Bing features for Windows Phone 8 explained

As part of its Windows Phone 8 festivities on Monday, Microsoft got its Bing division to talk about the new features it is adding to the mobile operating system.

In a post on the Bing blog, Microsoft says that Bing has added to Windows Phone 8 a feature called For You, which gives users recommendations for music, videos, restaurants and more " ... based on a person’s location, previous searches and recommendations from their Facebook friends."

Windows Phone 8 will allow users to download the daily Bing front page image and turn it into the user's lock screen every day. They can also swipe the Bing home page to show "... content relevant to you, including trending stories, local deals and more."

Bing Music can listen to a song track and then tell the user the song's name, artist, and album, along with where a person can buy the tune. Finally there's Bing Vision, which ties into a person's smartphone camera. Microsoft says:

Bing will recognize text and present the option to select words for a search, and instantly return product results if the object has a barcode. Bing Vision can also detect product information from UPC codes, QR Codes and Microsoft Tag, as well as cover art for books, CDs, DVDs and video games. When traveling, people can also scan text with Bing Vision to copy or translate it.

Source: Bing blog | Image via Microsoft

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