Bing has launched an update to Bing Desktop, expanding support to all versions of Windows, XP and higher, and adding four languages.
Bing Desktop v1.1 lets you go back through 9 days worth of Bing homepage images and set them as your Windows Desktop background.
"Bing Desktop also provides a fast and simple route to get search results," says Bing senior product manager Sara Borthwick. "To start searching, simply click on the Bing taskbar icon, or the Bing tile on your Windows 8 Start screen, and the search bar will automatically appear at the front of the screen. Type in a search term or phrase using the autosuggest keywords or your search history, and the search results will appear in your default browser. You’re off and running in a matter of keystrokes. When not in use, the search box recedes into the background to maximize precious screen space."
"Bing Desktop can now help you stay in the know with the highlights of the top news, videos, images and popular now topics within the search bar," adds Borthwick. "Just click on the content icon, select the content type and scroll through top headlines without opening a browser. For more detail about any of the topics, simply click on the article, image or text link to open a browser with the corresponding Bing results."
You can also dock the search box at the top of the screen, and it will slide up out of view until your mouse hovers over it, if you like. You can also drag it around freely.
Bing Desktop is now available in English, French, German, Chinese and Japanese.