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Bing logo
Available in40 languages
Created byMicrosoft
Alexa rank 16 (July 2013)[1]
LaunchedJune 1, 2009; 12 years ago (2009-06-01)
Current statusActive

Bing (before called Windows Live Search and MSN Search) is a search engine website. Microsoft calls it a "decision engine",[2] meaning that Bing tries to find meanings from search results and gives people links to websites listing the best links first. A preview version was made available for everyone to use on June 1, 2009, and the website was fully launched on June 3, 2009.[3] The website quickly became popular after a few weeks.[4]'

On July 29, 2009, Microsoft and Yahoo! announced that Bing would power Yahoo! Search.[5] All Yahoo! Search global customers and partners will be shifted to Bing by early 2012.[6]

In October 2011, Microsoft announced "Tiger", a new internal search computer program for Bing. When it is finished, Bing will deliver faster and more relevant search results for users. It is being incorporated into Bing around the world starting in August 2011.[7]


Bing includes the listing of search suggestions as queries are entered. It lists related searches (called "Explore pane") based on[8] semantic technology from Powerset that Microsoft purchased in 2008.[9]

Every day, displays a different picture that users can click on parts of to learn more about.[10] These pictures can be about different places around the world, or nature, or even sometimes things in outer space.

Media features

  • Video thumbnail Preview where, by hovering over a video thumbnail, the video automatically starts playing
  • Image search with continuous scrolling images results page that has adjustable settings for size, layout, color, style and people.[11]
  • Video search with adjustable setting for length, screen size, resolution and source