Bing’s Windows 8 web app revealed

By Tom Warren, on 7th Sep 11 2:44 pm with 38 Comments

Bing on Windows 8 web app

Microsoft is preparing to unveil its own Bing web app for Windows 8, WinRumors has learned.

The software giant is busy putting the final touches on the interface which is expected to be made available alongside developer previews of Windows 8 next week. The interface includes a tile based version of Bing that the company previously previewed on the Bing homepage. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s Bing plans hinted to WinRumors that the Bing Windows 8 web app will be made available publicly for all users to access.

The interface is optimized for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 10 browser and is built using the latest HTML5 and JavaScript improvements. As a result, the tablet Bing interface does not render well on Internet Explorer 9 at this point in time. Microsoft’s new Bing Windows 8 web app follows the company’s Metro design language with a large back button and quick search option on the homepage.

Microsoft has previously updated its online store look and feel to match the Metro look and feel and its download site and MSDN site. Microsoft’s Metro design language is an internal code name for a typography-based design languages created and used by the company. Microsoft originally started using Metro in Media Center and showcased a full version in the company’s Zune products. Microsoft’s latest mobile operating system, Windows Phone 7, also features the Metro look and feel throughout. Microsoft is planning Metro style user interfaces across Windows 8, Xbox 360 and Office 15. The software giant uses the tile and text user interface for its existing Windows Phone devices and will sync all of its user interfaces into one unified vision for its next range of products due in 2012.

Thanks to Leonardo for the news tip

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    all of that crap at the bottom is not needed… i don’t need all that info, it just clutters the page 

    • Candid Calum

      I disagree. It’s localised, and a nice touch. It adds to the great design.

    • http://www.winrumors.com Tom W

      Indeed, it would be good to touch too.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=11814278 Chris Woelfel

      That’s what she said.

    • john

      Why do you go around saying that on every post? Do you have nothing better to do?

    • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

      lol

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=11814278 Chris Woelfel

      I’ve said it twice here…I hardly call that ”every post”. U mad? How I utilize my time is my own. Do you have nothing better to do than talk about what I say? Jeez, chill out.   

    • Anonymous

      True, the local approach works imo.

    • Guest

      Should add a toggle. Many won’t want their screen cluttered with that info.

    • Aaron

      Clutter can be a potential issue, but I think that interface could work very well on a tablet touch screen.

    • http://www.twitter.com/wixostrix WixosTrix

      Hopefully that will be customizable.  I actually enjoy the “popular now” section found on the homepage.  It makes it very easy to stay a little bit in the loop with whats going on in the news even when I wasn’t planning on reading any news about the subject. 

    • Nitro

      BING as a whole is not needed…

    • http://twitter.com/raphaom Raphael Miranda

      Indeed. 

      Is microsoft positioning bing as a search portal or as a dashboard? This bombardment of information just makes it more difficult to do your business and get out. 

  • Anonymous

    what’s the difference between this post and this one http://www.winrumors.com/bing-gets-metro-treatment-includes-html5-live-tiles/ ?

    • http://www.winrumors.com Tom W

      Very little apart from the big Metro buttons at the top and big search bar.

    • http://www.winrumors.com Tom W

      Very little apart from the big Metro buttons at the top and big search bar.

    • Anonymous

      seems designed for touch.

    • Impartial

      one in metro bing for mouse, other is metro bing for fingers?

  • anon

    Looking good. Can’t wait to see more of windows 8. Been pretty excited for Microsoft’s products since getting my windows phone

  • Anonymous

    Why not take a screenshot using the IE10 platform preview?

  • Anonymous

    So this bing web app is not the IMMERSIVE BING app I assume… Seems like all the leaks from MS are related to the non immersive experience.

    Also, I agree with Sebastian, all that crap at the bottom is not needed!

    • Anonymous

      It seems that IE10 can be put in an Immersive render state. That’s why they put a “back” button on the web app. The IE “back” button may be not visible when u lunch web apps.

      Just my two cents.

    • Guest

      If they keep dumbing down the UI and making it this unattractive, they’re going to have to rename it dipshit mode.

    • Anonymous

      define immersive. looks immersive enough to me. keep in mind it is running inside a chromed IE window within the desktop so you’re seeing the chrome you won’t see on a tablet. if you take away that, it is an immersive app.

    • http://twitter.com/Capric0rn Capric0rn

      Why would they show off a Windows 8 UI which isn’t even finished yet in a screenshot for Bing? :P

    • Guest

      Let’s hope it can be collapsed like the ribbon in Window8.

  • john

    That is so fake, things dont even align properly. Either that, or its horrible design.

    • Anonymous

      it is meant for a tablet. look at the large button and bottom scroll panel. similar to the ipad app. the reason it doesn’t line up on the desktop is because it isn’t runing the immersive shell that microsoft hasn’t yet made available in the win8 leaks.

    • Anonymous

      I guess you probably never had those moments in your life when you just freshly designed something that was such a cool thing you thought, and even though it wasn’t fully polished you still wanted to show it off to everyone

    • Anonymous

      It’s real, I actually just saw this design not too long ago except with a search result.  It had the metro back button and everything.  Personally, I didn’t like it.

  • Prashant

    As usual, not available outside US/UK!

    • IAmTheNinja

      Did you read the article? “Sources familiar with Microsoft’s Bing plans hinted to WinRumors that the Bing Windows 8 web app will be made available publicly for all users to access.” This time they did good to the rest of us. Chill, McGill.

    • Prashant

      I could have been more specific here, the app will be available for everyone, but it will be missing lot of features. You can try this now on you PC, go to Bing and change the country to India you will see the difference.

    • IAmTheNinja

      Did you read the article? “Sources familiar with Microsoft’s Bing plans hinted to WinRumors that the Bing Windows 8 web app will be made available publicly for all users to access.” This time they did good to the rest of us. Chill, McGill.

  • Anonymous

    This looks a lot like the Bing iPad app, which is fantastic by the way.

  • Anonymous

    wow this looks really nice! hope i can get it soon. the new buttons looks nice already, but this one look really nice. and i like how everything is on top now and not on the picture like before.

    so its nice to see Bing team making Bing better! whatever people say about maps and only US bla bla. i use maps once in like 2 months so i dont care. it searches what i tell it to search,so i cant careless about the map not being good everywhere, which anyway where i live, ovi, bing and google maps, suck.

  • Guest

    So we can get Bing HTML 5 just two years after MS first started promising it? Man, these guys are good.

  • http://macrosofter.wordpress.com/ quikboy

    Hey! I got that just like an hour ago! It just randomly happened. It’s missing search verticals and other stuff though.