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Zune HD's Bing-powered Web browser

CNET's Donald Bell shares photos and impressions of the Zune HD's mobile Web browser, which includes Bing-powered search.

Screen shot of Facebook Web page on Microsoft Zune HD.
The Zune HD's mobile Web browser includes a search feature powered by Microsoft's Bing search engine. Donald Bell/CNET

Last Tuesday, I shared my positive impressions of the mobile Web browser Microsoft is including in its upcoming Zune HD portable media player. What I didn't share (not because I didn't want to) were the photos I took of the Zune HD browser in action.

The following photo gallery includes four shots of the Zune HD browser doing its thing. The first shot shows the browser in portrait mode, the second shot shows how bookmarking is handled, the third shot shows Facebook in landscape view, and the final shot demonstrates the keyboard in landscape mode.

That last shot shows off another feature Microsoft has been keeping under wraps--Bing. Yep, the Zune HD's Web browser includes a search button for instant queries using the Bing search engine. Granted, it's not an earth-shattering or completely unexpected announcement, but it's one more detail for all the Zune fans and haters to sink their teeth into.

Note: Tune in to CNET Live at noon Tuesday (August 11, 12 p.m. Pacific/3 p.m. Eastern) to watch a live episode of CNET's MP3 Insider podcast, with special guest Brian Seitz from Microsoft's Zune team and Zune Insider blog. He'll be bringing along a Zune HD and taking a few questions from the CNET Live chat room.