It is official that Microsoft will be retiring its MSNBot1.1 and replacing it with the next bot: 2.0B. The team has made many improvements in the Bot 2.0 based on the performance concerns showed by webmasters. With the new development, Bing will be able to gather information in a better manner from large number of websites Microsoft indexes worldwide.
Read what Bing Community Blog is also talking about the new replacement:
“As MSNBot 2.0b enters full-scale production, the time has come to retire our previous generation bot, MSNBot 1.1. By the end of the first week in November, you will no longer see the following user agent in your referrer logs:
The only Bing user agent you will see in your logs from this point forward will be this, our new bot:
msnbot/2.0b (+http://search.msn.com/msnbot.htm) ”
Bing team is promising that the new bot will conduct better and richer crawl.