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Microsoft Releases Bing 1.1 for iPhone, iPod touch

Microsoft has released a new version of Bing [Free - iTunes link] for the iPhone and iPod touch. Florian Voss chronicled on their blog, includes:

Bookmarks and improved web browsing: you can now bookmark maps, directions, web sites, businesses, search terms, even the weather report, and get to the bookmarks right from the Bing home page.

Sharing: you can share interesting results with your friends using e-mail.

Copy and paste URLs: you told us and we listened! We now support copying and pasting URLs.

Parental control on search settings: we helped make search safer by letting you set a SafeSearch level and create a passcode so it can’t be changed. This is a benefit for parents who want to make sure the kids are only going to safe sites on their devices.

Search history and private search: you can now view and edit your search history. You can also search the web without saving your history on the device using private search.

Explicit location setting: let your iPhone find you or set a specific location so you can search near there (super useful when you're going to travel to another city and want to find things around there).

Tighter integration of contacts in directions: Bing now autosuggests contacts from your address book when you enter start and end locations in directions.

Support for 1st generation iPod touch devices: we now support all versions of iPod touch.

While Google and Apple continue to squabble, and speculation remains that Bing might become the next default search emake it's way onto the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad as the next default search engine, it's nice to see Microsoft continue to invest in -- and improve --the App Store app.

Note: Sadly, it appears to be US only still. For the biggest software company in the world, ignoring most of the world is... disappointing. Let's share the Bing, shall we?

Video from Macworld 2010 of TiPb talking with Florian Voss about Bing for iPhone re-embedded after the break!

[Thanks to our good buddy Phil for the tip!]

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10% of Microsoft Employees Secretly Using iPhones?

Much to the chagrin of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Devices and Entertainment honcho Robbie Bach, the Wall Street Journal reports that even publicly stomping on employee iPhones hasn't stamped them out:

Nearly 10,000 iPhone users were accessing the Microsoft employee email system last year, say two people who heard the estimates from senior Microsoft executives. That figure equals about 10% of the company's global work force.

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Microsoft's Office Suite Coming to iPad?

According to the gadget website T3, Microsoft Senior Product Manager Mike Tedesco recently let it be known that the Seattle based company is currently toying with the possibility of creating a version of their Office suite for Apple's iPad.

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Gates/Allchin Email: iTunes "Smoked" Microsoft, Caught them "Flat Footed"

Former Microsoft CEO, Bill Gates, and Windows Vista honcho, Bill Allchin, had an email exchange back in 2003 when Apple launched iTunes and were rather candid about how well Steve Jobs put it together, and how badly Microsoft was caught off guard.

Gates says Microsoft was caught "flat footed". He also praises Jobs and doubts the subscription model Microsoft now uses for the Zune HD:

Steve Jobs ability to focus in on a few things that count, get people who get user interface right and market things as revolutionary are amazing things.

[...] With the subscription who can promise you that the cool new stuff you want (or old stuff) will be there?

Allchin was much briefer:

  1. How did they get the music companies to go along?

  2. We were smoked.

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CEOh-Snap iPad Attack Edition -- Google, Nokia, Microsoft, and Nintendo on Apple's Tablet

Prior to Steve Jobs laying into Google and Adobe, Google, Nokia, Microsoft, and Nintendo got their shots in on Apple and the iPad, and here's what they had to say:

  • Google CEO Eric Schmidt: "You might want to tell me the difference between a large phone and a tablet."

Someone might want to tell him people are making Android tablets, or is he still using BlackBerry?

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Apple's Steve Jobs Dislikes Google's Eric Schmidt?

Jim Goldman of CNBC claims to have a source that is giving up some goods on the whole Apple and Microsoft teaming up against Google fiasco story:

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Apple and Microsoft in Discussions to Oust Google, Make Bing Default iPhone Search Engine

Business Insider is reporting that, given Google's new rise to smartphone rival, Apple is now in talks with previous-generation frenemy Microsoft to replace the iPhones default search engine with Bing.

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Ford Sync at CES 2010 -- Very Slick, but iPhone Offers Only Partial Support

Microsoft and Ford were showing off the third version of Ford Sync at CES, and Casey and Phil from Android Central and I jumped in and got a demo. The good news is that it works great. It plays your music, makes your phone calls, and alert the authorities in case of accident, and more...

The bad news is the "and more" doesn't apply to iPhone and iPod touch owners since Apple hasn't properly implemented all the Bluetooth control protocols. Also, SMS to voice isn't implemented for the iPhone, and I'm guessing that has to do with the current SDK as well.

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