Search engine Bing celebrated its 5th birthday on Tuesday (June 3, 2014). Since its debut, the web page has remained in second place behind Google but it is still far behind the search engine leader in market share.
Bing was officially launched by Microsoft in 2009 and a lot has happened over the past five years. It started as a serene homepage featuring Polychrome Pass, several categories and a search bar. Microsoft launched it with a goal of offering better and more relevant Internet search results than Google through the addition of semantic technology.
One year after its introduction, Bing formed partnerships with platforms like Facebook and Twitter to index search results from the social media giants.
In 2011, Bing saw the need for creating applications that were optimized for touch screens. Therefore, the Bing team started building a touch-first experience to adapt its mobile search capabilities. In addition, Bing introduced new features like geo-fencing and customized interfaces for its mobile clients for Android and iOS.
In 2012, Bing integrated search results with social conversations, resulting in a new three-column format. This format allowed users to identify what the web knew, what Bing knew, and what information other people knew.
By 2013, Bing’s investments in its “knowledge repository” began to pay dividends as it started to understand billions of people, places and everything else from all over the world.
Finally, in 2014, Bing became the backbone of Microsoft’s voice assistant, Cortana after growing from strength to strength. Looking into the future, Bing said it is shifting its focus to be a search engine that is proactive, can anticipate users’ needs, and works to make users’ lives easier.
Microsoft launched Bing on June 3rd 2009 and the web page marked its 5th birthday on Tuesday (June 3, 2014). The very first Bing Homepage captured Polychrome Pass overlooking Denali National Park and featured several categories and a search bar.
Bing held 18.7 percent of U.S. search queries in April 2014, with most of that growth coming at the expense of its search partner Yahoo.
Microsoft offered up a gallery of some of its most popular and notable Bing home pages to celebrate the 5-year milestone.
Bing remained in second place behind Google.