Bing Launches Cross-platform Who’s In iMessage App, Helping You Plan A Fun Event With Friends

Who's In not only ship a native experience on iOS, but also support group consensus among friends on different devices, like iPhone and Android. Bing intelligence now available on the Interbot channel.

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Bing has launhced a new iOS app to help people coordinating an event with others a breeze in less time, the app called Who's In iMessage App, is dubbed as "search meets group consensus-building."

With Who's In, all from within a group conversation on iMessage, "people can easily find activities using Bing, get time suggestion to meet, and then wait to see friends vote for the best option to meet."

Since, Bing is accessible directly from chats, so that you can turn talk into action—just use the Bing to find best restaurants, movies, and attractions and tap on the search result card for more information. So, that you can view the menu, clip available coupons or even make reservations at selected restaurants.

For movies, you can locate and watch trailers, view available show times, and book tickets in advance.

Bing search results also help you plan custom events like a birthday party, a cookout, a football game or anything else.

Bing Whos In iMessage App

The best thing about the app is, it's built with open-source technologies including React Native, and work on cross-platform from the get-go. Leveraging cross-platform technologies, "when you send an iMessage to a group with at least one Android user in it, iMessage falls back to sending MMS messages instead of iMessages to everyone," writes Bing team.

Bing further notes, even in such case, "everyone will still be able to vote for the best restaurant, movie or attraction via a Bing.com link that will open in a mobile browser."

The Who's In iMessage App is available on Apple App Store for download.

Developers can now leverage Bing's APIs to build intelligent bots more quickly than ever, with the Bing intelligence now available on the bot-to-bot communication channel called "Interbot channel," built by Gupshup, one of the leading bot platforms with 30k+ developers.

Bing Knowledge Graph is still in preview and is offered to white glove partners only.

With Interbot, developers can compose new bots by simply combining component bots - like putting lego blocks together. It has pre-built utility bots setup using Bing Knowledge and Search APIs. Using these utility bots, "developers can quickly and easily compose powerful new bots, plug-and-play style," writes Bing team.

Below is a list of the utility bots now available on Interbot along with the Bing and Microsoft Cognitive Services APIs that power them:

  • Bing News Search to provide users web news search
  • Bing Image Search to provide users relevant image search
  • Bing Video Search to provide users video search
  • Bing Knowledge Graph*
  • Text Analytics API to detect sentiments and key phrases in a sentence
  • Computer Vision API to identify celebrities in an image

Check out the video below to see how it's done: