to the same result.  I also like the color structures identifing different sections on the page.  I hope they don’t incorporate this UI for all of Bing, and this is just a trial.

  • JSYOUNG571

    I had the new design for a while, but I thought everyone else had it as well.

  • JSYOUNG571

    I had the new design for a while, but I thought everyone else had it as well.

  • trulyindian

    I dont know why Bing team removes ‘Search Suggestions’ all the time. They did so about some time back. I use Bing India and get search suggestions (which I think is good and I prefer to get these) but when I switched to Bing US to test this new page, I did not get any search suggestions. If that is a part of new page design, I dont what the hell Bing team is making of Bing by removing such a useful feature.

  • trulyindian

    I dont know why Bing team removes ‘Search Suggestions’ all the time. They did so about some time back. I use Bing India and get search suggestions (which I think is good and I prefer to get these) but when I switched to Bing US to test this new page, I did not get any search suggestions. If that is a part of new page design, I dont what the hell Bing team is making of Bing by removing such a useful feature.

  • Guest

    It’s MSN search all over again (puke)

  • Guest

    It’s MSN search all over again (puke)