Microsoft’s Bing App For iPad Released

Microsoft has released a Bing application for the iPad in April this year. On July 5, they have updated that app. In this update they adding a new touch-search capability known as Lasso, to the release. Bing is a decision engine that’s been designed to work beautifully with your iPad. Bing for iPad brings you closer to what you’re looking for by delivering a visually rich, touch-enabled way to search and browse news, movies, Bing homepage images, local businesses, popular searches and much more.

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Lasso allows users to search outside the search box, the Softies said, by circling a desired term and then searching for it. Microsoft officials said Lasso will let Bing iPad users do in two steps what otherwise could take them nine if they rely on the iOS operating system’s cut-and-paste functionality.

“What you’re seeing today is only the beginning. Lasso moves Bing beyond the search box. Although it will only be available in Bing for iPad to begin with, we’re already thinking about how to take Lasso even further – so stay tuned,” according to a blog post on the Bing Community blog.

What’s New In This Version:
This new version introduces several user experience updates and a patented gesture based way to make searching easier with *lasso*. Simply lasso a word or phrase with your finger to do a search instead of copying and pasting into the search box. Search the way it was meant for the iPad.

Microsoft’s Bing team has been delivering a number of search advances for users of mobile devices and smartphones other than Microsoft’s own. Microsoft officials have said that Windows Phone users will get some of the Bing improvements already received by others once Microsoft ships the Mango operating system update later this year, as that update will include an HTML5-capable version of Internet Explorer for Windows Phone.

The refreshed Bing for iPad (version 1.1) is not available outside the U.S. (I believe). When I asked about Microsoft’s international rollout plans, a spokesperson said: “We’re working to expand to more markets in the future and will announce additional locations as they become available.”
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