Bing apps for Windows Phone lose the Bing...but only in the titles

Bing apps

Microsoft is pushing out a round of updates to its Bing apps for Windows Phone that takes away the Bing. But only from the titles. So Bing Weather becomes Weather, Bing News becomes News, Bing Sport becomes Sport. You get the idea. So, if you accepted an update and suddenly wondered why your 'B' app category was somewhat thin on the ground, this is why.

You can still find them all in the store by searching for Bing, so at least you don't have to wade through endless weather and news apps to find what you want. And to find them on your phone just scroll a little further. Other than that it's pretty much business as usual!



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Reflexx says:

Makes it nicer when searching on phone. Weather being under "W" makes more sense.

elmacho says:

This^^,especially for new users.

Jim_MAY says:

Well they were all in one place under B in your phone. Now you have to work for it.

Bcoz of cortana guys..y dont u understand its easy to say open weather or open translator to cortana than open bing weather & bing translator...it makes sense

igadget says:

I agree. This is in preparation for the Cortana update.

kenzibit says:

Don't like it! Makes the apps spread. They should kinda be together.

Fetandrey says:

This. Liked more with Bing. It also made Bing more familiar and attractive, imo.

WPmunkey says:

Ermergerd this is so confusing Bing news is now called news. Who would evr remember something like that

WPCrook says:

#dealwithit lol

sip1995 says:

Agreed, just like almost every Nokia apps start with the name "Nokia" and they're together.

Infamy79 says:

Do you think that will stay the same after the aquisition given Nokia will no longer be in the smartphone & app business?

MameTozhio says:

But they still will be... just under Microsoft.

devlam says:

They should let the users configure an own name for an app. Some will like the new naming others will like to group those apps together.

My banking app is called "Mobile banking" but I always must think very hard to remember the name (don't want it on start-screen). I would like the possibility to change that name to the name of the bank-company.

SocalTouch says:

I would love the ability to rename/alias apps on WP as well.

myrandex says:

I use my mobile banking so often it has its own small tile near the top of my start screen.

elderjlward says:

Wasnt there supposed to be a feature in 8.1 where your most frequently used apps were to be grouped together in the app list?

Alcarnor14 says:

That'd be nice. I do see this in the games section currently, though.

Mark section says:

if you have more than 5 games it get groped in the way you said

busyman96 says:

That and app categories. Whatever happened to those?

lippidp says:

Maybe try using Nokia Folders to put them back together.

ajohnson777 says:

I like the change. It will make it easier for Cortana tasking. If you want all of Bing apps in one place create a folder called Bjng then place Bing app in the Bing folder.

It's what they call Bing in Scandinavian countries.

alokinalset says:

What if they change it so Cortana will be the new search, weather. Sports hub on the feature pohne.

kinaton says:

Great until you have 2 sports or weather apps

Studio384 says:

This is a goo dimprovement, makes app list much usable id you're searching for those apps.

zephyrpawan says:

I am surprised they didn't name like cortana news, cortana weather.....

dwshobhit says:

Hahaha..... Very funny..... Then how they named their food and drink app...cortana food and drink....

zephyrpawan says:

Cortana health & fitness too

kenzibit says:

Cortana translator

wolfgangjr says:

Aww hell. Why not? The isheep call everything ixxx. Lol.

eshy says:

I thought it was sad when Apple came out with the iMac (following the current trend at the time of iNaming eVerything) 

vkelkar says:

You got it they removed the bing name so you can easily tell cortana to open weather app easily

Yup this makes sense

Choco22 says:

I don't like it. It would make finding them more difficult, and Microsoft has given up the opportunity to give Bing the recognition it deserves.

wps81 says:

not a problem to most users cos most users pin them to Start and tend to use large tiles.

danielgray says:

As each Bing app needs background tasks. I don't pin many. Now i can't find them easily. Bad move..

KMF79 says:

I'm with Daniel and Choco. I liked going to B for all my Bing apps.

chillpenguin says:

Don't let their background usage stop you from pinning them. You could always use Settings -> Background Tasks to manually block the Bing apps from running that way.

kellaz says:

I somewhat agree to Choco22 and danielgray. I kinda like it in one place, we could use app folder and pin it... Oh well... Lets just hope its easy to find next time I reset my phone (although we can back it up prior to resetting), but Bing as a brand should be much more pronounced...

Shantek says:

Its not that big of a deal. You want weather, and have more than one app then they are all together now. How they should of been from the start. And anything important, users will pin. Each to their own, and i agree folders would then let you guys technically have it the old way again

jcw108 says:

Yup, bad move.

kinaton says:

Well end of Bing thank god.

neo158 says:

What should they use instead, Google?

Soble says:

Now I can't see these apps in B category at once.... I should use app folder instead

Abdal says:

There is already weather app from nokia ;)

Which is nothing compared to (bing) weather

jddumawa says:

Maybe in the US but in the rest of the world? Bing weather doesn't have my town's name in it. Accuweather works better for me.

muvig says:

thanks for the reply, 

atherosxd says:

Nokia Weather Works well for me. (Bing) Weather tends to be not accurate in our place (PH)


And a Weather app from Microsoft too.

I think these bing apps should have been made available in the bing app itself through the search button perhaps each with their own sort of tile for news weather etc

Edward Kang says:

But I think it will caused lagging because too heavy to load an app

appscraze says:

I don't like it... Better using the existing title to indicate it is from bing..

Sath Ish says:

Ha the "seems faster" guys comment is removed.

Sath Ish says:

Nooooo, *shoots myself*

swizzlerz says:

That's what my girl friend said!

neo158 says:

That's what she said!!

wpguy says:

Maybe he did it himself. The whole thing would have gone away as soon as it started had people not raised a fuss.

people seem faster in raising a fuss nowadays

The1Weapon says:

I like the fact that they're all together in my app list as is....
...But whatever, I guess. Lol.

I personally prefer the aps having Bing in front of their names, because for me it's a lot easier to just go to B and they are all right there. I wonder why they changed it.

crise says:

I think they do this because they want shorter names, they even joked about their bad products naming at build keynote. They said Cortana is a hell lot better than blabkablabla, I forgot the long name. Second, it's also not Bing Cortana. So even tho Cortana is powered by Bing it doesn't have it in the name. I guess they figure the others apps don't need the Bing addition as well. Also by removing the word Bing you make it seem like their news app is THE news app because it says just news, so to many people it will seem like the default news app that you're supposed to use.
Then another guess, maybe they wanna get rid of Bing and rename it all to Cortana. Maybe Bing will become Cortana. On the phone Cortana has already replaced search, so why not on the website Bing.com ---> Cortana.com. Wild guess. ;)

Yes and say to cortana" open weather "makes more sense than open bing weather

2tomtom says:


I agree with you totally.

xmarklive says:

No.oooo....bing.com rename incoming, so to be called cortana.com

Have "Bing" in their name was easier to find all of them in the same place.

muvig says:

make use of app. folder


2tomtom says:

Don't like app folders and you lose the live tiles.

SwimSwim says:

If you're already using Live Tiles... Why is it such a concern they aren't grouped together in the apps list?

2tomtom says:

Some are live tiles some are not!

SwimSwim says:

Nonetheless, if your concern is not being able to see the Live Tiles, doesn't that mean they're already pinned to your Start Screen? If that's the case, just find them.on your Start Screen.

And if they aren't pinned, what's the big issue with making an app folder (assuming you have a Nokia or Samsung device, and/or have performed the OEM-exclusive app workaround)?

I understand it's less elegant that a quick swipe from the right and seeing them right there, and that Start Screen space is prime real estate, but aren't organized apps worth it?

2tomtom says:

Don't use folders, don't like the look, don't like the extra click.

Its like all the Nokia apps, easy to find under N as I don't want them all on front screen. Just one of those people who like an aesthetically pleasing screen, that's why I chose WP...

SwimSwim says:

I feel you. That's why I said, "not ideal."

Seems weird they made such a change, I wonder the reasoning?

2tomtom says:

Ah, seems like there is no bing on the tile but the list name keeps the bing. Sorted :D

Could be changed for 8.1/Cortana....Cortana Bing Weather or Cortana Weather??

Hiswona says:

Food app will be food.

Will we be able to eat it?

Bing services should be have been in OS itself. No need to download any app for it or maybe one app for all the service??? I don't like the idea of downloading 5-6 apps to use bing services.

neelagopi says:

this way they can update the apps and not the OS... easier!

one app for all, can potentially confuse users

kinaton says:

Could do a loader app, ie has 6 tiles in it, and you press the one you want

I use Bing sport for livescores greater than all other football livescore apps. And i am also a fan of cricket. But for cricket live score i need to rely on other apps like cricinfo or cricbuzz to know the detailed scorecards. Bing sport only show live score . Windows 8 does have the ability to see the full scorecard. I hope they will add that to WP version too.

Sahil Kutty says:

Oh this is great! I hated the long bing list to be honest :P

Aashish13 says:

14th we all have said n number of times

slavrenz says:

Bing is still shown in the in-app title at the top of the screen. Collections still don't sync with Bing Food & Drink, only shopping lists...what a lazy update...

DarwinPurol says:

Good i guess, shorter, but they wont be in my B section on app list.

Jaskys says:

Awesome, they finally started to wake up

Mark Richey says:

Boy without Bing, they certainly are faster!

Looks like they are following the Goolge style. In android phones you won't find Google Maps, Google Hangout etc. Its just Maps, Hangouts....

TechFreak1 says:

My hunch is that they are playing around with the natural language search / app launch via voice as Cortana is powered by Bing.

freshfelicio says:

These apps should be preinstalled in WP 8.1! They are the best apps for their category ive ever seen, even compared to other platforms and are the best example for good metro app design.

Forc3 says:

They are preinstalled in 8.1 as is skype.

spinzeroWL says:

I agree...though the news app needs to be able to take articles offline for it to be really class leading (for use on subway, or when travelling)

I don't use this feature much but in this case it comes in really handy: create a folder, add the "Bing Apps" to the folder, pin the folder to your Start screen. Done. All your Bing apps are in one place and take up fewer tile spaces on your Start Screen.

rockstarzzz says:

And you lose all the beautiful live tiles that makes WP, a WP.

Not a huge deal in the case of these apps if you're using small or medium tiles: small tiles don't update/display info and square tiles don't update often enough with new info to make it worth the screen space (and the large rectangle tile is updated about as often as the medium square tile and not with enough info to make it worth the trouble of the screen space)...so in this case, a folder works well :)

adrian1338 says:

Wonder if they either rename bing again or maybe did this to improve cortana recognition. if you say "please show me the weather" it might know to use the weather app to get the data rather please show me the bing weather.

rockstarzzz says:

She shows weather from Bing in Cortana itself. Doesn't go and open any apps.

adrian1338 says:

Well you all obviously know how cortana is working. Why would the phone need to check online for the latest weather information when the background running weather app is already looking for the exact same data? you clearly know how to waste bandwith :)

SwimSwim says:

Well, Cortana doesn't open any weather apps if you ask for weather. Instead, you get the same results as you currently would if, right now, you opened Search on your phone and typed "weather."

adrian1338 says:

implying you know how bing works in the rest of the world rather than US

SwimSwim says:

True, hadn't considered that...

But still, you'd had to explicitly tell Cortana to open an app. Otherwise, she'll just turn to Bing Search. At least that's how she'll work on the initial roll out, where she's US exclusive.

Fung Kam says:

Dislike this arrangement. What's the point here? It is a "brand"!

JoeMeekFan says:

But in the title it's still Bing News.

chriswong13 says:

Make up their minds? Didn't they waffle on this already when they decided to put Bing in front of all the app names previously...?

trmnrs says:

These first world problems in the comments are killing me right now. Guys, it could be worse.

rockstarzzz says:

I updated but only my live tiles are News, Weather. Apps in app list are still Bing News, Bing Weather.

cyborg4 says:

This was my tip :)

rockstarzzz says:

Where are the links in WPCentral app for update? I don't like this Newsroom thingy! New blog writers have to learn so many new things across platforms. Its like Jack of all tools, King of none.

bashbaliga says:

I have a feeling these bing apps will be default apps in the OS in the coming updates.

RockmanNeo says:

Yes! Now do the same with Xbox music and Xbox video. Forced branding is stupid.

Fisher_9511 says:

Agreed !
Mentioning xbox somewhere in the app but not in its title would be better. Espacially for new users.

F3rzz says:

i don't care it being called Xbox, but i do Want the green tile to go away (or have the option to use green or sistem theme as some apps offer)

Kacey Green says:

On Windows and Windows RT they're jut weather, sports, etc. maybe it's for consistency.

Ecurb87 says:

Makes sense. My coworker said yesterday "I want Windows Phone because it looks like my laptop." I too will go with"consistency" for their reasoning.

Deaconclgi says:

I agree and it may also have something to do with the new unified app tools that are being made available. No longer will they have to code Weather for Windows/RT and then code Bing Weather for the phone.

mikosoft says:

Much ado for nothing. Everybody will update them and two weeks later we won't even remember there was the word "bing" in the title.

Kashyapjani says:

I hope their tiles will be transparent too when the time comes.

F3rzz says:


swizzlerz says:

Bing deal lol big*

Gagman says:

In English it was: Bing Weather, Bing News, etc.

But e.g. in Polish it was: Pogoda Bing, Wiadomości Bing, etc.

So probably all exept English users could not find those apps by taping "B".

And I've got no idea, why MS changed Bing Weather to Weather. They should have changed Pogoda Bing to Bing Pogoda for Polish users

Maybe they want to bundle all those (Bing) apps by default on new phones. The new users who are first time smartphone users or moving from other platforms that use WP for first time will try to find Weather in W, and Health in H, Sports in S and so on which I think makes perfect sense. By removing the Bing prefix, they can move the apps to their respective sections and give them better discovery.

jlzimmerman says:

This would be a very bad move for MS. You would start seeing developers start pulling their weather, sports, and finance apps from the store. Antitrust suit all over again.

Shantek says:

Really? I don't agree. The bing weather app here is soooo inaccurate. I use an alternate app.

Candide yams says:

I think Apple's Weather and Stock apps haven't had any antitrust issues so...

jlzimmerman says:

When quantity and quality of apps practically defines your platform, why risks pissing developers off by placing a competitive, homegrown app on every device that rolls out of the factory by default?  Yes, it is antitrust-esque, and while it may not be to that level the result would be the same: third party companies giving your the finger.

And Apples home grown apps is different because most of those apps were develeped when no other third-party alternative existed because iOS SDK 2.x was still in its infancy and new to developers.  Other apps developed by Apple later on held no problems with third-party competitors because their app marketplace had matured.

MS at this time does not have such luxury yet and cannot afford the risk. 

Alienhead95 says:

I think this is in preparation of 8.1. So you can say cortana open weather instead of open Bing weather.

TaliZorah says:

At least you can still find them by searching Bing... That would bite if you couldnt

amol071 says:

Please provide download links

Shantek says:

Type bing in the store and it shows them all

toph36 says:

I don't like it either. Beyond the sorting them together in the app list, I thought Microsoft was trying to expand the Bing brand? At this point, the labels in the apps still show Bing. Not sure why they made this change?

AlanTeew says:

They're probably preinstalled on WP81 like they are on W81. It's the need for redundant authentication that puts me off these apps. If I signed into Microsoft ON THE DEVICE, why do I need to log in again with each MS app‼⁉ It should just work.

TJWINS says:

In the header photo Bing Sports reads as "Sport" (singular) but in the store it reads "Sports" (plural). Weird...

jlzimmerman says:

This is good news. It makes it more agnostic for users who like WP but don't care for Bing.

Zeroplanetz says:

I hope its not a start of getting rid of Bing.

Shantek says:

This is actually kind of depressing for Windows Phone that some people are making such a big deal over it. Its a change, they may or may not be going somewhere with it, but im sure they have their reasons. If you use them often, you will already have them pinned. You want to check the weather, go straight to w, with all the other weather apps you've got installed. No biggie. If we get native folder support that supports live tiles, then everyone can have the best of both worlds

Patrick76 says:

Seems faster - faster to read the names :)

F3rzz says:

You just won a WPCentral

marantaz says:

I liked the Bing apps being together as Bing, but no bother ... just use App Folder to group them and annoyance avoided!

Jazmac says:

It might be a good thing that Microsoft disengaged the Bing name from those apps based on the things Bing is lending its name to recently. At the same time, Microsoft is doing more to push its name out front. That is a good thing..

pmich says:

Sucks..i liked them all grouped together by name.

Slovenix says:

I dont know but this actually seems to invite more people as its easier to find it on the store. I like it, its more simple. Anyways grouping possibility would be great.

silverdoe says:

Good. They should preinstall these on new devices with WP8.1

tallarob says:

Count me in as one who likes "Bing" in the title.  These are all, for the most part, excellent apps and it makes it a lot easier to find them all grouped together.  I am going to miss this a lot.

ntice_521 says:

At least they didn't call it Xbox news, Xbox weather, etc.

OMG55 says:

Could this be in preparation to allow them to be enables to become transparent on the start screen when a user enables a background image???

eddieDOTexe says:

Yeah I didn't get why they had "Bing" in the first place. The Desktop apps didn't.

If that is the only update, I'm going to hold off.  I like having them all grouped together.

simmomelb says:

I don't like it either, they were all together before, now scattered all over the shop. Not that I use bing weather as its so inaccurate for Australia.

allos autos says:

The update broke the Weather app for me. :(

Microsoft seriously needs to change Bing to Cortana...

Not having grouped folders in the start screen ala Windows 8 makes finding these apps difficult after the name change.