Bing HTML5 preview site goes live, available soon

By Tom Warren, on 6th Mar 11 11:01 am with 28 Comments

Bing HTML5 preview

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

  • Daniel Hartshorn

    Brilliant ive been waiting for this since they announced it along side IE9 beta, now this should show the true power of IE9 as well as what upgrading to HTML 5 can do… If succsesful most websites should be encouraged to upgrade while people stuck on IE8 (due to Running XP) should upgrade there systems or microsoft should enable HTML5 in a update so they can use the new ‘web standard’

    • Anonymous

      Its more likely that xp users will simply switch to competing browsers that offer html5 and h/a.

      Still great to hear about html5 bing!

    • ThePro

      Here’s something for them IE8 users that like IE but want a better web experience..

  • Harsha Vardhan

    Tom telling me something is the previous site is already live or it will be live soon?

    Ur heading just doesnt make sense (To me atleast)

    • Tom W

      If you read the article then it might make more sense:

    • Harsha Vardhan

      Ohh sorry i have skipped the last to paragrahs..U kno u usally copy paste those texts, so i have a habit to skipping ur last two paragrahs..

    • Harsha Vardhan

      *last two

  • Mani s

    what is the link?

  • GP007

    Great, just what I expected once IE9 was ready to go.

  • Meni

    I’d like to find something like that to use as DreamScene …. thats a shame microsoft quitted the project I kinda liked it so much ‘-’

  • Guest

    “Ballmer said Internet Explorer 9 is a “great piece of work” and that “it will be the best browser…that you’ve ever used.””

    And Vista was going to be the best Windows ever too. Ballmer should just avoid talking in public.

    IE9 is probably the best MS browser ever, though I’m still having problems with a few sites even on the RC. But best browser period? I don’t think many FF or Chrome users are going to conclude that or be motivated to switch. And of course the XP users have been given no option except to upgrade to W7, which isn’t going to happen faster just for the browser. So most will go for Chrome. And by the time IE10 comes out Chrome will probably have had another half dozen updates.

    • GP007

      FF is a joke, unless you’re a extention whore there’s no use in it period. FF4′s dev cycle makes IE9′s seem super fast as well, 12 betas and an RC just now? lolwut? And Chrome, I don’t even know why they bother with version numbers at all since very little update brings a whole new version number. Seriously what big great new feature did v11 add over v10? And you gotta love the fact you have Google looking over your shoulder every time you use it. People who really like “chrome” but don’;t like Google at least do the smart thing and use Iron.

      And XP usrs need to update their old ass OS first before whining about which browser to use.

    • Wourelia

      I’ve recently installed XP in my company (we went from Vista to XP) because some stupid programs used in business still arn’t compatible with Win 7. (mostly machine related programs such as robot drivers, CNC and 3d printers)

      I agree that I’m just using FF because of all the add-ons.
      If IE9 had more usefull plugins, I would use it. Just a matter of time I guess…

    • Anonymous

      Did you try using XPMode virtualization in Windows 7? It is designed for scenarios like the one you encountered in mind, as I understand it.

    • Anonymous

      So what browser do you use?

    • Anonymous

      So what browser do you use?

    • Frylockns86

      And do you think by then, Chrome will still be supporting XP? Most likely not.

  • Anonymous

    Doesn’t work here. using ie9 rc. Nothing changes when I enter the Bing Preview -.-

    • Anonymous

      Obviously. The preview isn’t live yet.

  • Anonymous

    Heck yeah dude now thats what I am talking about. Wow.

  • Sprezzatura

    How well will it run on browsers other than IE?

    • Guest

      That’ll depend on their HTML5 capability.

    • Anonymous

      Considering the amount Microsoft talks about same markup and all that, it soils look exactly the same in any modern browser.

      But some animations will be smoother in IE9!

    • Anonymous

      soils = should…stupid Swype keyboard!

  • Anonymous

    Wait few weeks after this launch and see Mr.Do No Evil copy this feature from Bing….