Bing for Windows Phone 8 is getting a plethora of new features and improvements in an upcoming update, such as richer and streamlined search results, quicker at-a-glance info, and more.
Microsoft is rolling out a major upgrade to Bing for Windows Phone 8 to add a number of new features and improvements to make search a quicker and efficient experience. After the update, there will only be three search filters – Web, Images, and Videos – and more relevant information will be shown “on your first search result screen,” which will reduce the number of times you have to swipe to check out relevant content for a query.
Richer results will now be shown for popular websites, so if you search for Delta Airlines, delta.com will be the top result, with links to important pages within the website – Flight Status, Track Flight, etc. – shown just below. A similar feature is Snapshot, which shows at-a-glance info about people, places, or things – search for a movie and you’ll find information about the cast, reviews, and also be prompted to buy a ticket.
Searching for images and videos will become more streamlined than before, thanks to the introduction of larger thumbnails and infinite scrolling in the Images and Videos section. To reduce data usage, results in the image and video views will be only be populated when a user swipes over to them, which will also let Bing offer faster search results in the default Web view.
The update will also add 10 new Instant Answers to Bing, including “traffic, flight status, exchange rates, word definitions and translations, and more.” For example, searching for “USD EUR” will show you how much the dollar is doing against the Euro, though it remains to be seen if we’ll be able to perform currency conversions from the same page, something Google’s Search app for Android is capable of.
The new Bing will be rolling out to Windows Phone 8 devices in the U.S. first, followed by other markets later on, though some features like Snapshot will remain U.S-exclusive (something Microsoft really needs to address). As always, the rollout will be gradual, so don’t worry too much if the new features aren’t visible to you right away.
Source: Windows Phone Blog