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Bing UK Rolls Out 'Slicker, Cleaner Design', Faster and Improved SERPs

     
2:27 pm on Jul 11, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Cool!

I love the home page pics, too. Today's is a wonderful picture.

Bing UK Rolls Out 'Slicker, Cleaner Design', Faster and Improved SERPs [bing.com]
The first thing you will notice is a new slicker, cleaner design starting with the homepage, which allows for a much larger homepage image.
The new experience is more than skin-deep. You will also notice faster page-load times and improved relevance under the hood.
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if only the Uk would use it ! but with every bit of media making reference to "goolge it" what chance does Bing have?
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whilst google are busy bing-ing up their serps, bing seem to be going the opposite direction. this new design looks more like google. its even got the same 'cog' at the top right
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Yes, it's somewhat strange, at first, but i've been getting used to it, without all that clutter.

I noticed the cached site is no longer a simple mouse-over.
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How do see the cached version?

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There's a little downward facing triangle at the end of the url. Hitting that brings a dropdown. I guess that saves on bandwidth. I also suspect that the dropdown could allow for more options.
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This is the cleaner look I was waiting for
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This is cleaner look, however, they have sort of pushed ads from right column to centre, every thing else looks just so clean, bravo bing!
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I like everything about it except the way I lag in their SERPS compared to Gooooogle.
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but with every bit of media making reference to "goolge it" what chance does Bing have?

They have a good chance, actually. People get tired of having the first 11 results be from the same site, especially when they didnt like the first result(or don't like the site) and Bing isn't doing that.
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I tried viewing the Bing UK site from Asia on dial-up today, and after waiting patiently for almost two minutes the page hadn't loaded any images at all.

At least they still list our site number one in the serp for a major term
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Clean, neat. Very "google" from the old days. I like it, and have liked it for a few years now (primary search).
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The only images I see here (UK) are logo and navigation. Nothing pretty or time consuming.

Mind you: I have JS turned off. :)
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I like it!
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change is definitely good
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if only the Uk would use it ! but with every bit of media making reference to "goolge it" what chance does Bing have?


Agree 100%

If just the BBC, then Sun, the Guardian and Telegraph could be persuaded to dump most references to G and then use "Bing It" and show any references to searching using "Bing" - then there would be a semblance of hope. Why?

The UK is awash with wannabees and followers - only a few innovaters IMHO - so start using it and very quickly lots of people will be Binging it...especially with the FAR FAR superior results I have seen across 30 or 40 different verticals I have been watching.

People get tired of having the first 11 results be from the same site


Exactly - this is a very very poor search experience... check out some jobs and out of top 30 I have seen 20 from the same site... how can that be good? (except for G trying to soft-blackmail companies to Adwords...!)
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@TinkyWinky
I'd much rather we were told to search for it "with your favourite search service," and let people make their own choice.
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I'd much rather we were told to search for it "with your favourite search service," and let people make their own choice.


Yep agree - but one party has a 95% monopoly it is in a lot of people's best interests to help reduce that in whatever way possible! Using the media is one of the quickest ways I can think of...

Unfortunately I would challenge how many people in the UK are actually able to make up THEIR OWN mind on a lot of things - especially media-fed 'recommendations' like how to search online.
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The browsers themselves do not help in the least.

By phone, tell someone to enter some obscure, possibly new, URL. They will reply: "My browser can't find it." Ask them where they entered the URL and most will say, "In the browser." Pin them down to specifics and it'll be either in the search box in the browser's top bar or in some SE that's been set up as their home page. Almost never in the proper Loacation field.

And what are the usual defaults for all of this? Guess!

A while ago FF removed G from the top search box. Then did a deal with G and put it back again. Me, I removed the complete search box.