Podcasts are a popular way for individuals to connect with one another and to share ideas.
A new podcast from Microsoft that lets you add a personal voice to your conversations is one such tool, and now Microsoft has added a podcasting feature to its Bing search engine.
Podcasts, in this case, are audio files that can be uploaded to the service’s online platform for others to listen to and play back, and in the process, get to know one another better.
That means you can also write a podcast episode and add it to your podcasting queue.
You can choose to share the podcast on the Bing podcast service or, if you don’t want to listen directly to the podcast, you can subscribe to the company’s other service, which lets you watch and download podcasts from the service.
To start, just open up the podcast app and search for the name of your podcast, and you’ll be able to see all the podcasts currently available to listen.
Once you’ve chosen to listen, you’ll find that the podcast player in the podcast’s player menu will change to show the podcast you’re currently listening to, with the name displayed at the top.
When you click the title, you should see a list of all the episodes available in your queue, and a button to play them in your browser.
To add a new episode, you simply tap the “Add to Queue” button in the lower right-hand corner of the player menu.
When the episode is available to watch, you just need to press play, then click the little “Play” button at the bottom of the list of available episodes.
If you don, the episode will begin playing automatically as soon as you pick it up.
This is all great, but there’s one big problem: it takes a little while for a podcast to play back.
When I tried to play a podcast on my desktop computer, the podcast didn’t play at all.
I went to Settings, and turned off the “Play Now” checkbox, and the podcast continued to play until I turned the podcast back on.
I checked the “Listen Now” option and the episode still didn’t start playing.
The playback didn’t stop until I did, and it was only when I re-checked the “Playing Now” box did it play.
This isn’t ideal, and if you want to watch a podcast later, you might want to use the playback feature to quickly add it.
On the Bing Podcast app, you also have the option to create a queue.
By default, when you create a new queue, it’s the same as when you first created it, but you can change it to “Play Later,” “Play Next,” or “Queue by Episode.”
This is useful for if you’re listening to a particular episode, or you just want to quickly start watching a particular podcast.
The queue option works on all platforms, and is only limited to podcasts.
To listen to a podcast, simply tap on the title of the episode, and when the playback starts, you’re greeted with a list with the podcast titles and times, along with a button that’s useful if you just don’t have the time to listen for every episode.
You don’t need to add or edit the episodes, as the queue will always be open.
To get to the “Start Podcast” button, just tap the little arrow in the bottom-right corner of that list and choose “Start Now.”
You’ll be prompted to enter a title and a description for the podcast.
You also get the option of sending a message to the person who hosts the podcast (as opposed to just the podcaster), which allows you to send a notification to the podcasters who are currently listening.
This works the same way as sending a voice message.
To stop listening, tap the back button in front of the playback, and then tap the green “Stop” button.
Now you can simply click the “Done” button to stop the podcast from playing, and return to the main player menu and re-open the queue.
If the playback continues, the queue is open again, and listening can resume without any issue.
However, it will still be a little slow.
If that’s a concern for you, there’s also a “Stop Now” button that you can tap to get back to the beginning of the podcasting episode.
There are also a few other minor tweaks to the app that are worth noting.
If your podcast is currently playing, you don of course have to turn it off again.
It’s also possible to stop a podcast while it’s still playing, by tapping the “Stop Later” button on the queue, which allows the playback to resume at a later time.
That said, it might be a good idea to stop watching a podcast that’s currently playing.
There’s also the option for the pod to skip to a later part of the conversation.
Finally, the “Next Podcast” section in the app lets you pause a podcast