Microsoft to provide Bing services to RIM

Blackberry makers RIM (Research in Motion) have joined hands with Microsoft, which will be bringing the Bing services to Blackberry devices. Services including the Bing Search and Bing Maps will be integrated into the Blackberry platform.

There was a demonstration of a Bing application that had a Windows Phone like UI and was similar to the one provided for the Android and iPhone platforms, combining a number of Bing services, the most important of which are search and maps. Mobile manufacturing giant Nokia also has a big part as the mapping and related metadata for Bing Maps comes from Nokia’s NAVTEQ division. Bing Maps on BlackBerry includes Streetside view, which offers a photo-based street level view. The data for Streetside is collected by NAVTEQ, with the most recent data sets collected by the NAVTEQ True cars.