The new Bing is going to be more social than ever. That's because Microsoft rolled out a revamped version of its Bing search engine that promises to provide better and more relevant search results with a wider array of sources than Google.
Bing re-organized with a stronger focus on task completion rather than information retrieval. It does this using new three0panel design. The webpage has beem overhauled and it features a cleaner UI that reads more easily with less visual gibberish.
Then, Bing included a "Snapshots" panel, an additional, related information to a search query that pops out when you hover over a result, which means if you're looking to eat somewhere, for example in a restaurant around town, Bing will display maps, reviews, images, videos, user reviews and other data related to the restaurant you're looking for.
To make it more social, Bing aggregates social data into its search results, and there's a "Social" pane that displays related results from your Facebook network. In addition to your FB friends, Bing's social pane will also display a list of related "influential" sources from Twitter and Google+.
Microsoft developers plan to add Skype, LinkedIn, and Foursquare.
Bing's already had social partnerships in place, tying up with Facebook about a year and a half ago. The new Bing looks as though it manages to be social without degrading search results. Something Google, arguably, hasn't quite mastered yet.
The new Bing will be rolling out to all users in the coming weeks.