Posted September 14, 2009 1:44 pm by with 5 comments

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bing-logo1When the folks at Bing first demonstrated Visual Search, I was blown away. That’s quite an accomplishment for this search cynic. Now you get to try it for yourself–as the feature has just gone live.

It’s really hard to describe Visual Search, which is why I told Bing, “You have to do a video demo of this, because it’s going to be really hard to describe.” 🙂

They’ve obliged–although the amateur, over-the-shoulder shot wasn’t quite what I had in mind. Still, you’ll get the idea:

The real fun is in the testing. Visual Search is not available for every search, but, as you’ll see from the list below, there are a lot of topics covered.


  • 100 heroes and villains
  • Billboard’s past albums
  • Billboard’s past songs
  • Film legends
  • Greatest movies
  • Movies in theaters
  • Popular books
  • Popular celebrities
  • Popular DVDs
  • Popular TV shows
  • Pulitzer winning fiction
  • Top albums
  • Top songs

Famous People

  • FBI’s most wanted
  • Popular celebrities
  • US politicians
  • US presidents
  • US vice presidents
  • World leaders


  • Dog breeds
  • Periodic table
  • Travel destinations
  • US politicians
  • US presidents
  • US states
  • US vice presidents
  • World leaders
  • Yoga poses


  • Cell phones
  • Digital cameras
  • Handbags
  • HDTVs
  • New cars
  • Popular books
  • Popular DVDs
  • Portable GPS
  • Pulitzer winning fiction
  • Top albums
  • Top iPhone apps


  • MLB players
  • MLB teams
  • NASCAR drivers
  • NBA players
  • NBA teams
  • NFL players
  • NFL teams
  • NHL players
  • NHL teams
  • UFC fighters
  • Dean

    I’d love to see it but why am I forced to download Silverlight? Leave it to Microsoft to always make it more difficult than it should be.

  • @Dean – OK, but why do so many people balk at downloading Silverlight, yet if a tool requires some update to Adobe Flash, we don’t question it?

    Maybe not you, but I suspect a lot of people are making a bigger deal out of downloading Silverlight, just because it’s a MSFT app.

  • Damn – still not available Down under. That looks seriously cool. All MSFTs image searching is top notch – I wonder why?

  • Dean

    @Andy – Fair point. I am just saying that if MSFT wants people to switch from Google to Bing, throwing up roadblocks is a bad way to do it. As soon as I met that roadblock I said “F-it” and I imagine others will too.

    I just want to do a search. Period. I don’t want to have to download software to do a search. Don’t make it difficult for me. Google=simple. MSFT=difficult.

    As for Flash – it’s agnostoc and discriminates equally against all solutions 😉

    Flash is agnostics and

  • My questions is whether the visual interface is enough to pull market share. I can see right away how sticky it is. I just wonder if it’s so different that it won’t get adopted.
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