Microsoft has added Windows 7 apps to its Bing Visual Search Beta tool. What that means is you can check out the latest, top rated, or most downloaded apps for Windows Phone 7 using a desktop web browser. No Zune Desktop software required. No Windows Phone 7 device required.

You can carve up the results in a number of different ways. There are 16 categories, including Books & Reference, Entertainment, Music & Video, News & Weather, Social, and Travel, as well as a number of subcategories. You can also see the 25 top rated apps, 25 newest free or paid apps, or 25 most downloaded apps.

Clicking on any app brings up a details screen which shows you a description, screenshot, user ratings, and related web links.

Unfortunately there’s one thing I haven’t figured out how to do yet: search. Despite the fact that Bing is a search engine, whenever I enter a query in the search box at the top of the page, I end up navigating away from the Windows Phone 7 Apps Visual Search page and getting a list of general web results.

It also looks like it might take a few days for new apps to show up on Bing. On November 9th, the newest apps I could find were added to the Windows Phone Marketplace on the 6th.

via WP Central

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...