Microsoft unveiled its first iPad application on Thursday.
The software giant has created a special version of Bing for the iPad, wrapped inside its own application. The new application allows Bing users to browse news, movies, Bing homepage images, local business listings and more. The company has also introduced an exclusive feature of Bing for iPad owners. Trends lets Bing iPad users explore the latest trends on Bing. iPad users can see what people are searching for right now and find out what it is and why it’s popular.
Bing for iPad also includes Bing Maps with multiple map views (including road, aerial and birds eye). The software giant has also included access to its vast movie listings and weather information. “Not only have we focused on making the app beautiful and functional, we’ve also focused on making search easy,” says Bing lead program manager Zachary Gutt. Bing has also included a voice search feature that allows iPad users to search with their voice. Finally, Bing for iPad also includes an autosuggest feature that helps users refine their search by providing suggestions based on their recent searches and related searches done by other people.
Bing for iPad is available immediately in Apple’s iTunes store. Unfortunately it’s U.S. only at the moment, a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed to WinRumors that it plans to expand this internationally in the future:
“While the Bing iPad app is currently available for download in the U.S. iTunes Store we’re working to expand to more markets in the future and will announce additional locations as they become available.”