It’s been a busy week with all the Windows Live online services news and updates coming out (and possibly even more exciting news next week!), we’d almost forgotten about several Bing updates that came out this week. First off thanks to a tip from Pradeep we noticed that Microsoft silently released a new tool today for holiday makers to easily plan their travels with the help of Bing Travel and Outlook – the Bing Travel Planner for Outlook:
Researching travel options can be challenging. It takes time to review all the options and determine the best time to fly, what airline has the lowest fares, and where you will stay at your destination. Bing Travel makes these tasks easier by processing large amounts of travel related data and presenting it in ways that help travellers make better decisions.
The Bing Travel add-in puts this technology in the place where many people spend a large part of their day – in Outlook. Just by clicking the Bing Travel button in the Add-Ins menu, or right-clicking in your calendar, you’ll have access to Bing Travel’s decision making tools and all your favorite online travel agencies and airlines.
The add-in is currently in beta and is available to all Outlook 2007 and 2010 customers. You can download the Bing Travel Planner beta for Outlook (v188.8.131.52) by clicking here.
The second piece of news is that Microsoft had recently updated the Bing for Mobile Blackberry App with additional features and improvements:
- Access Bing Maps by pressing the Bing Maps icon from your Blackberry device
- Updated home screen with a launcher so you can access local, maps, directions and news faster
If you have any of the following devices you can download the Bing Mobile App from m.bing.com on your Blackberry:
- BlackBerry® Curve™ 8500
- BlackBerry® Curve 2 8520/8530
- BlackBerry® Bold™ 9000
- BlackBerry® Tour™ 9600
- BlackBerry® Bold™ 9650 (Essex)
- BlackBerry® Bold™ 9700 (Bold2)
- BlackBerry® Pearl™ Flip 8200
- BlackBerry® Storm™ 9530
- BlackBerry® Storm™ 9550 (Storm2)
Thirdly, if you’re using the recently released Internet Explorer 9 beta, you’d be glad to know that Bing has now been updated to support Pinned Sites and Jump Lists:
Could this be a first step for Bing to have full IE9 and HTML5 support like the demo videos shown at the IE9 launch event? Check out the video below: