Did you happen to notice the new routing engine Microsoft implemented on Bing Maps? No? I suppose that’s a good thing since your service was never interrupted.
Microsoft have announced that the route planning engine on Bing Maps has been switched over from a modified “Dijkstra’s Algorithm” to the excitingly “Customizable Route Planning” Algorithm.
The CRP routing engine comes with some special sauce too. We exposed a feature in the API for alternate routes, so when you’d like to see additional options for the route you can request up to 3 routes in one request using the maxSolutions method. You can then display them on the map for visual reference.
The real-time planning and routing is being processed twice as fast as the Dijkstra method.
Have you discovered all the impressive new things you can do with Bing on the latest version of Windows Phone?
Why type when you can talk? Voice search on Bing is really simple. If you fancy ordering a pizza just ask – it will bring you local results to help you satisfy your hunger pangs.
Watch these videos to find out how to use Speech on Windows Phone:
Local Scout is your personal neighbourhood guide (or ‘local scout’ you might say) that will help you find whatever you need be it a restaurant, shop or something fun to do within the local area. Pressing the Local Scout button will bring you back local, prioritised search results for the some of the things you’re most likely to need:
- Eat + drink – local bars, coffee shops and restaurants. In a new area of town craving a caffeine fix? Local Scout can help.
- See + do – local attractions and activities. Meeting a friend after work and decide to catch a film? Local Scout can show you the nearest cinema (as well as parks, museums and places of interest, if they’re more your thing).
- Shop – local shops. Get to your long-awaited holiday destination but realise you’ve forgotten to buy some essentials? Help is at hand with a simple click of Local Scout.
- Plus, there’s a highlights section which tells you about anything nearby that’s particularly worth checking out.
Ever been in a shop and wondered what the song was playing over the soundsystem? Or listened to the radio thinking ‘this is a great tune’ only for the DJ to cut to an ad break before he can tell you what it is? Well, Bing Music is the answer to your prayers. This new feature on Windows Phone will listen to the song, tell you what it is and then go to Zune Marketplace so you can purchase or stream the track.
Simply hit the Search button on your phone and then tap the music note at the bottom of the screen. After listening to the song for a few seconds, Windows Phone will show you who sings it, which album it’s on, and where to get it. Your Windows Phone will even save these search results for you automatically, so that you can quickly get back to where you where and download the song later.
The camera on your Windows Phone works with the Bing Vision button to let you quickly scan QR codes and Microsoft tags to easily access websites and links.
Bing Vision is also great on holiday as it will translate text, like a menu for example. So if you don’t speak the local lingo too well, simply hover your phone over the menu in your restaurant of choice (found by Local Scout of course) then Bing Vision will translate for you.
To use any of the Bing Vision features just tap the Search button and then tap the symbol that looks like an eye. Scan whatever you want to scan and it’ll do the rest.
It’s clear that Bing can do a lot for you on your Windows Phone. It finds the local pizza place, the song playing while you eat and it’ll even translate the menu if they’ve gone all authentic and written it Italian. So what else can Bing on Windows Phone do to make your life easier?
Bring on Voice Search. By simply tapping the microphone icon in Bing, or by just holding down the Start button on your phone, Voice Search will be opened automatically. Using the built-in voice recognition your Windows Phone will help you find whatever you’re looking for. So you can even bring up details of the nearest pizza place without typing a single ‘z’. The voice recognition feature is also really handy for calling people, crafting text messages with your voice and opening apps like Office.
Last year at the venue of the launch of the new Internet Explorer 9 beta, Microsoft unveiled the new improved version of its search engine, Bing.
The new version employs HTML 5 and CSS3 technology in collaboration with IE9 to deliver a never before search experience. Utilizing the hardware acceleration support of IE9, the picture in the homepage of Bing has been replaced with a beautiful video.
Tonight, Bing (US only) has enabled an HTML5 video on the home page, a time lapse video of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. The playing of the video does not require the installation of any add-on or plug-in.
It seems none of the other HTML5 features supposedly coming to Bing have been enabled yet, and only new pretty cool home page for now.
Bing will not run a new video every day, but to mark special occasions, or when they have a special video to share.
Bing’s new HTML5 and CSS3 enhanced search interface has started to roll out.
The most notable addition to the new interface is smooth page transitions (the fade in and out) and also text navigation tabs (maps, images, videos, etc.) now being moved to the top of the page.
The new homepage also spotted with a larger font size for today’s hot topics “Popular now” at the bottom of the page. The Facebook icon and the number of “Like” also moved up a little bit and now Bing home page use Windows Phone metro style buttons as well.
Also instant search feature is being added to Bing, with page elements smoothly transitioning in and out as you type in your search query.
To see all these new features and changes, you need Windows 7 and IE9.