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Bing’s Mobile Interface Gets a Fresh Coat of Paint

Microsoft just updated Bing’s mobile interface. The new interface features tabs and is optimized for high-resolution touch-screen devices like the iPhone or Microsoft’s own Zune HD. The earlier version of Bing Mobile worked reasonably well, but the interface was rather generic. The new version, on the other hand, makes good use of the iPhone’s touch screen when searching for movies, for example. Bing now shows a list of movie posters that you can scroll through with a sideways swipe.

New Features: NFL Updates & Flight Search

The Bing team also added a few new features to the generic mobile search. Users can now search for NFL teams and players and get real-time updates about games, stats and scores while a game is on. This feature is only available in the U.S.

In addition, Bing has implemented a flight search feature. You can now type in the airline code and flight number and Bing will return the latest gate information and departure and arrival times.

But Will Anybody Use It?

The new mobile interface for the iPhone and similar devices looks a lot better than the earlier version and is also more usable. Given that users can only switch between Google and Yahoo as their default search providers on the iPhone, however, it’s questionable how many iPhone users will actually use Bing’s mobile search.

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