Microsoft makes new Bing Search official, rolling out in the coming weeks

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Late last week we told you about a redesigned Bing Search that has been spotted on several Windows Phone 8 devices. Today Microsoft has posted on their blog to make the new Bing Search official, and share some of the new features we outlined. The update has only started showing up on very few devices, when you get it there are quite a few new things to notice.

First of all, the main “web” results page has been revamped. It now includes the “local” and “shopping” results that were previously relagted to their own seperate pages. Having it all in the web results makes it much easier to find what you’re looking for. The “media” page has been split into separate “images” and “videos” pages. Now it’s easier to find something without that extra “see more” tap.

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Microsoft says the reason for consolidating the pages from four to three is that most people simply didn’t use them all. From what they found web, images, and video are the most used pages. The update has also brought some richer results, like you would find in the full web version of Bing. Searching for Delta Airlines will also show meta results for their website, like Track Flight and Flight Status.

Overall this is a really great, and much-needed, update to Bing Search. With the search button being always present on the front of your phone it’s important that it leads to a functional place. Bing has a long way to go before it rivals Google Now, but this update is a step in the right direction. It has already started rolling out to phones, and should be on all devices after a few weeks.

  • justd80010

    Google Now… RME… anyway what I’d love to see it being able to limit the news results to a timeframe like you can on the PC, past hour, past 24 hours, past 7 days or everything.