Microsoft Brings Bing to the iPhone

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    Microsoft yesterday announced the introduction of Bing [App Store, Free], an iPhone application offering direct access to the company's new search engine.

    Aside from traditional topic searches, the application offers image search, movie times, maps and directions, business listings, and news search. Bing also utilizes geolocation to automatically provide movie listings in the user's area and to provide a default starting location of map-based directions.
    Voice search very similar to that offered in Google Mobile App is also supported.
    The iPhone version of Bing joins existing versions for Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, and Sidekick, as well as a basic mobile-formatted version of the site.

    Article Link: Microsoft Brings Bing to the iPhone
     
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    Welcome to innovation-land Microsoft. We've missed you for a while, so it's nice of you to drop by.

    Seriously though, Bing has some promise and so it's nice to see MS not be petty and get this app out to us. There's a good chance that it's a great app and will be nice to use.
     
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    Not bad, Did i hear somewhere they were making MSN messenger?
     
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    I quite like it too.

    The map implementation is quite good. I love the zoom in/out and the fact that traffic updates do not cover streets/street names. much better than google. Also i love the zoom out button... you can zoom in by double tapping and you can zoom out without forcing you to use two fingers.

    Also the image search is really good!!!!
     
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    I would like to see some games from Microsoft next.
     
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    Wish they woulda named their search engine something different tho.... Reminds me of Chandler from Friends waaaaay too much lol.
     
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    Bing huh. I thought crazy bald microsoft CEOs just stomped on iPhones, not developed for them. lame!
     
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    yes because "google" is better..

    My name is Chandler Google!
     
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    It reminds me of this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0YLD_9lRGU
     
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    Maybe Bing will be relevant now.
     
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    The app is worthless to me, as it does NOT display the Bing Cashback & Shopping search results too. This is a feature that holiday shoppers would be interested in...
     
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    I'll download it after work but it looks pretty good -- and a good idea. Besides, I secretly enjoy it when MS writes stuff for the iPhone. :)
     
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    Am i the only one who would rather have this integrated into Safari. I'm all for app grown but instead of an app for a search engine how about the MSN IM client instead
     
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    i like bing

    well just their home page i love the little pieces of information of the picture. as for search never really used it. but i'll try out this app.
     
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    This app is really, really good. So much so that I'm getting rid of the Google Mobile app. It's about time that Microsoft made something fresh and fun to use.
     
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    Damn, I just got my first BSOD on my iPhone. Time to uninstall. ;)
     
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    I'm tempted to download this as it almost looks useful. I've not once ever had to do a "Bing" search just because I dislike the name. The Google search app doesn't do much for me either though. If I need to search, why wouldn't I just open Safari or Maps?
     
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    hmmm....

    How long before we confirm it as the least downloaded app...ever? lol :D
     
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    I'm actually going to download it. :D
     
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    Nice! I LOVE the voice recognition stuff. And the mapping is pretty cool.
     
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    OK, so I downloaded it. After a few minutes of poking around, it gets to stay on the iPhone. The maps and directions will be the best fit I think. The app looks and feels good.
     
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    The only issue I am having is you have to be within a certain sub-menu to do a specific search.

    Example: I tried to speak a search for "driving direction from here to Kingwood, TX" and got web and image results for it.

    If this were an Apple app, it would realize I wanted a map and driving directions and set me up with that map and solution.

    Still, when on the map and speaking Kingwood I got great directions. :)

    So far I remain impressed with especially the voice recognition.
     
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    I don't know. Did you? If so, where?
     
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    Do you mean like a web app? You can't integrate into Safari because Apple doesn't allow it.
     
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    Downloaded it to see how the maps were. I don't like the fact that my highlighted route covers over the colors for the traffic indicator so I can't see if it's showing red, green or yellow along the highway route.

    Seemed to be out of focus too for some reason. Maybe I was zoomed in too far.
     

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