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Calling all bargain hunters, deal lovers, Groupon groupies and Living Social fanatics! Things just got easier.
Today we’re launching Bing deals for the desktop and mobile (m.bing.com) – giving you access to more than 200,000 unique offers in over 14,000 cities and towns across the U.S. Bing deals assembles leading offers from Groupon, Living Social and Restaurant.com (just to name a few), making it easier to discover, share and search for the best deals in your area – all from one place.
Instead of creating our own program, we’ve partnered with The Dealmap, to launch Bing deals. Bing’s mission is to help you cut through the clutter of the Web to make decisions more quickly – whether that’s through our own innovations or by teaming up with industry experts. The Dealmap is a leading source for people to find and share the best local deals, so naturally it made sense for us to team up with them to bring you the best experience.
Now, let’s take a closer look at Bing deals.
Get Great Deals on the Go
From m.bing.com (iPhone and Android), you will see ‘deals’ on the homepage. Simply click on the ‘deals’ link to quickly and easily access deals while on the go.
With one click, you’ll see the top daily deals featuring the very best offers in your metro area. And by top deals we're talking generally 30%-50% off! These are deals you definitely don’t want to miss so we made a special tab so checking is easy.
Want to find nearby restaurants or spas currently offering specials? Click the ‘nearby’ link and Bing deals will highlight places offering deals within a few blocks of where you are.
Also you can browse by category or keyword – narrowing down the numerous deals to exactly what you’re interested in.
Once you find the deal you like, you can save it, share it with a friend via email or claim the deal directly with the deal provider.
Checking out a business, restaurant or attraction from your phone? If they have a deal available, we’ll make sure you know about it. Bing deals will highlight any available bargains right below the business listing so you don’t miss out.
Discover Deals on Your Desktop
You can also get deals while searching at home on your desktop. Simply search the name of the business on Bing. If there is a deal, we’ll display it with a green deal icon.
If you click through the listing to the details page you will find more information on the business including reviews, featured dishes (if it’s a restaurant), pictures, and maps. Bing even helps you make restaurant reservations through OpenTable.
So next time you’re looking for a deal, use Bing deals as your one stop deal finder on the Web or while on the go. Let us know what you think.
Andy Chu, Director of Product Management
Bing for Mobile
Seriously, do you guys keep up with your own company? This should not have launched without Windows Phone 7 support. I'm very disappointed to see Microsoft promoting the iPhone. You can be assured that Apple will not be returning the favor.
Don't agree with John completely but it's too bad WinPhone7 doesn't get to benefit from this. Not sure why HTML5 is so key to this scenario.
On the other hand, it's really confusing to see some features on the Bing App and others on m.bing.com, it keeps the Mobile user guessing where to find what feature.
Wow, it makes me feel great to be a Windows Phone user now...thanks guys :/
Being an ex MSFT share holder and former employee... this is really disappointing. Great feature and I'm sure it rocks, but I'll only get to use it if I ditch my WP7 device and move to Android. Is that what you're telling me?
Windows Phone 7, you know your Mobile OS! Where is all the support for it. Is the competition really more important?
This would look nice on my HTC HD7....Oh wait there is no windows phone 7 app for this....SHAME!!!
Thank you all for the feedback. As Windows Phone users we understand.
The functionality is based on HTML5 and will work with phones that support it, but today is being released for iOS and Android. Windows Phone 7 team announced that they will have HTML5 support in an update later this calendar year, at which point deals will work great on Windows Phone.
Hey, this is a great job. Keep? Speed? up, everyone is watching you guys And hopefully WP 7 will support html5 soon.
I'm not sure I buy the HTML5 requirement for WP7. When I pull up Bing on my WP7 it appears to be an app, not the browser. I would imagine that this feature would be added to the app and rolled out as a Windows Phone 7 update, not through m.bing.com. I'm not familiar with anyone that uses m.bing.com on their WP7. Adding a Deals section to the Pivot control display in the WP7 Bing search feature wouldn't involve HTML5.
All of these mobile updates are basically a slap in the face for WP7 users. I went to WP7 partially because I love to use Bing, but today, if I want to get image search, visual search, shopping, or videos, I have to pick up an iPhone. Heck, I have to be in Chrome in order to view this website because the Bing Blog redirects to Bing.com in IE9 RC and in IE Mobile for WP7.
Oh ok, and to think that i wanted to get a Windows Phone 7 now, but hey updates are going to take effect till october of 2011 , yeah......kind of a long wait for me.No i'm good, simple things like this should be included with updates, we don't have to be chained to waiting for Microsoft to do what they want, whenever they want. Android, here i come
Hello Bing Deals team,
Can you provide us with details on whether deals will be shown for Canada?
The Deal Map presently doesn't really provide deals from Canada. Is this something that Bing Deals will be providing? Our Canadian audience would certainly like to know more. Many thanks
Albert from Group Buying Canada
Come on guys! Why would you leave WP7 out in the cold? For HTML5? What is so fancy about this that you needed to use HTML5 at the expense of dissing your WP7 fan base? Why not just build a WP7 app at least? Really dissapointed with this decision....
@ Group Buying Canada. The deals are currently limited to the US. Please stay tuned for more here.
Good going, are there any plans in near future to include asian market as well.
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