Bing announced today it has added audio to its homepage.
Using video footage of geese taking flight, Bing’s search blog highlighted how users now can turn on sound for the homepage with an audio icon located in the lower right corner of the screen in line with the video controls.
Over time, we’ve evolved the way we tell stories about our world. In 2011, we released our first HTML5 video homepage. The following year, we enabled users to dive deeper with an interactive panoramic homepage. Then our fans shared that they would love to hear rushing waterfalls, distinct animal calls, or waves lapping the shores of a faraway beach when they see these evocative images on Bing.
The audio option is turned off by default, and will not necessarily be part of every homepage. (The announcement notes that users should look for the audio icon to find out if sound has been included for the day.)
Bing asked users to submit sounds they would like to hear via Bing Listens.