The first release of a themepack for Windows 7 RTM containing wallpapers that were featured as the background images of the Bing search/decision engine proved so popular that Microsoft has put together a second package. Bing’s Best 2 is currently available for download from the Windows Personalization Gallery. As it was the case with the first release, Bing’s Best 2 is a theme designed to integrate exclusively with the latest iteration of the Windows client.
All that Windows 7 users need to do is grab either Bing’s Best 1 or Bing’s Best 2 from the links at the bottom of this article. Once the downloads are complete, the themepack files can be run locally, and will configure the operating system in accordance with the settings and wallpapers included in the release.
“Our first Bing’s Best Windows 7 theme pack was so popular that we’ve decided to do another! From the jagged peaks of the Andes, to the Vermillion Cliffs in Arizona, to Spain’s Basque region, this set takes you around the world using some of our favorite Bing homepage images from the past several months. There are 21 wallpapers in all,” Stephanie Horstmanshof, Microsoft managing editor, revealed.
Based exclusively on the number of users that accessed the first Softpedia article on Bing’s Best theme for Windows 7, it is clear that Microsoft is not exaggerating in the least when it claims that the download was hugely popular. After all, both the 20 wallpapers in the first package, and the 21 in the second are examples of superb imagery that will certainly kick up a notch the desktops of Windows 7 users around the world. The one detail that is definitely missing is related to the interactivity and extra information that Bing backgrounds deliver via Silverlight. Perhaps with Silverlight’s new out-of-browser capabilities, Microsoft could take an extra step and replicate the excellent experience from Bing to the Windows 7 desktop when it comes down to hidden spots.
Windows 7 Bing’s Best 1 Theme is available for download here.
Windows 7 Bing’s Best 2 Theme is available for download here.