Facebook today made some much-needed updates to its commenting platform for third-party sites. Among other things, the commenting plugin now features permalinks to specific comments, a dark colorscheme and support for signing in with Hotmail. Facebook also announced that about 50,000 sites are currently using its Comments Box plugin.
Microsoft just launched a platform preview of Internet Explorer 10. As is typical for Microsoft, this platform preview is meant to give developers a chance to test their software on the new rendering engine as it develops. The preview does not include any hint at what the user interface for IE10 will look like, however. The focus of this preview is on HTML5 and, according to Microsoft, IE10 “continues what IE9’s first preview began a year ago.”
Bing, Microsoft’s upstart search engine, hasn’t quite been able to replicate its success in the U.S. in the European market. The latest data from Hitwise includes some good news for Microsoft, however. While every other search engine in the UK lost market share in the last year, Bing actually managed to increase its share of searches in March by 1.4% compared to one year ago. Now that’s now a huge change by any means – and its overall share of searches is still just 4.4% compared to Google’s 90%. As Hitwise’s Robin Goad points out, though, “this translates to a lot of extra searches occurring in Bing.”