Microsoft's Bing-powered Windows Phone apps will arrive on iOS and Android in the coming months
posted by Peter K. / Sep 08, 2014, 2:49 AM
These will, however, land under a different name on said platforms – they will make use of Microsoft's own MSN moniker and will be known as MSN apps. They will, allegedly, come with almost the same Metro-style design that they sport on Windows Phone. There is no exact word on when these might arrive to Android and iOS - they will land sometime in the following months.
This will pave the way for a seamless user experience across many platforms, regardless if we are dealing with Windows Phone or iOS. As per Microsoft, each user will have to set up his own MSN preferences only once, and these will be immediately synced across the soon-to-be-released MSN apps on Android and iOS, as well as Cortana on Windows Phone and the Bing search engine. This will allow MSN users to check out the content they care about no matter which platform they access it through.
source: Microsoft via GeekWire
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Meanwhile at Google, still no plan to get YouTube on Windows Phone *grabs popcorn
posted on Sep 08, 2014, 2:54 AM 8
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Well because MS is trying everything in its power to piss off Google. First the Scroogled campaign and then they made YT app which breached Google's Terms & Conditions by allowing users to download the video. Although I don't think they really need a YT app since they already have several YT app alternative in WP store.
posted on Sep 08, 2014, 3:00 AM 5
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Technically, Apple is not competition for Google. Microsoft on the other hand competes with Google for OEMs. Also, that "Scroogled" campaign is not reason enough to take a huge dump on their customers that use their services. Like "DogeShibe" said, they don't want to lose their monopoly. Years ago Apple was doing a similar campaign against Microsoft, yet you could still use Microsoft's services on Mac. Google is just being a big baby.
posted on Sep 08, 2014, 4:50 AM 5
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Once WP gets as popular as iOS and Android, Google will seriously make apps for WP. Google wants people to use its service. But it's like you said, Google doesn't want its users to move to WP. Google wanna keep its place, and with the amount of WP users out there at this time, Google can't big bucks from them anyway. Keeping its place seems more beneficial now. There seems to be more than one only reason. And just like your comment, mine is basically a conclusion from my own assumptions, with little to no facts to back me up.
posted on Sep 08, 2014, 3:32 AM 2
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Then MS recoded the YT app to comply with Google's terms & conditions, Google complained again, so MS tried to sit with Google to bring an official YT to WP, but Google kept mum about it. I love how people tell the part of the story they want to tell just to fabricate who's wrong and who's not.
posted on Sep 08, 2014, 4:59 AM 2
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Because scroogle and youtube app came AFTER the google issues. MS had approached google for months before they launched their own youtube app. So no it was not because of those campaigns, perhaps it is just Google being 'd's', because even before all that they were accused of many things like blocking certain companies from their site etc. Not to mention the paid to play search/shop game.
posted on Sep 08, 2014, 7:04 AM 0
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I like Bing weather very much. I'm glad it will come to Android.
posted on Sep 08, 2014, 2:56 AM 4
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yahoo weather is much more accurate, doesn't drain battery either
posted on Sep 08, 2014, 3:05 AM 4
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Bing is like toxic waste. Nobody wants to use it. WP users still have to suffer from search button hard coded to use Bong.
posted on Sep 08, 2014, 2:59 AM 5
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Google user here Is Bing really that bad? When I tried Bing it worked just fine, no complains
posted on Sep 08, 2014, 3:05 AM 7
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Funny, we use both bing and google here at work, two different tools launch defaults. When a customers address cannot be found, guess which company the tech team that gets in contact with the post office to update our tools uses? Bing, because bing maps actually shows updated streets oddly enough. I use it about 1-2 times a week for this research and so far bing has not failed to find the info. Outside the US? i dont know, i dont live outside the US. But i do know that for search, 99% of the time bing works, so much so that i have yet to pay for starbucks or xbox games for the points earned.
posted on Sep 08, 2014, 7:14 AM 0
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Good stuff MS. Now Android and iOS users can enjoy the awesome Bing apps and the beautiful metro UI!
posted on Sep 08, 2014, 3:48 AM 4
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