The Live Search team have just blogged about an update to the main Live Search homepage at


As you can see in the above picture it is a very graphical page now with a high quality picture that not only contains the live search box we have seen in the past but there is also hotspots that you can click on to learn more about the region, object, thing in the photo background.

The new design features background images that will change frequently, augmented with what we call "hotspots." These interactive areas highlight parts of the image and help you explore search results related to the highlighted area. Users who have tested this new home page have found it both engaging and a great place to start a search.