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, today we spotted one such feature. This new feature is called Bing Story timeline and it will be displayed in Bing web search results. When you search for people like ‘Jessie James’, there will be series of news incidents related to that person. A picture of this can be seen above.
How we currently see news results on search results are displayed as below:
For certain individuals Microsoft has provided a timeline in the right most ‘knowledge’ column. For example if you search Phil Jackson on Bing you will see a timeline of major events in his life and career.
This new “story timeline” shown at the top is different from the old timeline in the right hand column. The story timeline shows links to a chronological timeline of news stories within the past few years while the old timeline are facts from the individual’s life, often from wikipedia, which may go back much further.
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Suril Amin contributed to this report.