Bing News brings trending stories from Facebook, Twitter

Microsoft updates its news search engine with a revamped design, browser width adaptation, and popular topics from social media and around the Web.

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Microsoft overhauled its Bing News search page on Thursday to highlight more trending stories -- both from around the Web and on social media.

"Today's news is propelled by 'likes' and 'tweets' and headlines rise and fall in less time than it takes to eat lunch," Bing wrote in a blog post. "That's why we've refreshed Bing News to make it easier for you to stay on top of the stuff you care about."

Those tweets and Facebook posts that get retweeted and liked gazillions of times will now make it to Bing News' homepage. In addition to the social media feature, Bing also redesigned its News page to showcase more headlines and trending topics from all over the Internet.

"At the top of the Bing News page, you can easily browse the latest headlines with the news carousel showcasing the latest trending topics in categories including US, world, local, entertainment, sports, politics, and more," Bing wrote. "If you search for a celebrity or politician who is making headlines, the recent news topics about that person will also be showcased in the carousel."

Bing also created an adaptive design for any type of device. This means it doesn't matter if a user is looking at Bing News on a tablet, smartphone, or computer, the browser will automatically re-shape for the device.

Microsoft has doggedly worked to gain market share for its Bing search engine over the past couple of years. While it still has a long way to dethrone Google, it has steadily gained US market share since 2010. In addition to revamping its news search, Bing also boosted its video search function on Wednesday and improved its image search feature last month.