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Microsoft Bing Desktop 1.3.347.0

Get the Bing search box (and wallpaper) on your Windows desktop

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 13 February 2014
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Downloads To Date: 5236
Developer: Microsoft
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Bing Desktop 1.3.347.0
Get the Bing search box (and wallpaper) on your desktop

Bing Desktop is a free Microsoft tool which brings the Bing search box to your desktop.

Once installed the program will by default launch along with Windows. And when you need to carry out a Bing search, it's as easy as clicking the Bing icon and entering your keywords. Suggested searches appear as you type, to help speed up the process, and on pressing Enter a browser window will open to display the results.

And as a bonus, the program can also set your wallpaper to the current Bing image, refreshing your desktop every day.

It's mildly annoying that Bing Desktop has to be running all the time (though it only consumes around 7.5 MB RAM). What's wrong with just having something you launch from a pinned shortcut? But aside from that, if you're a Bing fan (or just like the wallpaper) then it should be a welcome addition to your desktop.

Please note, the Bing Desktop installer will by default set your IE home page to MSN. If that's not something that appeals then pay attention during the setup process and clear the relevant checkbox on the final installation step.

Verdict:

An easy way to bring Bing search to your desktop.

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WhatsApp Messenger 2.16.11

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WhatsApp Messenger is the world's most popular instant messaging app for smartphones.

You can use it to send and receive text and voice messages, photos, videos, even call your friends in other countries, and because it uses your phone's internet connection it might not cost you anything at all (depending on whether you'll pay data charges).

It's easy to set up and use. There's no need to create and remember new account names or pins because it works with your phone number, and uses your regular address book to find and connect you with friends who use WhatsApp already.

You can talk one-to-one or in group chats, and because you're always logged in there's no way to miss messages. Even if your phone is turned off, WhatsApp will save your messages and display them as soon as you're back online.

There's plenty more (location sharing, contact exchange, message broadcasting) and the app is free for a year, currently $0.99/ year afterwards.

What's new in 2.16.11?

 - Due to a bug in iOS 10, your notification sounds may not properly play until you restart your iPhone (press and hold the power and home buttons for 10 seconds).
- In groups, you can now mention specific people to get their attention by typing the @ symbol and choosing someone from the picker. 
- When forwarding messages, you can now send to multiple chats at once 
- Ask Siri to send WhatsApp messages or place WhatsApp calls (iOS 10+) 
- Answer WhatsApp calls right from your lock screen, just like a standard phone call (iOS 10+) 
- A new Widget lets you quickly jump to a recent chat or see which chats have unread messages (iOS 10+)

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