Bing Launches Homepage Improvements

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Microsoft announced that it will now feature high-definition images on its home page, as well as new image captions, customization features and quick access to Office Online.

The daily homepage image will be wide-screen and HD (1920x1080 pixels).

"We get a lot of feedback about the homepage image, whether you’re trying to figure out where or what the image is during your coffee break or playing a guessing game with your students or children," says Bing in a blog post. "That feedback inspired us to redesign how we share information about the homepage, by creating an image caption that works a little like the title cards you might see next to a piece of artwork in a gallery or museum. So now you can move your mouse over the Info button to reveal the new image caption and click to learn more or download the image to use as your desktop wallpaper."

"People generally like the carousel of trending topics at the foot of the Bing homepage, but many ask how it could reflect their interests a little more," Bing adds. "You can [now] customize your experience to follow news, stocks, weather, or even track a flight right from the Bing homepage."

You can now also minimize the carousel completely to see the homepage picture better. You can further control the size and motion of the homepage via the gear icon.

Finally, Bing users will notice an Office Online link at the top of the page, which serves as a drop-down menu for the product's various apps.

All of this stuff is available in all markets today. Most will see the updates automatically, but some will have to switch on the HD in the settings.

Image via Bing

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