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Yes, Microsoft aspires to topple Apple’s iPad, but the company also hopes to come from behind against Google. And in one of those inevitable displays of corporate pragmatism, the company this morning released an iPad app for its Bing search engine — the first official iPad app from the Redmond company.

But calling this a search app doesn’t do it justice.

Microsoft says in a post that the iPad app “goes beyond the traditional search experience, offering a unique and visually rich way to search the Web. The app is designed from the ground up for touch. You can quickly browse news, movies, Bing homepage images, local business listings and much more.”

We haven’t had a chance to try it, but it looks good. Download the app here. Here’s an image gallery.

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