The latest release of Bing one of the biggest investments
Microsoft is making is in the area of entertainment, the
company said today.
The new Bing focuses in four key areas: Music, Gaming,
Movies and TV.
Music: Answers, Lyrics, 5 million free plays
Over 70 percent of people look for lyrics online. The new
Bing offers an easy to safe way to find song lyrics to all
in one place.
In addition to the full Bing answers experience where users
can get photos, videos, and even tour dates for their
favorite acts, Bing partnered with Zune and it is now able
to offer full-length streaming for more than 5 million
songs. Users get a single play of every song in this 5
song catalog, and after that 30 second previews. When it?s
time to buy, bill is offering the ability to purchase and
download songs from Zune, iTunes and Amazon.com MP3.
Gaming: Search, Click, Play.
In the gaming realm, people go to the web to choose which
games to buy, become a better gamer by finding cheats and
walkthroughs, and find and play casual games online in a
safe and easy manner. Working with some of the best data
sources out there, Bing now provides detailed information
on over 35,000 games, including reviews, cheats and
walkthroughs for games.
Working with the Microsoft Games team Bing offers nearly
100 of the most popular casual games online safely from
right within Bing. So users can now search for their
favorite casual game, and with one click, be playing the
game. This is cool for a couple of reasons. First, it?s
easy. Second, hosting the games inline means users can be
sure they are actually games and not malware. Finally, the
Microsoft Games team included some fun social features that
allow users to actually invite friends from their social
network to play with them right from the game.
TV: The Shows You Love, A Click Away
Bing brings together a collection of full length TV
episodes and visually organized them. For all those who
watch TV on an actual TV, Bing is offering guide
information to help them easily find what?s on in their
area from their service provider.
Movies: Plan the perfect night out
Bing brings information and tools users need to get to the
movie stress free. Reviews from the pros, real time Twitter
and Facebook sentiment, real time traffic information and
directions, nearby restaurants and even parking information
from Bing Maps make it simple to spend less time searching
and more time doing.
All of this stuff is going live right now, with the
exception of the TV listings, which will be along in a
couple of weeks, and the music playback will ramp up over
the next few days, Microsoft said.