Microsoft is currently readying a special HTML5 version of Bing and WinRumors has learned it will be available in preview soon.
The software giant first announced its HTML5 version of Bing at the original beta launch of Internet Explorer 9 in September. WinRumors understands that the company is planning to unveil the first public preview of Bing HTML5 to co-incide with the release to web of Internet Explorer 9. Bing’s HTML5 will include smooth animations to allow users to jump backwards in their search history. Bing will also introduce small, hovering windows as you scroll down the screen to keep navigation tabs in view. Bing will also enable animated pictures and automatically generated slideshows so users can visually explore a search query.
Bing will also introduce an “instant” search similar to rival Google. The instant search will allow page elements to automatically transition as the user types their search query into the bing box. Microsoft will make HTML5 Bing available as a beta preview version around the same time as Internet Explorer 9 is available. Microsoft is currently compiling RTM-escrow versions of its latest browser. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has previously hinted at Internet Explorer 9′s launch date. Speaking during a developers day at Microsoft Switzerland in mid-February, Ballmer revealed that Internet Explorer 9 would be available very soon. “There’s a lot of great things going on broadly, enhancements that we’ve made, not only in Windows but Internet Explorer 9 which will be available here in the next month or so.” Ballmer said Internet Explorer 9 is a “great piece of work” and that “it will be the best browser…that you’ve ever used.”
Microsoft’s Indian MSDN team tweeted a launch date of March 24 earlier this week. Tech-Ed India 2011 as a launch date for Internet Explorer 9 is possible but unlikely due to the time escrow time frames. Microsoft’s general manager of Internet Explorer and Windows Live, Brian Hall, is due to keynote on March 24 at Tech-Ed India. Hall has worked at Microsoft since 1995 in a variety of marketing and engineering positions. Previously, he led the worldwide launch of Windows XP and worked as a product manager on Windows 95, Windows 98 and Internet Explorer versions 3 through 5.
Microsoft is still widely expected to unveil Internet Explorer 9 at its MIX11 conference next month. Bing’s preview site is currently live but does not allow you to turn on HTML5 Bing just yet. We’ll let you know as soon as it’s fully live.
Thanks to WinRumors reader Andie Fairlie for the news tip