With Microsoft reporting losses of $728 million for its online division yesterday evening, it will be hoping that planned revamps to its Bing search page will help turn around its fortunes.
Microsoft has been testing a new-look Bing service internally for a while now and an image has been leaked which shows that it could be bringing the Metro user interface to Bing very soon. The leaked snapshot of the search page (below) shows the inclusion of the live tiles we’ve become accustomed to seeing from Windows Phone 7.
The live tiles look as if they will be showing dynamic information in relation to weather, stocks, maps etc. The tiles will be only one part of a bigger effort to create a HTML5 version of the website which will include smooth transition effects, animated home page images, and hovering windows that keep navigation tabs in view while scrolling.
There are also reports that Microsoft is working on a version of instant search, which Google introduced last year. Microsoft hasn’t officially commented on when, or indeed if, any of these updates are going to be made public. In a statement it said: “We’re constantly updating and refining the Bing search experience, and before any changes are implemented they undergo intensive testing and experimentation to ensure the best possible experience for our customers. We have nothing further to share at this time.”
With Google making design changes across its services in recent weeks, in a bid to make everything compatible with Google+, it seems as if Microsoft could be doing the same with the Metro interface. We could be seeing it on everything from PCs, smartphones and tablets once Windows 8 arrives next year.