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Microsoft adds big names to Bing Games -- including Plants vs. Zombies

Mobile isn't the only place Microsoft is looking to make a splash when it comes to gaming. They've also been quietly at work using addictive timewasters from PopCap to lure you over to Bing -- you can find the goodies in Bing Entertainment under the games tab.

We're not talking about Pac-Man in a Google doodle here. We're talking just over a dozen casual games including the kiss-your-afternoon-goodbye favorite Plants vs. Zombies. No, it's not the same boatload of games you'll find at MSN Games, but it's a nice assortment for a brief diversion on a search site. You'll also find one of my personal addictions -- Bookworm -- and a handful of other PopCap games like Hexic, Bejeweled 2, and a pair of fun Mahjonng titles.

Bing Games frames your play window with a Facebook border which allows you to post your scores, view your friends' recent activity, or even challenge them to beat your score -- a nice touch if you're the competitive, social type.

Thanks for the tip, Alan!

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