Modern Image Search Arrives on Bing

A few months ago, we launched a new more modern experience for Bing Image Search. We cut out the white-space and clutter to make room for big, beautiful pictures from across the web. Since then, we have kept on working to make pictures shine on Bing. Starting today, we’re rolling out a brand new way to make it faster or more simple to explore imagery on Bing.  Now when you click an image, we don’t waste your time loading a new page or force you to dig through a bunch of clutter. The new design loads quickly placing the image center stage. 

To see it in action, just try your favorite image search– we suggest cute puppies, Antelope Canyon, or the Carina nebula. When you find a picture you like, just give it a click, lean back and enjoy.

Big and Beautiful

We completely redesigned the image viewer, putting the spotlight on the picture and stripping out anything that got in the way. We “dimmed the lights” around the photo, adding a darker look that makes it easier on the eyes and lets the results shine in high definition. Simply click on the main image to navigate to the original source web page.

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We even introduced full-screen mode: just click “View larger” to give it a try.

Seamless Browsing

We know that one picture isn’t always enough. With the new design, we’ve made it easier than ever to browse through your results, with the introduction of larger filmstrip at the bottom of the screen. You can click the big arrows on either side of the picture to go forward or back, or just press the arrow keys ( and ) on your keyboard. 

Lightning Fast

The new design doesn’t just look great – it’s also much faster. We rebuilt our viewer from the ground up focusing on speed improvements so you can see a picture immediately, without wasting time waiting for the page to load. And when you want to go back to your results, just click the X to close it.

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Preview Sites Before Clicking Through

We’re always striving for a clean, simple experience. But under the hood, Bing has all the power tools you need to find the right result.

For example, you might find a picture you like and wonder where it came from. With our new Page Snapshot technology, we give you a convenient preview. This lets you see if the webpage is helpful and make sure you trust it before you visit.

If the current picture isn’t quite right, Bing can help narrow it down. Just click “more sizes” to find a bigger version, or “similar images” to find more pictures like it.

We hope you love the new image viewer. If you have any feedback, we’d love to hear it in the comments or on Twitter (@Bing.) Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for more updates.

—Jon Noronha, Program Manager, Bing Image Search