Bing, Microsoft’s search engine, has always had high quality photos on its homepage. When Google tried to do the same thing, they received a lot of lashback. Today, with the official beginning of Fall, Bing is using a grand time-lapse video to show the sunrise from Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming by Bob Glusic/Wilderness Video. The video is HTML5, so you’ll have to be using a modern browser to see it.
You can visit Bing.com to check it out for yourself or see it embedded below.
It’s not just for kicking off Fall though. Microsoft stated in a press release today that there are more to come.
Beginning today, videos will be sprinkled in among the static photos that appear each day on the home page. Sometimes they’ll be event-driven, while others will appear simply because the Bing team falls in love them, Horstmanshof said. (At first the videos will only be seen by U.S. visitors, though the team will start rolling them out to various international markets over the next several months.)
It sounds like videos will be becoming kind of like the Google Doodles that appears on the Google Search page.
It won’t just be on your desktop computer but photos and videos will be jumping platforms.
Fans can now get to those images on the Bing home page on their laptop, on their phones and tablets, and even on the TV through Xbox LIVE, Kern noted. “It’s so important to have great experiences on all the devices people use today,” she said. “We’re trying to take advantage of all these visually rich environments to offer our users more.”
I’ve been using Bing more these days because of the Bing Rewards program. I like the nuggets of information that are sprinkled around the static images that allow you to find out more. The hints become visible when you hover your mouse over the image. What about these videos? Do you like them? Do you find them more distracting than enjoyable?