Microsoft gently reminds iPhone 5 users of Bing app

Apple has been ripped one way and down the other for its own home grown iOS 6 map app that launched just a week ago. The data errors, and sometime laughable map images, have caused both Nokia and Google (via Motorola) to slam Apple's first attempt at a mobile mapping app.

Today, Microsoft's Bing blog posted up a new entry (we like to think they read our recommendation) which reminds people who have bought a new iPhone that their own Bing app, with mapping features, is available to download from the iOS App Store. However, while Nokia and Google went for the jugular, Microsoft takes a more gentle approach:

For years we’ve put a lot of work into helping people find what they need so they can get more done. With the Bing App for iPhone, we can help you find what you need and help you get there – whether it’s down the street, on the other side of the world, or somewhere in between. We make it easy, too. Just tell Bing what you are looking for with voice-activated search - even addresses- when you need to be hands-free, and let Bing do the rest.

As we mentioned a few days earlier, the Bing iOS app has not been updated since April 30th. When we emailed Microsoft to find out if they have plans to release a new version, their response was simply, "We don’t have anything to share about future plans or updates."

Source: Bing blog | Image via Microsoft

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derekaw said,
Friends don't let friends use Bing.

And by "Friends" you mean "people who don't like you having an opinion of your own and try to foister their opinion on you" ?

Im all for competition - its always needed but MS Bing just feels like its trying to do a Google because it has no identity and Apple's maps was a true let down.

Bing maps is good, but whats with no 3d? I will assume it's all coming, but they are pretty far behind in that department you must agree. I speak of mobile app and not desktop.

jimmyfal said,
Bing maps is good, but whats with no 3d? I will assume it's all coming, but they are pretty far behind in that department you must agree. I speak of mobile app and not desktop.

Having used Apple and Google Maps, I think 3D is a useless gimmick. It's useful to sell a product, but not to find directions. Moving to 3D buildings from Street View was a horrible direction to go for Apple Maps. Street View gave an invaluable insight for driving directions, where you saw how the actual environment looked and saw which kind of real-world driving directions you would have. Conversely, 3D buildings can tell you that the Eiffel Tower is awesome. Microsoft should focus on Street View.

Northgrove said,

Having used Apple and Google Maps, I think 3D is a useless gimmick. It's useful to sell a product, but not to find directions. Moving to 3D buildings from Street View was a horrible direction to go for Apple Maps. Street View gave an invaluable insight for driving directions, where you saw how the actual environment looked and saw which kind of real-world driving directions you would have. Conversely, 3D buildings can tell you that the Eiffel Tower is awesome. Microsoft should focus on Street View.

Depends on how you do with spatial reasoning. 3D view is good for figuring out the skyline for something that's further away than street view would show. Not that street view isn't useful, but they do complement each other.

Rudy said,
Too bad Bing maps is worse than apple maps

Are you serious?

Helen Keller could have done a better job designing Apple Maps. Bing is a hell of a lot better than Apple Maps and Google is top dog.

haha

While Google is definately better than Bing for us canadian i would not call the new apple map app better than Bing.

It's really bad honestly and apple should go back the the old google maps app.

Croc Ography said,

As a Canadian, I would disagree, I prefer Bing Maps to Google.


There are some places here in Canada that are better on Bing than Google.

DClark said,

There are some places here in Canada that are better on Bing than Google.

Is Bing even available on the Canadian app store? If so, what is it called? If not, how did you guys download it?

DClark said,

There are some places here in Canada that are better on Bing than Google.

In Canada eh, google is still top dog but Bing/Nokia Maps are just still not at par with google, but Bing needs to step it up with all their services in other countries than the USA, honestly.

Croc Ography said,

As a Canadian, I would disagree, I prefer Bing Maps to Google.

Same here. Admittedly MS staff spend their holidays up in my corner of Canada, but can't argue with better transit results (except for on WP, for some reason WP gets the worst Bing maps).