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.

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It looks like the Bing team is not yet done with Windows Phone, as at around 3 AM this morning, they pushed out their latest addition, Health & Fitness to Windows Phone 8 devices. The app of course is a mobile version of the popular Windows 8/RT version and so far, it looks great.

However, as with the recently released Bing Food & Drink, this app is in beta. Basically, that means it’s not yet finished, and some parts may not be working. In fact, Microsoft this time explicitly stated this in the app’s description, so you should be forewarned.  Having said that, it’s damn nice, especially if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle in 2014.

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Microsoft and Bing are on a streak, releasing their second app this week for Windows Phone and expanding their content. Today, Bing Food & Drink appeared on the Store with the ‘beta’ moniker in tow. The app is an extension of the already existing and highly popular Windows 8.1 version.

So what is Food & Drink? It’s a combo recipe/shopping list/news/cocktails/wines app, laid out in a gorgeous Modern UI with bold, eye catching photos. Basically if you’re a self-described ‘foodie’, this app is for you. Likewise, if you’re on a diet and trying to avoid temptation, this app is probably not for you—although if you use it for just recipes, maybe you can sneak it in.

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If one thing is certain, people love the Bing Apps suite on Windows Phone. From Weather, to News to Finance, the Bing team has done a great job of bringing a great core-user experience, all for free. But there was one major complaint that the Windows 8.1 RT apps had but the Phone apps did not: Sharing.

Today, version 3 of Bing Sports (3.0.1.121) is now live in the Store for Windows Phone, up from version 2 (2.0.2.177), which came out in October. Large version changes mean new features and we’re happy to report Sharing is now onboard.

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Today, Microsoft has updated their Bing Translator apps for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, bringing new features and refined functionality to the popular – and well designed – language deciphering programs. By allowing users to “live” translate various language to their own native tongue, Bing Translator is an invaluable tool for those finding themselves in a foreign land.

Last updated at the end of September, Bing Translator for Windows Phone today is having a few new alterations that should improve the user experience.

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Windows 8.1 reached RTM status earlier in August and a few weeks later developers had the chance to download and start testing their applications with it. But Windows 8.1 isn’t done. Microsoft initially wanted to not even let developers download the bits until October 18th (public release).

So what else are they working on before the public get to play with Windows 8.1?

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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.

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