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May 2, 2012 at 6:44 AM

Microsoft redesigns Bing search results page

Screen shot 2012-05-02 at 6.24.55 AM.pngMicrosoft has redesigned Bing’s search-results page to look cleaner, less cluttered. (A screenshot of the redesign is at right.)

According to TechCrunch, the redesign — which includes removing the left rail and creating a cleaner header instead of tabs — was supposed to reach everyone by the end of the day Tuesday.

[Update 10:55 a.m.: Microsoft’s Bing blog gives more details about the redesign, saying:

Over the past few months, we’ve run dozens of experiments to determine how you read our pages to deliver the link you’re looking for. Based on that feedback, we’ve tuned the site to make the entire page easier to scan, removing unnecessary distractions, and making the overall experience more predictable and useful

The Bing team is also thinking of redesigning the homepage, including a larger version of the daily image, according to the blog post.]

Opinions on the redesign have differed. Josh Constine at TechCrunch writes: “This more relaxing, dare I say zen, design gives Google a more claustrophobic and exhausting feel by comparison.”

ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley said: “If this is what a Metrofied Bing looks like, more, please.”

Jay Yarow at Business Insider, though, says it looks more like Google now: “This is a really bad sign for Microsoft. It means that Bing, which has been around for many years now, still hasn’t figured out what it’s doing.”

So: What do you think? Better? Cleaner? More Google-like or less?

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