OK so this massive update comes out to Bing on every platform except Windows Phone. So yeah, Bing is Microsoft’s baby and it’s so integrated into the OS that you have a dedicated Bing search key on Windows Phones yet we’re the last one to get the update? Yes, I know we’re going to get the update, but we have to wait until you do your first OS update next year? WHY?! Look, I know that Bing is tied into the OS and that means you can’t just do an update through Marketplace, I get it (but also note that Google is separately their apps because of this, but it’s not an excuse for MS because unlike Android, MS can push out OS changes to all devices directly). But just because it’s part of the OS and not a standalone app doesn’t mean you can’t push the damn update to me now. Why should we wait for a major update with more changes? You have this one, right here, ready to go. So give it to me. If we’re last in line already, where are things headed?
Don’t make me borrow someone’s iPhone to look at Microsoft’s premier software. That’s straight fail.
Anyway, here’s the list of things that the iPhone Bing app now has that we don’t have:
What’s New in Version 2.0
Quickly find the perfect restaurant based on your price range, cuisine, atmosphere, or location.
Easily find great movies by name, location, or theater.
Use the Plans feature to plan a night out, a dinner and a movie, or any event you want. See what plans your Facebook friends like and read their comments.
More transit directions to help you plan your commute. Real-time transit updates for Boston, San Francisco and Seattle (more cities to come), show you if a bus is on time, early, or delayed, with predictions for arrival times. Standard transit routes for 11 cities including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New Jersey, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC, and Vancouver BC, with more to come.
Familiarize yourself with a location before you go, using Bing Streetside. Streetside, a new mapping feature, gives you a multi-street level panorama of a location so you can take a virtual walk through the streets with a view of a location and its landmarks. Slide the street level imagery sideways, and the view of the sidewalk is seamlessly constructed, including an overlay of business listings, street names and store fronts.
Use reminders to get a notification when you’re nearby a business or location where you have an errand. Add a reminder and you’ll stop forgetting to pick up the dry cleaning.
Check in to Facebook, Foursquare, and Windows Live Messenger, without leaving Bing.
Improved homepage layout and design for easier navigation and discoverability.
And a video to add to the burn:
Man this is pissing me off.