Bing for Desktop has now reached versions 1.1. For those that don’t know what this is, basically it adds a search bar to the center of the desktop screen. Optionally, it can also change your desktop wallpaper every day to the same image found on the website.

So what’s new with Bing Desktop 1.1? While the beta version only supported Windows 7, Bing Desktop 1.1 now adds support for Windows XP, Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8. There are also four new languages added: French, German, Chinese and Japanese.

Bing’s official blog also states some new features that have come to the search bar:

Bing Desktop also provides a fast and simple route to get search results. To start searching, simply click on the Bing taskbar icon, or the Bing tile on your Windows 8 Start screen, and the search bar will automatically appear at the front of the screen. Type in a search term or phrase using the autosuggest keywords or your search history, and the search results will appear in your default browser. You’re off and running in a matter of keystrokes. When not in use, the search box recedes into the background to maximize precious screen space.

Anyone downloaded this yet? What do you think of the latest version? Worthwhile or not?

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  • Pratyush Nalam

    What’s the point of this?