Microsoft puts Facebook into Bing Bar

Microsoft puts Facebook into Bing Bar

Summary: Microsoft's Bing partnership with Facebook sees no bounds: even toolbars can't hide forever.

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Microsoft today released a new version of the Bing Bar for IE7, IE8, and IE9 that includes Facebook integration. I personally hate toolbars, but if the Facebook aspect intrigues you, go grab it from toolbar.discoverbing.com/toolbar.

In addition to being able to conduct a search, check your e-mail, and use various Bing features that you probably never knew existed, the Bing Bar now also checks your Facebook account. It's the latest advancement in the broad partnership between the software giant and the social networking giant.

The Bing Bar will now let you know when something new happens on Facebook, so that you don't have to keep checking the website while you browse other parts of the Web. Specifically, the toolbar will keep you posted on the following:

  • News Feed – You have quick access to your news feed to see posts from your friends and to update your status. You can also comment on or Like a friend’s post right from the Bing Bar.
  • Photos – With photos you get a great looking collage of your friend’s photos, making it easy to scan the pictures your friends are sharing.
  • Friend Requests, Messages, and Alerts – The Bing Bar also provides a quick glimpse and easy access to friend requests, messages, and Facebook notifications.

What's rather interesting is that the Bing Bar also has alerts that offer a quick view into new e-mails or Facebook messages from one central place. This should not be confused with what Facebook announced three months ago: a new Facebook Messages service that allows users to have a @facebook.com e-mail addresses. The system is more than just e-mail as it combines text messaging, instant messaging, e-mails, and regular messages.

Topics: Microsoft, Collaboration, Social Enterprise

Emil Protalinski

About Emil Protalinski

Emil is a freelance journalist writing for CNET and ZDNet. Over the years,
he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, including Ars
Technica, Neowin, and TechSpot.

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  • more crapware from M$ and facebook

    exactly what windoze users needed!
    Linux Geek
    • RE: Microsoft puts Facebook into Bing Bar

      @Linux Geek You should get some friends, seriously
      OxBAADFOOD
      • RE: Microsoft puts Facebook into Bing Bar

        @HalfAKilo
        You are now a friend.
        choyongpil
      • RE: Microsoft puts Facebook into Bing Bar

        @HalfAKilo
        Not on facebook like you. ;)
        Linux Geek
      • RE: Microsoft puts Facebook into Bing Bar

        @HalfAKilo couldn't have said it better
        about the features listed for bing toolbar, windows messenger does the same automatically- feeds, friends online, available for chat, etc.
        and a calender for reminders
        very handy features
        xplorer1959
      • Micro$oft puts Facecrap into it's Junk Bar

        [i]@HalfAKilo couldn't have said it better
        about the features listed for bing toolbar, windows messenger does the same automatically- feeds, friends online, available for chat, etc.
        and a calender for reminders
        very handy features[/i]

        Only for those who relish junkware and can't get away from their computers every once in awhile.

        Remember, not everybody out there likes Facebook or even wants to be a part of Facebook.

        Capice?
        search & destroy
  • What's Bing?

    Oh yeah, it's that crapware that steals from Google.
    Ron Burgundy
    • RE: Microsoft puts Facebook into Bing Bar

      @Ron Burgundy

      And google doesn't steal anything? good one!
      scs9282
    • RE: Microsoft puts Facebook into Bing Bar

      @Ron Burgundy and the proof is where...? Oh yeah, fake results sting operation
      google must be getting desperate and should be
      but don't worry, they'll still be around for you for quite awhile
      as will Bing
      and love the way google's front page suddenly adopted pictures in place of white space and links, gee I wonder if that had anything to with copying Bing? Nah, google wouldn't do something like that
      xplorer1959
  • RE: Microsoft puts Facebook into Bing Bar

    ... annoyed non-facebookkies remove it.

    Also wtf were they thinking making a toolbar whose contents is centered? Does this annoy anybody else?
    bc3tech
    • RE: Microsoft puts Facebook into Bing Bar

      @bc3tech
      YES it annoys me.
      I want to eliminate the new JUNK they put there

      But HOW
      knudson
  • RE: Microsoft puts Facebook into Bing Bar

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    MuratCan