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.