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The next time you perform a search in Bing using Internet Explorer 11, the top result you click on will instantly render in the background, which saves bandwidth and battery life.
As the Bing Search Blog reports, IE11’s pre-render tag makes this streamlining possible by automatically downloading and rendering that top result page.
Bing takes a holistic look at search experiences and is taking steps to save time searching. One key approach is to shorten the number of steps required for a typical search (type query, wait for results, select a result, and wait for selected page) so you can act more quickly.
If you are a website owner, you can use the pre-render tag to improve visitors’ experiences with your site. The tag is particularly helpful in scenarios where you can anticipate your user’s next action with a high degree of confidence.
This new feature is just the latest improvement in shrinking the time it takes you to complete tasks using Bing. Last June, Snapshot started giving you answers at a glance in the right column of the search results page, so you don’t have to load another page. In February, ghosting in Autosuggest pre-populated the query most likely to be used in the search. Ghosting increases searching speed by 16 percent by reducing clicks and letters typed. In May, Bing released a better Autosuggest that allows you to find people right from the search box. (So if you’re searching for a celebrity, politician, athlete or even a colleague with a publicly available LinkedIn profile, Bing provides a snapshot of information about that person below the search bar.) We also expanded Autosuggest to more categories, like brands, movies, albums, places, software, sport teams and animal species.
Read more about the pre-render tag on the Bing Search Blog, where you can also read about how much time it takes people to find answers to their burning questions.
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Athima Chansanchai Microsoft News Center Staff