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Every one would remember the Ugly MSN toolbar which was forcibly made to download without getting slightest notification unlike the new Google Toolbar . I happened to trip over the term Bing Bar and i was too surprised to find it totally redesigned version of its old  MSN toolbar bringing out uber features .

Now this “Bing Bar” has been“rebuilt from the ground and operates more like a kind of “dashboard” than a traditional Toolbar with sharing and links to other social networks. The new look of this new toolbar looks flashy but still pleasing to look at than a conventional toolbar .

Features :

  • This Bing Bar incorporates features from Windows Live and from the Bing search engine.
  • The main reason i like this toolbar because if its user-interface that enables visual effects such as flip, slide and rollover animations, colors and themes.
  • The toolbar features “flyout” content windows, which enables users to view the latest content from the MSN Portal without requiring them to move from the internet page they are currently browsing.
  • There’s a button for The news, weather and sports content . Also its possible to easily customize the theme and color scheme of the Bing Bar as well as choose which MSN content buttons to present within the user interface.

The BING apps :

  • Just as Google Toolbar embraces all of its services , Bing sports entire colony of Bing services Images, Video, News, Shopping, Maps, Travel and XRank.
  • Bing Bar also incorporates Windows Live features such Hotmail, Messenger and Windows Live ID.
  • When signed in to Windows Live ID through Bing Bar, the user gets notifications and an instant preview of new emails .
  • Same goes for facebook as well as users can obtain and interact with their Facebook feeds .

The shortcoming :

Now again to use a Microsoft product , you need to have a Microsoft product . You might have got an idea that you need a Windows machine having Windows 7 or  Windows Vista or atleast Windows XP and that too Service Pack (SP) 3 or forget about this 😛 Also its a bit of bulky and facebook feeds can take a lot of bandwidth !

This is what i got after i tried installing on firefox and chrome .

It sure hurts that you need to constantly go on updating your OS to use new Microsoft products .The only great thing is that its a freeware and you can download it for free 😀

So , if you have any version of IE, you can download the toolbar here if you want to give it a test.

14 thoughts on “Bing Bar – Microsoft’s own toolbar for IE

  1. Reply Mohit Bumb Apr 26,2011 4:04 pm

    Great post . For now i am using Opera as a browser and google as a search engine 😉 waiting for this tooolbar !

  2. Reply Ajinkya Apr 27,2011 3:57 am

    I am damn sure we wont be having microsoft products for browsers except IE 🙁
    Bing Bar was previously supported on Mozilla Firefox but Microsoft discontinued support . But if it changes its mind again , then we can see that in Opera too 🙂 !

  3. Reply Sahil Bj Apr 27,2011 5:48 pm

    personally i don;t prefer IE9 as it takes a gb of space to install and run properly on your pc. it requires 2 service packs of 500 mb each to install a 17.8 mb of IE9 ,,, so nt a gud use :/

  4. Reply Aybi @social media for business May 5,2011 11:37 am

    I just downloaded this Bing bar and what I can tell is, in comparison to Google toolbar, the latter has more features and more customable. The only thing I like with the Bing Bar is that it gives instant access to website without leaving the page.

  5. Reply Emma May 7,2011 4:54 pm

    This tool bar is a new introduction and I sure want to use this one.Very interesting features.

  6. Reply Jay May 8,2011 2:10 pm

    Whatever the case may be – Internet Explorer is still far behind Firefox.

  7. Reply Stefan Liviu May 8,2011 3:50 pm

    Can Bing overrun Google ?

  8. Reply Khabri Chacha May 8,2011 4:47 pm

    yes, firefox is far better than IE9, and and it is really helping me in getting the updates to my desktop. Especially in sports section.

  9. Reply Thiru May 10,2011 5:19 pm

    Wow .. Its seems really a informative post, lets see how bing bar gonna work on IE…

  10. Reply dedicated website hosting May 12,2011 10:12 am

    I already downloaded this tool bar and this new toolbar is very useful for polishing IE against other browsers like chrome and FF.

  11. Reply Ajinkya May 13,2011 6:52 am

    Now i can say that Microsoft will be satisfied that IE still can be used for this toolbar 😛

  12. Reply Tony May 13,2011 11:51 pm

    I don’t like Bing and also no interesting for Internet Explorer. The Chrome and Firefox are two good browsers we should care !

  13. Reply Usman@FirstHosting May 14,2011 5:25 pm

    Well, I would say if you’re introducing as many features, still you’re not allowed to do a force download.

    Because many people including me don’t like too many tool bars and if they were downloaded forcefully I might hate them.

    Its good but they must not force.


  14. Reply zaleck @ double glazing purley Sep 2,2011 8:23 pm

    i dont really like bing, just a failed attempt at copying google… dont appreciate it at all

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