What you need to know
- Microsoft routinely tests new features in Bing.
- If you really like, or really dislike, the features being tested, it's easy to share your thoughts directly with Microsoft.
- You can also submit feedback about existing elements of the search experience.
Microsoft's always testing new things in Bing. Some of these novel inclusions are features you may love. Others, hate. Whatever the case may be, the company makes it super easy to submit feedback. All you need to do is:
- From the bing.com home page, hit the three bars in the top-right corner ("settings and quick links").
- In that menu, hit the "feedback" option.
- Complete the short-and-sweet feedback form.
As to when you may want to do this? Here's an example. Recently, I encountered a Bing feature called "ideas from the web" that no one else on the web seemed to know about. No one at Windows Central recognized it either. What it does is create a tiled layout of recommended content based on whatever phrase is being searched. This means the search results themselves are pushed much lower on the page, requiring an annoying amount of scrolling to get to.
I reached out to Microsoft, and the company confirmed the feature is an experiment. Since it's a feature I don't like, it behooves me to hit the feedback button and sound off. Of course, should you encounter an experimental feature in Bing that you do like, you should submit feedback as well since that could help the new inclusion make it to the standard release build.
And you don't have to limit yourself to giving feedback on new things. You can submit feedback on existing Bing elements that you dislike if you want Microsoft to consider trying something fresh.
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