Microsoft's Bing team launches new series of Office 365 apps

Earlier this week, Microsoft officially launched Office 2013 and the new Office 365 Home Premium service. The new productivity software suite also supports downloads of apps via the Office Store and Microsoft said at the time there were over 200 apps available for users.

Today, the Bing team at Microsoft announced they were joining the Office apps party with no less than five free apps in the new Office Store. Microsoft said, "With Bing Apps for Office we are introducing ways for you to be more productive without having to leave the applications."

One of the apps is Bing Dictionary (English) which should be helpful for all Office applications. Microsoft states, "Aren’t sure of how to spell something? Simply enter words as they sound and Bing can suggest letters, words or phrases, optionally specified by part-of-speech." There's also Bing News Search for Office which allows users to search on the Internet for news and videos from within a Word document.

Bing Image Search for Office gives Word users a way to search for images on the Internet from inside a Word file by either selecting text in the document or typing in a phrase in the search box. Bing Maps for Office uses Excel to find locations on Microsoft's Bing Map. Microsoft says, "You can adjust the map view to road or birds eye. Imagine overlaying census data on a state map."

Finally, there's the Bing Finance for Office app, which apparently is still considered to be a beta version by Microsoft. Microsoft says of the Excel app, "You can input stock symbols and customize the fields you’d like to display by selecting from a wide range of data columns, including current price and news."

Source: Bing blog | Image via Microsoft

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These look amazing. I tried this out on my install, and the Bing Maps one in Excel is so useful! This is gonna be so useful and sexy for work.

Bleedorang3 said,
Bing apps for Office: Because web browsers are hard to use.

Because nothing says professional like when you write in your business proposal "OK, I know this really great graphic on a web site that shows live data, if you copy the link "http://www.website.com/graphic"; and paste it into your web browser, but don't use Opera because it doesn't support the CSS necessary, then it will show how my market will really grow so give me that loan" rather than running an app to embed live data into the document.

Bleedorang3 said,
Bing apps for Office: Because web browsers are hard to use.

If you don't understand something, to avoid looking foolish, don't comment on it.

Seriously...

When Firefox got a store so that you can purchase web apps like Twitter or Facebook to run in your web browser, that was a great idea that nobody else has thought of. But buy apps to integrate into and enhance documents - that is just stupid.

I guess this will stay a bad idea until Apple integrates a store into iWork or there is a store added to OO, then it will be an amazing advancement that betters humanity. Until then - so stupid.

JaredFrost said,
So programs are apps, and add-ons are apps? what else is an app? are new fonts apps?

Come on - Microsoft are only charging $100 PER YEAR for this software. The poor darlings need to make a bit extra by charging you to buy extra stuff from the embedded store!

dvb2000 said,

Come on - Microsoft are only charging $100 PER YEAR for this software. The poor darlings need to make a bit extra by charging you to buy extra stuff from the embedded store!

Bing Maps for Office- Free
Bing Finance for Office - Free
Bing News Search for Office - Free
Bing Dictionary for Office - Free
Bing Image Search for Office - Free

They sure are making a fortune from those free, ad free, services.

dvb2000 said,

Come on - Microsoft are only charging $100 PER YEAR for this software. The poor darlings need to make a bit extra by charging you to buy extra stuff from the embedded store!


$100 per year is actually pretty good depending on the additional benefits you get (more licenses, additional cloud storage space, free world Skype minutes, and streaming the apps anywhere). With these new Office apps, it just adds even more benefits. Again, it's not for everyone so that's why they still have the standalone suites available.

j2006 said,

$100 per year is actually pretty good depending on the additional benefits you get (more licenses, additional cloud storage space, free world Skype minutes, and streaming the apps anywhere). With these new Office apps, it just adds even more benefits. Again, it's not for everyone so that's why they still have the standalone suites available.

But it is not free, like Open Office/Open Libre is free. Being free makes it better, unless Microsoft gives it away for free, then it is an Antitrust violation.

JaredFrost said,
So programs are apps, and add-ons are apps? what else is an app? are new fonts apps?

So JaredFrost is crazy and insane? What else is JaredFrost?

Are you going to do this every time someone mentions any software that 'runs on Office'?

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/office/aa905496

Office is a full development platform that SOFTWARE can be written to RUN ON and interact with custom software solutions as well, since it is fully programmatic.

The lack of understanding this capability is just one reason other free 'office' software is not used in the REAL business/enterprise world. It is this ignorance about Office that will always give Microsoft the edge and goofs will stand back and continue to wonder why people aren't using the free/OSS versions of office suites.

nohone said,

But it is not free, like Open Office/Open Libre is free. Being free makes it better, unless Microsoft gives it away for free, then it is an Antitrust violation.


You can't compare Office/Office 365 with Open Office... they are no where on the same level. Open Office is more comparable with Office Web Apps (which is also Free)

j2006 said,

You can't compare Office/Office 365 with Open Office... they are no where on the same level. Open Office is more comparable with Office Web Apps (which is also Free)

But every time there is an article here on Neowin we get a flood of comments like "Open office is free, Office is not" or "Open Libre does not have all those pesky features like Office has, so it must be better" or the more recent "My eyes are bleeding with the white and it is too hard to open settings and change the theme to Dark Gray, but it is easier to get the source code to Open Office, modify and then recompile the sources myself if I want to change the colors" - so the free versions must be better.

thenetavenger said,

So JaredFrost is crazy and insane? What else is JaredFrost?

Are you going to do this every time someone mentions any software that 'runs on Office'?

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/office/aa905496

Office is a full development platform that SOFTWARE can be written to RUN ON and interact with custom software solutions as well, since it is fully programmatic.

The lack of understanding this capability is just one reason other free 'office' software is not used in the REAL business/enterprise world. It is this ignorance about Office that will always give Microsoft the edge and goofs will stand back and continue to wonder why people aren't using the free/OSS versions of office suites.

I fail to see how any of this is relating to my jab at the trend of calling everything an app these days, but go ahead and go into a rant, I enjoy a good rant like any other person.