Microsoft testing Bing navigation bar ahead of HTML5 preview

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Microsoft is testing a new Bing navigation bar interface ahead of a public preview of its HTML5 driven interface.

WinRumors readers have tipped us off several times about the new interface, currently under testing. Microsoft is randomly selecting U.S. users to try out a new navigation bar at the top of Bing’s search results. The change comes as Microsoft is preparing to unveil a beta preview version of Bing. The HTML5 version has been delayed several times by the company and is expected to launch shortly.

Microsoft made a preview page for Bing HTML5 available earlier this month before taking the page offline. Bing’s HTML5 will include smooth animations to allow users to jump backwards in their search history. Bing will also introduce small, hovering windows as you scroll down the screen to keep navigation tabs in view. Bing will also enable animated pictures and automatically generated slideshows so users can visually explore a search query.

Bing will also introduce an “instant” search similar to rival Google. The instant search will allow page elements to automatically transition as the user types their search query into the bing box. Microsoft will make HTML5 Bing available as a beta preview version “soon” according to one person familiar with the company’s plans.

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