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  • Bing is King for Browsing iPhone Apps?

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    It sounds like a work of fiction - Microsoft allowing and supporting a way for people to browse and search iPhone apps?! Can't be true, right? Wrong. If you're somewhat surprised, you're not alone. The people at CNET seem a little astonished too.

    There's a new way to search for iPhone apps, and it comes from the unlikeliest of sources: Microsoft. The new Bing Visual Search engine, announced yesterday, includes a special gallery section that spotlights iPhone apps.
    Almost seems like a sign of the apocalypse doesn't it?

    The new Bing Visual Search engine has the look and feel of a digital jukebox at your local watering hole - complete with jumbo app icons that can be flipped through like a box of old records in the attic. And a description pops up when you mouse over the app of your choice, along with price, category, and other vital info.

    I have to admit, both the look and functionality of this feature are really impressive. The obvious drawback, of course, is that only a fraction (500, in all) of the Apple app catalog is available for browsing through Bing. Everything is categorized by Bing's search filters and broken down into titled chunks like "top ten free" or "top ten paid," etc.

    In any case, it's interesting to see Microsoft putting any kind of spotlight on the iPhone. And it would be more interesting still if this gallery ramped up to, say, 5,000 apps. Then it would be more than just a fun diversion; it would have some bona fide practical value.
    Although some are saying today that Microsoft has developed a better interface for browsing iPhone applications than Apple itself, I won't go that far. But even if Bing isn't the best place to explore iPhone apps, it may still be the coolest-looking search portal so far.

    And, no matter how you slice it, that's a win-win for consumers.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Bing is King for Browsing iPhone Apps? started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 24 Comments
    1. BlackWolf's Avatar
      BlackWolf -
      alright, awesome ... how do I get there? searching bing for "iphone apps" doesn't turn up anything
    1. LittleJob's Avatar
      LittleJob -
      someones desperate...
    1. BlackWolf's Avatar
      BlackWolf -
      Quote Originally Posted by LittleJob View Post
      someones desperate...
      sure .. I mean it's not like I have itunes installed or anything to browse iphone apps

      edit: haha, thought that was directed at me ^^ whatever
    1. gumby579's Avatar
      gumby579 -
      Quote Originally Posted by LittleJob View Post
      someones desperate...
      Except Microsoft isn't making any money off of the Apps, only generating usage for the search engine. I doubt highly that a lot of people are going to use Bing instead of iTunes to search for the Apps, but either way, it's good to see Microsoft "bury the hatchet" if you will. Given, we will probably never see Zune software supporting an Apple product, but this is a step in the forward direction right?
    1. thu6's Avatar
      thu6 -
      Quote Originally Posted by BlackWolf View Post
      alright, awesome ... how do I get there? searching bing for "iphone apps" doesn't turn up anything
      Visual Search Galleries - Bing
    1. keysloser's Avatar
      keysloser -
      Quote Originally Posted by gumby579 View Post
      Except Microsoft isn't making any money off of the Apps, only generating usage for the search engine.
      OMG does Microsoft secretly have Apple shares or even worse does the evil empire that cursed us with windows pull the Apple strings? That would explain a lot...

      OOOPS sorry, just woke up on my paranoid side...
    1. JustinPizzle's Avatar
      JustinPizzle -
      OMG does Microsoft secretly have Apple shares or even worse does the evil empire that cursed us with windows pull the Apple strings? That would explain a lot...

      OOOPS sorry, just woke up on my paranoid side...
      they work closer then you think, windows has a mac team, and apple has a windows team.
      very small, but works on **** like compatibility and basic networking ect..
    1. nikhilr51's Avatar
      nikhilr51 -
      Let's try that again
      That web page doesn't exist. Let's see if we can help you find what you are looking for.
    1. Amraam's Avatar
      Amraam -
      Personally I think MS is the bigger man. Can you honestly ever see Apple doing the same for MS? I can't, because Apple want to dominate the market and to have everything their way.

      Just look at flash, iTunes syncing, DRM (OK that's gone now, but it was a joke at the time)...
    1. griesgram's Avatar
      griesgram -
      I think bing.com/visualsearch is not everywhere available. I cant open the webpage in Switzerland.
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      Do you think Gates and Jobs are playing in their garage together again?!? Stevens life altering health issues may have rekindled their old flame...

      BTW I went to bing.com and was unable to turn up that pretty little interface that is pictured at the top of this thread...
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      I personally think since the Vista sega that Bill and Steve or Windows and Mac's will work together and will continue to work together. Look at how you can install windows on a Mac right now?

      I went here
      Visual Search Galleries - Bing

      Once I got to that page on the site I was notified that I had to install Silverlight so I did and once the install was finished I went back to the site and clicked on top iphone apps to view that area first.... all I can say is this is VERY tastefully done! If you install Silverlight make sure you do it while your browser if closed because this is a plugin for your browser....

      I enjoy this site very well and the experience to!
    1. Amraam's Avatar
      Amraam -
      Quote Originally Posted by thetoothfairy View Post
      I personally think since the Vista sega that Bill and Steve or Windows and Mac's will work together and will continue to work together. Look at how you can install windows on a Mac right now?

      I went here
      Visual Search Galleries - Bing

      Once I got to that page on the site I was notified that I had to install Silverlight so I did and once the install was finished I went back to the site and clicked on top iphone apps to view that area first.... all I can say is this is VERY tastefully done! If you install Silverlight make sure you do it while your browser if closed because this is a plugin for your browser....

      I enjoy this site very well and the experience to!
      That link doesn't work for me
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      HERE'S THE LINK: Top iPhone apps - Bing
    1. stickyd8's Avatar
      stickyd8 -
      Could it possibly be a way of gathering information on Apple Apps so it knows which apps to target for it's own app store for the Zune? It makes no sense for them to support it so easily.

      I'm sure it also has something to do with getting everyone to install Silverlight onto their computer/lap top........that's the only way you can use the visual search for the iPhone apps.
    1. travis_t80's Avatar
      travis_t80 -
      Again, here is the link.
      IT REQUIRES SILVERLIGHT

      Click here
    1. BingAaron's Avatar
      BingAaron -
      Quote Originally Posted by nikhilr51 View Post
      Let's try that again
      That web page doesn't exist. Let's see if we can help you find what you are looking for.
      Quote Originally Posted by griesgram View Post
      I think bing.com/visualsearch is not everywhere available. I cant open the webpage in Switzerland.
      Quote Originally Posted by rwin84 View Post
      BTW I went to bing.com and was unable to turn up that pretty little interface that is pictured at the top of this thread...
      Quote Originally Posted by Amraam View Post
      That link doesn't work for me
      Hi guys - Bing Visual Search beta is only available in US right now. I know it's a bummer, but if you want to take it for a test drive, there is a way around. Here's a great post on how to do it: Reaching Out to Microsoft Partners in Australia : Bing Visual Search ? how to make it work in Australia

      Cheers,

      Aaron
      Bing Team
    1. Lolski's Avatar
      Lolski -
      Anyone here use Bing?
    1. csworrell's Avatar
      csworrell -
      I did not know that burger king had anything to do with apple.
    1. A_DuB187's Avatar
      A_DuB187 -
      Microsoft deffinatley has some kind of strategy hidden in there some where.