Bing for Windows Phone 8 updated

Bing for Windows Phone 8 updated
Windows Phone 8 users have an update to Bing coming their way, adding new features and search categories. Swipe to the left or right on a search result screen to see even more results and videos and images will feature larger thumbnails and infinite scrolling. The idea is to lower your reliance on scrolling, and try to get you to the answer you want without using up all of your monthly data allowance. "We’re gonna put more info on your first search result screen," said Bing product manager Alisher Saydalikhodjayev.

Bing is also trying to differentiate itself from its main rival (which rhymes with Zoogle) by beefing up its local results including making it easier to obtain the phone number for local businesses. If you've ever tried to get the phone number of a local business on Google, you can see where Bing might have an opening here.

Popular websites will show much broader and useful results. Microsoft itself uses Delta Airlines as an example. Use Bing to search for the airline's website and you see come up first with links being shown for other features within the site such as Flight Status, SkyMiles, Track Flight and Flight Schedules. Having those pages show up in the results can save you a few clicks and a lot of time. Also coming to Bing's Windows Phone 8 search results is the Snapshot feature that was added to web results last year. This gives you at-a-glance information about people, places or things. Search for the name of a friend and you might see where he went to school or works. Look up a movie and you'll find information about the cast, related films,and you will even be prompted to buy tickets.

The update adds 10 instant answers that give you an answer to a question right from the Bing screen without having to go into a website or app. For example, type "Define creamery" and a definition will come right up, loaded on the results page. Need to know the forex rate of the Japanese Yen against the dollar? Type "USD JPY" to find out the latest exchange rate. The update adds 10 new instant answers to give Bing users a total of 30 that they can use.

source: Microsoft via IntoMobile



1. Topcat488

Posts: 1419; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Now that Bing is updated... MSoft now knows why people didn't use useless Bing before... Even though now it seems Bing will send more data then maybe is needed, using up more Mb's.

2. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

Who actually uses Bing?

3. hssncy1957

Posts: 9; Member since: Apr 02, 2012

I do, I like using it. Much more accurate than zoogle.

5. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

More like you're forced to, since pressing the physical search button brings up Bing search as default.

6. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

no one complains about using google by default... and what if i want to use ie on my android? if it is soo open why doesnt it let me use ie? what about safari on ios? because they are competitors it is like walking into a burgerking and expecting a happy meal

7. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

I was talking about my WP7.5 device. You can't change the default search. I'm not comparing it against iOS or Android. Android is just an alibi for NSA to get into our pockets. I am currently on Symbian.

9. sats.mine2k4

Posts: 208; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

You seem to be a very matured person... IE is proprietary of MS, so if MS develops IE for android, am sure you can use IE. Google doesn't force u to use google on Android as the default search- you can change it. the same with browser, you can make the browser of ur choice as ur default browser. and oh-your live tiles won't tell u this coz all they show is sad face multiple times...

10. Dastrix unregistered

It's actually much more accurate than Google.

4. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

They still don't have system wide search, i see. Its really mundane, not able to search contacts, music, apps, etc, after pressing the physical search button on WP devices, and you are just taken to this search which doesn't have device search options.

8. VLaRueC

Posts: 189; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

You want to use Bing to search your contacts?

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