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Microsoft releases Bing app for iPhone

updated 09:05 am EST, Wed December 16, 2009

Offers voice search functions

Microsoft on Tuesday released its first official Bing app for the iPhone and iPod touch. Until now, Bing has only been offered as an integrated search function in third-party apps. Microsoft earlier this year released an SDK to help developers with the necessary APIs. The new app is the first to offer a dedicated interface.

Bing for the iPhone includes map, movie and image search functions, as well as voice commands, which like Google Mobile launch a search based on a spoken sentence or address. Some navigation support is built into the app, giving users a choice between driving and walking directions.

Search results can be narrowed by category, such as news or specific services like banks or restaurants. A homepage displays a new image each day from Bing.com, with hotspots that contain related trivia. The Bing app is a free download from the App Store.







via kara.allthingsd.com




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  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    no thanks

    nothing by Microsuck will ever live on my iPhone.

  1. facebook_Ilias

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Dec 2009

    0

    it is actually quite good

    I really like the maps implementation. The zoom in/out is fantastic. much better than google maps.

    Also the images search is fantastic!!!

  1. Mr. Strat

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    ???

    There are people who want this?

  1. nat

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    when

    ms comes out with something original i might consider it. i'm guessing i have nothing to worry about any time soon.

  1. icewing

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    nothing to worry about...

    ...just drink the Cool-Aid and m$ will tell you how to think...all the cool kids are doing it...

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    fixed that headline for you

    "Microsoft releases Bing c*** for iPhone"

  1. doctor9

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Wondered when

    Microsoft just couldn't ignore this low-hanging fruit for the iPhone. It's a bit ridiculous for them to be so obtuse to the iPhone platform when there's opportunity to sell software for it like Office, remote desktop, WMV player, etc.

    I've got no problem with Microsoft solutions being on my iPhone as long as they work to the level as their WinMobile counterparts...but that might be a bit more than Redmond is capable of allowing!

    /

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -3

    Re: Wondered when

    I've got no problem with Microsoft solutions being on my iPhone as long as they work to the level as their WinMobile counterparts...but that might be a bit more than Redmond is capable of allowing!

    It may also be a bit more than what Apple is capable of allowing, too.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    Re: Nothing to worry about

    ...just drink the Cool-Aid and m$ will tell you how to think...all the cool kids are doing it...

    Wait, are you talking the MS kool-aid or the Apple kool-aid?

  1. macnixer

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    just tried it

    and it is not too shabby. I really like the image search. It is kind of slow at times but this is a new app and should get better with time. only time will tell.

    btw, MS is not so bad as it is made out to be. you don't become big without putting in effort and they do a lot of work on the enterprise arena.

    i know this post is a flame bait but i am leaving it to your judgement.

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