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Build 2013: Microsoft introduces Bing platform for developers

Build 2013: Microsoft introduces Bing platform for developers

Microsoft is hedging its bets on Bing by integrating it more tightly into Windows products. The company envisions its search engine and services as being integral to apps for the Windows platform.

Developers now have access to the search engine’s knowledge to provide information about different search queries and even translations. Microsoft showed off their new Bing translation app that can use your webcam to scan for text, translating it on the fly.

We also saw some of Bing’s integration into the new Maps for Windows 8.1, which pulls information from Bing to for points of interest. The maps application even showed off pulling information about historical figures.

The new Bing platform will work across Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8 so developers won’t be required to do extra work if they want to build a cross-platform app experience.

You can find all our Build 2013 news here.

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