Redesign for Bing Search rolling out to some Windows Phone 8 users


The system apps in Windows Phone don’t see many updates outside of the major OS updates. One app that can be updated independently is Bing Search. Once in a while Microsoft will change how the results in Bing Search look, but usually it’s not a big deal. Today the folks over at WPDaily discovered some pretty major UI changes in Bing Search.

In previous versions of Bing Search there were four tabs to swipe between: web, local, media, and shopping. In the new version of the app they have cut it down to just three: web, images, and video. This makes it a little easier to find what you’re looking for. Each of these tabs has also seen some redesign, especially the web page.

bing search results windows phone august 2 2013 screenshot 1

As you can see above, the Web page now acts as local and shopping, aside from also showing search results and related news. A search for “Starbucks” reveals a map of locations, and a search for “Arkham City” reveals a product page for the game. This is much more useful as it combines all the things you want to see in one page.

bing search results windows phone august 2 2013 screenshot 2

The Media page is split up in Images and Video pages. Each page has recieved a slight redesign, and now makes it easier to find that perfect photo or video. It was annoying before to have to tap “see more images” when looking for a photo. Now you can scroll endlessly through results without any extra steps.

So, when can you get this update? We’re not sure. It seems WPDaily, and only a few other Reddit users, have received the update. All those that have recieved it are located here in the U.S. Microsoft has not said anything official about the update yet. We’ll just keep waiting.

  • Mike E. Delta

    I like that they found a way to update Bing Search without the need of a major OS update, I wish the same could be done for a few of the other apps, but then I guess we’ll have to see when Blue gets announced. =p

  • JSYOUNG571

    What happened to Bing being redesigned for Windows Phone 7.5 – 7.8 customers? If I was a person who took a bet that Microsoft would lie about the continuation of support for the Windows Phone 7 platform, I would be a rich man by now. This is why Microsoft has a hard time trying to convince people to go with Windows Phone.

  • You’re living in the past, man. Go to an Android blog and bug them about new features for Gingerbread.

  • JSYOUNG571

    Even though Gingerbread is old, Windows Phone is just barely catching up to it’s level as far as OS.

  • Ha, says the guy with a WP7 device.

  • JSYOUNG571

    Nope! Says the guy who let Microsoft crap on him another round with their lies. Lesson learned.

  • You should go join a support group. This seems to have really hurt you. Get help.

  • JSYOUNG571

    I am in a support group now with all the other abused Windows Phone users. It’s call TEAM ANDROID. See you on Instagram…Oh I forgot you all are still waiting for that one. HA!

  • Joe_HTH

    LOL! You’re a grown man using Instagram? You must have the maturity of a 14 year old. Oops, never mind. After looking at your posts here, it’s obvious you do.

  • JSYOUNG571

    Says the hater who doesn’t have it on his Windows Phone. Oh! I forgot you all do have Generic gram.