Windows Phone Mango Bing Audio and Vision Updates

The Start screen of Windows Phone 7
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Once again WINRUMORS brings a great video of some of the NEW stuff being baked into the MANGO update.

Click here to see the Audio & Visual update for Mango.

Don’t forget we still have the Windows Phone Apollo update to come (Windows Phone 8). Bing Audio and Vision allow users to simply scan items such as books, CDs or DVDs and have Bing confirm the product, online pricing and reviews.

The Bing Vision piece will even allow you to scan product barcodes to locate groceries and other items online. Although many of the features are available in rival platforms and separate applications, Microsoft’s tight integration into the core of the operating system means that the every Windows Phone user will get the new features.

Microsoft has also built-in Bing Audio. Similar to Shazam, the service will allow you to locate music that is playing in the background or on the radio. Microsoft takes this one step further though. Through its deep Zune integration, Windows Phone Mango users can simply search for background music and then have it streamed to the device via Zune pass, within seconds. The feature is stunning considering it’s a part of the core operating system.

Microsoft’s final piece of Bing Vision is the translation and OCR features. Bing Vision can read a bunch of text from a book and then convert it into several different languages in an augmented reality style.

It’s true that Iphone and Ipad have an app for this, but this will be BAKED into the phone itself.

Happy Mango month to all WP7 users.



Why Microsoft is not dumping Bing or Why Should It!!

Image representing Bing as depicted in CrunchBase

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I read a good blog by Mary-Jo Foley stating that Bing is here to
stay. Catch her blog here Why Microsoft isn’t dumping Bing anytime soon.

And why not, it’s fast, slick, gives good search responses, and it’s a great tool for Microsoft to leverage Windows Phone on, plus Bing has other market places uses for Microsoft.

If the truth be told I do use Google search. Let be honest for ages Google has pretty much been the first port of call for must internet searches, how many times have you heard someone say, “Ohhh just Google it” or even said it yourself.

Google has pretty much come to mean search, in the same was biro and hoover have come to be a type of thing, rather than just a brand of a type of thing. That in itself is an impressive achievement, and the Google engine is a good search engine.

But for over a year now I have been “Binging It” and Bing has been my first choice of search tool, if that fails then I move on to Google, sometimes I will use both for specific reasons. But Bing is my first choice.

Most of the time Bing comes up trumps, and there have been plenty times that Google could not find something, or the relevant result was much further down the page than on Bings search result.

The World needs a strong engine line Bing, to give balance to Google; and Microsoft has a set of pretty cool plans for integrated search that could not happen without something as deep and powerful as Bing.

And perhaps more importantly, I just love those Bing home pages images

New Xbox LIVE UI and Bing demo


The Xbox dashboard will be upgraded in the fall to include a new live TV option, Bing search and a brand new user interface. The interface mirrors Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 UI and will include live tiles throughout. Perhaps the biggest improvement is the introduction of Kinect functionality across the dashboard. Kinect users can simply use their voice to search for things on their Xbox or in the cloud. “You say it, Xbox finds it” is the way Microsoft describes its Bing integration.

Craig Davison, Xbox LIVE Director of Marketing, demonstrated the functionality on Wednesday in a video posted to Microsoft’s YouTube channel. “We’re bringing in the intelligence of Bing into the search process” says Davison. The demo shows off Bing Search on Xbox and a peak at the new user interface for the Xbox. Bing on Xbox will initially be available in English in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom. Microsoft says it’s committed to bringing voice search to as many languages as possible in the future.