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Watch out Google: Bing has finally introduced a time filter that enables search results by time period. This has been a regular Google search feature for quite some time, but late or not, you can finally get down to distilling the fresh from the stale on Bin search, especially if you are searching for news. Filtering search results by time works the same as any other filter and includes four time range options on the search results page.

After entering your keyword, click on the dropdown menu and select one of the four available options: All, Past 24 hours, Pas week, and Past months. For instance, you can sort by “Past 24 hours” to bring up the latest and freshest results. Bing displays the filter front and center, right under the search box, while Google has it tucked away under Search Tools. If you can’t see the option, you may need to change your country to United States in the settings.

Unlike Google, Bing doesn’t let you set a custom date range for your searches, and doesn’t let you filter results only from the past hour. We may see these features added at a later date. Dr. Walter Sun, the Principal Development Manager for Bing says,

At Bing, our goal is to give you the most comprehensive and trustworthy set of search results so you can get more done. Behind the scenes, we spend a lot of time and computational horsepower to ensure that you are getting fresh and topical search results as they happen. In that spirit, we recently released an easy way for you to sort results by time period.

Is this too little too late for Bing? How often do you filter your results by time?

Source: Bing Blog


  1. Zenphic
    March 30, 2013 at 12:02 am

    Interesting feature, but I'm not sure how useful it could be for my daily usage. It would be cool if images could be sorted by time though.

    • Saikat Basu
      March 30, 2013 at 5:42 am

      As Bob said above, something is better than nothing. It could be useful if you are using both Google and Bing and want to distill the freshest results.

  2. Michael Heffner
    March 29, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    I've been using Google to search so long it's the first thing I turn to for searching. I'll give this a shot, but don't expect to change any time soon.

  3. Scutterman
    March 29, 2013 at 11:02 am

    I use this in Google fairly regularly. Some of the technology I work with, such as Magento, is prolific enough that certain past results get high rankings. The problem is that, even though those posts were highly relevant and accurate at the time, the Magento codebase changes so often and so drastically that newer results are essential to get working code.

  4. Bob Henson
    March 29, 2013 at 10:41 am

    The time settings are, at best, better than nothing. What is required is a permanent user setting that allows a fixed time pattern to be applied automatically every time the search engine is used. Personally, I would set my searches to "newest first" sequence for every search, and possibly override with others on occasions when a more specific search was required.

    • Saikat Basu
      March 29, 2013 at 11:25 am

      Yes, that actually could be a personalized feature. But usually the links are ranked according to SEO relevance first.

  5. techguyknows
    March 29, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Nice. I will use Bing for certain purposes, if I have to sort by time, else Google is still better.

  6. macwitty
    March 29, 2013 at 8:09 am

    I'm also a google user and do use time search often

  7. Nevzat A
    March 29, 2013 at 7:24 am

    Too late for Bing. I'm enjoying this feature on Google for quite a long time.

  8. Muhannad Agha
    March 29, 2013 at 12:33 am

    I still prefer Google.

  9. Chris Marcoe
    March 28, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    Yea...It's still not going to make me switch to Bing.

    1: I'm used to Google
    2: I seem to get better results from Google
    3: When I've used Bing, the intuitiveness usually isn't.

    • Saikat Basu
      March 29, 2013 at 5:11 am

      That seems to be the overwhelming opinion. We tend to use Bing just as an alternative SE. I personally used to look at Bing for image searches, but Google has got better with that as well.

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