Is the waiting list to test drive the new Bing gone? It sure looks that way. We were alerted to this development by a story on Windows Central.
Why we care. Many of us (including me!) have been waiting weeks to gain access to the new Bing. If you were in this group, fire up Microsoft Edge, make your way to Bing and sign in to see if you have access.
No more waiting. Multiple people have been able to sign up and gain instant access to the new Bing. They weren’t added to a waitlist after signing up, according to Windows Central.
One member of our Third Door Media team was also able to sign-up today and instantly get access to the new Bing. She had not been on the waitlist.
Also, many people who have been on the waitlist now have access.
Or, it’s entirely possible this was a bug.
Statement from Microsoft (Update, 4:55 pm ET). Earlier, we reached out to Microsoft for confirmation. A spokesperson now tells Stips.io:
- “During this preview period, we are running various tests which may accelerate access to the new Bing for some users. We remain in preview and you can sign up at Bing.com.”
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Danny Goodwin has been Managing Editor of Stips.io & Search Marketing Expo – SMX since 2022. He joined Stips.io in 2022 as Senior Editor. In addition to reporting on the latest search marketing news, he manages Stips.io’s SME (Subject Matter Expert) program. He also helps program U.S. SMX events. Goodwin has been editing and writing about the latest developments and trends in search and digital marketing since 2007. He previously was Executive Editor of Search Engine Journal (2017 to 2022), managing editor of Momentology (from 2014-2016) and editor of Search Engine Watch (from 2007 to 2014). He has spoken at many major search conferences and virtual events, and has been sourced for his expertise by a wide range of publications and podcasts.