Bing on Windows Phone 8 Features Highlights; Skype on WP8 - Bing Elections Site Launches

Microsoft unveiled the much awaited Windows Phone 8 and announced of the new devices coming this weekend onwards. In a blog post, Bing's Search team highlights reel of new and improved search features on Windows Phone 8--including the new For You feature and the new Lock screen with its gorgeous Bing picture-of-the-day.Local Scout provides recommendations […]

Microsoft unveiled the much awaited Windows Phone 8 and announced of the new devices coming this weekend onwards. In a blog post, Bing's Search team highlights reel of new and improved search features on Windows Phone 8--including the new For You feature and the new Lock screen with its gorgeous Bing picture-of-the-day.

Windows Phone 8 Start Screen - Bing on homepage

Local Scout provides recommendations for nearby restaurants, shopping and other activities in an easy-to-use guide, powered by Bing, and includes eat+drink, see+do, shop, local deals and the new for you experience. Simply pick a result and you'll see everything you need to know - where it's located, how to get there, who to call, when it's open, the website, and even ratings and reviews.

Bing Explore let you easily swipe the Bing home page across to see content relevant to you, including trending stories, local deals and more.

Take the Bing Homepage with you: Now you can take the iconic Bing Homepage with you. The lock screen image on Windows Phone 8 automatically retrieves the image of the day so you have something fresh, beautiful and dynamic to look forward to at the start of everyday.

Bing Music on Windows Phone 8 makes it easier for people to find out what song is playing by letting their phone "listen" to the music. It not only shows the name, artist, and album, but even shows where to hear or buy it.

App Connect and Store Search: Bing search results now return Windows Phone Store apps that are relevant to what you're searching. For example, "when you search for movie times, Bing will show you several of the top movie apps," explains Bing.

Bing also powers search for both apps and games in the Store. This system has also been rolled out to Windows Phone 7.x devices.

Bing Vision: You can use your phone's camera to look up product information by bringing an object into view. Bing will recognize text and present the option to select words for a search, and instantly return product results if the object has a barcode.

In addtion, Bing Vision "can also detect product information from UPC codes, QR Codes and Microsoft Tag, as well as cover art for books, CDs, DVDs and video games. When traveling, people can also scan text with Bing Vision to copy or translate it," Bing adds.

Microsoft also posted new Windows Phone 8 videos showcasing Skype, and a new TV commercial.

In other Bing news, Bing has launched a new Bing Elections site that offers one-stop-shop for comprehensive election news, real-time results and social media insights across Facebook and Twitter, a tracker to find the nearest polling sites, and up-to-the-minute results as they roll in on Election Day.

"Bing Elections marries Bing search technology with the editorial excellence of MSN and political partnerships with Politico, Real Clear Politics, The Cook Political Report, Huffington Post and The Associated Press," bing stated.

It helps cut through the clutter giving you one place to keep pulse of the election, across both comprehensive news sources and social networks.

Here's what it offer:

  • "A dynamic, interactive map with national and local election results as they are reported.
  • easy access to national and local election information.
  • local voting information and key election issues.
  • real-time algorithmic news results sourced from key national, local, partisan and nonpartisan sources, including The Associated Press, Real Clear Politics and Huffington Post, among others.
  • ability to easily filter news results from left-leaning and right-leaning news sources.
  • pulse on the social insights and trends from Facebook and Twitter," informs bing.

Check out bing.com/elections, and watch the video below: