• May 14th 2010 at 6:27PM
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Bing Maps App – Click above to watch video after the jump

We really haven't heard too much from Bing since Microsoft cooled the jets on its advertising assault. We had thought that the supposed Google-killer had been sentenced to the same search engine purgatory as the likes of Ask Jeeves, but it turns out the big M has been busily sharpening the teeth on its Bing app. The company has just added turn-by-turn navigation to the recipe, and from what we can tell, it looks just as capable of getting you where you're going as any of the windshield-mounted hardware out there.

Pocket Now has posted a video of the app in action. It has no problem handling voice commands and the robo voice is easy to understand. You can even tap on the screen in order to have the app repeat a portion of the directions. The best part? It's absolutely free. Hit the jump to see for yourself.

[Source: Pocket Now via Engadget]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Very Very Cool. I still have use for my Co-Pilot 8 (example, when I'm in canada, in non 3G places) as the maps are stored locally but this is going to be my preferable option as I have the old Bing app and the voice search is really helpful while driving!!!
      With integration with turn bu turn it's now going to be a one click and call the store I want to go to followed by get live directions!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      The old and sucky Windows Mobile aside, I really like Bing.com and the Bing app. I'm hoping with Win 7 and the HTC hardware they are launching it on MS will have a rock solid offering for the media and business mobile user.

      For you WM users, also try CorePlayer to watch your DVD's and movies!!!! MUCH better than Windows Media Mobile.
      • 5 Years Ago
      There's no such thing as an 'established corp Y that keeps updating its product to keep up with consumer demand(s)' killer, from any company.

      The only time there's a product that takes over an established one (lineup, whatever) is when the newcomer is not only better than the established one, but is kept up-to-date.

      It's competition - same idea as GM trying to turn the heads of Toyota owners with a product that's on par with the established Toyota line - believing it'll happen is only wishful thinking (the people who bother switching will only be a handful.) You have to surpass/offer better value than the establishment to kill it. Google's always been good to its customers, is always keeping its product line up to date and we basically have no real reason to turn it down. The only times I've been using Bing was on comps that had it shoved down their respective throats (read: IE).
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wiggy: No, really?

        What I mean is some of GM's past offerings were no better than Toyotas and for that reason they did not meet the expectations both the media and GM's PR spin put onto them. The same can be said about any 'iPod killer' or 'Google killer', it's all spin and BS that only journalists and fanboys can fall for.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ding ding ding ding!! We have a winner
      • 5 Years Ago
      I approve! This is great
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yea this isn't ground breaking news or anything as it's been done before by Google already. Windows mobile in my past experience was a total bad flop. This is Microsoft's big ploy to try to get win-mo back into the already crowded playing field. All phones with Google Android OS v1.6 or higher includes turn by turn navigation already preloaded with the included Google Maps app for free. On my Google Nexus One (HTC), I could use voice activated anything from the command "navigate to:", to "search restaurants, gas stations, pharmacy, etc", and even the voice to text feature is kind of useful when driving. Microsoft knows how to build some serious software, but are they too late?
      • 5 Years Ago
      What's the incentive to switch? Dunno much about it myself, but Microsoft's MO as of late seems to be expecting consumers to give up a familiar service/product for a more-or-less equivalent one just because of the big "M" on it (Zune, IE, Bing).

      Sounds a bit like Detroit--expecting a reward for catching up...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Detroit minus Ford, I should say.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think you mean, bing bing bing bing!! We have a winner
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