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#1 CAS91572

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 09:32 PM

Microsoft is testing live tiles across its Bing search engine homepage.

The software giant first announced its HTML5 version of Bing at the original beta launch of Internet Explorer 9 in September. Bing’s HTML5 version will include smooth animations to allow users to jump backwards in their search history. Bing will also introduce small, hovering windows as you scroll down the screen to keep navigation tabs in view and enable animated pictures and automatically generated slideshows so users can visually explore a search query.

Bing will also introduce an “instant” search similar to rival Google. The instant search will allow page elements to automatically transition as the user types their search query into the bing box. Microsoft was expected to make HTML5 Bing available as a beta preview version around the same time as Internet Explorer 9 was made available. Microsoft has so far remained silent on its HTML5 Bing plans after demonstrating the product several times over the past year. Rafael Rivera has spotted Microsoft’s latest test of Live Tiles on the Bing homepage, bringing a Metro look and feel to Bing. The live tiles work on a users location and provide weather, local news, mapping, targeted advertising and trends.

Microsoft’s Metro choice for Bing follows a number of a high profile company sites being overhauled. Microsoft has previously updated its online store look and feel to match the Metro look and feel and its download site and MSDN site. Microsoft’s Metro design language is an internal code name for a typography-based design languages created and used by the company. Microsoft originally started using Metro in Media Center and showcased a full version in the company’s Zune products. Microsoft’s latest mobile operating system, Windows Phone 7, also features the Metro look and feel throughout. Microsoft is planning Metro style user interfaces across Windows 8, Xbox 360 and Office 15. The software giant uses the tile and text user interface for its existing Windows Phone devices and will sync all of its user interfaces into one unified vision for its next range of products due in 2012.

Microsoft appears to be testing the new interface internally. Microsoft workers began tweeting about HTML5 Bing earlier this week (see here and here). The broader testing appears to indicate that Microsoft may be ready to push the updates public in production or test form. Let us know in the comments if you pick up the new interface on your travels.

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#2 Frylock86

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 09:52 PM

WANT! :woot:

#3 SurB86

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 10:08 PM

Those are HTML5 powered live tiles...directly from Windows 8 immersive UI! :D

#4 Paras Sidhu

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Posted 22 July 2011 - 12:26 AM

Microsoft (Bing) is trying to beat Google!

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Posted 22 July 2011 - 01:10 AM

Microsoft (Bing) is trying to beat(ing) Google!


Fixed that for you. ;)

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Posted 22 July 2011 - 01:31 AM


Microsoft (Bing) is trying to beat(ing) trying to be Google!


Fixed that for you. ;)


Fixed that for you Frylock... :D

Too bad they are failing. out of the many, many people that i Personally know, not one of them use Bing. and by that, i mean, 10 aunts and uncles, 23 cousins, 14 children of said cousins... and not a single Bing user at all. thats 47 people, more then 1/3 of 100. Almost 50 people. Not a single Bing user. Bing is failing. Seriously, as if adding in html5 tiles to it's search site will encourage more people to use that crappy search engine. Dont think so.

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Posted 22 July 2011 - 02:33 AM



Microsoft (Bing) is trying to beat(ing) trying to be Google!


Fixed that for you. ;)


Fixed that for you Frylock... :D

Too bad they are failing. out of the many, many people that i Personally know, not one of them use Bing. and by that, i mean, 10 aunts and uncles, 23 cousins, 14 children of said cousins... and not a single Bing user at all. thats 47 people, more then 1/3 of 100. Almost 50 people. Not a single Bing user. Bing is failing. Seriously, as if adding in html5 tiles to it's search site will encourage more people to use that crappy search engine. Dont think so.


Same here! Over 200 people are using Google in my areA and 0 BING. They only know Google, no yahoo, no bing....

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Posted 16 August 2011 - 09:38 AM

See it here LIVE!!

#9 OverKlockD

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Posted 16 August 2011 - 12:29 PM

Completely agree. Bing looks good but its search results are still quite lackluster compared to google.

Edited by OverKlockD, 16 August 2011 - 12:29 PM.


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Posted 16 August 2011 - 02:29 PM

HTML5-powered live tiles



#11 pataoengineer

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Posted 16 August 2011 - 04:39 PM

As a search engine, the UI doesn't much matter.

I believe that users just have faith in the reliability of the search result.


#12 Frylock86

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Posted 16 August 2011 - 05:57 PM

So, when is this launching? Anyone know?

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Posted 16 August 2011 - 09:58 PM

Bing is not a bad search engine by any means.

I'm willing to bet that most of the nay-saying comes from people who never used Bing but jump on the bandwagon just so they aren't the one with the unpopular opinion. Either that or they used it expecting it to fail found one problem and bias confirmation took over from there.

Edited by InlineSkate, 17 August 2011 - 06:00 AM.


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Posted 17 August 2011 - 04:54 AM

bing isn't used alot as a search engine, but where it really shines, is when you use Bing for travel, food, etc.

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 05:21 AM

Totally agree with @InlineSkate. These are the people who are googling most of their time..This search engine has a big potential especially now that the MSFT team introduce a HTML5 powered live tiles, u can easily view the updates on weather, latest news, user locations and trends.

@Frylock86 this is still under testing (internally). I provide a link in this thread just to show all of you how does this HTML5 powered live tiles works on Bing.

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