Microsoft Rolls Out Visual Search

9/14/09Follow @gthuang

Microsoft announced today the beta release of a new image-based interface for its Bing search engine. Called “visual search,” the feature lets you browse pictures of search results—like celebrities, cars, and other products—instead of text links. It requires Microsoft’s Silverlight Web software, and so far works only for predetermined categories, but will be in full release by the end of September. Microsoft senior vice president Yusuf Mehdi unveiled the interface at TechCrunch 50 in San Francisco.

Gregory T. Huang is Xconomy's Deputy Editor, National IT Editor, and the Editor of Xconomy Boston. You can e-mail him at Follow @gthuang

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