From the outset, our goal with Bing has been to help you stop searching and start deciding. Whether it’s on your computer, smartphone, tablet or the form-factor of tomorrow, we’re constantly exploring new ways to optimize Bing to ensure you’re getting the most from your search experience.
Today, we are pleased to introduce a brand new way to interact with Bing: Bing for iPad. Available for free download through the Apple App store, Bing for iPad goes beyond the traditional search experience, offering a unique and visually rich way to search the Web. The app is designed from the ground up for touch. You can quickly browse news, movies, Bing homepage images, local business listings and much more – all with the swipe of your finger.
Trends– available exclusively on Bing for iPad – lets you explore the latest trends on Bing. Use the touch screen interface to see what people are searching for right now. Tap on any trend to learn more about what it is and why it’s popular.
Grab your popcorn and your iPad to get all the latest information about movies, watch trailers, find a theater close to you, or see show times and buy tickets without leaving the comfort of your couch.
Bing for iPad app provides multiple map views (including road, aerial and birds eye) to help you find businesses and destinations and save to your address book or calendar, get turn-by-turn directions, search real-time transit info, and much more.
Stay informed with weather alerts and 10-day or hourly forecasts for your current location, powered by MSN Weather. Save up to five cities using the Save Location feature for quick access to the weather report for your favorite spots.
Not only have we focused on making the app beautiful and functional, we’ve also focused on making search easy. With Bing’s Voice Search, just say what you’re searching for and Bing will find it. Bing’s autosuggest feature helps you refine your search by providing suggestions based on your recent searches and related searches done by other people. And when searching for a popular topic, Bing provides the most relevant answer up top, complete with quick links to help you complete your task faster.
Check out this video of the app in action, then download the app and let us know what you think. For more information about the features, links to b-roll and screenshots visit the Bing Virtual Press Kit.
Zachary Gutt, Lead Program Manager, Bing
* The app is currently only available in the US.