Bing Desktop

Bing Desktop

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 4 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.3.472
  • Total Downloads:
    18,389
  • Date Added:
    July 15, 2014
  • File Size:
    9.96MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    214
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/Server 2008/7/8

Editors' Review

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Microsoft's Bing Desktop lets you search Bing quickly and easily from the desktop or taskbar without opening a browser. Bing Desktop also delivers news, weather, and even Facebook content. It keeps you current by identifying trending news, images, and videos. Bing's draggable toolbar is free of ads and junk and bears small resemblance to more obtrusive toolbars we've all encountered. Bing Desktop is for Windows XP to 8.

When setting up Bing Desktop, you can choose to make Bing your default search engine, make IE your default browser, and set your home page, among other options, though declining any or all doesn't compromise Bing Desktop's performance. Bing Desktop is essentially a toolbar, though it's no bigger or more obtrusive than the typical minimized media player. It's nicely rendered in blue tones, with search field and "Info" and "Settings" buttons above a row of icons accessing weather, top news stories, Facebook, and more. A flame icon marked the hot Trending feed, which summarizes the latest news, gossip, videos, and more in a scrolling picture panel. It'd be cool if we could filter out stuff we didn't want to see, such as celebrity gossip, but that's a quibble, not a gripe since you can easily "filter" anything you're not interested in by scrolling past it. Clicking results opened them in Bing in our default browser (not IE). Search results were returned quickly and turned up the info. we were looking for, although searching Bing alongside other engines often turns up different results, much like searches did years ago.

Bing's a good tool, although experiences with persistent desktop toolbars left us leery of trying Bing Desktop, and it didn't exactly go quietly, either, taking two passes and a leftover scan to uninstall. Still, in terms of performance, Bing Desktop is better than most, and you won't find the ad clutter you often get with free toolbars.

 
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User Reviews
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Results 1-4 of 4

  • 5 stars

    "Useful! Helpful!"

    November 01, 2013   |   By Rateara

    Version: Bing Desktop 1.3.174

    Pros

    Having it put on the taskbar is great, just type and search!
    Not intrusive at all.

    Cons

    The one here is an old version :/
    You can get the new version with the new logo here:
    http://www.bing.com/explore/desktop

    Summary

    My favorite search engine ^^

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  • 1 stars

    "Hijack This Takes care of this Parasite infestation"

    October 09, 2013   |   By funnicus

    Version: Bing Desktop 1.3.174

    Pros

    None unless you think having your choices made for you is somehow cool.

    Cons

    Annoying program attached to microsoft who continuously tries to get this shoved up your behind. I prefer Google search Do you hear that Mr Gates? **** Off!

    Summary

    If you like this you are a preverted imbecile like most of the masses who drink the water.

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  • 5 stars

    "ALLOWS ONE TO BE EFFICIENT"

    July 28, 2013   |   By millerjam

    Version: Bing Desktop 1.3.174

    Pros

    NEW WALLPAPER EACH DAY. SEARCH GADGET ALLOWS YOU YO STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING TO SEARCH AT A MOMENTS NOTICE AND MINIMALLY INTERFERE WITH THE OTHER PROJECT YOU ARE WORKING ON.

    Cons

    RISK DUE TO EXPOSURE OF POSSIBLE PC HACKING

    Summary

    GREAT FOR MULTI-TASKING.

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  • 5 stars

    "thank u!!!"

    July 18, 2013   |   By rednek73

    Version: Bing Desktop 1.3.174

    Pros

    bing desktop wallpaper. bing desktop search gadget.

    Cons

    card blanche to the internet for pc hackers.

    Summary

    AWESOME!!!

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    General
    Publisher Microsoft
    Publisher web site http://www.microsoft.com/
    Release Date July 15, 2014
    Date Added July 15, 2014
    Version 1.3.472
    Category
    Category Internet Software
    Subcategory Search Tools
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 8
    Additional Requirements Internet Explorer 6.0
    Download Information
    File Size 9.96MB
    File Name BingDesktopSetup.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 18,389
    Downloads Last Week 214
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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