Bing Windows Phone apps now sync to Windows 8

Over the past few weeks, Microsoft has very quietly released beta versions of its Bing Travel, Bing Food and Drink and Bing Health and Fitness Windows 8 apps for the Windows Phone OS. Today, the company finally took the "beta" label from those apps and also released some new versions of the Bing News, Weather, Sports and Finance apps for Windows Phone.

The biggest change for the older Bing apps is that users can sync data with their Windows 8 counterparts. The official Bing blog states:

In the Finance app for example, when you setup your stock watch list on Windows 8, it will show up the same way on the Windows Phone. And it works the same way if you set it up on your phone – so no matter where you start, you don’t have to set it up all over again, changes and updates work the same way.

In addition to the syncing, three of the older Bing Windows Phone apps has been updated with new features. The Finance app now has a "My Finance" selection, designed for users to keep track of their brokerage accounts and a home mortgage calculator has also been added. The Bing News app has added the New York Times and Wall Street Journal to its sources and the Sports app now has live event coverage for several leagues, player profiles and more.

Source: Microsoft

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I hope they can have this sync every app and game between phone and PC without developers needing to do something on their own.

Does "health and fitness" sync using a MS account or, using Health Vault is mandatory?
I have my MS account added to the phone app but nothing gets synced..... (-:

Dot Matrix said,
Awesome!

See kids? This is why Metro exists on the desktop.

Do you mean when Threshold will, hopefully, allow windowed Metro apps on the desktop?

Fritzly said,

Do you mean when Threshold will, hopefully, allow windowed Metro apps on the desktop?

No, I meant this is why Metro exists on desktop computers. This is why Microsoft didn't discriminate users.

Dot Matrix said,

No, I meant this is why Metro exists on desktop computers. This is why Microsoft didn't discriminate users.


Starting with W 8.1 and Update 1 MS is indeed starting to mitigate the issue.

Dot Matrix said,

No, I meant this is why Metro exists on desktop computers. This is why Microsoft didn't discriminate users.

No, they just forced a foreign concept on them.

This and the long term support cycle is why Windows will always dominate in the enterprise. Its going to be interesting to see what happens with WP8.1 and W8.1U1 now that we know more of these services are going to be location aware as well as presence aware especially since Lync to Skype Video support is coming. Its going to be an interesting year as the Windows Ecosystem comes together.