Bing for iPad was updated yesterday, to Version 1.1.
The new version adds several ‘user experience updates’ and a slick new gesture-based way to search for new content while on a web page. The new ‘Lasso’ tool is used to select a word or group of words on a page to search for. To use it you just tap the tool and lasso the text you want to search for, and it will automatically search for the selected word/s.
The lasso tool works very nicely and returns results quite quickly.
It’s a shame the new tool is not built into Bing if you use it as a search engine in Safari on the iPad, as I can’t see myself switching away from the Safari, or iChromy or Terra browsers just for this one clever feature.
Here’s an App Store link for Bing for iPad; it’s a free app.
Bing for iPad brings the Microsoft search engine to the iPad as a native app. It was released on the iPad App Store a few days ago. Here’s a little of what the app promises to deliver:
The Bing for iPad app goes beyond the traditional search experience, offering a new visually rich way to search the Web. The experience is designed specifically to capture the fluid and intuitive nature of touch on a large, high resolution screen – allowing you to quickly browse news, movies, weather, local business listing and much more. And, you can do it all with the swipe of a finger – no more back button.
And some of its notable features:
• Swipe through our touch enabled movie listings, news articles, trending topics, local businesses and other rich, immersive search results.
• Stay current with the latest news, traffic, weather, stock quotes, movies and popular searches from the main screen.