Bing Voice-Enabled Web Search Hits the Xbox One
Expanding on its efforts to build Bing into a service layer, Microsoft issues an update that allows Xbox One users to search the Web from their couches.Xbox One users will no longer have to reach over for their tablets during their gameplay or Netflix binging sessions if they want to look something up online. Microsoft announced that the video game and content streaming system can now search Web results as part of new Xbox One March Update. "Now, any time you search with 'Xbox Bing,' you will receive results from our expansive marketplace as well as relevant items from the Web," said the company in a statement. Users of the Xbox One's Internet Explorer (IE) app also get a new search option. "And when using Internet Explorer, you can now highlight text on the Web page then press the menu button to engage Bing search," added Microsoft. Other IE-related improvements include direct links to the browser app for related results and new controller- and gesture-based pan-and-zoom capabilities that make viewing Bing and Google maps more intuitive. The features are part of a batch of updates that Microsoft is rolling out ahead of "Titanfall," a highly anticipated multi-player video game.
Last month, with the February Update, the company tackled the device's lack of storage management capabilities. "With this update, you will find it easy to find how much space your content takes up and better manage your content," Marc Whitten, Xbox chief product officer, said in a statement detailing the new storage features.