Microsoft releases Bing Desktop beta, now available for download

By LiveSide | Posted April 4, 2012 14 comments

BingMicrosoft quietly released an application called Bing Desktop beta today via the Microsoft Download Center today. At only 1.4 MB in size, this is what the application does, according to the download description:

Bing Desktop delivers the beauty of the Bing homepage to your Windows desktop each day. Plus, get easy access to the Bing search box right from your desktop. Turn your searching into doing with Bing.

Bing Desktop provides an automatic update of the Windows Desktop Background image to the Bing home page image each day. In addition, Bing Desktop offers an easily accessible yet unobstrusive search box to streamline searching without opening the browser.

According to Windows Observer, once the application has been installed the Bing Image of the Day will become the wallpaper for your desktop. In the middle of the screen will be a Bing search box, as shown below:

Bing Desktop Search Box

When not in use, the Bing search box will fade away, so it won’t obstruct your already crowded desktop. You can reactivate the search box by hovering your mouse on the top of the screen, or by pressing Windows Key + H.

You can download Bing Desktop beta now over at Microsoft Download Center. Note that the application only supports Windows 7 (it won’t allow you to install on Windows 8).

Posted April 4th, 2012 at 4:58 am
Category: Bing
Tags: Bing, Bing Desktop
  • Avatar Roku

    You can also dock it to the top of the screen where it auto-hides.

    Hope they make this available for Windows 8, I love the Bing wallpapers. Would be really cool if they enable video wallpapers as well.

  • Avatar Roku

    You can also dock it to the top of the screen where it auto-hides.

    Hope they make this available for Windows 8, I love the Bing wallpapers. Would be really cool if they enable video wallpapers as well.

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

    No Windows 8 support really sucks. I was looking forward to using this!

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

    No Windows 8 support really sucks. I was looking forward to using this!

  • Scott

    Really nice work microsoft

  • Scott

    Really nice work microsoft

  • Mario Albertico

    Wow, very cool. Nice work, Microsoft indeed!! Thanks for sharing this, Damaster :)

  • Mario Albertico

    Wow, very cool. Nice work, Microsoft indeed!! Thanks for sharing this, Damaster :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/robinvanveghel Robin van Veghel

    Love It and use it everyday ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/robinvanveghel Robin van Veghel

    Love It and use it everyday ;)

  • R.

    Actually, you can use Bing Desktop on Windows 8. When you’ve installed it on Windows 7, just copy the whole folder (Program FilesMicrosoftBingDesktop) to Windows 8, and run BingDesktop.exe in Windows 7 Compatibility Mode. I’ve tested this on Windows 8 Consumer Preview, and only to option to set Windows Key + H as shortcut doesn’t work, the rest of the app works fine.

  • R.

    Actually, you can use Bing Desktop on Windows 8. When you’ve installed it on Windows 7, just copy the whole folder (Program FilesMicrosoftBingDesktop) to Windows 8, and run BingDesktop.exe in Windows 7 Compatibility Mode. I’ve tested this on Windows 8 Consumer Preview, and only to option to set Windows Key + H as shortcut doesn’t work, the rest of the app works fine.

  • http://teddyotero.com/ drokkon

    Um, is anyone else getting a Bing icon in their taskbar when running Bing Desktop? For an “always on” app, I would expect this to be in the tray, if anywhere at all. Annoying.

  • http://teddyotero.com/ drokkon

    Um, is anyone else getting a Bing icon in their taskbar when running Bing Desktop? For an “always on” app, I would expect this to be in the tray, if anywhere at all. Annoying.