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Bing for iPad Is Available and It’s Shockingly Nice

I read the press release that Bing was now available for the iPad and figured it was merely the search engine on a bigger screen, but I was wrong. It looks like they’ve actually put together a decent offering here with search, weather, movies, voice search, maps, pop culture, etc. Really makes you wish they had a platform to deploy this on. Wow, really  really makes me think I need a PC Bing app like this actually. Oh right, back on topic: Check out the details they provide:

The app is designed from the ground up for touch. You can quickly browse news, movies, Bing homepage images, local business listings and much more – all with the swipe of your finger.

Trends– available exclusively on Bing for iPad – lets you explore the latest trends on Bing. Use the touch screen interface to see what people are searching for right now. Tap on any trend to learn more about what it is and why it’s popular

Grab your popcorn and your iPad to get all the latest information about movies, watch trailers, find a theater close to you, or see show times and buy tickets without leaving the comfort of your couch.

Bing for iPad app provides multiple map views (including road, aerial and birds eye) to help you find businesses and destinations and save to your address book or calendar, get turn-by-turn directions, search real-time transit info, and much more.

Stay informed with weather alerts and 10-day or hourly forecasts for your current location, powered by MSN Weather. Save up to five cities using the Save Location feature for quick access to the weather report for your favorite spots.

Not only have we focused on making the app beautiful and functional, we’ve also focused on making search easy. With Bing’s Voice Search, just say what you’re searching for and Bing will find it. Bing’s autosuggest feature helps you refine your search by providing suggestions based on your recent searches and related searches done by other people. And when searching for a popular topic, Bing provides the most relevant answer up top, complete with quick links to help you complete your task faster.

Here’s a video of it in action (that requires Silverlight to watch it so that’s a no go for the iPad…or Windows Phone for that matter):

<br /><a href=";vid=bf79720b-2fce-4f05-b880-21793cd62bd9&amp;src=SLPl:embed:&amp;fg=sharenoembed" target="_new" title="Touch and Decide: Introducing Bing for iPad" class="broken_link">Video: Touch and Decide: Introducing Bing for iPad</a>

Here’s the download link.