Microsoft Bing Testing UX Tweaks For Web Search Results, Provides Earthquake Information And More

Microsoft Bing team is known for testing new features and tweaks to a small group of users to analyze the usage before rolling it out to millions of users. We have come across many such features in the past, recently we have spotted a few more.  It is possible Bing may be preparing the make some announcements at the Build conference next week.

A little over a week ago we reported the new Story Timeline feature.  We have continued to see this feature pop up randomly on recent events:

Bing Story Timeline

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Bing is also testing a new way to show images on a given web search.  Here is how Bing currently look with a search for Reese Witherspoon.

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Here is the new look

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The new UX shows a carousel of images at the top rather than a rectangular block of 6-8 images.

Popular topics get their own image carousel and knowledge base:

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A search for “Dancing with the Stars” gives an image carousel of the cast and contestants.  Clicking on an image from the carousel gives the latest news along with information about the person on the knowledge column on the right hand side.  Links to twitter, facebook, a Klout score, and a timeline are also included.

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The trending searches are now included in places other than the homepage.  I believe this is officially refered to as the news carousel, I affectionately call it the ‘low information news bar.’   Here is a picture as currently on the homepage:

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Click on one of the stories now pulls up a ‘Popular on Bing’ carousel at the top of the page:

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Bing also pulls up Earthquake information for a recent earthquakes from the USGS:

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Have you noticed any other recent changes on Bing? Let us know in the comments below.

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