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Bing gets fancy with new Windows 8-optimised features

Microsoft has optimised its Bing search engine for the upcoming release of its Windows 8 operating system.

Bing has been completely reimagined for a new user experience on Windows 8, which was released to developers yesterday.

Microsoft modelled the Bing updates on the modern design principles of Windows 8, adding features like autosuggest and tap-and-swipe navigation through a horizontal list of search results. By adding smart captions and image previews, Microsoft hopes that searchers will find it easier to get quick answers.

Not everything about Bing will change, though. Its homepage and hover points will remain, as will the collage-like image search returns. A quick tap or click on any of the photos sends the user into full-screen preview mode.

The new Snap feature allows the user to throw the Bing window onto the side of the screen, placing it side-by-side with your chosen Internet browser, allowing you to continue searching without ever leaving Bing.

Six Bing-powered apps are already integrated into Windows 8, so if your query falls into the maps, weather, news, finance, sports, or travel categories, the apps provide added access to that information.

The app will be available for PCs and tablets running Windows 8 on 26 October, the official launch date of Windows 8.

For more, see ITProPortal's Windows 8 RTM: First Look.