Google and Bing get visual search
Google may have won Suzi and Ortis’ latest challenge, but that was before Microsoft gave Bing a brand new Visual Search feature that allows you to swoop through categories by picture. Unfortunately for Bing, Google’s struck straight back with a punch of its own: Fast Flip news search!
Microsoft Bing first then. Visual Search is a clever feature that alloows you to glance over popular categories, such as digital cameras and mobile phones, by looking at a gallery of thumbnails. Then just hover over a tile and it fills the Bing search box with that item. Then a bunch of flashy animations kick in and squares move around (via Microsoft’s Silverlight tech) to create a new layout. It looks great.
Google, not to be outdone, announced Fast Flip news search – a visual way of scanning through the day’s news via a host of tiles which encompass entire web pages and pictures – not just the headlines! The only thing is it’s opt-in at the moment, so the number of partners is limited Although, the BBC is signed up!
So the battle of the search engines rages on. Which camp are you in Bing or Google? Let us know below…