Bing app improves iPad’s cut-and-paste

Tim Grey
6 July, 2011
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Microsoft is bringing the fight to Apple – on its own device, no less – creating alternative multitouch gestures for its Bing for iPad app.

Gates & Co have come up with an alternative to iOS’ finicky copy and paste procedure, pioneering a new search shortcut called ‘Lasso,’ according to 9to5Mac. Rather than pressing the screen, picking out the little blue dots and selecting ‘copy,’ the Lasso allows Bing users to simply draw a circle around your selection. Bing then performs a quick search on your selected text. Neat!

“Today, it can be somewhat painful to search on a tablet when you’re engaged in reading something; just copying and pasting pieces of text from a webpage to a search box can take up to nine steps on the iPad,” said group programming manager for the Bing team, Tony Chor in a blog post. “With Lasso you can circle and search in just two steps.”

Unfortunately, the Bing for iPad app isn’t available on the Australian App store as of yet – Microsoft wasn’t available for comment at the time of press – but the company has been releasing some innovative iOS apps of late, not least the wonderful Photosynth, which stitches images together to create 3D panoramas to view on your iPhone. Check out the video below to see the Bing for iPad app in action:

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  1. A.A. says:

    The Bing team on Twitter ( has commented on why the Bing app is not available outside of the US currently:
    “ we’re working to roll out the bing app outside the US but don’t have specific timing just yet. stay tuned! ^mp

    We do not know when Australia will finally get the Bing app-but they are working towards a international release of the app.

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