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Microsoft is planning to add instant search to Bing, but unlike the Google Instant feature introduced last September, the Bing version may not work in all browsers.According to Tom Warren at WinRumors, the Bing team is hard at work on an HTML5 version of the site to coincide with the final release of Internet Explorer 9. HTML5 is an emerging set of standards for Web sites to display interactive elements — a sort of standards-based competitor to Adobe’s Flash — and Microsoft has made support for it one of the big selling points of IE9. HTML5 has also been embraced by Apple, Google, Facebook and many other companies.
The HTML5 version of Bing will reportedly include instant search, smooth animations to let users move through their search history, hovering windows with navigation tabs (so you don’t have to scroll back to the top to move around), and animated pictures and slideshows for some classes of results.
The site will enter public preview around the same time as Microsoft releases IE9. One Microsoft team in India tweeted an IE9 release date of March 24, but that tweet was quickly removed. It might debut at Microsoft’s MIX conference in April instead.
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