- 12-18-2012, 11:26 AM #52
I have made the move from google to Bing about a month ago and it does take some gettin used to. However, I now think it is as every bit as good a search engine as google. I use the search button almost constantly on my 900. I do wish it gave Bing rewards though.
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12-18-2012, 12:50 PM #55
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I think a better compromise would be to allow the app to have bing hooks. If you launch it from an app the app's hooks could then take priority in ranking. That would allow for consistent behavior and also allow search hits for an app from outside the app.
12-18-2012, 01:19 PM #56
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I use the search button all the time. I actually prefer it to not be contextual. I like knowing that whenever I need to search(music ID, Code scanning, etc), it is only one key press away. I do wish MS would expand it a little though. I miss the "Just Type" functionality from webOS.
- 12-18-2012, 04:03 PM #63
Not completely useless, but pretty damn close. No reason why one of the three dedicated buttons should be dedicated to Bing. If Bing sucked much less, than sure. I'd rather it be linked to IE with Google set as my homepage honestly.
At least 50% of my interaction with the search button is hitting it by accident when I am trying to do something else and then going $%#@@#! and every time I hate Bing a little bit more than I already did.
I wish Microsoft understood the way to get people to use Bing is to make it suck less, not trick them into using it by accident by putting a %#@#$@ unavoidable button that launches it on the phone.
12-18-2012, 06:14 PM #65
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I never use it and have no urge to. I just open the IE application if I want to search something.
Having a search box on your home page along with your most used applications is the best way definitely, not that anyone here would admit it though. haha
12-18-2012, 07:54 PM #67
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- 12-18-2012, 09:32 PM #68
Bing Music is one of the 3 icons at the bottom of the screen, the others being Local Scout and Bing Vision (QR + OCR). The music search has always worked perfectly for me, even when the audio volume is quite low.
12-18-2012, 10:32 PM #70
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Definitely don't feel it's useless here either... I use it on a daily basis for quick lookups for conversations, and even in meetings I find it's faster to search on the phone than most of my coworkers can find it on a PC, lol.
Also, I wouldn't call it a daily use, but I frequently use the Local Scout feature if I need to look up "yellow page info" for businesses or get directions to the nearest store. Local Scout is probably one of the best hidden gems of Windows Phone.
Lastly, I haven't used Google's malware-poisoned search results in 3 years, and honestly, I don't miss it.
12-18-2012, 11:10 PM #71
- 38 Posts
Holy cow. I'm a ditz. I thought it was useless until this thread!
Now I have spent more than an hour mastering it! I didn't know any of this. Assumed it was just a Bing search.
New to WP. I'm starting to realize that the 920 with WP8 and a mess of Nokia apps needs very little else to function as a smart phone for me.
Phone, camera, jukebox, email, groups, scout, and these now discovered search functions....
I'm pretty much a tech savvy old geezer.
12-18-2012, 11:44 PM #72
- 35 Posts
I find it quiet useful. Reasons for me at least include:
...slide left once = Top headlines
...slide left again = Top videos
...slide left again = In theaters
...slide left again = Local deals
...slide left again = Local news
I find the "in theaters" and "local news" to be most useful.
Now, add in Local Scout, Bing Vision, and Bing Audio = very useful.
- 12-19-2012, 12:10 AM #74
I use it all the time. Definitely nit useless to me.Sprint (9 1/2 years) - Samsung SPH-A460, Sanyo PM-8200(S), Samsung A900 "Blade" & Samsung SPH-M620 "Upstage" simultaneously (2 lines), Samsung Instinct & Samsung Upstage simultaneously (2 lines), Palm Pre & Palm Pixi simultaneously (2 lines), HTC Evo, HTC Arrive:::::. Verizon (since March 2012) - iPhone 4s, HP Pre3...........
Looking forward to going backFinally back to Windows Phone with the HTC 8x (iPhone 4s as work line, HP Pre3 to play with).
- 12-19-2012, 12:42 AM #75
I don't think it's useless. I use it daily and it so easy to get to. I use to use Google but the reality is, they really are both good. Better integration with Windows Phone makes Bing better I think. Also, I use the QR reader often as well as the music search "integrated shazam like function". Having Xbox music pass, I hear a song on the radio, hit search button, select the music note icon, and seconds later I am downloading that song and often times the whole album.
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