Saturday, August 18, 2012

Bing in Windows 8

Windows 8 is about to become a turning point in the whole traditional Windows look and feel, letting go (for the most part) of the decade old window/mouse pointer paradigm, and embracing a more touch-friendly user interface. To that effect, Microsoft needs to provide a consistent experience across its entire product range, and today we get to know a bit more about how Bing will work on Windows 8.

In the Bing App, the results will now be shown in a "touch friendlier" grid, which also allows you to see photos in fullscreen mode and easily swipable - and that you can quickly check out, placing the results side by side with the browser, to tap and check each site to quickly find out if that's what you're looking for.

Besides that, you also get special treatment for things like Travel, Weather, and Maps:

And also New, Finance, and Sports:

Microsoft might have taken its time to fully commit to a touch-friendly operating system... but it finally seems to be willing to pick up the slack, and maybe even show its competitors how it can/should be done.

Do you have high hopes for Windows 8, or do you think it will be "too" different to be accepted by all those used to having the windows/mouse interface burned in their brains over the past decades?

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