Microsoft's Bing search engine just got even more inventive, creating a strange new world where no web geek has gone before. To take a unique trip, simply type "beam me up" in the Bing search engine, and see what happens.
Once you've been beamed up, click on any of the designated hotspots. You'll hear realistic Starfleet-regulation sound effects as you're transported to a variety of locations throughout the universe. Each of those destinations offers links to Star Trek trivia, clips from the series and a lot more.
As we suspected, Bing designers are "huge Star Trek fans," according to Stephanie Horstmanshof, Bing's senior lead managing editor. "We really looked at this project as a love letter to Star Trek fans," she told Mashable. "We had so much fun brainstorming ideas for the various levels of the experience."
She says the team liked creating the hotspots the best, coming up with a plethora of content. She continued, "It was actually tough to narrow down our final content because we had so many ideas."
Our favorite? "Bad Star Trek Props," where you can see, for example, the magic that art directors from the 1960s could perform with tinfoil. Oh, and of course, there's the classic Riker sitting trick, now affectionately known as #Rikering (it's a thing), showing you the quickest way to get from a standing position into any chair with the minimum amount of effort.
Horstmanshof told us the team especially enjoyed coming up with the “Easter Eggs” for the project, which we'll leave to you, readers, to find. "We even originally included a word that would have been a pretty big spoiler for the film (no, we won't say it here), so we took that one out during our conversations with the Star Trek team."
This is not the first foray for Bing into the Star Trek universe, where in preparation for Thursday's debut of Star Trek Into Darkness, Microsoft's search engine learned how to translate Klingon.