Is Live Chat coming to Bing?

 one of those weeks again when one topic constantly floods the news. This week is was chat’s turn.  With the addition of Google contacts into Outlook.com and the backlash it caused coming from Google, new abilities to chat from within SkyDrive on Outlook.com, the announcements of Google Hangouts, and a few myriad Skype updates, there was plenty of news to go around. 

But the week hasn’t ended, and Liveside has got word of some chat news coming from an unlikely source: Bing.

Liveside has caught an early glimpse at what looks to be a new way of interacting via search: a live chat box right from within Bing: (Image from Liveside.net)

Credit LiveSide.net

Credit LiveSide.net

Here’s a closer look:

Credit LiveSide.net

Credit LiveSide.net

As we can see from one of the messages, there is an image link at the bottom of the Bing Home page that opened up this chat window.  Only going by what we see here, this doesn’t appear to be a connection into your Microsoft account or Skype messaging contacts, but rather a way for anyone searching for a particular search term to (anonymously?) connect with others searching for the same thing.

Would you use Bing Live chat?  The mind reels at all of the unseemly ways this might be put to use, but hey if it gets you closer to what you’re looking for, it’s all good, right?