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Microsoft integrates Zune Marketplace purchases in Bing, also adds in playable games, lyrics & more

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Microsoft integrates Zune Marketplace purchases in Bing, also adds in playable games, lyrics & more

Bing has just become much more media-focused. The news comes by way of a Microsoft press release which is detailing all of the new additions that you can expect to find in the Bing search decision engine.

Basically, moving forward those who visit bing.com/entertainment will be able to find and in many cases listen and watch items such as television, music and movies (trailers). Plus there are also 100 basic, yet playable games right in the search results.

The music integration comes with support for Zune Marketplace as well as iTunes and Amazon. In short, you can now make one-click purchases directly from the search results. You can also stream music tracks for free, well, more specifically the first play is free with 30-second clips after that. But hey, at least you get a try-before-you-buy. Additionally, movie options will come in the form of show times, movie trailers, customer reviews as well as options to purchase tickets. Yup, again all from within the search results. In terms of television, that is said to include over 1,500 shows and 20,000 full episodes from partners including CBS, Viacom and even Hulu.

All things considered and while I have never been a regular Bing user, this sounds pretty nice and at the same time seems to offer some real competition for Google.

Via [Engadget]

Microsoft integrates Zune Marketplace purchases in Bing, also adds in playable games, lyrics & more
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