We sure hope you like Bing.

Even if you’re generally a Google search guy or gal, there’s a good chance you’ll end up using a lot of Bing services in Windows 8. The tablet-y portion of the operating system comes with seven Bing applications covering a range of services—general search, maps, news, weather, sports, travel, and finance. The apps are pretty and responsive, not to mention faster and more fluid than the Bing iPad app. They make it easy to find what you’re looking for, and for some people they might provide a more convenient entry point to the Web than the browser itself.

You can still use Google in Microsoft’s browser, but the cumbersome process of changing the default search provider in Internet Explorer is indicative of the company’s add-on and app-based search strategy. Just as in Windows 7, changing IE’s default search engine to Google requires locating and downloading a Google search add-on from Microsoft’s Internet Explorer Gallery, (and it has to be done on the desktop version of IE rather than the touch-friendly one).

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