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The results themselves are cleaner. Removing the “left rail” and minimizing the header raises the level of consistency and predictability while making it easier to scan the page and quickly find the information you want. Increasing the space between lines improves readability and optimizes the page for touch devices. Putting all our result annotations and social data in one consistent spot makes the page easier to use and understand.
The new experience is more than skin-deep. You will also notice faster page-load times and improved relevance under the hood. After all, our goal is to help people spend less time searching and more time doing. And changing how we look is the next big step in doing just that.
We’re not finished. Today, we’re also testing out some new ideas for the homepage, including a larger version of the popular daily image. If you happen upon the homepage changes, please let us know what you think.
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WOW, big readability improvement, i love it.
The "ALL CAPS" in typography, which looks very balanced from design perspective, however the readability getting little lost. If you can fix the ALL CAPS on "WEB, IMAGES, VIDEOS, MAPS, FINANCE, NEWS, MORE" to normal "Web, Images, Video, Maps, Finance, News" it would help lot.
Great Work Bing Team.
Where is "NARROW BY DATE" in the new desing?
Too much white space on the right, and too little space on the left. It looks unbalanced. It's also too simple, and too paled.
For the users who are blind this look is a step backwards as some of the links are not properly labeled for accessibility. For example, at the top of the page there is a link that says "Explore the Bing Homepage". Regardless the fact that this link makes no sense, what do you mean by "Explore", do you mean "Go to" perhaps? regardless of this fact, imeediately below it there is another link which has no accessible label. If you try to read it using the Jaws screen reader, you get a series of junk, a series of mixed letters and numbers. Then further down on the Bing header there is the Bing Rewards link. Again this link is not properly labeled which to a blind user makes it sound like the number 21 or the number 4. So, instead of "Bing rewards", a blind user hears "21". This is because in the HTML source you forgot to label it. The most annoying part is that below each search result now there is a new link which I don't know what it does. I think it reveals the "Cached page" link. Anyway, this new link has the label "#". So, when you cursor onto it using the screen reader you hear "#". And that "#" thing is below every search result.
What is this a redesign or bad engineering?
I miss the previews for the webpages :(
Great work guys, but I would really like if there was an option to center in the screen all my search results. It is a little bit uncomfortable when you are searching in a big screen.
Great work cleaning up the results! Very focused and much easier to read.
Now... can you remove the ugly borders on the comments section here? ;)
I'm sorry, but I strongly dislike the "new look" of the Bing results page.
Trying to reduce clutter is a fine goal and all, but this most recent change is a terrible attempt to achieve that goal. It's so bad in fact that I was hoping it was a mistake due to some sort of CSS error but apparently that isn't the case.
My first thought when I saw the change was it looked like Google.com from 5 years ago. There are several reasons why I've preferred Bing over Google and one of those reasons wasn't because I liked the look of Google...
I find it hard to even use this new look for simple searches because it is such an eye sore, and I'm not exaggerating or being facetious, it actually hurts my eyes to look at the page (and the pure white background sure isn't helping either).
It seems as though you've given up functionality for a terrible looking basic page of links. Where are the link page previews? contextual tabs? Why is search history hidden away behind a settings page? Removing these are all sets (leaps?) back, and what's worst is the page has lost it's brand identity.
I'm actually struggling to see any benefit with this change; the closest I could find is that "related" searches is moved over to the right, but now they are cluttered with Ads, making it harder to see the content I actually want to see.
What happened to the beautiful HTML5 version of Bing? Those demos were wonderful and brilliant, why were they never added? (Yes, I know that video was added to the home page...) This one: http://bit.ly/bwV2BF and http://bit.ly/9dEdBN
Those demos are far better than whatever this "new look" is trying to do.
Hopefully this mistake of a change can be fixed and improved into something of actual value, as for whatever less clutter was created a lot more was lost.
P.S. As a parting note, I am a developer for Windows Phone and I am a huge fan of the Metro design language, as well as someone who whole-heartedly believes in the Metro design principles. One of my favorite parts of the principles is "Fierce reduction of unnecessary elements" which I describe myself as being "accurately concise".
When I look at this new look I can't help but think this was someones attempt to "fiercely reduces elements" but I believe this missed out on the important "unnecessary part." It's not difficult to simply remove items and elements, but when you do you run the risk of losing the original context that was there, or to put it another way, when summarizing it is easy to lose meaning if you aren't concise. By removing all the elements to just a page of links, yes you end up with less clutter, but you end up with less content, less context, and less meaning.
The challenge is to reduce clutter but retain as much context and meaning as possible, which I don't believe you have achieved with this new change. It is more difficult to create something concise and accurate but the reward for suceeding is greatly worth it.
This new look also fails a lot of the other Metro design principles even though I can see where someone was "trying" to follow them.
This is all to say that the old design could have used an update, but this new look fails to succeed in bring "improvement" to Bing.
Sorry. : /
The new layouts could do with more of the bing orange colour for highlights and accent. The buttons for instance!
Also some larger typography for heirarchy and perhaps some increased linespacing/line-height for the entries.
Going a bit deeper the weather for example has yet to be metro-fied.
Looks great, but two problems. The cached page button- I don't like that I have to click that drop-down arrow to use it, it should pop-out automatically or be seen below by the link.
Also, the "more" button- I'd prefer to see all the options when I put my mouse over the "more" button and not to have to click on it just to see all the options.
other than that, awesome job!
Meh. I went away from Google for a reason. There are some nice changes, but I miss the Hotmail link at the very top, along with the other items across that top bar, like Shopping. I'm sure I'll get used to the new interface, since I have no choice, but I think y'all left out some of the nifties that we liked about Bing.
Still better than Google, though. :)
I can't seem to see the new version of Bing.com nor on .com.au? Is the new version of the page gone live?
Anyway,i will support bing and windows phone.
I like it, but somewhat miss page previews, too.
JUDE12, 05/03/12 Absolutely awesome ! The new BING is incredible!
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