Mar 7 11

Bing HTML5 Site Expected To Have Instant Search Results


  The search war between Google and Microsoft’s Bing has certainly brought Web users a plethora of new tools and capabilities.

Bing introduced the permanent left-hand sidebar with search options, social results from Facebook and Twitter, and even results tailored to food recipes, all of which were later added to Google. Now it looks like Bing will take Google’s lead, with a version coming that emulates Google’s recently introduced Google Instant results, which fill up the result page even before a user finishes typing a query, based on search predictions.

Earlier this week, the company made live a preview site of the HTML5 version of Bing at the address Bing Peek preview site, but the company apparently has pulled the site in the wake of media publicity. When asked about Bing’s HTML5 ambitions, a Microsoft representative told that “Microsoft doesn’t comment on rumors or speculation.” And when the site was pointed out, “We have nothing to announce at this time.”

The preview site was reported by WinRumors yesterday, which also made the claims about the instant search feature and that the new version of the search site will debut alongside the company’s next-generation browser, Internet Explorer 9, at the MIX11 conference next month. Recent comments by Microsoft executives give weight to the idea that the browser will launch at the event. According to WinRumors, CEO Steve Ballmer said that Internet Explorer would be available “in the next month or so.” But the media has received invitations for an IE9 event at SXSW in Austin on March 14, which points to a release of that Web browser on that date.

The preview site for Bing’s HTML5 version, when it was live, claimed that the version would offer “search previews as you type,” “animations that make search come alive,” and “seamless transitions between pages.” The Bing team has even posted a video showing HTML5 features of a future version of the search site on Bing Videos, including many of the rumored new features. And another video shot at Apple’s WWDC 2010 shows an HTML5 version of Bing running in Safari, so the company’s current tight-lipped approach is somewhat puzzling

Tags: Bing, Google, Microsoft

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