Bing for iPhone released

Microsoft's 'decision engine', Bing, is a nice search engine for those supportive of the Redmond software giant. It packs some features not available with others, and today, it's also available on the iPhone, similar to the offering already produced by Google.

We initially reported on Microsoft's plan to bring Bing and Messenger to the iPhone about a week ago, noting that these apps will add to Microsoft's Tag and Seadragon offerings currently on the App Store. We've given it a quick run, taken some screenshots, and tried some of the features.

The application opens with Bing's daily image, complete with facts about what they're displaying, which is rather nice feature. You can opt to search for images, movies, maps, businesses, news, directions, or just plain ol' search, depending on what you're after; the maps feature works well, with the location part of it working quickly and accurately. Unfortunately, many of the features wouldn't work on the iPhone we tested on, regardless of having restarted the device, though TechCrunch stated that it worked perfectly. We've included a few screenshots of the app below, or otherwise, you can find Bing on the App Store here.



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Cool. I like the picture... I wish they would release the updated version of Bing for all Windows Mobile 6.1 phones like this...

It looks like Bing for the iPhone is much better than the new Bing app for the WinMo. The latter is not very touch friendly, and lags horribly sometimes.

that is one sexy search app. just hope looks aren't everything behind it :)

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Damn I just installed it.. i think its running off that silverlight streaming thing Microsoft was showing off last time.. Beautiful app. Hmm.. Windows Mobile GUI team should take a few hints from BING and their other mates.

And you have to wonder what is going on in Redmond when you have Windows 7, Zune HD, XBox 360 and then the ****** child of a 90's whore Windows Mobile.

Shadrack said,
And you have to wonder what is going on in Redmond when you have Windows 7, Zune HD, XBox 360 and then the ****** child of a 90's whore Windows Mobile.

True DAT!

Shadrack said,
And you have to wonder what is going on in Redmond when you have Windows 7, Zune HD, XBox 360 and then the ****** child of a 90's whore Windows Mobile.

Hey, hey, some of us still love that child, lol.

This is actually a pretty damn good search app. im actually replacing the google.app with this. i love the results layout. images, maps all so nice and elegant.

off tropic? donno but gota get it out from my chest.

where does naming bing come from?

Chandler Muriel Bing from Friends?

I think it is suppose to be an onomonopia. The sound a fast device makes (such as a microwave) when it is done. Oh wait, that is *ding*. Hell, I dunno.

Shadrack said,
I think it is suppose to be an onomonopia. The sound a fast device makes (such as a microwave) when it is done. Oh wait, that is *ding*. Hell, I dunno.

LOL

It works like a charm. I was playing with it on the train on my way to work. For people complaining about crashing on voice search, it works perfectly fine on my iphone. Just to make sure, i tried it multiple times with no problems.

The2 said,
It does not work. No results. WTF
edit: also crashes on voice search

Apple App Approver #1: Should we call someone about this app?
Apple App Approver #2: Well the damn thing crashes just like the OS.
Apple App Approver #1: Yeah, this one is approved, this should be fun to watch on the internet.

I downloaded it today and tried it out. Works just fine. Did a few searches, a voice search, maps, directions. It all worked well. Like the interface. I just wish the search results had an option to open up in Safari so you could carry on your browsing there.

I would also like to add, that even after all this time, not even Bing has caused my iPhone to melt or explode.

The2 said,
It does not work. No results. WTF
edit: also crashes on voice search


I also have the same problem with the voice search. Every time I try to use it it crashes the app. Image search on the other hand is amazing (search pagani zonda) and see hundreds of high quality images and flick through them. too bad you can't copy from a image search and save to the iphone.

Map search is no where near as good as Google's version.

no support for 1gen touch. why? because of the voice search. fail.

i mean if google can have voice search and have it disabled on the 1st gen touch, why can't microsft?

Agreed... Very disappointing first impression for those with 1st gen touch. How hard could it be to disable voice control. Hope they fix it with an update soon. I can't wait to try it

green_link said,
no support for 1gen touch. why? because of the voice search. fail.

i mean if google can have voice search and have it disabled on the 1st gen touch, why can't microsft?

That is a bit silly...

s3n4te said,
So how many more days until Microsoft takes over the search market?

As many days as it takes to provide something better than Bing! I suspect.

s3n4te said,
So how many more days until Microsoft takes over the search market?

Same number of days as it will take Google to take over the OS Market

But why doesn't it? I mean, that search term isn't just searching for Bing, but bing discussions on the web, news stories about bing competing with Google, Neowin stories about Bing, etc.

Jugalator said,
But why doesn't it? I mean, that search term isn't just searching for Bing, but bing discussions on the web, news stories about bing competing with Google, Neowin stories about Bing, etc.


Nothing worked on that phone, you can search bing on the bing app.

Image search works well much better than google however the same can not be said for the maps. Normal web search seems better than competition.

On a phone where the top complaint seems to be the quality of the Internet connection, is it a good idea to push out graphics like that every day (assuming it changes regularly like the regular version)?

That's an AT&T problem, and the pictures themselves are fairly small. They download for me on Rogers in a matter of seconds.

Microsoft's 'decision engine', Bing, is a nice search engine for those supportive of the Redmond software giant.

Uhhhh noooo it's a nice search engine for anyone looking for anything. Even Mozilla has jumped on board and they aren't exactly Microsoft's #1 fan.

C_Guy said,
Microsoft's 'decision engine', Bing, is a nice search engine for those supportive of the Redmond software giant.

Uhhhh noooo it's a nice search engine for anyone looking for anything. Even Mozilla has jumped on board and they aren't exactly Microsoft's #1 fan.


Mozilla didn't jump onboard. Asa said people looking for privacy may move to others and then provided a how-to to do it. The default is still Google.

C_Guy said,
Microsoft's 'decision engine', Bing, is a nice search engine for those supportive of the Redmond software giant.

Uhhhh noooo it's a nice search engine for anyone looking for anything. Even Mozilla has jumped on board and they aren't exactly Microsoft's #1 fan.

Yeah, the Anti Microsoft comes out early anymore on Neowin... I believe we've been through this enough times for Neowin to start cleaning this up...