Here is some great news for the maths impaired. Bing on the desktop has recently received an upgrade to allow users to enter maths problems and get results, similar to a long-standing Google Search Feature.
It turns out our Windows Phones have also automatically gained support for the same feature, which means you can now press the search button, enter a problem and expect to see a result.
Along with the updated Bing apps which provides roaming and syncing of profiles and data across Windows devices, Bing News, Bing Sports and Bing Finance apps have got some new features and improvements.
For example, Bing Finance app now features ‘My Finance’ – the account aggregation feature to securely track your brokerage accounts in the Bing Finance app, including monitoring account balances, portfolio distribution, holdings transactions and more. Bing Sports app now has updated player profiles, Live match coverage and more. Bing News app now adds more sources and much awaited sharing functionality.
Find the full changes after the break.
Earlier today, we reported that 6 Bing apps in Windows Phone Store was updated with Microsoft Account sync support. Microsoft posted the above quick video demo to show how this sync feature will work in Bing apps. This new feature will enable you to keep your Bing apps across Windows devices like tablets, PCs, and mobile phones in sync. For example, if you add a weather location on mobile in Bing Weather app, it will automatically show up in Bing Weather app installed in all your other devices. In the Finance app for example, when you setup your stock watch list on Windows 8, it will show up the same way on the Windows Phone. Same applies for Bing Sports, Bing News and more.
Find the download links for all 7 Bing apps after the break.
Microsoft today updated no.of apps that are part of Bing suite. All the updated apps does not include any change log, so it must be a bug fix update. Find the updated apps and their store links in the list below.
All these apps now include Microsoft account integration that will allow you to sync your preferences across Windows devices. Also Bing N
Microsoft is investing over $15 million into the quite famous location based social network Foursquare. Foursquare has already collected data about more than 60 million restaurants, shops and other points of interest within cities. Millions of foursquare users use these data points to provide tips, photos, about these locations.
According to WSJ, Microsoft has now signed a multi-year contract to license Foursquare data to integrate into services such as its Windows Phone mobile operating system and Bing search engine. Bing team is already using public Foursqaure data for its knowledge graph. Foursquare CEO also revealed that this deal with Microsoft is not exclusive and does not change the terms of its deals with other companies that receive its data.
Expect much improved local scout experience in Windows Phone devices soon!
Source: WSJ, Microsoft-news
Microsoft has brought another of their Bing apps to Windows Phone.
The latest arrival is the Bing Food and Drink app.
The app promises to make it easy to explore recipes, choose wine and cocktails and learn how to make your next meal a taste bud-tempting success.
It features beautiful photos, easy-to-follow instructions and helpful tools such as a shopping list and collections. It will also keep your shopping list synchronised across your devices and let you share your recipes, shopping list or collections with family and friends.
The free app can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.
Thanks Shriganesh for the tip.
More than half of Windows Phone users in USA regularly use Bing Search, and Microsoft has today announced that they will start rewarding those users with Bing credits that can be redeemed for Microsoft software and services in the near future.
Users can earn up to 15 credits per day (at around 1/2 credit per search) and these can be redeemed for gift cards from top brands such as Amazon.com, Xbox, Skype, Fandango, and Dominos or donate your credits to a local school or charity of your choice.
Regular Bing users on the desktop tend to be pretty enthusiastic about the service. Will this encourage the other 50% of our readers that use Google instead to switch? Let us know below.
Based on previous leaks, we already know that Microsoft is working a voice assistant codenamed ‘Cortana’. MSFTNerd today reported that Cortana will be voiced by Jen Taylor who is also the voice actress behind the Cortana in various Halo games. The most exciting information is that Cortana will be launch released as beta for Lumia Windows Phone devices this April(During Build conference I guess) for US developers. Also Microsoft is planning to expand this service to the Bing app for iPhone in the US in the coming months. As you can expect, Cortana will also be extended to Xbox One consoles in the US followed by Windows users in 2015 along with ‘Threshold’ release. Coming to slightly bad news, Cortana will be available in additional English-speaking countries only in 2015-2016 time period. MSFTNerd also noted that Microsoft has already started shipping some of the voice recognition improvements with Bing Translator app for Windows.
Cortana will support the following kinds of conversations which Apple’s Siri and Google Now are already supporting in their current versions.
“Bing Tell Me ..”
“.. will it rain today?”
“.. when’s my next meeting?”
“.. how do I get to the American Airlines Arena?”
Kantar has been teasing some numbers for Q4 2013, with their latest tweet revealing that 52% of Windows Phone users in US are searching using Bing on their phone, while the balance were using the browser to navigate to Google.
The number is down from 58% in November, but of course it must be remembered that this number is still nearly 3 times more than the 18% desktop search market share Bing has in USA, and likely contributes significantly to Bing’s overall mobile search market share in the USA increasing 43% from 2.31% to 3.31% over the course of the year.
Do our readers use the built-in Bing search, or do you bookmark Google? Let us know below.
Microsoft Bing team today released a new update to the Bing Translator app for Windows Phone 8 devices. This new update includes improvements to the speech functionality for better quality and responsiveness of translations. Also it includes a redesigned user interface for the existing and recently released offline language packs. By downloading offline language packs, you can maintain translation on the go when not connected to the internet and avoid expensive data roaming charges.
New in 2.8:
- Redesigned offline packs UI
- Faster and more accurate voice translation
Find the updated app in the Windows Phone Store here.
Kantar ComTech has posted an interesting teaser on twitter. According to their data, in USA on mobile your platform was the main predictor of your search engine, with Android users mainly using Google, while Windows Phone users in general stuck with Bing.
This is of course far from true on the desktop, where Windows users overwhelmingly used Google over Bing.
This means, in theory, for every 10% market share gain by Windows phone, Google’s search engine would lose 6% market share, and with mobile making up 25-30% of search traffic it is certainly not something to be ignored.
Of course for Google to get really concerned Windows Phone would need to gain significantly more than the 2% market share in USA, but one can imagine in places like Italy where Windows phone is close to 10% of all smartphone users this may become an issue.
Microsoft has updated their Bing Translator app for Windows Phone to version 220.127.116.11.
The update is just a point update and likely fixes some bugs.
Find the updated app in the Windows Phone Store here.
Thanks Lance for the tip.
WPCentral reports that the recently consolidated Local tab in the Windows Phone Bing Search app appears to be making a comeback in USA.
The updated Bing Search experience was meant to intelligently detect when you wanted to do a local vs general web search, but I suspect our readers who tried it found the app a bit less smart than it needed to be.
Have our readers seen this change on their own handsets? Let us know below.