Microsoft just released a new tool for Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010 that integrates their email clients with Bing to help plan your travel more efficiently. The Bing Travel Planner is currently in beta, but you can still download it and give it a try.
You can pick it up from the Official Microsoft site at http://bit.ly/groovyBing. Just Click the Download button and then run the setup file.
Once you finish installing, the Add-in will show up in Outlook under the Add-ins ribbon.
The Bing Travel Planner will open up in its own separate window. Unfortunately as of now, the beta is looking pretty sad.
- It’s just a crummy browser that opens up the Bing website… Seriously?? I could do it better and faster with Chrome or Firefox.
- It’s not resizable.
- It’s slow, has tons of glitches, and might crash on you during the middle of trip planning.
- The ‘beta” should really be called “alpha.” This is no where near public ready if you ask me.
- You can open Bing travel from within Outlook.
- It updates automatically, so hopefully when a decent version is actually released you won’t have to worry about manual patches or reinstalling it.
- It has a cool timeline feature at the top of the window.
Overall I don’t think it’s worth the download quite yet but I’ll be keeping my on eye it as they update it. With that said you can expect to see something here on groovyPost the day it becomes groovy enough to be mentioned again.