Bing Now Accepting Entries For Its 2014 Homepage Photo Contest

Bing announced on its Facebook page that it is currently accepting entries for its 2014 homepage photo contest. Coinciding with its 5th birthday, Bing is asking for photo submissions to be uploaded via a link it has posted on Facebook: It’s been 5 years since we launched Bing. To celebrate, we’re looking for amazing images from you! Submit your personal photo of a place you love for a chance to be showcased on Bing and win an Xbox One. Bing says the top ten finalist will be announced on June 23. Last year, the Bing Homepage Photo Contest winner was an image of Niagara Falls. The ph [...]

Bing Tests Search Results Without Underlining Hyperlinks

bing-600 Rubén Gómez reports that Microsoft is testing removing the underlines on the hyperlinks within the search results in Bing. The Bing search results still have the blue hyperlink look, but the underline was removed in this Bing test. Bing is constantly testing large and small changes like this to see how searchers interact with the change and if it leads to a higher click through rate and a happier searcher. Here is a picture of a typical Bing search results set with underlined links: Here is a picture of Bing testing removing the underlines: Google has also recently gone f [...]

Bing Testing New Search Results Design

bing-test-experiment-600 Bing is testing a new search results layout that changes the color of the logo from gray to the yellow/orange, changes the color of the search button and removes the gray background color from the right side rail. Bing has also cleaned up the interface, giving it a tighter but more open look, while keeping most of the existing content and features. @rgomezric notified me of the change and posted a YouTube video. Here is a comparison, showing you both the new and the current design. New Test Bing Layout: Current Bing Layout: [...]

England’s Lulworth Cove Tops Bing’s List Of Most Popular 2013 Homepage Images

Bing homepage LulworthCove Bing has released its ten most popular homepage images of the year, with England's Lulworth Cove off of the Jurassic Coast topping the list. According to the site, homepage popularity was based on user interactions. While the list includes a collection of pictures from across the globe, a majority of the images are of US locations. Bing's Top Ten Most Popular Homepages of 2013: 1. Lulworth Cove, England (© SIME/eStock Photo) 2. Fly Geyser, Nevada (© Ropelato Photography/Getty Images) 3. Ocean Drive, Newport, Rhode Island (© Massimo Borchi/4Corners) 4. North Avenue [...]

Bing Dresses Up For Christmas

bing-christmas-results Bing has added a new set of decorations to their search results for the holidays. If you search for [christmas] at Bing, you will see a new wintery top area that counts down to Christmas day, lets you swap out different snowmen and also sends you to the Santa Tracker. Here is a picture of Bing's Christmas search results page: Google adds decorations for Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa every year and it is nice to see Bing do the same. [...]

Bing Brings Enhanced Mapping To Windows 8.1

Bing Maps Preview Yesterday Microsoft announced "Bing Maps Preview" for Windows 8.1 (including tablets). The new mapping app offers a range of enhanced features and capabilities. It seeks to bring highly realistic, 3-D imagery together with a more intuitive UI. Google Earth and what used to be called Microsoft Virtual Earth have always been a bit slow and clunky as daily mapping and local search tools. Now with Bing Maps Preview Microsoft is trying to merge the daily, mundane world of local search with the more imaginative and leisure uses of 3D mapping (virtual sightseeing, travel planning). Microsoft sa [...]

Bing Homepage Showcases Art Installment Of 2,000 American Flags To Celebrate Veterans Day

bing-featured Bing is celebrating Veterans Day today by featuring an image on its homepage from the Covina Rotary's Club Field of Valor, an art installment of 2,000 American flags constructed on the grounds of a Covina, California school. The homepage includes links to: More images of the Covina art installment Bing search results page for Veterans Day Bing search results page for Woodrow Wilson who made November 11 a national holiday following World War I A link to a YouTube video on the History of Veterans Day Veterans Day began as Armistice Day when Woodrow Wilson declared it a national h [...]

Bing’s New Music Video Search Results Page Showcases Popular Videos With Related Artists & Albums Lists

bing-music-featured Bing has rolled out a new music video search results page today. From now on, when searching for a music video by song title, artist or album, users will see the following box at the top of their search results, showcasing the "most popular" music video related to the search, along with details and a list of "Top Songs" connected to the video. Bing says it is showcasing videos from, "Leading sites including YouTube, Vimeo, MTV, Artist Direct and more." The subsequent videos listed under the featured video are sorted by relevancy based a user's search by song title, artist or album. [...]

Bing Celebrates Halloween By Showcasing 6 Classic Hollywood Horror Movies On Its Homepage

bing-2013-logo-featured To celebrate Halloween, Bing has turned its homepage into a horror movie homage with hidden links leading to search results for six classic scary movies, including The Amityville Horror, the original Halloween released in 1978, The Shining, Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, Friday the 13th film series, and Poltergeist. Hovering over different elements on Bing's homepage launches quick images related to each of the six films, from the eerie twins in The Shining lurking in the hallway to the flashing pumpkin at the top of the stairs from Halloween. Other interactive images on the page include [...]

Bing Gives IE11 Users A Quick Look At The Top Search Result With New “Pre-Rendering” Feature

bing-2013-logo-featured Bing released a new search feature today that "almost instantly" renders the associated page of the top search result when clicked. With the goal of providing a "faster end-to-end search experience," the new "pre-rendering" feature is currently available only to IE11 users. According to the announcement, this update follows a series of recent updates by Bing to minimize the search completion time, staring with Snapshot released in June of last year. The company rolled out its auto-suggest "Ghosting" feature in February, claiming it speeds up search time by 16 percent, reducing both clicks [...]

Niagara Falls Photo Wins Bing Hometown Homepage Photo Contest

New Bing logo After asking users to submit photos of their hometown back in August, Bing announced today Prasad Karkera's photo of the Niagara Falls has won its Hometown Homepage Photo Contest. Karkera's photo was one of ten selected by Bing and then voted on via a public vote by Bing users. Taken from the New York State Observation Tower in Prospect Point Park on the Fourth of July, Karkera's photo will be showcased on Bing's homepage today, along with links to more information about Niagara Falls. As the photographer of the winning photo, Karkera will be awarded a Nokia Lumia 1020 camera, 500px memb [...]

Bing’s Page Zero Offers Deep Links & Shortcuts To Relevant Information Straight From The Search Box

bing-2013-featured Today, Bing released a detailed overview of its Page Zero experience, a new search feature that delivers deep links directly from the search box with shortcuts to relevant information associated with the search term. According to the announcement, the new feature gives "best" auto-completion suggestions for a query, as well as displaying "rich information" related to the search term. Bing says the Satori technology that powers the Page Zero experience delivers relevant search information in the same amount of time it takes to blink, giving users a "Faster way to search" both from the Bin [...]

Bing Asks Users To Submit Photos For Their Hometown Homepage Photo Contest

Bing Photo contest In partnership with Discovery Communications, Bing is honoring World Photography Day with a Hometown Homepage Photo Contest. According to the announcement, Bing wants, "Images that highlight and capture the beauty of your hometown." Starting today through September 3, Bing is asking users to submit photos of their hometown on Bing's Homepage App on Facebook. Ten finalist will be announced September 10 and their images posted on Bing's Facebook page where fans can vote on their favorite photo. The winning photo and photographer will be showcased on Bing's homepage on October 1, and the wi [...]

Bing Testing Favicons In Search Result Snippets

bing-icon Bing is testing displaying favicons in the search results, next to the title of the search snippet. A reader, Joshua Hedlund, emailed us a screen shot of this test. Bing has confirmed this is not a browser extension modifying the search results, but rather one of Bing's many tests to the search results user interface. Here is a screen shot of Bing with favicons in the search results: I am personally unable to replicate this but a Microsoft spokesperson told us: We’re constantly updating and refining the Bing search experience, and before any changes are implemented they und [...]

Bing: We Added A Border To Our Ads To Make Them More Visible

In response to our post yesterday about the often-invisible background shading on ads in the search engine results, Derrick Connel, Corporate Vice President of Bing Program Management at Microsoft, followed up with Danny Sullivan on Facebook to say: As a small comment on Bing -- the ads have 2 design elements for mainline ads. We have the background shading and a line on the right. We added the line as a design element to help users understand where mainline ads starts and ends. Your point about background shading varying by screen is right. Given background colors show up differently on vari [...]

The Great Fade Out? How The Search Engines Stack Up On Ad Backgrounds In SERPs

google-bing-yahoo-ad-colors-featured A few weeks ago, Barry Schwartz reported that Yahoo was testing ad background colors -- a pale green instead of pale blue. The search engines frequently test ad background colors in the SERPs. Google has tested blue, green, purple, and yellow variations. What struck me in looking at the Yahoo test, though, was how faint the background colors on both the test and control are. So, I decided to take a look at how Yahoo, Bing and Google are using background colors in the search results. The screen you're using can make a big difference in what you see. For example, looking at Yahoo results [...]

Bing Updates Deep Links Management While Google Displays Up To Ten Sitelinks

bing-google-logos Microsoft Bing announced changes to the way they allow webmasters to manage their "deep links" in the search results, while Google has quietly added up to ten sitelinks for a navigational query. Bing Deep Links Update Vincent Wehren, Senior Program Manager at Bing Webmaster Tools, announced on the Bing Webmaster blog that they have updated the Deep Links management feature by removing features in order to make it more useful to webmasters. The features webmasters have access to now for managing "deep links" (Google calls them Sitelinks) include: Block a deep link URL from showing up anyw [...]

Bing “Re-Imagined” For Windows 8.1: More Beautiful, Comprehensive And Integrated

bing-windows8-featured Windows 8.1 is intended to "fix" many of the perceived problems of Windows 8. However, for the Bing team, the release of Windows 8.1 offered a new opportunity to more deeply integrate Bing into the OS and provide a richer experience for users. With the new release, Bing becomes something more than a "search engine." It becomes a central utility and content discovery tool that offers a "re-imagined" experience. Bing will help users discover and organize information both on the PC and on the Web. It also finds personal content in the cloud. The notion is to both simplify and deepen the [...]

“Beam Me Up” Works To Beam You Up To Star Trek, On Bing

bing-startrek Bing is continuing to honor Star Trek (and promote tomorrow's release of Star Trek Into Darkness, the latest in the Star Trek film franchise) by boldly going where no homepage has gone before. After announcing their Klingon translator yesterday, Bing dedicated their homepage to the iconic series today, serving up numerous Star Trek facts and images when users search on secret star trek phrases. Today's Bing homepage features the planet Mercury, along with hidden links to facts about the planet, a film on space travel, and Mercury-inspired music performed by the BBC Philharmonic. B [...]

Bing: More Than 50% Of Searchers Click The First Result; 75% Click On Deep Links Result

bing-click-featured The value of ranking first on a search results page is no secret, but today Bing is putting some hard numbers on it: More than 50 percent of Bing users click the first result, and more than 75 percent click there if the first result includes Bing's deep links. In a blog post today, Dr. Ronny Kohavi of Bing's Research & Development team, shares some valuable data about how Bing users interact with search results. After the 50 percent of users that click the top result, Bing says that only about 4-6 percent click the third result (depending on if it's an Instant Answer or a regular web [...]

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