Microsoft and RIM announced a new partnership on Tuesday that will see future BlackBerry devices use Bing.
Bing will be the default search and mapping experience for BlackBerry users and will be deeply integrated into future BlackBerry operating systems. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced the partnership at BlackBerry World 2011 on Tuesday. Microsoft says Bing will be the preferred search provider in the browser and Bing will be the default search and map application for new BlackBerry devices in future. Bing will also ship as the default search experience and map app for the BlackBerry PlayBook.
Microsoft’s Blaise Aguera y Arcas demonstrated the Bing integration on a BlackBerry Torch 9800. The new lockscreen on BlackBerry will include a link to a map of a contextual location based on where you’re located. The Bing interface follows Microsoft’s Metro UI design throughout. Microsoft has used some of this Metro style on the lockscreen for BlackBerry too. Blaise demonstrates the mapping features, local search and deals. The integration appears to be very tightly woven directly into the BlackBerry OS. Both RIM and Microsoft have not revealed exactly when we’ll see the integration on shipping phones, but future BlackBerry devices are expected to be the first to experience the new features.