Microsoft has been evolving its search engine Bing and Cobalt AI assistant, Bing-Bard, for years. From their beginnings in 2009 to the latest updates, the features of each have come a long way. Here’s a timeline of some of the major highlights of their evolution.

2009: Bing and Bard Begin

Bing and Bard were both launched in 2009, with each offering its own unique set of features. Bing offered straightforward search functionality for web searches and answered spoken questions. Bard offered number of AI-assisted features, such as the ability to recognize natural language, comprehend context and intent, and provide personalized answers.

2013: Voice Search Introduced

In 2013, Microsoft introduced voice search as an added feature to Bing-Bard. This allowed users to search and conduct tasks simply by speaking out loud. This was a major boon to usability and made searching and using the AI assistant much more enjoyable.

2015: Search Suggestions Added

In 2015, Microsoft added search suggestion capabilities to Bing-Bard. This feature provided real-time, AI-powered search recommendations as the user typed in words or phrases. This made it easier for users to find the exact answer they were looking for, rather than having to go back and forth and dig deeper into search results.

2017: Visual Search Introduced

With the addition of Visual Search in 2017, Microsoft took Bing-Bard to the next level. This feature used computer vision to allow users to search images just by looking at them. This was especially useful for things like researching landmarks or querying product information.

2018: Knowledge Graph

In 2018, Microsoft expanded Bing-Bard’s capabilities with the addition of the Knowledge Graph. This feature allowed users to search for and explore topics more broadly, extending beyond the constraints of traditional search. It provided deeper insights into topics by connecting related information and answering in-depth questions.

2020: AI-Powered Personalization

Most recently, in 2020, Microsoft released its AI-Powered Personalization feature. This allowed Bing-Bard to better understand the user’s preferences and provide more personal recommendations in the search results. This made for a smoother, more intuitive, and more enjoyable experience when searching and using the AI assistant.


Microsoft’s Bing and Bing-Bard continue to evolve and add new features at a rapid pace. Over the past 11 years, they have become much more powerful and easier to use. With their cutting-edge AI-powered features, they offer users the ability to search and conduct tasks faster and more intuitively.