It's official: Bing.com is Microsoft's new Web search, and gosh it's fun to say. Bing! Instead of presenting you with a list of links, Bing is designed to work out what you were thinking and organise your results into handy categories. Could it be any less like Google?
Bing launches in beta today in the UK, with a dedicated search technology team headquartered in London. Check out our lovely Limey screenshots, echoing the Kumo during development, the new system is set to boast a "a new, intuitive layout providing more relevant information", with results organised by category. Tabs are expected soon.. Codenamed
Features include best match, page previews viewed by hovering over links, and instant answers, which provides quick results in the body of the first search results page. We're also promised "more functionality in key consumer areas" such as shopping and travel.
It's also Microsoft's first use of online shopping portal and price comparison site Ciao, which the boys in Redmond purchased in October 2008. Ciao's thousands of retailers and over 5 million customer reviews will be accessible through Bing.