Yesterday we covered a blog post on how Microsoft’s Bing is planning to punch Google on the face with its latest social elements. But today we are covering the top 10 features of Bing to help folks who may not have used us in a while find some of our favorite features, we’ve pulled together a quick list of some cool things you can do on Bing that you won’t find other places.
1) Bing Homepage: Daily Inspiration
The Bing homepage includes a new beautiful image daily, information hotspots embedded in the image, popular searches, and links to video, news, shopping, travel, images, entertainment and maps. In addition, the Bing homepage occasionally features rich HTML5-powered videos in place of the daily image, providing people with an even more immersive experience.
2) Bing Travel: Price Predictor
With our airfare price predictions, in once glance you can find out whether fares are rising or dropping and whether you should buy now or wait.
3) Bing Video: Smart Motion Preview
How many times have you clicked on a video thumbnail only to discover that it wasn’t quite what you were looking for? With Smart Motion Preview, you can hover over a video and immediately watch a preview without having to travel to the site.
4) Bing Music: Artists
Interested in a band or exploring new artists. Look no further. Bing pulls everything together in one place. From videos, albums, show schedules, biographies and even the ability to listen or purchase the song from Zune, Amazon MP3 or iTunes.
5) Bing Events: FanSnap
Thanks to our partnership with FanSnap, you can find and compare event tickets from leading tickets sites, check out the view from the seat and quickly find the best value in Bing. Even Super Bowl tickets!
6) Bing Local: Action Buttons
Bing provides a plethora of information about local businesses including action buttons to get stuff done faster. For example, a restaurant listing may include links to commonly used functions on that site such as menu or location. Search results also may offer quick links to customer reviews, menus, one-click directions and an interior panorama or Streetside view of the location, if available.
7) Bing Maps: Mall Maps
Our Shopping Mall Maps allow you to view individual stores, layout, parking, ATMs and entrances, as well as many other mall services for nearly 700 malls across the US, France, Germany and the UK — all within Bing Maps.
8) Bing Shopping: Deals
Deals available at Bing.com/deals, visually organizes nearly 300,000 of the hottest deals from across the Web along with daily deals in 12 cities, in one convenient location.
9) Bing Maps: Airport Maps
Airport Maps give you everything you need to navigate your travels, including information on parking garages, ticket counter locations, terminals and gates, baggage claims, currency exchange, and more. The maps also feature a sortable directory of airlines, cafes and restaurants. Currently, there are airport maps for more than 50 airports, covering most of the medium- and large-hub airports in the United States.
10) Bing Everywhere: Bing on Xbox, Bing for Mobile and Bing for iPad
We make Bing available in convenient and intuitive ways that take advantage of the capabilities across a breadth of devices. You can see this today with features like: voice search on Bing for Xbox, implicit search such as Local Scout on Windows Phone, the ability to search using your phone’s camera with Bing Vision and touch/contextual search through the Lasso feature on the Bing for iPad app.
Check it out and let us know what you think.