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Microsoft announces Bing Apps for Windows Phone 8, bringing News, Weather, Sports and Finance to the small screen [Updated]

Update: As of 7PM ET, all links are now working. Please try now to download the new Bing suite for Windows Phone 8. It's not restricted to the US.

Today, Microsoft has pulled the sheets off of a new suite of apps based around the Bing search engine. Simply called Bing Apps, the collection of four apps includes Sports, News, Weather and Finance, including Live Tile support for Windows Phone 8 devices.

Based off of the same suite of apps for its Windows 8 OS, the new applications bring all of the latest news right to the Start screen, continuing the “glance and go” usability that Windows Phone users have become accustomed to. Indeed, this is the first time we’ve seen some real parallels between the desktop and mobile OS drawn and it should make using the two systems more seamless than before for new customers.

Watch our first-look video of the new apps in action and enjoy the gallery of screenshots after the break.

Video Tour: Bing News, Weather, Finance and Sports

 

Bing News

Bing News

“Want to keep tabs on what’s happening in the world? The Bing News app for Windows Phone has you covered. With the new app, you have one comprehensive experience to keep tabs on the latest headlines and videos of breaking news.  And the app is customizable so you can track specific story categories, topics, or news sources that matter to you.  You can even rearrange the headline clusters so that the news that matters most to you is at the top.”

The Bing News app is a straight port of the Windows 8 client and is well optimized for Windows Phone. Users can adjust the font size to their liking, enable the Live Tile, and restrict background data usage to only Wi-Fi. Wide tiles support is included with HD level graphics for images.

The app is relatively fast and fluid to use (data can take a moment to download) and with optional Breaking News alerts, users can stay abreast of all the latest happenings. The app lacks any lockscreen support or the ability to share an article, which is something Microsoft will hopefully build upon in later releases.

Download Bing News for Windows Phone 8 here in the Store.

QR: Bing News

 

Bing Finance

Bing Finance

“Keep tabs on your portfolio and gauge performance of your stocks at a glance with the Bing Finance app which include financial news, market info, watchlists, timely US stock updates and customizable interactive charts.”

Like Bing News, Bing Finance acts as market hub on your Windows Phone. The Live Tile (wide supported) shows the latest DOW and NASDAQ numbers (one on each side) with a graph and numbers for a quick view.  Users can customize the Watchlist with specific companies and the News section is similar to the Bing News app with font control.

Download Bing Finance for Windows Phone 8 here in the Store.

QR: Bing Finance

 

Bing Weather

Bing Weather

“Want to know to know whether you need to grab an umbrella? Now you can stay a step ahead of the weather with an overview of conditions including temperature, precipitation and wind.”

Everyone loves weather apps and Bing Weather is a solid port of their desktop version. The app features a live tile (sadly, not wide) with the latest temperature, current conditions and the day’s high and low. Launching the app will show more in-depth information like “feels like” temperature, humidity levels, wind and more. Swiping to the right reveals daily, hourly and a collection of weather maps, including Temperature, Doppler, Precipitation and cloud cover, optimized for regional and national views.

The app is well designed and while it can’t compete against the more full-featured pay apps on Windows Phone, it’s a really well done weather client. Once again, no lockscreen support in v1.0 is a bit of a letdown but we imagine such a feature could come in later updates.

Download Bing Weather for Windows Phone 8 here in the Store.

QR: Bing Weather

 

Bing Sports

Bing Sports

“The Bing Sports app is your personal sports companion letting you stay on top of the sports and teams that you care about.  You can swipe through to see the recent scores, top sports headlines, game videos, photos, schedules, standings, extensive statistics and much more across most major sports.”

Like Bing News and Finance, Bing Sports brings you all the latest in world competitions. From the scoreboard (currently MLB in the US) to News to slideshow to videos, the app is sure to keep the sports enthusiast busy. Like Bing Finance, you can add your favorite franchises to the ‘my teams’ pivot to easily track their latest happenings.

Download Bing Sports for Windows Phone 8 here in the Store.

QR: Bing Sports

 

Quick thoughts

Bing Weather

Overall, Microsoft has done an admirable job with these well-polished apps. They serve as a reminder to consumers of the similarities between Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 and represent a sign of things to come as those two operating systems begin to merge in 2014.

We can envisage many of these apps coming pre-installed on forthcoming Windows Phones and it should provide a great out-of-the-box experience for new customers who want core apps at their fingertips.

When to get them?

Bing Apps are now available with their respective links and QR codes listed above. Note: these apps are very "fresh" to the Store, so if it says "Not available" for your device, try again in a little while until it hits all servers.

More information can be found on the Bing Blog.

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gdsaar says:

YES FINALLY!!! AHH

NIST says:

Sweet indeed!

rodneyej says:

NIST❕❗❕❗❕.. Ok, I'll leave you alone.. Sorry.

kabel_mk says:

No worries, Microsoft retards did some whoopsie today ... :)

Shifla says:

Does this sync the sources across between W8 and WP8?

sholokov says:

No. They don't. But what I didn't like the most is that you can't share news stories from the news app. That should have been a must have feature.

mahesham22 says:

Exactly! I even mentioned that in the app rating on store.

Otis23 says:

But what took so long? It highlights the plantforms weekness, Microsoft hardly likes to make apps for its own platform. Microsoft is like the kid that say's he is giving 100% effort as he walks of the play field. 100% effort would be running, not walking. Microsoft is barely walking to create apps for there own platform. 
 

Rishicash says:

You are not allowed to complain anymore until you improve your spelling my good man!  We must maintain a proper level of decorum here at WPC.

Otis23 says:

You're ridiculous. Your comment is a waste of characters. 

Rishicash says:

Sorry Otis, but you lost all credibility with your orginal post. Glad to see your spellchecker is working now though.

Otis23 says:

Keep trolling....

Rishicash says:

Pull your pants up and wipe your nose.

ThePKReddy says:

What a load of crock. Not available for tmobile us Nokia 925

digiacomo says:

Same issue here, 925 on Tmo USA

dp.rotten says:

Did you even read the whole article? It just hit the market so its not available to all devices until its hit all the servers.

ThePKReddy says:

Yes. I did. Its still nonsense.

la3z says:

Yeah, not available on my 1020 either... thought this was the flagship device?

Sean D. says:

Good Lord you all are such cry babies.

dp.rotten says:

Why does no one read the full article? It says right at the bottom that it might not be available to you yet. Everyones so impatient good lord.

Rick2340 says:

No kidding.  Calm down it will get there - if not tonight in a day or two.  Good grief.

TechFreak1 says:

I think some people may have been spoon fed waaaay to much lol... given the lack of patience and toddler like tantrums "I want it now!"....
People you'll get it when you it becomes available jeez lol.
 

Rishicash says:

But Sean, you must understand, these are very real First World problems!

Nik Rolls says:

It just hasn't hit your local server yet. Jeez.

not available for Nokia 920 :(

Available now. MS launches in portions on each server so there's not overloading (assumingly). Takes like a couple hours max lmao.

DieNadel says:

Works on my 925

rider2040 says:

I have been waiting for this ever since the last update of these apps on my Surface RT.  The News and Finance apps have become my goto sources of info.  So glad to now have these on my phone.
We are getting close to a unified Windows Phone - Windows 8 experience.  The only missing for me is a Windows 8 WPCentral app!

MrHeckles85 says:

I also wish for a WPCentral App for Windows 8. Is there anything you can tease, guys?

hwangeruk says:

use NExtgen Reader, it works like a charm

jlangner says:

.....this!!!!!!

Guakala says:

Seriously! Ever since I got my Surface I had been wondering why Microsoft didn't have WP versions of all their great Windows Bing apps! This is great.

Sean D. says:

If I'm not mistaken it was announced several months back they these apps would be coming to WP.

R42 says:

indeed
 
MS really needs to release these "things" (essential and prioritized things) faster

Kellzea says:

Ms releases quality apps and you complain........sigh

Cubeddd says:

Well, they do listen. But I cant download it. Hopefully it syncs with the rt versions.
Would like to sell my WeatherFlow app now, is it possible?

Update: Downloaded, it synceth not :(

Mon-El says:

They don't.  Hopefully they'll update this soon as cross compatiility will be a big draw for the MS platforms.

Eas195 says:

Same here, can't download, while it says it supports English and other languages, which means it supports many regions, too...

Credo93 says:

I also can't download it yet altrough it is available in the dutch language :(

Greetzz.

Credo93 says:

Same here, i want to use the Bing Weather app as my #1 weather app, but i can't download it yet so i don't know if it will be metro stiled live tiles or only like Daniel have in his review .... if it is metro styled i don't want Weather Flow anymore, i love to use official microsoft apps like i do on my Surface RT :)
 
Greetzz.

borasar says:

doesn't look like there is a lockscreen setting for the weather app

newfreeg says:

Yes wanted these app for ages now.

NightWatch71 says:

Is this "US only" again? I literally have no reason to use Bing on my phone even though I want to.

NightWatch71 says:

Apps description and supported languages show my language but apps are unsupported. Hmmm...

guilcorm says:

If you read the article until the end, it does say that it might take a while until apps hit all servers and are available to everyone

NightWatch71 says:

I'm pretty sure the article is updated after I wrote this.

bashbaliga says:

If you are a non us citizen, then dont get too excited, they dont give a rats ass about us.

la3z says:

It's a US company...

DaSchnee says:

... which also wants the money of non-US citizens.

la3z says:

True, you could always use one of those awesome Non-US operating systems.  You know, like... umm...  Yeah coming up blank here.

You mean Ubuntu? Ia3z

Rubios says:

We have this thing now, it's called Linux.

Why would Bing be US only it global Microsoft is loading it onto the servers!

shreyas15 says:

And it better not be US only.

MadSci2 says:

I'm in the US and can't even download them LOL

RJPeters says:

Im really hoping they come to Canada as well.......waiting patiently
 

Arya Mehran says:

Me too, come on, show some love to the great white north (Canada)!

jacob114489 says:

Read the first paragraph! Jeez!

shreyas15 says:

This was before the update, genius. Lol

jacob114489 says:

So its still in there, is it not?

he_shark says:

I thought things had been quite around here today, was sure you must be working on an exclusive review.
Exciting to see this coming to the platform and bringing Windows & Windows Phone closer. Nice v1 apps by the looks of things, look forward to seeing how they progress and what else MS has in the works.

Story updated with Store links.

Martinspire says:

Any ETA for when they are available? Or just "later today" ?

Credo93 says:

Hi Daniel, one question, the Bing Weather app, can you if u use the live tile with the kind of tile that is more metro styled ? like this --> http://cdn.windows7themes.net/pics/weather-tile-weather.jpg ?
 
Greetzz.

Simon Tupper says:

Do you know what the tiles look like? Do they have their own colors or its just whatever theme color you picked?

rohitsingh says:

The weather tile changes colour as per the weather. And there's slight images in the background of the tile, faded and only just visible.

dalydose says:

The error I'm getting is not that it isn't available for my device but rather that it is no longer being published.  Strange.  Did they have bugs and pulled them from the store??

Fritzly says:

I get the same error as well...... Quite weird indeed.

interopbyt says:

Awesome! I know lots o' people on WPCentral here wanted Bing News on WP badly (including me!!) Hooray!

blessthejon says:

My new soon to be weather app. :)

YAY!!!! Took them longer than expected, but very excited about this!

avigyan says:

This is the loveliest gift from the Bing team. Thank you so much folks. Hope these apps are at par with the Windows 8 apps.

WPUser111 says:

Daniel i m impressed..

Rob van Uden says:

I always have the feeling these apps (or those on RT) are US minded. Am I right, or are these also useful for European people?

MVogelezang says:

Im fron Netherlands, I See Durch news. :)

Rob van Uden says:

But does the live tile work? Especially I want the Weather live tile to work...

rohitsingh says:

Actually weather tile works better than weatherflow, in terms of data accuracy at least.

Vistaus says:

I don't see why. Their desktop counterparts are available in The Netherlands so it would be weird if they made the phone versions US only...

TRICSIO says:

Definitely a much needed app

steppyhen says:

Can't seem to download them in the UK yet... :(

RyanAMG says:

I'm in the US and have a Nokia 928 & I am getting not for my device.

Tegument says:

same here :-/ do we have to be on gdr2??

RyanAMG says:

I didn't read the article all the way. Looks like it didn't hit all the servers yet. Should be up soon.

Fritzly says:

Nope I have GDR2 and Amber but I get a message stating that the app is no longer published..... quite puzzling..... :-)

Pappa Ed says:

+1 920, ATT USA

enzom09 says:

No I have a 925, in tmo, with gdr2 and it's not available yet either

nokialove says:

Awesome! I love these apps on RT. Plus, I can get rid of the slow and awful ESPN Hub.

diplomat696 says:

+920 I am an ESPN fan but omg there app is painfully slow to use......

trickym81 says:

This is good news! I've been waiting for these apps!

bahamut443 says:

Can't download these apps...why not?

FBirraque says:

+1 (US Marketplace)

DarkKrystof says:

Do we need to have GDR2 first or something?

ap3rus says:

US, Lumia 925, GDR2, can't download :(

The article says the Store's servers may not have refreshed yet. Give it time.

Chef316 says:

Awesome!!! Great Review, Daniel!

doomtuba says:

YES YES YES!

bsd107 says:

Can't download on ATT 920. MS might as well put one of those STUPID "we'll be back soon" fake post-it notes on the Windows Store like Apple does all the time to their website...

Andygoes says:

Can't download either, AT&T 920

BadCoder says:

Me either.. I am in the US.. Hmm..

Jowiso says:

Same here!
Guess I'll have to be patient and keep waiting. But these look great! Hard to wait!

Darren Walsh says:

Not available in my region?? (Ireland)

eyesoreM says:

Yeah, just saw that myself.
Boo & Hiss :-(

desolateone says:

These apps are apparently unavailable :( Hopefully that'll get sorted out soon!

borasar says:

Daniel, are they showing as published in the US store? Looks like they are no longer published in the Canadian store. Might be a timing issue

useme2useyou says:

Nice but sadly not in the UK! :-(

sasukeluffy says:

Thwy were not live yet.

rohitsingh says:

Says app no longer published :(

abond32 says:

So the apps are available yet? Tried link

DJCBS says:

"This app is no longer published"

?? Really?? They came and went rather quickly...

AlanUK78 says:

US only indeed... Rob van Uden, these apps are fully available on windows 8 for all European countries with content pulled from local news sources for those markets. Lets hope MS makes this available Europe wide if not worldwide asap...

toph36 says:

Didn't see, but do things like the watch lists in Finance and Locations in Weather sync between the WP and Windows 8 apps?

Don Ramsay says:

Not available for Ativ S
How does that work?

Don Ramsay says:

Promulgated overnight in the UK. Awesome apps, well done MS

avigyan says:

These apps cannot be downloaded here in India either? What's the catch?

vikrant6 says:

Why MS why??

hipporama says:

You might want to wait a while for the links to go live in India.

RyanAMG says:

They are unavailable for the US as well.

bashbaliga says:

Looking at the screenshots of the app and bings support to India (which is ZERO) Its heavily US Centric, I think we just got the shaft. :(

gandhirushi says:

Can't download these apps on my AT&T Lumia920?? Does this require Amber/GDR2??

marantaz says:

All apps say they are not available for my device (822). WTF?

Microsoft banned your phone, they told me personally. They said he has a filthy mouth.

Seriously, try again in a little while. The app just hit their servers.

WPUser111 says:

He is always angry.

marantaz says:

Yes I am...fools make me so. (insert scowling emoji here)

marantaz says:

Daniel, snarky is unbecoming of you. Yeah, I should have read the LAST paragraph of your article FIRST to learn that the apps were unavailable. And I should have remembered that its typical of your articles to do this...must help to increase the 'clicked on' totals you present to advertisers when telling them the fees they'll be paying, huh?
snarksnarksnark

xaeryan says:

I dunno, usually before I comment I try to read the WHOLE article so I don't look like an ass.

Warren Dance says:

Maran please try stfu. Snarksnark.

Capsloc says:

I learned the hard way once....as a 1st comment too....now I scroll to the bottom of the article before I comment on 'not working' haha.

marantaz says:

Yeah I knew it too...got too excited for the cool idea of these apps...lesson relearned and self slapped.

marantaz says:

I expect stupidity in comments from the anonymous public, doesn't bother me in the slightest when some fools attempt to insult me under the delusion that their opinion matters to me, but when it's a representative of the site, that's another story. Insults, sarcasm, or just general foolishness (as I view this instance) doesn't reflect well on the integrity and professionalism of the site. Daniel and others who write articles at WPC do an excellent job for the most part, but their participation on the comments has at times reflected their 'moody days'; as comments in the past towards others have been far more insulting than Daniels response to me, I think its something they should work to avoid. WPC is one of, if not the best, sites for WP news...its not too much to ask of their staff to be respectful of the people who frequent the site.
Unless the majority of you want to be insulted and dismissed as fools and have expressed to the WPC staff your masochistic desires, in that case, fine, let the fur fly, (dogs). (there, I cleaned up the language for you sensitive ones.)

Lighten up, Francis.

borasar says:

he was kidding, if you're so sensitive stay of the internet man
they are human, just like you and me, just because he wrote that article doesn't mean he has to answer to a higher standard 

Dude... relax a little... he was just joking!. Take it easy, Smoke something or sleep around a little. It'll relax you.
Obviously, I'm kidding. Have a nice day!
DISCLAIMER: I do not do any oth those things. ;)

marantaz says:

Me neither, anymore, though I do miss having a good toke or two now and then... but when I'm high I get too talkative, can't shut up (no I'm not stoned now...this is normal... my wife has learned...don't get him started...and keep him off the grass!)

Didn't think you were. Wise lesson your wife has learned. It seems we would behoove everyone if you didn't get talkative. :).

It's pretty common sense to read the entire article first, at least before commenting...

Josh Harman says:

You'd think after reading the article and skimming the comments, people would know to give the store a minute.

Sean D. says:

Again, there you go being logical. One day you'll learn... :-/

Xsled says:

GDR2 required, or does it show not available for my device because it is still going live?

e3jeremey says:

I think they were having issues and pulled to fix. When I tried earlier it said the app wasn't compatible with my 925 (tmo)

RobinPaul says:

Says: This app is not available for your device.... wth Lumia 920

MangoGuy says:

Showing in the uk store but can't download i am disappointed

ricardios says:

Will definitely get the finance and sports app. News and weather I have USA Today and Amazing Weather

DurnDurnDurn says:

Must be for only GDR2 updated devices?  Verizon needs to release that stuff now!  I have a 928 and I'm getting the same as above.

I have GDR2 and can't download them.

ptf237 says:

AWESOME!!! These are the best apps on Windows 8 and it's great to see Microsoft finally developing some first-class apps for Windows Phone.

Nabiscuit says:

Can't download them on my 1020 with Amber, either. AT&T

kabel_mk says:

I'm on AT&T in USA and can't install them on my Lumia 1020 either. Fail ...

kabel_mk says:

The shitstorm is coming! Brace yourself! Hahahahahah! :)

bilzkh says:

Now we need Nokia to push HERE Drive, Maps, Transit, City Lens and its other exclusive apps to Windows 8/RT (via its own tablet if need be)!

david90531 says:

My region and everything is set to US, still can't dl this.....why?!

Dr Tone says:

The message is is misleading, not available for my device really means not available in your market.
 
Not available to Canada.

Josh Harman says:

Or it might mean that its not completely live in the store yet.
Not available for me in the US yet.

mr toes says:

Cant download yet :'(

topleya says:

I'm not sure how much more WP I can take.

Poor updates, Microsoft support iOS and Android more than WP and the constant US only apps, promotions and offers

Josh Harman says:

Chill out bro.

jmerrey says:

Can't wait to try then out. Praying for no adverts...

xankazo says:

AWESOMENESS!!! I love the Bing apps on Windows 8 and I've always wondered why didn't they make them for the phone. Great move Microsoft, GREAT MOVE!

Do these apps sync to the settings that have been configured in Windows 8? For eg. News sources that i have configured in the desktop app... Will the app sync them automatically?

MarkTurbo says:

Can't download and install on my Lumia 1020 in the US either and it has the latest software!

Rick Smits says:

We need Bing rewards.

Getting not available for your device. Lumia 920 in US. My gut is telling me this is going to require GDR2.

Rick Smits says:

No. It was just published. Give it some time.

Unsupported device? HTC 8X? Hope its just because in in the UK and it will become available.

btgusto says:

windowsphone.com says the app is no longer being published. 

napu says:

Can't you read?

btgusto says:

yes i can.  "No longer being published" is a bit different than "not available" I was only reporting what was on the website which is different than the phone's store.  So, go bother the 80 or so people who posted the same type of comment.  I see you did post the same comment to someone else. Gees man! We're all here for the same thing.  We're all enthusiasts and evangelists. 

HTC 8X on Tmobile without the GDDR2 update. says its not available.

This is shit!!! US Verizon 822 user here and none of the apps will download!!! Am told it's either because my phone needs updating, it's not for my carrier, or not for my country!!! What the fuck?!?!?!?

jcrus says:

Keep Calm and Try Later. As you can see in the rest of the comments, everyone is having trouble.

No download available...

napu says:

Can't you read?

MrTimSmith says:

Yep saying not available for my AT&T 920 as well.

jonno232 says:

Not available on 920 in uk

Aryan Angel says:

Wow, people need to read the article before commenting.

coip says:

It is pretty amazing how  many people 1) don't fully read the article and then post complaints without 2) even read the other comments. People, these apps just launched. Give it a few hours for them to hit the app store for all markets. My, oh, my.

myjota says:

When will outlook.com real app?

Zeeshan360 says:

Finally .. Awesome

"This app is no longer published", i am in US, this is what i see when i visit the Windows phone store.
When i tried to install it on my 920 i get an error mesage that this app is not available for my phone.
I badly need finance app, old app was useless, would never update, i am glad that MS is developing basic apps.

Zeeshan360 says:

It seems u need GDR2 .. :(

I have GDR2 and can't download.

t8ntlikly says:

I'm getting a "This App is no longer published" message... What's up with that?
john

btgusto says:

i hope this is a sign of closer unification between W8 and WP8.  I want Bing news over using the CNN app. 
If the Bing weather app has a nice live tile similar to the weather channel or better i would get it too. 

jabtano says:

I may tend to agree with you but Amazing weather I think outshines the weather channel app. on the free end. high end I rather like Weather Flow. It would be nice if it came in two flavors one for the live tile and the other for the lock screen using the Bing images....

Hoekie says:

Looking at the app detail also in the Dutch language, I have hope these apps are not US only.

ebradley says:

Not available for my NL 920.

Sh4mo says:

These are core features. Isn't it coming a bit late? Sure I'm happy they're releasing the apps, but c'mon ....

Sean D. says:

Core features??

Well, if you use the search button you will in fact see news when you swipe from left to right. If that ain't a "core feature" then please enlighten us.

Otherwise, you're asking for an app... that in all honestly is pretty much covered several times over in the marketplace.

benrp says:

This swiping left and right in the search app is US only.

Samst22 says:

Yessss. Didn't think we'd get these till 8.1. Soo happy.

I'd love to get these for my  phone every time I try to DL one I get this: " This app is no longer published "
I'll wait awhile and see what happens later. frustated .

aaa6112 says:

Not sure if anybody mentioned this yet, but all apps say they're not available for my device. /s

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