Bing video search got a makeover
Microsoft’s Bing has launched a complete overhaul of their video search feature, adding new features, sources, and filters. This should lead to a better searching experience, as well as, a better watching experience.
One of the best new features is the layout. It is simple, clean, and easy to navigate; making it quite user friendly, and very refreshing. The old two-column design is history. The newly designed Bing is much easier to use from a tablet or phone as well. One tap will bring up the light box display and you can view all the other video in the collection without leaving the search page.
Improved video search features
With the new pop-out hover feature, you get a larger view and higher resolution allowing you to quickly eliminate videos you do not want and help find ones you do; hooray for saving time. Also, these larger thumbnails include “favicon,” audio controls, and video view counts.
Once you click on the video you want, the light box display will appear and you will see a fancy new slideshow type preview at the bottom, showing you all of the video in the collection. You do not have to go back and search for the next episode of a show, or presentation from a favorite user; simply click at the bottom and you are ready to go.
Another nice feature Bing added is filters. Now you can filter by length, date, resolution (720p versus 1080p), and source. You no longer need to visit the source sites to get a video preview, you can just mouse-over it, and the video will pop out and begin playing in the window. This works with all sources now: YouTube, Vimeo, CBS, MSN, and others. No more endless searches for the right videos, toggling back and forth between Bing and source sites.
Bing is definitely strong competition for Google’s video search, since Bing already seems to be a step ahead of Google in light of these newly released features.