New Bing Results Page Live in U.S.: What's Missing?
Late last night I started seeing the new Bing user interface live on results pages in all my browsers. I first saw it last week in a slightly different version, but now it is official and has been reported on by Verge, TechCrunch, and SearchEngineLand. Most of the focus is on whether the new "cleaner" look is more like Google used to be, but a few comments have noticed some of what is missing from this new search results page:
- Advanced Search link
- More Info mouseover to see text extract, popular links, and cached page
- Date search limiters
- Tabs for other databases below search box
Also, try finding the cache links! They are several features I liked that are now hidden:
- Cache links hiding under a small triangle after the URL
- Search history hiding under the "Sign in" or signed in icon
- Facebook likes hiding under a light grey thumbs up icon
- Link to home page graphic is now in a very thin bar at the top instead of behind the Bing icon
I understand the drive to update results and design. Others' comments on it are split, but I have to say I hate redesigns that lose search features or make them more difficult to find. Nor am I seeing any compelling new search features or capabilities that make up for this loss.
Like Google, Bing is removing links to Advanced Search, but at least Google still links to it somewhere.
For now at least you can still get to a functioning advanced search if you know the URL. Alternatively, just go to Bing-powered Yahoo! where the Advanced Search page is still listed and linked on the results page.
Cache links were changed and first hidden back in Feb. 2011. They remain but continue to be difficult to find. See the screencast below for how they are hidden behind the little triangles.