The new Bing is live (well, 2/3 of it)

By Kip Kniskern | Posted May 15, 2012 28 comments

bing slogaIf you’re in the US (or can fool your browser into thinking you are), the new Bing, with its double dose of sidebars, is available now, either by opting in to the banner that should be appearing on www.Bing.com, or by opting in at bing.com/new.  If you missed the news coming from last week’s Search Summit, Bing has incorporated both a “Snapshot” sidebar and a social sidebar into its new look, after cleaning up the search results page by eliminating the left hand sidebar and minimizing a number of distracting elements on the page.

bing rollout

However, even if you’ve opted in, you’ll only get the social sidebar (and that only after logging in to Facebook on Bing.com and/or connecting social services such as Twitter to your Windows Live ID), as the Snapshot feature is not yet live.  It is currently being tested on a small subset of users, according to a Microsoft spokesperson (so if you’re seeing it, consider yourself lucky!).  It should be available soon, however.  The press release announced that the new Bing will be “rolling out over the coming weeks and broadly available in the U.S. in early June”, so it shouldn’t be long before we see Snapshot results, although they won’t appear for every search:

Initially, snapshot will be displayed for searches where Bing can determine a clear customer intent focused on accomplishing a specific task including restaurants, hotels, businesses and movies. Over time, the feature will be expanded to a greater number of places, things and people. “The technology we built on the back-end can scale incredibly well so we’re particularly pleased,” says Connell.

In addition, Microsoft is making full use of its new tagline for Bing, “Bing is for doing”.  The new slogan, revealed back in January, is all over the new marketing materials for Bing, including a new video just posted today that shows scenes from the Search Summit and ends with Qi Lu saying that Bing can enable users to “Do More, Know More, and Be More”, and we’re sure we’ll be hearing that line more, too.

Posted May 15th, 2012 at 8:32 pm
Category: Bing, Featured
Tags: Bing
  • http://twitter.com/sanLs Santiago Lucas

    Weeeell. As always. ONLY IN USA.
    When enabled aaal the (new) features to the Latin American???
    Search results here are the same as the ooold Live Search.

  • http://blogsantiagosoul.wordpress.com/ Santiago Lucas

    Weeeell. As always. ONLY IN USA.
    When enabled aaal the (new) features to the Latin American???
    Search results here are the same as the ooold Live Search.

  • http://twitter.com/Robinpaul1986 Robin Paul

    Well I have the new bing but without the sidebar and it’s called Bing Preview

    • Shahroom

      Are you using IE9? I had the same problem, I figured the sidebar is not working with IE9(Protected mode)… I unchecked the protected mode and now it is working fine… You should go to Internet Options -> Security and then uncheck protected mode… I already opened a support ticket with Bing and reported the problem…

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

        I am using IE9 and did what u wrote, but still no sidebar. sucks :(

        • Damaster – LiveSide.net

          Are you physically located in the US? It appears Bing actually checks your IP address to see if you’re from the US or not. If you’re not, even if you’re using the US version of Bing you won’t see the sidebar. Unless of course you make the browser think you’re in the US….

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

            Im live in Aruba and I have new Bing preview and i got a email that I got in the New Bing and all. Just I don’t have sidebar :(

          • Damaster – LiveSide.net

            You (or your IP address) must be physically in US to get the sidebar.

        • Shahroom

          Weird… Did you close IE after unchecking? You need to close and re-open it…

  • http://twitter.com/Robinpaul1986 Robin Paul

    Well I have the new bing but without the sidebar and it’s called Bing Preview

    • Shahroom

      Are you using IE9? I had the same problem, I figured the sidebar is not working with IE9(Protected mode)… I unchecked the protected mode and now it is working fine… You should go to Internet Options -> Security and then uncheck protected mode… I already opened a support ticket with Bing and reported the problem…

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

        I am using IE9 and did what u wrote, but still no sidebar. sucks :(

        • damaster

          Are you physically located in the US? It appears Bing actually checks your IP address to see if you’re from the US or not. If you’re not, even if you’re using the US version of Bing you won’t see the sidebar. Unless of course you make the browser think you’re in the US….

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

            Im live in Aruba and I have new Bing preview and i got a email that I got in the New Bing and all. Just I don’t have sidebar :(

          • damaster

            You (or your IP address) must be physically in US to get the sidebar.

        • Shahroom

          Weird… Did you close IE after unchecking? You need to close and re-open it…

  • http://twitter.com/Robinpaul1986 Robin Paul

    Oh and Kip one other thing i sent a email out this morning bout the Windows Live alerts saying that ‘The Windows Live mobile alert feature is being discontinued as of May 31st. This means you will not recieve text messages on your phone when a new mail, Messenger social or Skydrive comment arrives.
    Sorry for the non related comment to the post, but I was wondering if you guys know anything about this?
    Robin

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

      Thanks Robin, no we hadn’t heard, will follow up, thanks :)

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

        No problem, maybe if you need a screenshot let me know and I will send it to you (email address needed than xd)

  • http://twitter.com/Robinpaul1986 Robin Paul

    Oh and Kip one other thing i sent a email out this morning bout the Windows Live alerts saying that ‘The Windows Live mobile alert feature is being discontinued as of May 31st. This means you will not recieve text messages on your phone when a new mail, Messenger social or Skydrive comment arrives.
    Sorry for the non related comment to the post, but I was wondering if you guys know anything about this?
    Robin

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

      Thanks Robin, no we hadn’t heard, will follow up, thanks :)

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

        No problem, maybe if you need a screenshot let me know and I will send it to you (email address needed than xd)

  • m0r1arty

    Can confirm, Bing is excluding Latin America – not cool as Google has given me a bunch of stuff regardless of where I am in the world (Excluding Voice and Music- kuntis! [Indonesian vampire women])

  • m0r1arty

    Can confirm, Bing is excluding Latin America – not cool as Google has given me a bunch of stuff regardless of where I am in the world (Excluding Voice and Music- kuntis! [Indonesian vampire women])

  • Nicolas

    Well I am also in the preview, see Bing preview, but can’t see any new column.
    Using IE9 and Chrome…

    • Kit Y

      same here

  • Nicolas

    Well I am also in the preview, see Bing preview, but can’t see any new column.
    Using IE9 and Chrome…

    • Kit Y

      same here