Today when I fired up Internet Explorer, I did what I always do, looked at the top stories on Bing, however when I click on one of them a chat box popped up. It pops up in the lower right hand corner and is named Bing Live Chat (Beta). So far I have not been able to find any information about it at all and after a few minuets it seemed like while people were searching for the same thing they were no longer chatting. Maybe Microsoft is just running a small test. As far as how it works, it generates a guest nickname or you can create your own. It only seems to come up on the top stories and not other searches you perform in Bing. I did leave feedback which takes you through a small survey and in that survey they ask if you would like to see Facebook login features brought to Bing Live Chat (Beta). I left my feedback stating I would rather see Bing Live Chat (Beta) integrate with the Microsoft Account. If you close the chat window there does not seem to be any way of bringing it back. It seems like a fun new feature that would allow people to connect and chat about similar interests and I hope it sticks around. If I can get any more information I will let you know as soon as I can. Of course below I have a screen shot.
Update: I had contacted the Bing technical support and heard back from a representative about Bing Live Chat.
“Bing Chat (Beta) is implemented in the Bing search engine and allows users searching for same keywords to chat with each other directly from the browser. The service is still in an incubation phase and is only available to a limited amount of users. Bing Chat is a beta project and it does not collect personal info and access to it will vary throughout the beta period. We are not able to provide a direct link to this beta service.”
So it is confirmed that they are testing Bing Live Chat but no word on if or when this feature will be released.