Friday, 24 August 2012

Bing Bounces Back

Bing has finally confirmed what it will look like on Windows 8 (left). When you search for something, instead of the results coming up in a vertical list, everything is in its own box. Not just websites come up in the results, images can also display on the same page to. All this though is very similar to Google, only with a different look to make it unique.
Although, one thing it does nicely, thanks to Windows 8, is to snap your screen (not literally). This means you can have Bing search results on one side of your screen and then the web page on the other side (so if it's not the page you are after, you don't even need to click back, Bing is still there so you can select another web page).
Bing has also announced a number of Windows 8 apps it is going to be releasing. They include: Bing Travel, Bing Weather, Bing Maps, Bing News and Bing Finance. The point they are trying to get across is: Google, eat your heart out!!
Most of the Bing apps function in a similar way. When you launch the app, you are taken directly to a main picture. (On the news app this will be a picture from a breaking news story, on the travel app it is a featured destination, ect, ect.)
When you scroll across right it takes you to the stuff you really want to see. In the Bing News app it shows you all the main stories in different categories such as Entertainment and Politics. All of the stories are taken from reliable news sources such as the Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail.