Microsoft is adding casual games, more TV content, and Zune music and lyrics to the service. Each of several million songs can now be played once for free, with 30-second samples available thereafter. Songs can also be purchased from Amazon, iTunes or Zune.
With Hollywood as the backdrop, Bing used Sunset Boulevard's Soho House as the venue to announce a slew of entertainment features, including the ability to watch TV shows, play games, or listen to full-length songs from within the search engine.
The future of entertainment was the topic of debate for a star-studded panel that featured Twitter founder Biz Stone, actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Microsoft Senior Vice President Yusuf Mehdi, American Idol host Ryan Seacrest, Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow, musician T-Bone Burnett, Hangover director Todd Phillips, and Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner.
Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt was among those who took part in a discussion on the future of entertainment Tuesday. In addition to his on-screen role, Gordon-Levitt runs a collaborative filmmaking project called HitRecord.org.