Microsoft has released its first application for Apple’s iPad in the form of a new Bing mobile app. According to Paul Thurrott, the application yet again shows Microsoft supporting competing mobile platforms better than their own Windows Phone.
The Bing Blog gives full details on the application that is a free download via the iTunes App store. The app gives a far more visual experience to searching when compared to any other competing companies such as Google and has been designed specifically for a touch interface.
Today, Bing released the Bing for iPad app, a new way to interact with Bing. Since launching, Bing has been focused on helping people stop searching and start deciding – regardless of where they are. The Bing for iPad app goes beyond the traditional search experience, offering a new visually rich way to search the Web. The experience is designed specifically to capture the fluid and intuitive nature of touch on a large, high resolution screen – allowing you to quickly browse news, movies, weather, local business listing and much more. And, you can do it all with the swipe of a finger – no more back button.
It is very simple to use and allows you to check out movies, news, Bing’s well-known homepage images, local business listings, and more simply via swiping. It also features an option to check out “Trends” which lets users find out what searches are most popular at that time.
Another big feature is Bing’s Voice Search powered by TellMe, it makes searching a lot easier, assuming it can recognize your voice without any issues. Bing for iPad also adds the search engines integrated local and map experience, which provides multiple map views making it easier to find where you are going to. You can even save them directly to your address book, get turn-by-turn directions and search out real-time traffic information.
The application has been well built and you can feel the love from the developers behind it, a great addition to any search fanatics and fans of Bing. It may leave many Windows Phone 7 users wondering why the company hasn't been churning out well designed applications liked these for their own OS however.