Microsoft removes Bing iPhone app from international App Stores

Microsoft has removed the Bing iPhone application from all international Apple App Stores except the United States.

The Bing application began disappearing from various countries App Store's on Monday. A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed the move and said the company accidently made the application available to countries outside the U.S. "When we released the iPhone application we inadvertently made it available to all countries in which the Apple Marketplace has a presence. We noticed the error within 24 hours and took steps to remove availability for all countries except for the US," said a Microsoft spokesperson in an email to Neowin.

Microsoft originally released the Bing iPhone application in December 2009. It's not clear why it took three months to remove the availability for all countries except the U.S. The Bing iPhone application allows users to search for information, images, maps and directions. Voice search is also included. 

Microsoft says that it is planning to release international versions of the Bing iPhone application but that it has "no dates to share at this time".

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Microsoft Strategy Idea #3557:

Release App in December to relatively low takeup. Make big fuss about it in March to get people talking about it and newsworthy on websites. Release it a month later with an "international" version that is identical... get news again.

Pretty good really.

i wanted to like bing. i really did

but, comapring day-to-day search results, with the google ones... i have to admit, that google usually bring up the site i want in the first or second result.. meanwhile bink does not show those sites, but other ones.

it happened to me a few times, so now i only search in google. search result are a lot more useful

panacea said,
i wanted to like bing. i really did

but, comapring day-to-day search results, with the google ones... i have to admit, that google usually bring up the site i want in the first or second result.. meanwhile bink does not show those sites, but other ones.

it happened to me a few times, so now i only search in google. search result are a lot more useful

I'm interested to know what particular search queries you looked for, and what websites you expected to come up.

You also know that you can put feedback as well? I'm not sure, but maybe you can access the history on your Bing searches, if the Bing app offers a way to view your history, and you pick the correct site if it's something you use often.

It's harsh, but then again I can't picture myself using a Microsoft service from an Apple product either. It just seems... "dirty".

dave164 said,

Shoo troll. You aren't needed here.


Ummm....I am avoiding the purchase of a smartphone until WinPho7 comes out. I was being sarcastic but at the same level being critical of Bing's limited marketshare.

Edited by DClark, Mar 17 2010, 2:50pm :

Different countries have different censorship so they may not want to show them US search results violating a given country rule!

I love my Bing app. Makes finding things much easier, as well as image searches, business searches and the maps are nice too.

Have people forgotten already that Bing isn't fully released in all countries yet?

The UK version didn't get updated for several months for example.

This just matches their staged rollout.

Kirkburn said,
Have people forgotten already that Bing isn't fully released in all countries yet?

The UK version didn't get updated for several months for example.

This just matches their staged rollout.

Exactly. I love all the conspiracy theorists... lol

Accidentally released? Don't kid with me. How is an app released accidentally, and took 3 months to deprive it?

It seems it didn't work outside the US, or it had many many bugs, who knows. Maybe the complete iPhone Bing's service was only available at the US at the beginning.

Maybe they are out of servers, who knows?

Jose_49 said,
Accidentally released? Don't kid with me. How is an app released accidentally, and took 3 months to deprive it?

It seems it didn't work outside the US, or it had many many bugs, who knows. Maybe the complete iPhone Bing's service was only available at the US at the beginning.

Maybe they are out of servers, who knows?

Not sure. Clearly they only wanted to release it in the US... Perhaps they accidentally released it in all regions as they explained? I'm thinking that makes more sense than a big conspiracy theory... lol As for it taking 3 months to come down, I'm not sure how that works, but they said they requested that Apple take them down, and Apple isn't really known for swiftness with the App support... So...

And as for bugs, I've heard of no serious issues with that, so I think this was an oversight and nothing more...

soldier1st said,
ms did this quietly but as soon as it got noticed they removed it(they wanted to take market share away from apple)

Wait what? Apple doesn't have a search engine, how is a Bing app accidentally being released in the wrong places going to take market share from apple? You can't slip something past the Apple Store quietly, if it was a threat to Apple it would have been rejected.

Edited by fhpuqrgrpgvirzhpujbj, Mar 17 2010, 1:14am :

soldier1st said,
ms did this quietly but as soon as it got noticed they removed it(they wanted to take market share away from apple)
wut?

soldier1st said,
ms did this quietly but as soon as it got noticed they removed it(they wanted to take market share away from apple)

Um... That doesn't make sense...

soldier1st said,
ms did this quietly but as soon as it got noticed they removed it(they wanted to take market share away from apple)

lolwut?

soldier1st said,
ms did this quietly but as soon as it got noticed they removed it(they wanted to take market share away from apple)

WHATTTTT?????