The fact that almost no one noticed might be one reason why Bing has dropped its Visual Search feature … something that apparently happened months ago.
To be clear, this isn’t traditional image search that we’re talking about; that’s still available at bing.com/images. We’re talking about the “Visual Search” tool/interface that Bing launched in 2009 with a unique interface that used Silverlight technology to let searchers view a large set of images and data.
In our article about the launch, we used this screenshot as a sample of the Visual Search interface:
A Microsoft spokesperson tells Liveside.net that the company began removing Visual Search galleries last fall — a long time for something to be shut down with virtually no one noticing.