The Bing homepage and the Google homepage have several things in common. They both embed a search form prominently on the page. The page itself has been designed to be almost distraction free. Both pages have something else in common; Media on the page. The Google page displays so called Doodles instead of the standard logo on select days throughout the year, while the Bing homepage a new wallpaper image every day.
While that's distracting from the search form, it also is something that is highly popular.
Bing today announced an addition to their search engine's homepage. Users with HTML5 capable browsers may see a video playing instead of the static wallpaper image.
The developers note that this is not something that Bing users should expect to see every day, but that it will be used regularly in the future. Most modern web browsers (e.g. Internet Explorer 9, Google Chrome, Firefox or Opera) should display the video just fine.
It has to be noted that only the US homepage of the search engine is currently showing the HTML5 video on the frontpage. Users from other countries that head over to Bing need to change the country to United States first in the upper right corner to see the HTML5 video in action.
Bing announced that the videos will be rolled out to international markets in the coming months, so that users from all over the world can view the videos on localized versions of the search engine.
I personally have to admit that it looks really well on the homepage, and that loading times do not seem to be longer than before. I was not able to test the connection on a slower machine. It can be that users connecting with low speed Internet connection may have a different experience.
Microsoft has created a video that gives us a look behind the scenes of the Bing homepage.
Have you seen the new HTMl5 video on the Bing homepage? If so, what's your take on it?
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