Bing Adds Social Sidebar to iPad's Safari Browser

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News Posted: Sat, Dec 15 2012 11:25 AM
Microsoft earlier this week rolled out a streamlined design for its social sidebar feature for Bing, making it easier to find contacts relevant to your search query based on what they've shared, blogged, or tweeted. That same feature has now been ported over to the Safari browser on iPad tablets, including the iPad mini.

"Whether you're planning your night out or trying to decide where to vacation next, the sidebar now shows you upfront what friends and experts have shared -- making it easier for iPad users to get stuff done," the Bing Team explained in a blog post.

Bing Sidebar on iPad

Getting it up and running is a simple affair. You just need to head over to Bing and authenticate your Facebook profile under Sign In. That's it.

The social sidebar plays nice with both landscape or portrait orientations, so you needn't adjust how you're already comfortable holding your iPad when surfing the web.
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OSunday replied on Sat, Dec 15 2012 12:14 PM

This is actually going to be pretty useful and might make me consider Bing over Google more seriously now for a search browser.

Trying to plan things with friends over Facebook can become a hassle when you have to switch between a tab searching for something like a place to eat, or movie times and the IM conversation through Facebook or potentially not noticing a new IM came in and ignoring your friend(s) for a period of time as well. Glad to see someone saw the difficulties in this and came up with a nifty little solution

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Dorkstar replied on Sat, Dec 15 2012 2:28 PM

Wow, that's actually kind of awesome.  At least you can get someones review or opinion and know that it's genuine now.  I still prefer google over bing any day, but it's a nice resource to have in a your internet tool kit.

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OSunday replied on Sat, Dec 15 2012 3:56 PM

Definitely and it creates a foot in the door technique for Bing to get use as a primary service too, if people start to use it their suite of search engines for the Facebook integration they're more likely to continue using it because it's there in front of them and ready to go, compared to opening a new browser/tab and going to Google to search for something

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