Bing & Bing Mobile get a needed makeover
Whew, busy day for software.
Crashing in on Google Map's update today is none other than Microsoft who has effectively re-launched their Bing service.
First up is the browser client, which now offers a "Streetside and enhanced aerial view" in addition to normal maps and uses Silverlight (something we heard about yesterday) to power it all. There's also an "application gallery" which
In conjunction, Microsoft has also revamped Bing Mobile v5.0, which was something it needed as the old user interface was...well old and not very touch friendly.
Overall, the visual changes go a long way to making this standout program even better and the new"wait screen" is a nice twist. However, they also took out some things like gas prices and it is a little slow to load and keep in the background. Still, we'll assume it will only be improved upon.
Sound off in comments on your likes/dislikes or new things you found!
- Web: www.bing.com
- Mobile: (via Mobile IE, not Opera): m.bing.com\download
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Cons: Seems slower
Chalk up another one of Microsoft's major blunders!
Stay tuned for a Verizon release...
2. GPS interface doesn't work consistently and is VERY slow
3. Did away with gas prices!!!
4. Touch unfriendly
5. Hard to read main page
6. Did away with collections
7. Can't look up individuals any more All in all, it's worthless. Went back to the previous version.
http://static.appserver.m.bing.net/binaries/winmo/v1/Bing.CAB I've tried it on my Treo 800w and at one point I even got a message that came up and told me that my device was not officially supported but that I could continue using it as a beta. Due to the screen size the ungodly huge search bar at the top, the maps are all but unusable, but it still seems to be working pretty well.