Microsoft has announced that its "decision engine" Bing will be emerging, blinking in the light, free from its beta tag in Australia, Canada, China, Japan and the UK. It's already out of beta in the US.

None of those countries currently have versions of Bing that are as complete as the US variant, though of course it's easy to get the extra features by setting your location in the top right corner to the US.

Background images for each country will also start appearing, which will include hotspots that allow you to search for more information about an image. Categorisations should appear, too.

The rollout of the new version is set for "the next few weeks". We'll keep you posted.