Microsoft whips up Bing app just for Apple's iPad

Microsoft whips up Bing app just for Apple's iPad

Summary: Microsoft has released a Bing mobile app optimized especially for the Apple iPad. This app is so pretty it will surely make some users forget about a mobile app designed for another large search engine.

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Microsoft has released a Bing mobile app optimized especially for the Apple iPad. This app is so pretty it will surely make some users forget about a mobile app designed for another large search engine.

Bing's app has pages for all the standard most-searched and simple daily info such as news, weather, traffic, stocks, movie listings and popular searches. But it does so with plenty of graphics, hi-res images and a very clean yet aesthetically pleasing layout. When my iPad 2 arrives in the mail (if it ever does), I will certainly be sampling this search app.

One of the more eye-catching screenshots reveals the Bing maps function, which pinpoints in standard map mode or with some gorgeous aerial shots where available. Even if you're just searching for an ATM, it sure looks like fun. (And maybe it's something for Apple developers to ponder when revamping iOS Maps.)

The Bing app is free and available to download from the iTunes App Store now. For a closer look at the Bing app for the iPad, check out the video below:

Topics: Apple, iPad, Microsoft, Mobility

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  • MS did a great job on this app

    It still needs tweaked to get the responsiveness up a bit but beyond that, it rocks.
    Bruizer
  • RE: Microsoft whips up Bing app just for Apple's iPad

    Looks like some nice features especially the App Bar. This will be the first time I felt the need to download Bing. Good job!
    dave95.
  • RE: Microsoft whips up Bing app just for Apple's iPad

    Yes, this rocks
    Ram U
  • RE: Microsoft whips up Bing app just for Apple's iPad

    At least Ballmer knows his own tablet will be a failure and is looking at the iPad. Ballmer is a pud! www.daxwax.com
    daxwax
  • Maybe now the iPad will become useful

    I wish MS would develop more apps for the iPad, then i might be able to actually get some work done on it. (of course, it's highly doubtful Apple would approve them)
    IAmLegion20ll
    • RE: Microsoft whips up Bing app just for Apple's iPad

      @IAmLegion20ll Remember back in the early 80s MSFT was the biggest software vendor for Apple computers.
      MSFTWorshipper
      • And MS Office began thanks to Jobs, who offered Gates to come up with Word

        @MSFTWorshipper: and Excel, which years later appered for PC platform.
        DDERSSS
      • Wrong. Excel didn't come about "thanks to Jobs"...

        @denisrs

        Excel was orginally MS Multiplan, which was popular on CP/m. but on MS-Dos, it was not as popular as Lotus123. To compete w/ Lotus, MS released Excel for the Mac in '85 and Windows in '87.

        It had nothing to do w/ Steve Jobs. It had to do with competition between MS and Lotus products.
        IAmLegion20ll
      • Your interpretation of history is quite singular.

        @IAmLegion2011

        Steve Jobs and his hand picked engineers developed and marketed the Apple Macintosh using a GUI based OS. Excel and Word were Microsoft Apps developed to take advantage of the Mac GUI OS.

        Without the Mac, there would be no "Excel". Without Jobs, there would be no Mac system.

        You don't have to give Jobs "Thanks" for anything. But history records that the Mac and Excel debuted at the same time .. on the same day! Most people will draw the obvious conclusion which would counter your main argument.
        kenosha77a
      • @IAmLegion20ll: Excel shares very little with MultiPlan.

        @MSFTWorshipper

        For anyone that has used both products would know. From formats to memory layout to UI, about the only thing MultiPlan and Excel have in common is they both came from MS.

        The functions between the two are similar but cell notations and how absolute and relative referenced cells act are really different; enough different to say MultiPlan and Excel being the same is like saying Lotus and Excel are the same. They are both spreadsheets. Both MultiPlan and Excel were supported side by side for a time. The are all unique and different products.

        PS: I find I can use the iPad for lots of interesting work things if I was so inclined.
        Bruizer
    • Apple would approve Office for iOS in a heartbeat.

      @IAmLegion20ll It's every Windows tablet OEM who would be against it.
      matthew_maurice
  • So this is what they've been doing

    instead of releasing HTML5 Bing?
    Michael Alan Goff
    • RE: Microsoft whips up Bing app just for Apple's iPad

      @goff256

      I'm under the impression HTML5 is still on its way. In fact as we speak, a 'lite' HTML5 powered Bing is being rolled out to uers.
      The one and only, Cylon Centurion
      • Yeah, it's still on its way

        I just wish they had finished it before devoting resources to the iPad.
        Michael Alan Goff
    • I'm not sure if MS hasn't already released HTML5 Bing .. it now on the iPad

      @goff256

      Quite frankly, I've just put this app on my iPad home screen. Everything "rocks" (as Rama.net stated) especially the map functions. IMO, Google Maps on XOOM has nothing over on Bing Maps. In fact, I always thought Bing's "Bird's Eye" map features (when available) were excellent and without peer.

      Finally, I can't imagine how the video graphics of this app could occur on the iPad except using HMTL5 coding.

      Well done, Microsoft. Well done!
      kenosha77a
  • Great. Now where is Office for iPad.

    The thought probably makes Monkey Boy throw-up a little in his mouth, but Office apps for iOS priced at $49.95 would make the Mac BU a fortune! Of course it would absolutely kill all Windows tablets in the marketplace, but it's not like [i]those[/i] have a future anyway.
    matthew_maurice
    • Adobe promised something like Photoshop Elements with layers ect. for iPad,

      @matthew_maurice: so maybe MS Office will come, too?
      DDERSSS
      • RE: Microsoft whips up Bing app just for Apple's iPad

        @denisrs <br>We already have OneNote for iPhone and it is really good. I think they would optimize Office web apps for iOS devices and there you will have Office for iOS devices,
        Ram U
    • Just think how MS would do....

      @matthew_maurice

      If each business unit did what was best for the specific business unit? Office for Mac, Windows and iOS (or even Android). But then what would happen to WP7?

      I think it would be good for MS if they did not spend so much time protecting sacred cows.
      Bruizer
  • RE: Microsoft whips up Bing app just for Apple's iPad

    Good job.
    Now they just need to stick some Kinects into some cars roofs and make a Street View superior than Google's SV.
    http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2011-01/24/3d-kinect-map
    Just some 12 Mpixels of res and they'll get a lot of audience.
    Nevellin