From the beginning, Bing has been a place for exploration. The Bing homepage images aspire to spark your curiosity giving you something to talk about and connect with. Over the years, many of you have requested a simple way to enjoy these images as your Windows desktop background. With today’s release of Bing Desktop, we’re introducing an easy way to do just that.
Bing Desktop marries the beauty of Bing’s daily homepage with a quick and convenient search interface so you don’t have to open your browser to start a search session. Every day, your Windows Desktop Background will automatically refresh to a high resolution version of the day’s home page, drawn from the images we use around the world.
Bing Desktop provides a fast and simple route to get search results. To start searching, simply click on the Bing taskbar icon and the search bar will automatically appear at the center of your screen. Type what you’re looking for and the search results will appear in your default browser. You’re off and running in a matter of keystrokes. When you’re not using the search box, it goes to the background so you won’t lose precious screen space.
If you prefer, you can dock the search box to the top of screen and it will slide up out of view until you hover and click at top of screen. Just use the settings icon to pin to top of screen. We’d love your feedback on this experimental user experience.
You can download Bing Desktop right now. Like our homepage, you can find out more about the image by simply hovering over the icon in the search interface. Bing Desktop works on Windows 7 for US English. We hope to expand to additional markets in the near future. For image licensing reasons, we’re showing images that we use globally, so there are some days where it won’t match the home page image you see on Bing.com in the US, but it will always be a crisp, engaging way to start your day.
Bing Desktop is the result of a strong collaboration between Microsoft’s China Innovation Group in Beijing, China, who originated the idea based on user feedback, and our core client development team in Bellevue, WA. Please let us know what you think of Bing Desktop in the comments below or on Twitter (@Bing.)
– Tony Chor, Bing Clients Team and Yong Rui, China Innovation Group