Microsoft updates Bing iPhone app with new features

Microsoft has released a new update of its Bing app for Apple's iPhone users, several months after the company released a revamped version for all iOS devices. This new update is apparently just for iPhone owners and has not been optimized for the iPad.

Microsoft's Bing blog goes over the new features, which the company claims includes additions based on demand from users. One of them is a widget with four touch-friendly buttons that let users "return to the homepage, conduct a voice search, conduct a text search or see your Recent searches." The widget will always be available at any point in the app unless users go to settings to disable it.

Another addition is the ability to run multiple search strings on Bing without getting rid of the original results. The app now views what's currently trending on the Internet with a new UI that features full screen tiles, and even features a way to physically shake the iPhone to bring up a random trending story.

The Bing update includes a bookmark manager that is supposed to make it easier to access a user's favorite sites from within the app. Finally, any auto-suggestions from Bing can be expanded in the app to refine a particular search string.

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Finally managed to get Bing on my iPhone. This is apparently US only.. But I found a workaround, though I had to install craptunes on my PC..

Back to the App Bing voice search is really good, this bodes very well for Cortana. And the app actually feels fluid which is a shocker since my iPhone 4 is slower then slowest.

and in case you're wondering if the "ONE MICROSOFT" is true or things are the same old, where MSFT is at war with itself...well they just made the iphone app more compeling than the official bing WP experience.

ha ha. and that is how you can tell: WP is hated even within MSFT.

neonspark said,
and in case you're wondering if the "ONE MICROSOFT" is true or things are the same old, where MSFT is at war with itself...well they just made the iphone app more compeling than the official bing WP experience.

ha ha. and that is how you can tell: WP is hated even within MSFT.


Dafuq did I just read?

Development of an app across different platforms happens by different teams, each team working at their own pace. You should be happy that Microsoft's services are so multiplatform-focused so that it reaches every potential customer, whether or not they use a competing platform. Yet you try to give this a negative spin.

Windows Phone is one their best customer products, so I'm pretty sure it's not 'hated' within Microsoft (unbelievable I have to explain this to someone)

I'm waiting on the news of when they will drop the name IE (Internet Explorer) and replace it with Bing. I can almost see it happening.

SK[ said,]Why would this even remotely happen?

Because as of late it's been BING for everything. Many of the features they add to the Bing apps are browser features, so the trend would seem to be going in that direction. It's more prevalent with the mobile apps though, granted their focus is search. Just check out the latest mobile update for Bing.

Not saying it was going to happen, but I don't think it's impossible either.

If you look at from another perspective, take Chrome for example which started as a browser - and now has a full blown OS. So with the recent additions and integrations with Bing, I wouldn't put it past it become something more than a search engine - I would probably expect it to become a full blown browser before anything else though.

This is really cool! Especially the bookmark manager.

Can't wait for all this to come to the new Bing in WP 8.1.. and hopefully it's updatable without OS-level updates like most of the other stuff