Bing for iPad app

Bing for iPad app

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The Bing guys announced an app for iPad today and it looks pretty sweet - Greg Sterling at Search Engine Land is effusive in his praise. Stefan and Zach take you through the details in the video above. I love audio search in particular….and Stefan’s use of the word boom. Heard that somewhere before. His new word – searchploration? Not so much.

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Anyway, you can make your own decision on what you think of the app but I wanted to mention something I think is often missed at Microsoft. Design chops. I know great design and Microsoft are not exactly synonymous but there is definitely a design underbelly here that is starting to peek through. I see it in Windows Phone 7, Kinect and the Xbox UI. I also see it in hardware like the Arc Touch Mouse and the less well know Arc Keyboard. A few weeks ago I mentioned Manuel Lima – an interaction designer on the Bing team. He’s one of many design folks over there. The real test of the success of their work is that you don’t notice it – it just looks an feels beautiful. I think they’ve achieved that with this app for iPad.

Download through the Apple App store.

[update] i think Chris Pirillo likes the app

 

Second video below is included purely so you can see the Microsoft coffee stand that makes the finest dry cappuccino on our campus. A regular haunt of mine.



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  • <p>I love the &quot;app bar&quot; at the bottom of the Bing home page. &nbsp;The transitions are amazing. &nbsp;I&#39;ll be all wow once I see this touch experience including Bing Tellme available on a Windows PC soon.</p>

  • <p>Only available in US app store at the moment :-(</p>

  • <p>When is it going to be available in Canada?</p>

  • <p>@Mike I&#39;ve asked the Bing guys to let me know on international availability. will report back here when I find out </p>

  • <p>Oh the frustration ;)</p> <p>Reading on my iPad about a beautiful bing app that I can&#39;t download in my country. And to top it off, the video is in Silverlight, so I can&#39;t even see how beautiful it is. </p>