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09-16-2009, 06:19 AM #1
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.
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.
And, no matter how you slice it, that's a win-win for consumers.
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09-16-2009, 06:42 AM #2
alright, awesome ... how do I get there? searching bing for "iphone apps" doesn't turn up anything
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09-16-2009, 07:58 AM #8
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...
very small, but works on **** like compatibility and basic networking ect..If i helped you, clicking thanks would be nice
09-16-2009, 08:45 AM #9
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.
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09-16-2009, 09:13 AM #11
I think bing.com/visualsearch is not everywhere available. I cant open the webpage in Switzerland.
09-16-2009, 09:17 AM #12
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...
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09-16-2009, 10:54 AM #13
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!
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09-16-2009, 12:45 PM #16
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.
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09-16-2009, 12:55 PM #17
Am I getting smart with you? How would you know?
09-16-2009, 01:08 PM #18
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09-16-2009, 02:20 PM #20
I did not know that burger king had anything to do with apple.