Bing teams up with 500px - features 2.5 million photographers

Bing and 500px

If you’re a fan of Microsoft Bing’s image of the day, then you are about to get excited. The folks over in Redmond have teamed up with social photography sharing site 500px to “bring select photos from their site to the Bing experience.”

What does this mean exactly? We aren’t a hundred percent sure. It is obvious that Microsoft will now be using photographs from the site to enhance their own front page (and yes they give credit to the photographer). Whether they simply search for royalty free imagery or actually reach out to each individual photographer is up for debate.

You can see the first example of the experience on today’s Bing homepage. The beautiful photo taken is a shot from the top of Burj Khalifa in Dubai; it is currently the tallest man-made structure in the world. If you click to learn more about the photograph you do get a short profile about the photographer, Alisdair Miller.

Bing plans to feature over 2.5 million members of the 500px community thru “selected parts of the Bing.com experience.” Stay tuned and we will start to see exactly where these images pop up.

Are you on 500px (www.500px.com)? Right now might be the time for photographers to jump onboard.

Source: Bing Blogs


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Bing teams up with 500px - features 2.5 million photographers


Now if only this compels them to make an offiical app for either Windows 8 or Windows Phone. We've got some nice third party apps, but I want official. 

:O nice!! This is great news as I love my Bing wallpaper haha.  Have it on all my computers and phones.

Im sure they reached out to the photographer. They contacted me about a picture I tweeted that I took with my 928. They used it in a newsletter. Got some nice WP swag.

If you have the "Amazing Weather" app, it updates the lock screen with the current Bing picture and of course the weather.

"thru" Can you please spell it correct. I don't want to be a grammar Nazi but I really hate it when people spell it like that.

If they could only make the bing background image scale to fit the screen on 1080p screens! At the moment there is an ugly grey bar. It looks perfect on 720p screens, but we live in 2013, event he Surface Pro has a 1080p screen. Image scaling isn't that hard to code.

Now they also need 500px to make some Windows 8/Phone8 Apps as well seeing as there are already ones for the other platforms.