Microsoft Rolled Out Bing for iPad
Article by George Norman
On 11 Apr 2011
If you are not familiar with Bing, it is Microsoft’s competitor to Google Search, it is the online service that is touted for being a decision engine not a search engine – decision engine because it helps you make a decision. The news is that the Bing decision engine is now available for Apple’s iPad tablet. Microsoft rolled out the Bing for iPad application last week.

Microsoft explained that with Bing, the goal has always been to provide a “search and start deciding” experience to as many platforms as possible, from desktop computers to smartphones and tablets. For the desktop computer there’s Bing.com, for the smartphone there’s Bing for iPhone, and for tablets there’s now Bing for iPad which can be downloaded free of charge from the App Store.

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“Bing for iPad goes beyond the traditional search experience, offering a unique and visually rich way to search the Web. The app is designed from the ground up for touch. You can quickly browse news, movies, Bing homepage images, local business listings and much more – all with the swipe of your finger,” commented Zachary Gutt, Lead Program Manager with Bing.

Here are the main features of the Bing for iPad application:
Search – autosuggest, the most relevant results are presented up top, Trends lets you see what others are searching for, get immersive and rich search results.
Voice Search – speak to perform a search.
Movies – Bing brings you the latest info on movies, the latest trailers, and helps you find a theater close to your location, and even helps you buy tickets online.
Maps – road, aerial and bird’s eye map views are available in the application. Furthermore, the app gives you turn-by-turn directions, lets you search for real-time transit info, and saves maps to your address book or calendar.
Weather – get hourly and up to 10-day forecasts for your location, use the Save Location feature to save up to five cities and have quick access to the weather reports for these locations.

Find out what else the app has to offer by downloading it from the App Store. Bing for iPad, as mentioned above, is offered free of charge.



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