Bing Images Updated, Improves Image Search

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 25, 2011
Updated • Dec 7, 2012

Microsoft yesterday made the announcement on the official Bing blog that they have updated Bing's image search. The feature update includes interesting additions and changes to the image search on Bing that improve the user's options, and make searching on Bing more comfortable than before.

A new landing page was introduced that is showing the 20 top image searches of the moment. Users need to note that the new landing page is only available if the location is set to the United States. Everyone else will see the standard frontpage when they try to open the web address of the new Bing Images landing page.

bing top image searches

A click on an image loads the results page for that image search query.

The new top image searches page is helpful if you want to know what people in the US are currently searching for image wise. It is a bit like Google Trends only for images.

More interesting are the new features on the Bing Images search page. The top has changed quite a bit as it now displays the top five searches related to the query in tabs with options to flip through them without a full page reload. These suggestions usually narrow down the original search term. Suggestions for my search on Budapest were Budapest Hungary, Map of Budapest, Budapest 1956 and Budapest Parliament.

bin image search

This feature again is only available if the location has been set to the United States.

The major problem with Bing is that the search engine feels like an US-only search engine most of the time which surely is keeping some users from using it as their main search engine. (Bing blog, via)


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  1. Tom said on January 25, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    I got my location set to Lithuania and I do get the new features.
    And I believe search suggestions with the on-page tabs is *not* a new feature, then again, I only switched to Bing about a week ago (very satisfied so far).

  2. Mushaf said on January 25, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Looks and feels better than Google image search. Images are more accurate to the query. Things to learn, Google.

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