Microsoft releases free ‘Bing for iPad’ app

Microsoft today released their free Bing for iPad app which features:

• Swipe through our touch-enabled movie listings, news articles, trending topics, local businesses and other search results.
• Stay current with the latest news, traffic, weather, stock quotes, movies and popular searches from the main screen.
• Bing Local and Map integration to help you find the places you are looking for from directions with real-time tracking to road, traffic, aerial and “bird’s eye” views.
• Follow the latest news and trending topics with “iPad-optimized” results with images and magazine-inspired layouts.
• Tell Bing what you are searching for with voice activated search.
• Touch-friendly, grid view of image searches, with source site details and full page preview.
• Easily navigate between Bing results and websites as Bing frames the site to make it easy to return the search or to launch a new one.

More info and download link via Apple’s iTunes App Store here.

29 Comments

  1. I am superlatively thrilled that iQuack was overly thrilled by Donald’s ease of being thrilled, resulting in Diskgrinder’s recognition that Ballmer was on holiday, thereby allowing the release of Bing for iPad… Whew!

  2. I tried Bing. Once it became apparent that Bing “decides for you” by providing hits from the highest bidder, I opted out.

    I’d rather have tons of raw data than an ounce of propaganda any day of the week.

  3. For those who are unaware: A Microsoft employee set up a website soon after Bing’s perpetration that allowed you to compare the search results from Google, Yahoo and Bing. You then chose which you preferred. This data was then compiled and the results provided for viewing: Bing rated at #3 by choice.

    Recently we learned that Bing steals search results from Google in order to fill out its otherwise 3rd rate results. IOW: If you like Bing these days, you’re actually liking Google.

    Just so you know. 😎

    1. Actually, thats a gross inaccuracy. Bing uses click-stream data from people who download the Bing Bar (which they willingly & voluntarily sign up for) and indexes the searches they carry out on Google, along with other websites (be it search engines, your “favorites list”, internal website searches, etc) and indexes the results from 100 or so data sources to compile its own unique results. In the case of the “Bing Sting”, the fabricated Google results of “xyqoubnsmqoiehcnaIf” and “iwqkcjanzjkaoptuiwhggw” were so bizzare they were only indexed on Google (because they changed the Google search code to make it happen). Since it was the only one, Bing returned what Google indexed. This would never happen outside of this laboratory test because 99.9999% of all searches have multiple data points. If anything, the “Bing Sting” just proved that Google violated its own promise and physically manipulated its own results. Was this the first time Google manipulated its own results? Who knows? Obviously Google would never do that, right?? They’re motto is “Don’t be evil”, so of course they would never do that, right? RIGHT??

      Put in other words, this is akin to what Microsoft has done: McDonalds spends $25,000 on market research to find the best location to open a new restaurant. Taco Bell, looking to save some money, waits to see the results of McDonalds research. Once McDonalds decides on the location, Taco Bell immediately begins construction on their new restaurant right next door to the new McDonalds – in the same hot location and without having spent a penny on market research. Its good business. Companies do it all the time.

      If you think for a moment that Google isn’t looking at what Microsoft is doing, or Apple isn’t looking at what Google is doing, you’re living in a pipe dream.

      And by the way, non of this is illegal. There is no copyright on Google indexing and searches. The results or the order of the results isn’t protected by law.

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