Curse be the day when I recommend anyone to use Microsoft’s Bing. On the Android devices specifically. I have no reason why but I simply consider the very thought of Bing to be sinister. Anyhow coming to the news, Microsoft has released the Bing app coming to the Android platform and to begin with, it is only available for the Verizon customers. Talk about exclusivity!
A lot is missing as users won’t be able to get hold of the complete Binging experience. Nonetheless you will be able search images, news, get directions on maps, etc. Something which Google Maps already does with its app but it misses out navigation via voice. Other than that it provides a more simpler experience when it comes to searching for business around you. It’s isn’t as effective and precise compared to traditional services like Yelp, etc, but i guess that won’t be missed much. It does have Voice Search which Google had already introduced, but I am sure it wont be as swift compared to what Google has to offer.
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While Google must have taken quite some time to get rid of the beta label, Microsoft has been pretty quick with that. Microsoft removed the beta label off Bing. This is primarily for the UK users and offers them localized search. The other important announcement includes the release of Bing Maps for the UK, meaning that users will no longer be directed to Multimap. While all this sounds impressive enough, the homepage will also feature photos of favorite spots in the UK.
I guess Microsoft has everything to be jubilant about Bing, given how it has fared in the recent past. The latest news puts Bing 2.0 coming our way much sooner than we would have anticipated. The rumors or should I say tweets state that people attending the annual product demo rally at Safeco Field in downtown Seattle have seen the demo of the new version. Well they might have seen that but all remains in clouds as we have no information about the additional features coming our way. Anyone to chip in with some information on this?
Computational Knowledge engine, Wolfram Alpha wasn’t just sitting there all summer impressing folks with its results
sort of. The search engine has had some thing going on all this time before it spilt out that it had signed a deal with Bing. Though Wolfram Alpha hasn’t really made huge leaps in terms of progress compared to the ever growing popularity of Bing, the search engine does provide better results for queries that involved computational. Now if we take Bing, it gives results for almost anything you are searching and in a different way for different categories of search, but then Microsoft had more than a $100 Million to invest in its advertising alone. But I guess there is plenty of room for this deal to grow if only Wolfram Alpha steadies it growth amongst users and do something about the quacked results it sometimes throws on users.