Bing Explore gets a new look?

By Kip Kniskern | Posted March 8, 2012 12 comments

Yesterday we stumbled upon what appears to be a new look for the Explore pages on Bing.com, combining a new set of icons with a possibly more metro-ish look, and a new set of pages devoted to explaining Bing’s offerings:

bing explore

We use the Explore link quite a bit to gain quick access to Bing’s various blogs, and were surprised to see the new look show up, as we had just visited the page a few days ago when it still had the old look (image from our look at Bing’s last big update to Bing Explore, in June of 2010):

bing_summer_explore

Unfortunately, however, with Bing’s increasing reliance on “flights” of testing to various subsets of users, there’s no real way to be sure that this update has gone live, or we’ve just hit upon another test, as many of our users have with incarnations of Bing HTML5 revisions.

The new sub pages (Bing is Visual, Start your day, and Useful tools are shown above) are dated March 1, apparently from when the new look arrived.  While we kind of like the new look, the Bing blogs link has moved all the way to the bottom of the page, which is a slight inconvenience.

And in another bit of Bing news, the German regional Bing blog points to another big data update for Bing Maps (English translation). Interestingly, the English language Bing Maps blog makes no mention of the updates. Back when Chris Pendleton was running the blog we used to get new imagery updates all the time, and we suspect these updates have been ongoing, but just not blogged.  The new imagery includes hi-res images of London’s Olympic Stadium, some “bizarre” structures in Qatar, and more.

Are you seeing the new Bing Explore pages?  Let us know what you think in the comments.

Posted March 8th, 2012 at 9:59 am
Category: Bing
Tags: Bing, Explore, Maps
  • http://twitter.com/enricll Enric Llonch

    I want a redesign in the Bing’s search page!

    • john

      They will probably wait to show it off at some big keynote, where they once again will tell us it will roll out in the coming weeks. We will then wait a year and forget all about it as usual. 

      • http://twitter.com/paint99 Larry

        I have a feeling that it will be next week. Microsoft usually sends the Bing teams and the IE team to SXSW in Austin.

  • Enric Llonch

    I want a redesign in the Bing’s search page!

    • john

      They will probably wait to show it off at some big keynote, where they once again will tell us it will roll out in the coming weeks. We will then wait a year and forget all about it as usual. 

      • http://twitter.com/paint99 Larry

        I have a feeling that it will be next week. Microsoft usually sends the Bing teams and the IE team to SXSW in Austin.

  • James

    That header is so tired and ancient looking.   They really need that metro header that was shown a few days ago ASAP.  :)

    The metro icons with the mix of the gradient header looks horrible… it would look sleeker with just a cleaner header.

  • James

    That header is so tired and ancient looking.   They really need that metro header that was shown a few days ago ASAP.  :)

    The metro icons with the mix of the gradient header looks horrible… it would look sleeker with just a cleaner header.

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

    I am in the UK, when I change my settings to US it displays the new Explore Page. But it’s only an update for the US

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

    I am in the UK, when I change my settings to US it displays the new Explore Page. But it’s only an update for the US