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Microsoft enlists Bing to enhance Windows 8.1 apps

Joab Jackson | June 27, 2013
Microsoft has launched a portal to help developers incorporate Bing functionality into their own apps.

The Bing Entity API, which will be available to developers within the next few months, identifies nearby landmarks and types of businesses that apps can use to offer location-specific information to their users. Microsoft has also released a SDK (software development kit) that shows developers how to embed Bing maps and 3D aerial views of places into their apps. Bing can also provide mapping, routing, and traffic information for these maps as well.

The site also offers APIs for executing Bing searches, for finding synonyms, for tracking website usage and for populating an app or website with ads.

According to Microsoft, Bing executes about 17.4 percent of all searches conducted in the U.S.

 

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