Last week, the Windows Live team was busy releasing Hotmail updates and integrating LinkedIn, and this week Bing is releasing several updates, for your Outlook, cell phone, and search itself.
First news this week – Bing has released a new tool that will make all travel planners very happy, as the Bing Travel Planner for Outlook will make their travel plans so much easier.
With a little help from Bing Travel and Outlook, you’ll know what to buy, when to buy, where to fly and also where you’ll be staying, at the best prices and quality of service.
This is possible because Bing Travel processes a huge amount of air and hotel fare data and can therefore find the lowest fare faster and easier.
No longer will you waste precious time looking for the best time to fly, the airline with the lowest price and a place to stay at your destination, because the Bing Travel add-on now allows you to have all of this information available. anytime in Outlook.
All you need to do is click the Bing Travel button in the Add-Ins menu, or right-click in your calendar, and you’ll be taken to Bing Travel’s business intelligence tools as well as to your favorite online travel agencies and airlines.
This add-in is currently in beta, available to all Outlook 2007 and 2010 users, and you can download the beta version of Bing Travel Planner for Outlook (v188.8.131.52) here.
Along with the easy travel tools, Bing has also launched updates for the Blackberry Mobile app, including tapping the Bing Maps icon from your Blackberry device and having instant access to Bing Maps, as well as a screen Home updated with a launcher so you can access local maps. , directions and news faster.
Before you go to m.bing.com and download the Bing mobile app for your Blackberry, make sure you have one of the following Blackberry devices:
* BlackBerry Curve 8500 * BlackBerry Curve 2 8520/8530 * BlackBerry Bold 9000 * BlackBerry Tour 9600 * BlackBerry Bold 9650 (Essex) * BlackBerry Bold 9700 (Bold2) * BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8200 * BlackBerry Storm 9530 * BlackBerry Storm 9550 (Storm2)
Finally, if you’ve downloaded the brand new beta of Internet Explorer 9, you can now use the updated version of Bing, which supports pinned sites and shortcut lists, according to LiveSide.
So whether you are planning to travel somewhere, buy a new phone, or are just excited to download the beta of IE 9, you should check out these updates.