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April
24

Bing Desktop Brings Beauty and Convenience to Windows 7

From the beginning, Bing has been a place for exploration. The Bing homepage images aspire to spark your curiosity giving you something to talk about and connect with. Over the years, many of you have requested a simple way to enjoy these images as your Windows desktop background. With today’s release of Bing Desktop, we’re introducing an easy way to do just that.

Bing Desktop marries the beauty of Bing’s daily homepage with a quick and convenient search interface so you don’t have to open your browser to start a search session. Every day, your Windows Desktop Background will automatically refresh to a high resolution version of the day’s home page, drawn from the images we use around the world.

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Bing Desktop provides a fast and simple route to get search results. To start searching, simply click on the Bing taskbar icon and the search bar will automatically appear at the center of your screen. Type what you’re looking for and the search results will appear in your default browser. You’re off and running in a matter of keystrokes. When you’re not using the search box, it goes to the background so you won’t lose precious screen space.

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If you prefer, you can dock the search box to the top of screen and it will slide up out of view until you hover and click at top of screen. Just use the settings icon to pin to top of screen. We’d love your feedback on this experimental user experience.

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You can download Bing Desktop right now. Like our homepage, you can find out more about the image by simply hovering over the clip_image008 icon in the search interface. Bing Desktop works on Windows 7 for US English. We hope to expand to additional markets in the near future. For image licensing reasons, we’re showing images that we use globally, so there are some days where it won’t match the home page image you see on Bing.com in the US, but it will always be a crisp, engaging way to start your day.

Bing Desktop is the result of a strong collaboration between Microsoft’s China Innovation Group in Beijing, China, who originated the idea based on user feedback, and our core client development team in Bellevue, WA. Please let us know what you think of Bing Desktop in the comments below or on Twitter (@Bing.)

- Tony Chor, Bing Clients Team and Yong Rui, China Innovation Group

Comments

  • Looks great, but I am sick and tired of Microsoft being so US-biased. I'm not sure if you guys know, but there are billions of people outside the USA. I can't think of any reason why this couldn't be a worldwide release.

  • Looks great, but only for US users? I can't think of any reason why this couldn't be a worldwide release. I love Bing but i live in Spain :(

  • Bing Desktop crashes when I set the background change! (Win7 Premium SP1 x64)

  • I agree with the other comments.. Why are Microsoft so biased towards the US?  Why not an international release from day one?

  • My problem is probably linked to my proxy server which moreover requires authentification

  • I dont understand why cant they have the same wallpaper as they have on bing.com. Also, it'd be cool to have those mouse over links on the wallpaper as well.

  • It might be that the bing desktop currently syncs to the image of the day for bing in China, instead of bing in the US. Also, I agree that it would be nice if the mouse over interactive link information was displayed on the wallpaper like on the webpage, or all of the interactive info was put in the info icon in the bing search bar. It could be set as an option to, so that those who want the interactive side can use it, and those who don't would leave it disabled.

  • This is pointless. The wallpaper stuff is nice but the search results just load in a web browser. It's probably not much slower to just load a browser and search in the address bar. I was interested in this because I thought it might be some kind of interesting new way to search the web from your desktop and from the screenshots it looked similar to the wp7 interface for searching. But it may as well just be implemented as a toolbar on the taskbar.

  • This is just a link to http://www.bing.com/search?q= SEARCH TEXT (I could have done this in xp!). For me to actually want to use this it needs better desktop integration. I want the results to load on the desktop (or in an application which looks like it's part of the desktop) and to be able to switch between web image, video and map results!

    PS for people posting about that this is only available in the US if you just google it (my bad) then you can get the "bing desktop beta" which looks the same to me.

  • "search results will appear in your default browser" I agree that for this to have any impact at all on how people search this is not the way to do it. Modern web browsers have made it so easy to search from the address bar and this has become the standard way of searching for most people.

    Assuming I'm using a modern browser If search using this and it loads a bing search results page I am presented with three options for conducting another search; the bing searchbox, the address bar and the desktop searchbox (in the background). Why would I use it again?

  • I'm liking the whole desktop background and search bar on said desktop. But this extra Taskbar icon kinda irks me. If anything it ought to be a small icon hidden in the notification area. It just makes it feel less fluid and more tacky. Just a suggestion. It needs to be a bit less intrusive. Otherwise I'm loving it.

  • I'm thinking if you can make it movable not just at the centre or top.

  • I really really like the new Bing desktop experience. Works seamlessly (here in the UK) and makes the desktop look really fresh and exciting!

    I really like the Bing search box centred in the screen, but would have preferred if it didn't have a tab which took up taskbar space- please could you change this? And maybe hide the settings and info icons on the search bar, to make it look even slicker.

    Overall fantastic work though!

  • Just visit this page and install bing desktop... Works for me in Taiwan :D

    www.microsoft.com/.../details.aspx

  • It would be nice if the mouse over interactive link information was displayed on the wallpaper like on the webpage, or all of the interactive info was put in the info icon in the bing search bar. It could be set as an option to, so that those who want the interactive side can use it, and those who don't would leave it disabled.

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