Call it the “next best Bing.”
Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) announced they will redesign their Bing search engine to take advantage of social media sites and information by rolling out a new version to U.S. users by mid-June.
The key element to the new look of the Bing engine will be based on a three-column page look, according to Digitalhome.
The left display on the page will feature standard search results, the middle will incorporate more of a snapshot for task-oriented activities, and the right side will be the money side, featuring a social sidebar to provide and share advice and information on the search result with friends.
The social search is the major attraction to the new site, and it will allow user to post questions and answers live from Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ (NASDAQ:GOOG).
In addition to the new features, the Bing search engine itself is expected to add speed to the search.
Microsoft is working furiously to try and eat into Google’s overwhelming 66% share of the search market. The company has a long way to go, holding a 15% today. Yahoo! (NASDAQ:YHOO) currently runs in third place with a 14% share.
Written by Marc Bastow, Assistant Editor at InvestorPlace.com. Mr. Bastow was long MSFT as of this writing.