A few weeks ago I published a post on Holistic about whether Bing could be a viable alternative to Google – something which came up with some interesting results. Having watched the HTML5 enhanced version, I have to say I am genuinely impressed with some of the usability features they are integrating into the Google search engine. Unlike Google’s rushed and barely thought out implementation of Google Instants, some of the usability features of the HTML 5 enhanced version of Bing appear genuinely well thought out and well implemented.
Technologies within HTML5 have allowed them to integrate some very slick functionality – particularly with the new IE9 technologies – such as the video tag which can be used to change the new homepage. Whilst some people hate the background in Bing, I think both Google and Bing are trying to make their search engines ‘portal-like’ in their own right and social hubs to the rest of the internet. To this effect I think the new Bing framework does hold some significant promise for the future. (more…)