Microsoft ships revamped Bing Bar with Facebook integration

By Tom Warren, on 17th Feb 11 6:44 pm with 3 Comments

New Bing Bar

Microsoft announced an overhauled Bing Bar browser add-in on Thursday.

The software giant has engineered the new Bing Bar from the “ground up” to integrate Facebook, alerts, Mail and the Bing Rewards program. “We took a back to basics approach for this release, guided by one key principle: make the stuff you do every day online easier,” says Bing’s Joshua Schnoll. “We took a look at what makes our customers happy, how people use our products, and where they spend time online.” The result is an overhauled Bing Bar for Internet Explorer that provides more simple ways to access things like Bing Search, Facebook, email, maps, games and more.

Search

The search entry box is now centred and features deep links for search content. Microsoft has consolidated things like search history, suggestions and deep links straight into the search box and marked by colors.

Bing Bar search

Facebook

Microsoft’s relationship with Facebook extends even further now thanks to the new Bing Bar. The tool now allows users to access their latest Facebook activity without visiting Facebook. Users can access the news feed, photos, friend requests, messages and notifications.

Bing Bar Facebook

Alerts

Microsoft has revamped its Bing Bar to include web mail and Facebook alerts to name but a few. The alerts allow users to get a quick view of their new emails or Facebook messages straight from the bar. The alerts appear below the Bing Bar and fade away after a few seconds. There’s also alerts for Weather and Bing’s rewards program.

Bing Bar Alerts

Mail

Microsoft supports Hotmail, Yahoo and Gmail with its new Bing Bar. The bar now allows users to check all their different accounts from one central location.

Bing Bar Mail

The new Bing Bar is available for download immediately for Internet Explorer 7 or above on XP, Vista and Windows 7. Download it at Microsoft’s download site.

  • Anonymous

    Not impressed. Previous Bing bar was a lot better. I also don’t understand why everything needs to have some level of Facebook integration? If you want facebook, go to facebook.com. Don’t see myself using Bing bar for checking my facebook.

  • Anonymous

    I only had the old bing bar installed for the free points with search, but this new bing bar is actually useful. The facebook integration amazingly works well and is rather nice. I also like its reduced footprint in bar height.

  • http://twitter.com/Zoomicon George Birbilis

    it’s not just the Bing Bar, Messenger does the same now. It’s all part of Windows Live Social integration with Linkedin, Facebook, MySpace, etc. (no Twitter yet :-(