Today is Bing's fifth birthday and as you can see, we dressed up our site to celebrate the big day. Five years old! Truth is, they really launched on June 1, 2009 but they should have launched on June 3rd. Technically, Bing holds their birthday is June 3rd and not June 1st.
That being said, Bing has come a long long way. You can read the official post from Microsoft on their strides on the Bing Search Blog and a more less biased take by Danny Sullivan named At Five Years Old, Bing Has Come Far Yet Has More To Grow.
Honestly, I am surprised how far has come but at the same time, I am also surprised they haven't come further in market share. Their search engine is pretty good for being only five years old but their market share doesn't reflect it.
Here are Bing's future thoughts, much of what other search engine services are thinking:
The idea of launching a browser, going to a website, and typing in a search box? That’s so 2009. The best is not yet to come but on the imminent horizon. As the world of devices constantly changes and new form factors come into play there will be a need to better use information, either by seeking it out or having it pushed to you, and take action. Bing has shifted its focus to be in position to be the search for this new, changing world.
You should expect relevant information to come to you when and where you need it. You should expect experiences to adapt to you and your context, instead of the other way around. You should expect proactive experiences that anticipate what you need. You should expect information to be actionable for what you need at home or work. Only Bing and Microsoft can provide all of this, and we couldn’t be more excited for the next five years and beyond.
Here is Bing's home page today and they encourage you to walk through the gallery of Bing home pages.
Happy Birthday Bing!
Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.