Bing Snapshots coming to Autosuggest?

By Kip Kniskern | Posted March 30, 2013 14 comments

When Dr. Antonio Gulli of Bing R&D blogged last week about Autosuggest, explaining in perhaps just a bit too much detail how Bing’s search box shows you a list of suggestions as you type, he didn’t mention this:

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Thanks to another reader tip (thanks, Ryan!) and a Bing team that loves to test new stuff “in the wild”, it looks like Bing may be looking to take the Bing “Snapshot” idea even further, all the way to the home page and the Autosuggest box.

As usual with these types of tests (we tried it out here and aren’t seeing it), wider availability may be just around the corner, or it may never make it past the occasional spotting by an unsuspecting user.

It does seem clear that Bing is putting a lot of time and energy into “Snapshots”, those instant answer type boxes with a quick set of information about popular people, places, and things, and bringing them into the home page might be the next logical step.

What do you think, are Bing Snapshots useful?  Are they too hit and miss to be counted upon for a source of quick information (we’re never sure whether a personality is “big enough” to have made it to having their own Snapshot)?  Are they helpful when they do appear?  Is this a big enough differentiatior with Google and the like to even matter?

Let us know what you think, and keep the tips coming if you see any other new Bing behavior!

Posted March 30th, 2013 at 2:03 pm
Category: Bing
Tags: Autosuggest, Snaphot
  • vtasa

    Keep up the good work Bing. I’m ditching the boring Google if you stay focus in adding more features.

    • http://www.tekwalla.com/ Tekwalla

      But they are very slow as compared to Google.

      • John

        Very slow by gathering results? It may be slower in that area but only about a second or less in the times I have done side by side comparisons.

        But if we’re talking about load up times for the home page, Bing loads up faster, on my computer and on my Internet speed that is.

        • http://www.tekwalla.com/ Tekwalla

          Slow as in implementation of new features. I remember Bing introducing cards like features first but Google implemented It better and faster thru Google Now.

      • Billy Henshaw

        I understand what you’re saying. They are slow in terms of pushing out new features, as is Microsoft as a whole, but man, do they deliver when they come!

  • vtasa

    Keep up the good work Bing. I’m ditching the boring Google if you stay focus in adding more features.

    • http://www.techomaniac.com Techomaniac

      But they are very slow as compared to Google.

      • John

        Very slow by gathering results? It may be slower in that area but only about a second or less in the times I have done side by side comparisons.

        But if we’re talking about load up times for the home page, Bing loads up faster, on my computer and on my Internet speed that is.

        • http://www.techomaniac.com Techomaniac

          Slow as in implementation of new features. I remember Bing introducing cards like features first but Google implemented It better and faster thru Google Now.

      • Billy Henshaw

        I understand what you’re saying. They are slow in terms of pushing out new features, as is Microsoft as a whole, but man, do they deliver when they come!

  • Billy Henshaw

    Wooooooo Bing!!

  • Billy Henshaw

    Wooooooo Bing!!

  • henryed07

    Looks good, but Bing really do need to improve the features over in the UK, so that the US is not always so far ahead. Also they need to add more StreetSide in the UK – no longer on the list for mapping in the UK.

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

    Looks good, but Bing really do need to improve the features over in the UK, so that the US is not always so far ahead. Also they need to add more StreetSide in the UK – no longer on the list for mapping in the UK.