Bing Windows 8 apps released for Consumer Preview

Microsoft's release today of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview also includes the launch of the Windows Store, where users can download Metro-style apps for the OS. The apps include three that have been made by the Bing team at Microsoft. The official Bing blog site has information about these new Windows 8 apps.

According to the blog post:

Each Bing app was designed for touch devices and offers mouse and keyboard functionality. A key focus for us at Bing is helping people get things done more quickly and these visually organized, intuitive and dynamic apps do just that.

One of the new Bing apps, Weather, is pictured above. The app gives users the current local weather information along with hourly, daily, and ten day weather forecasts. The Bing Finance app for Windows 8 offers updates on stock prices as well as other information such as the latest mortgage, auto and credit card rates.

Finally, the Bing Map app for Windows 8 is self explanatory as users can access the utility for getting directions, checking the latest traffic conditions and more. Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that its design for Bing Maps would be unified with the design for the Nokia Maps apps and service.

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Me as a developer, the current Windows 8 Consumer preview dones't 'excite' me at all. I found it really hard to search for programs, and do my basic stuff, pretty much because there isn't any "search box" to search for a software fast, you first have to go on the Tiled Start menu, and then hit the Search box, or to bring the ugly black bar from the right side, press the search button, then you are switched to the Metro Tiled stuff, and get a result, wich is really annoying and slow.

I know it's in the beta phase, but still O_o, this should be fast, intuitive not slow and annoying.

SubZenit said,
Me as a developer, the current Windows 8 Consumer preview dones't 'excite' me at all. I found it really hard to search for programs, and do my basic stuff, pretty much because there isn't any "search box" to search for a software fast, you first have to go on the Tiled Start menu, and then hit the Search box, or to bring the ugly black bar from the right side, press the search button, then you are switched to the Metro Tiled stuff, and get a result, wich is really annoying and slow.

I know it's in the beta phase, but still O_o, this should be fast, intuitive not slow and annoying.

Dont you just start typing the name of the app in the Metro UI and it shows up?

SubZenit said,
Me as a developer, the current Windows 8 Consumer preview dones't 'excite' me at all. I found it really hard to search for programs, and do my basic stuff, pretty much because there isn't any "search box" to search for a software fast, you first have to go on the Tiled Start menu, and then hit the Search box, or to bring the ugly black bar from the right side, press the search button, then you are switched to the Metro Tiled stuff, and get a result, wich is really annoying and slow.

I know it's in the beta phase, but still O_o, this should be fast, intuitive not slow and annoying.

Press windows key, start typing.

Read this:

SubZenit said,
Me as a developer

And I thought, good a developer commenting I could use an informed opinion

Then I read:

SubZenit said,
I found it really hard to search for programs

And I stopped reading.

If you're a developer who wants to be taken seriously, probably be more informed about Windows 8 than my Wife. Who knew the answer to that question and is definitely not a technogeek.

SubZenit said,
Me as a developer, the current Windows 8 Consumer preview dones't 'excite' me at all. I found it really hard to search for programs, and do my basic stuff, pretty much because there isn't any "search box" to search for a software fast, you first have to go on the Tiled Start menu, and then hit the Search box, or to bring the ugly black bar from the right side, press the search button, then you are switched to the Metro Tiled stuff, and get a result, wich is really annoying and slow.

I know it's in the beta phase, but still O_o, this should be fast, intuitive not slow and annoying.


Just start typing in metro dude. It will search through all the apps. You shouldn't comment until you understand how to actually use the software. People read what you write and believe what you say is the case.

Palpatine said,
What a shame they didnt include Bing Search.

It would have been nicer, but you can still use 'search the web' feature, and also search through the browser.
Though I agree, it would have added to the experience. We have an app for iPad, so why not it.

I like the new apps other than the Bing maps needs a little work, you cant change the way of travel when looking for directions. It only allows you to search via CAR.