Microsoft updates News and Finance Windows 8 apps

Just before the Christmas holidays, Microsoft released major updates for all of its in-house developed Windows 8 apps that were made by its Bing team. Now it looks like those app developers kept busy over the Christmas break as Microsoft just launched new updates for its News and Finance apps via the Windows Store.

The patch notes for the Finance app state that the new update brings some improvements to its navigation, along with performance enhancements and improvements for its network connectivity. Video support has also been enabled in the Finance app, along with the addition of new stock exchanges and news content partners.

The News app has added some content from additional news outlets, along with more support for regional news sources. The app also has better navigation for mouse-and-keyboard Windows 8 users, which is something that was improved in its last update as well. It also comes with various performance improvements across the board.

Microsoft does say that the updates to the News and Finance app may not be made available in all territories where Windows 8 is currently available, so your mileage may vary depending on where you are in the world.

Source: Windows Store | Image via Microsoft

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Xbox Video also needs to be addressed. The "Play to" option is sometimes broken. I need to restart the PC for the 360 to be detected.

bguy_1986 said,
how about an XBOX music update you a-holes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oathhh, the music app is the only one that is unbearable on my surface so I have to use m8. Still waiting for an update while they work on crap like the stupid travel app!

That's the Xbox Team's issue... they need to get their game together. At least the Bing Team are on top of their awesome apps.

Oh snap! I just added my comment on the reply above. I completely agree. Xbox Music needs some serious work done..

Yes, Microsoft, those Apps are the ones in need of updates!! Mail, Calendar, People, and Xbox Music are all just fine. /s

Indeed. Heck, I'd go so far as to say they need complete rewrites. They're horrible. If this is Microsoft's route to compete with what's out there, God help them.

You do know, these are Bing apps?... The Bing team is awesome at frequently updating their apps. The Xbox team and Mail/Calendar teams on the other hand are slow at bringing new updates.

I love Windows 8 Metro a lot. But seriously, Xbox Music needs some major work! I don't know how MS is letting this thing go on as is. I enjoy the fact that I can stream/play whole albums that I don't own, but how about my own music?? I still can't figure out how to play my music I own without disabling the internet. What gives??? Oh, BTW, The sound quality is actually better than that of Windows Media Player or Zune (not having much luck with third party apps that disorganize my music library), although it still lacks an EQ, and settings.

PoohGQ said,
I love Windows 8 Metro a lot. But seriously, Xbox Music needs some major work! I don't know how MS is letting this thing go on as is. I enjoy the fact that I can stream/play whole albums that I don't own, but how about my own music?? I still can't figure out how to play my music I own without disabling the internet. What gives??? Oh, BTW, The sound quality is actually better than that of Windows Media Player or Zune (not having much luck with third party apps that disorganize my music library), although it still lacks an EQ, and settings.

Video Music are in serious need of a revamp. They are currently poor implementations of the limited Xbox Apps. I still have gotten a good response why the team working on these MISSED the design goals by so much.

People still needs to be brought up to the feature and quality level of what WP users have as well.

It's good to see the Bing team keep working on its apps, now we just need the other teams who are working on music and video to step it up as well.

Orange Battery said,
Can we call the desktop an app now? Would be great to get updates on that so often.

If you follow the rumors out the the Windows Blue update coming later in 2013 will give us desktop side updates.

GP007 said,

If you follow the rumors out the the Windows Blue update coming later in 2013 will give us desktop side updates.

Uninstall Metro option hopefully otherwise it'll be more Metro fail that's turning people off.

Im really hoping for it. You cant compromise when it comes to the desktop, Windows is just just too good.

I can totally understand the need for a tablet interface but it should not have been done at the expense of the desktop users. All companies make mistakes, I will be happy to stick with Microsoft if they realise just how important us desktop users are.

Couldn't agree more. Having that bloated Metro "service" constantly running in the background is ridiculous for people who use the desktop side of Windows 8 only (i.e. people who use Windows for real work, not just Facebook and gaming).

What's wrong with the desktop interface? It's just the same as 7 but with a ribbon in the explorer menu, new task manager, and new file copy dialog.

mrp04 said,
What's wrong with the desktop interface? It's just the same as 7 but with a ribbon in the explorer menu, new task manager, and new file copy dialog.

Did you ignore the obvious thing intentionally?

GS:mac

windows phone sales sucked, they suck and will suck. ms will never beat apple or google in tablet/phone market. so some idiot at ms had a bright idea to **** off millions maybe even bilions of windows users with horrible touch based UI. In hopes that maybe they will find a few that will like it and their phone and tablet sales will increase. while true that they did find a few, they ****ed of even more people.

Wow negative nelly much? "never" this, **** that... just shut up. At least they don't give up and listen to fools like you.

Windows Nashville said,
Couldn't agree more. Having that bloated Metro "service" constantly running in the background is ridiculous for people who use the desktop side of Windows 8 only (i.e. people who use Windows for real work, not just Facebook and gaming).

We use Windows 8 at our Enterprise full-time and haven't seen any issues in performance what so ever? In fact, our desktops and laptops are surprisingly MUCH faster with Windows 8. We've been thoroughly enjoying it. And those complaining about the metro interface, you barely even have to use it, so I'm not sure what the issue is. It's just like the Start Menu, you type for quick access to your apps and settings.

Both applications have had the exact same changelog for nearly all of their past updates - Microsoft don't write new ones for each update, they just leave it the same. It's irrelevant at this point.

~Johnny said,
Both applications have had the exact same changelog for nearly all of their past updates - Microsoft don't write new ones for each update, they just leave it the same. It's irrelevant at this point.

Exactly! The change log is pretty old and hasn't changed since the last update in December. So, the updates maybe other than those as these features were updated in the last update.

Yeah seriously whoopdy doo. How about create a killer Metro app people actually want to use rather than rehashed website-in-an-app crap.. Microsoft better get busy since major third party devs seem to be sitting Metro development out.

Darrah Ford said,
Yeah seriously whoopdy doo. How about create a killer Metro app people actually want to use rather than rehashed website-in-an-app crap.. Microsoft better get busy since major third party devs seem to be sitting Metro development out.

Wow, troll much? It's much faster (even on a desktop) to just look at the live tile or open the app, then have to go to each individual news site to see specific news. These apps are very useful and beautiful. I use them everyday, many times a day, and I'm sure lots of others do too and the live tile updates are awesome too.

Darrah Ford said,
Yeah seriously whoopdy doo. How about create a killer Metro app people actually want to use rather than rehashed website-in-an-app crap.. Microsoft better get busy since major third party devs seem to be sitting Metro development out.

Even if you DO NOT get the concept of why even a basic Web App has added functionality on Windows 8, don't assume the rest of the world is just as ignorant.

(Simple example: Start Typing (which starts a search) then click on Amazon app, Newegg App, EBay App, and Bing App - you have just searched the online content provided by these stores by typing in your search once and clicking 4 times.)