Microsoft Bing for Mobile Hybrid Apps Comes Written in HTML5

November 2, 2011, By Leo Xavier

Microsoft will be releasing their new Bing for Mobile apps the coming day. The main thing to note about the new Bing is that it is built on HTML5 and combines the characteristics of native and web apps.

It will allow you to enjoy a consistent web experience across all platforms.

According to the company, it will support the most consistent user experience seen so far, across native and web apps, and across PCs, mobile devices and TVs.


The core Bing app is written in HTML5 and will be the same across all native clients and the web. With Bing for Mobile apps, you will also be able to take advantage of services such as Bing Vision and voice search since it exploits the specific hardware features of a particular gadget.

Microsoft will be able to launch features on various platforms quickly while keeping a consistent experience.

The company can also keep the core of the apps up to date which eliminates the need to update native apps.

HTML5 will also be improving Bing’s core search function. Bing for Mobile will integrate outside services more easily so that your queries can be answered more fully, and you won’t even have to leave the app.

Additions to the hybrid app also include:

Maps/List Split View — which gives you the ability to view maps and lists or directions on a split screen.

Search History — provides you with an expanded search history to get back to recent searches.

Deals — which integrates local deals aggregated from Groupon, LivingSocial, Tippr and other major deal providers.

Bing for Mobile Hybrid Apps will hit the iPhone in the US and UK first, as well as some US Android devices. The company has also announced that they are working on hybrid apps for BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7 devices.

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