Bing updates part three: Bing Desktop, Friends photos, Social on iPad

By Kip Kniskern | In Bing | Posted December 15, 2012 10 comments

Looks like Bing is clearing off its desk before the holiday break, and after updates to the Snapshot and the Social Sidebar, Bing has also released a variety of new updates.

First up is Bing Desktop, which was first released in beta in early April of 2012, which the Bing Search blog announced has been updated.  The new update is available for all users of Windows, from XP on, and is available in English, French, German, Chinese, and Japanese.

Aside from bringing the iconic Bing home page image right to your desktop every day, Bing Desktop provides a search bar on demand without opening your browser, and offers an information icon to learn more about the home page image, Top Content, with links to Top News, Trending Images, Top Videos, and Popular Now, and a set of options.  Perhaps the most interesting option, for those of us researching the latest trends from around the world (we’re always looking for a scoop!) is the ability to change the scope of the Bing Search to another country:

bing desktop world

You can download and install Bing Desktop v1.1 from your Windows machine.

Another update appears to have come to Friend’s Photos in Bing.  While the feature is not new (we wrote about it back in August), it looks as though it’s getting a bit more play, with an appearance in the list of features under “more”:image

Now this may have actually been there a while, and we just noticed it, but still, Friend’s Photos is a nice little feature (as are many of the “more” features), so check it out if you haven’t in a while.

Also up is news that the Social Sidebar, which was updated earlier in the week, is now also available on Safari for iPad, including the iPad Mini.  You can read more on the Bing Search blog.

(thanks Quikboy for the tips!)

Posted December 15th, 2012 at 10:54 am
Category: Bing
Tags: Bing Desktop, Bing Social
  • henryed07

    Bing still need to bring more updates to the UK market and then advertise it heavily, such as Windows Phone. As people who I know see my phone and know what it is due to the WP adverts on TV.

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

    Bing still need to bring more updates to the UK market and then advertise it heavily, such as Windows Phone. As people who I know see my phone and know what it is due to the WP adverts on TV.

  • Adrian Nethercott

    “This feature isn’t available yet in your country or region.”
    The new Bing Desktop 1.1 isn’t available in Australia. :(

  • Adrian Nethercott

    “This feature isn’t available yet in your country or region.”
    The new Bing Desktop 1.1 isn’t available in Australia. :(

  • Mario Albertico

    We only have one Windows XP PC left in our home, so I was extremely happy to see that they had realized it would be kind to offer the Bing Desktop experience to remaining XP users.

  • Mario Albertico

    We only have one Windows XP PC left in our home, so I was extremely happy to see that they had realized it would be kind to offer the Bing Desktop experience to remaining XP users.

  • sami54

    The new Bing Desktop 1.1 is available in FRANCE :)

  • sami54

    The new Bing Desktop 1.1 is available in FRANCE :)

  • Joscelin Trouwborst

    Seems they filter on access region as I cannot find these options in Bing. (Accessing from The Netherlands.)

  • http://www.facebook.com/joscelin.trouwborst Joscelin Trouwborst

    Seems they filter on access region as I cannot find these options in Bing. (Accessing from The Netherlands.)