At Microsoft Bing we’re in search of methods to provide you again time so you may concentrate on the issues that actually matter. We’re additionally in search of methods to maneuver thoughtfully past an inventory of hyperlinks, to a world of search outcomes that seamlessly mix info with visually wealthy imagery in a single lovely view.
With that in thoughts, we’re excited to announce a number of new search experiences that shortly ship info in a means that’s intuitive and interesting. The result’s a visually wealthy format that means that you can shortly discover what you’re in search of with out having to sift via giant blocks of textual content. These new options are just the start as we glance to evolve the search expertise throughout all of Microsoft Bing!
Certainly one of our targets is to ship a search expertise that strikes past a static set of outcomes. A method we’re doing so is to replace our search end result pages in order that they adapt to intuitively spotlight the content material you’re participating with as you go.
As an example, with individuals cooking from house greater than ever, we’ve heard many point out that they’re overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of recipe choices on-line, and pissed off by recipes hidden under lengthy introductions and adverts. To assist with that, we’ve launched an up to date recipes expertise that extracts and aggregates essentially the most related recipes content material and presents it in a single view on the search outcomes web page.
This view reveals recipe photos together with high-level info like energy per serving and consumer critiques. If a recipe features a how-to video, we’ll present that as a part of the reply, and it’ll play for those who hover over. Seamlessly click on from one recipe to the subsequent and see them broaden inline so you do not have to bounce from web page to web page. The expanded view reveals extra info akin to: an ingredient checklist and doable substitutions for if you don’t have all the things readily available, a drop-down menu so that you can scale the recipe to a sure variety of servings, and dietary info. You may see this function for your self with queries like “fish tacos recipes” or “simple mac and cheese recipes” to see the way it might help you shortly resolve on a recipe and get proper to cooking.
We utilized related ideas to look outcomes for these seeking to make amends for house enchancment or for inventive initiatives to do with their youngsters. Seek for issues like “DIY espresso desk” and “vegetable backyard concepts”, and also you’ll get a wealthy view of outcomes that may function a place to begin in your inspiration. From there you may click on an concept that catches your eye to go to its house website for extra particulars, put it aside for later, or discover different related ideas or concepts.
Whereas exploring these visible outcomes, you would possibly see one thing you want however is tough to explain with phrases. That’s why we’ve additionally built-in visible search into the expertise, so you may shortly search utilizing a picture. For instance, within the “DIY espresso desk” end result, you might even see wicker baskets that match the desk’s feel and appear. With only a click on, you’ll get picture outcomes of similar-looking objects, and may straight click on off to retailer websites to buy a selected basket for those who’re bought on it.
We’ve additionally made a couple of updates to our carousel experiences, with intuitive hover-over experiences that may provide help to, for instance, shortly set up your guide or film lists. To see it in motion, seek for issues like “chef documentaries” or “house books”, and also you’ll get a wealthy carousel of solutions that showcases simply the outcomes’ high-level info to keep away from crowding the web page. Should you resolve you wish to study extra a couple of particular end result, hover over it, and Microsoft Bing will then broaden the end result with extra detailed info.
Shortly get knowledgeable with infographic-inspired experiences
One other a part of our imaginative and prescient for contemporary search is to thoughtfully combination info for extra detailed matters, and to design the web page in such a means that you may shortly discover what you’re in search of. Our aim is to offer each type AND substance.
For instance, you may seek for broad matters like “Kenya” or “giraffes”. Outcomes for these transfer past a dense abstract of textual content outcomes and blue hyperlinks, and combination the highest textual content and visible outcomes into an infographic-inspired expertise. Curiosity piqued? Click on off to websites that include extra element or discover different associated matters. You may see the up to date expertise alongside the earlier expertise under:
One other function that showcases this design method is our native solutions, which might help if, for instance, you’re making an attempt to remain near house and wish to be a vacationer in your personal hometown. Seek for issues like “issues to do in Seattle” or “Eiffel Tower”, and also you’ll get aggregated info from quite a lot of sources. As an alternative of only a single carousel of pictures, or only a textual content abstract of 1 facet of what you’ve looked for, you’ll now see a complete overview of the subject – inclusive of Bing Maps, prime pictures, customer critiques, and extra – so in a single view you may study extra concerning the space and concentrate on no matter is of curiosity to you. This expertise is flighting and will probably be absolutely accessible within the US in coming weeks.
We’ve utilized related ideas to extra list-centric queries like “finest rivers to go to” or “most attention-grabbing volcanoes”. As an alternative of getting only a textual content end result, or info on a single reply, you get an explorable overview of related image-led content material.
We hope you’re as enthusiastic about these new experiences as we’re! Keep tuned within the coming months for extra visually immersive experiences throughout the net. As all the time, you may present suggestions by clicking the suggestions button on the decrease proper nook of the outcomes web page.