Macworld Masterclass: Discover the world with Microsoft Bing

Find anything, any time, anywhere with Bing

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  • anno Intro
  • Step 1 Step 1: It's good to talk
  • Step 2 Step 2: Scan your search
  • Step 3 Step 3: Picture this
  • Step 4 Step 4: Location, location
  • Step 5 Step 5: Spoilt for choice
  • Step 6 Step 6: Share your findings
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Intro

Bing, Microsoft’s popular web search engine, has arrived on the iTunes Store, and brings with it a whole new way of searching for online content. It can help you find anything, anywhere in the world, from the latest news and weather to images, videos or places to visit. An added bonus is that it can scan and search barcodes, Microsoft Tags, QR codes and printed text for quick information whenever you need it.

To help you get the most out of the Bing app, here’s our guided tour through its many capabilities. Download it today and get started.

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Bing, Microsoft’s popular web search engine, has arrived on the iTunes Store, and brings with it a whole new way of searching for online content. It can help you find anything, anywhere in the world, from the latest news and weather to images, videos or places to visit. An added bonus is that it can scan and search barcodes, Microsoft Tags, QR codes and printed text for quick information whenever you need it.

To help you get the most out of the Bing app, here’s our guided tour through its many capabilities. Download it today and get started.

 

Step 2 of 7: Step 1: It's good to talk

Launch Bing and you’ll see the home screen. One of its main attractions is voice-activated search. First, tap the speech button on the right side of the search bar. Next, ask the app something out loud, and it will bring up a list of results based on what you say. Unlike Siri, this app can search for places in the UK.

 

Step 3 of 7: Step 2: Scan your search

Another way to search is with the app’s scanner. Tap the camera icon to scan QR codes, or the barcode icon on the left for Microsoft Tags. Focus the camera on the text you want to search for and tap the icon. Next, tap the words you’d like Bing to search for. You can only tap the words the app has put a box around. 

 

Step 4 of 7: Step 3: Picture this

On the home page there are several options. Tap Images and then use the search bar to see the results in pictures. If you tap News from the home screen, you’ll see an overview, which you can change to show different subjects such as sport or science and tech. Use the search bar here to find news related to your search.

 

Step 5 of 7: Step 4: Location, location

Tap Maps and, if you’ve allowed Bing to track your location, you will be shown a map of your local area. Use the search bar to find a map of a different area. If you tap the double diamond icon in the bottom corner of the map, you can find directions, change the map style by tapping the blue word, or clear the map.

 

Step 6 of 7: Step 5: Spoilt for choice

Tap Local, and you can search for nearby places such as restaurants, cinemas, hotels and so on. When you choose a place type, you can narrow down the search even further. For example, tap Restaurants and the app will display a list of cuisines and categories, such as Chinese, Indian, vegetarian or pizza.

 

Step 7 of 7: Step 6: Share your findings

Tap Weather to see the forecast near you, or in a location you choose. You can choose to see an overview, an hourly forecast, a 10-day forecast or a map view of the weather. While in any search mode, you can share via email, SMS or Facebook, and add bookmarks to searches by tapping the speech bubble icon at the bottom.

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