Microsoft previews Bing Windows 8 app

Microsoft's been hard at work preparing Windows 8 for its final release, and the Bing team today previewed its new Bing app for the operating system's new interface as well as the six Bing-powered apps that will be available for the new operating system at launch.

In a new post on the Bing blog, Microsoft previewed the new Bing app and all six Bing-powered apps (Travel, Weather, Maps, News, Finance and Sports). While the Bing-powered apps have been available for preview, the Bing app has not yet been available to Windows 8 users.

The company touted the speed of the Bing app, which includes features such as "autosuggest, search results, and fluid navigation using tap and swipe," according to the blog post. The app will also include an immersive image search that will show a collage listing of photos in image search results. Selecting an image from those search results will then open a full-screen preview which will include swiping navigation features to flip through image results.

Bing's Windows 8 app will also support the new operating system's sharing feature, allowing users to share search results on their social media profiles. Similarly, the new app will also support Windows 8's snap feature, allowing users to snap the Bing app to one side of the screen and scroll through results while a browser is snapped to the other side, which will allow users to navigate websites without ever leaving their search results instead of navigating back-and-forth between results. 

Source: Bing

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So what's the difference between doing a Bing search from IE and this?
Since Bing is only searching the web, what's the benefit to the user? It takes the same number of step to launch IE.

Apart from that the UI is really nice, but it won't work at all with a mouse on a desktop PC.

What's the point? Its just as easy to open IE and search from the address bar or bing.com. Seems rather counter productive to have a dedicated app just for search.

I think it's quite frankly, a very exciting development- I feel like the iPad has nothing on this- iPad use has always seemed very one-dimensional to me. With all the new features they're bringing- the Bing search charm, the smart opening of new IE (ew) tabs in the main view when Bing's (but I still like Google) snapped to the side, I think it's great for tablet stuff. It looks and feels just right.
Although yeah, I think it'd still be better with middle-mouse-clicking on Chrome on a desktop.

This looks sexy, but it highlights my primary problem with Modern apps on desktop. These apps should have two modes, touch, and precision (keyboard/mouse). So much screen real-estate just wasted to provide for the imprecision of touch.

Sexy App: Needs Precision mode.

excalpius said,

FTFY 8)


The desktop is precision mode. Modern apps aren't. The start menu, to me, is just fine as it is.

Edit: This is assuming, soon, it adopts the WP8 start screen tile size options.

With all the back and forth switching it would make sense to just use IE to go to bing.com and search there in the first place. The app doesnt seem to provide any benefit apart from looking cool.

efjay said,
With all the back and forth switching it would make sense to just use IE to go to bing.com and search there in the first place. The app doesnt seem to provide any benefit apart from looking cool.

Same could be said about many of the "apps" out there. I don't get it, I use the mobile websites over apps in most cases on my WP. Any news aggregator or search engine has a decent mobile site... I don't understand why people use their apps.

MrHumpty said,

Same could be said about many of the "apps" out there. I don't get it, I use the mobile websites over apps in most cases on my WP. Any news aggregator or search engine has a decent mobile site... I don't understand why people use their apps.

I don't get these kind of "apps" at all either. Kind of like many of the Chrome "apps" that are nothing more than bookmarks.

Fourjays said,

I don't get these kind of "apps" at all either. Kind of like many of the Chrome "apps" that are nothing more than bookmarks.

In this instance, on a tablet, Snapping is the key here. Obviously, you would search the web with the browser if you were in that. However, if you were doing something else and had the app snapped, this works great.

You're can conveniently search and scroll through various search results and keep the browser, video, music or whatever, for the time being, open until you select the result you wish to see in the app. That's the big advantage here.

Otherwise, you would need to use the browser and scroll through results in a browser window. The Bing app would be faster and better for multitasking in this regard.

Edited by Wyn6, Aug 16 2012, 4:49pm :

efjay said,
With all the back and forth switching it would make sense to just use IE to go to bing.com and search there in the first place. The app doesnt seem to provide any benefit apart from looking cool.

The benefit is that you can snap the app to the side of the screen and click on links while still keeping the results open. Basically you'll have your search results still listed and you can scroll through them without having to go back-and-forth between search results and the sites you click on.

Anthony Tosie said,

The benefit is that you can snap the app to the side of the screen and click on links while still keeping the results open. Basically you'll have your search results still listed and you can scroll through them without having to go back-and-forth between search results and the sites you click on.

Damn you, Anthony, and your conciseness!

Anthonyd said,
I like how he is probably using Chrome instead of IE since he has installed it
I have chrome installed. I use both, although I'm not religious about browsers so there's that.