Bing’s Visual Search Is Gone (Has Been For A While, Actually)

bing-logoThe 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 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:

Top Travel Destinations According to Bing Visual Search

The independent Microsoft/Windows blog,, reported today that the old URL for Visual Search ( no longer works.

A Microsoft spokesperson tells that the company began removing Visual Search galleries last fall — a long time for something to be shut down with virtually no one noticing.

Related Topics: Channel: Consumer | Microsoft: Bing | Microsoft: Bing Image Search


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  • quikboy

    I was the one that noticed this, and tipped this to LiveSide :^)

  • StupidPeopleShouldntBreed

    Did you want a bozo button or something?

  • elogy

    Maybe has nothing to do with the article but I am convinced that the term ” Visua Search ” is misleading for a classic image search via tag. I believe that this term is rather appropriate for engines as Macroglossa ( ) that proves to be a true Visual search engine, maybe still not very precise but very useful and promising.E.

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