11/07/2012 13:08 | By Matt Farrington-Smith, editor, MSN Tech & Gadgets

Bing UK homepage gets a revamp

Microsoft ring in some exciting changes for Bing UK; revised homepage design, faster search results and more.

We guide you through the new changes and improvements to the Bing UK search experience.

The UK Bing homepage has undergone a facelift. Image MSN

What's new

Visit the Bing homepage from today onwards and you'll be greeted with a larger homepage image.

The whole experience is slicker and fresher - there's more room, so you can drink in the handpicked image of the day. There's less clutter, meaning you are free to explore the insightful hotspots and glide through the homepage with greater ease.

Subtle changes between the old and new Bing UK homepages. Image MSN

Subtle changes between the old and new Bing UK homepages.

You'll also notice a change to the navigation - the search options have been streamlined with only the essentials left behind: 'Web', 'Images', 'Videos', 'Maps', 'News', 'Search History' and 'More'. Elsewhere there are links to the MSN UK homepage and Hotmail. With this more direct focus these new options should get you 'doing' things a lot quicker.

Peter Maxmin, head of Bing UK added, "Most of us would like to spend less time searching for information online, as, let's face it, there is more to life than search. We want to make your search experience quicker and easier so you can get on with the important stuff."

In addition to the homepage's cosmetic changes you'll also notice that Bing's results pages are cleaner, making it easier than ever to assimilate the fruits of your searches.

Bing's new navigation. Image MSN

Eyes down for Bing's cleaner, streamlined navigation.

Pay a visit to a Bing search results page and you'll see that the information on the left of the page has been removed, making for a neater design.

The header has also been minimised and the space between lines goes some way to improve the overall readability of the page. These changes (although minor) add a further benefit, perfectly optimising the page for touch devices.

This is but the latest iteration of the Bing homepage, previously we have been treated to such innovations as the beautiful HTML5 video effects that replaced the traditional Bing homepage image. Keep your eyes peeled for more!

About search

Bing was originally launched in June 2009, but Microsoft's search engine roots date back further than that. We first said hello to MSN Search in late 1999, while Live Search was introduced in 2007.

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