Microsoft updates News, Finance, Travel and more for Windows 8

If you use a Windows 8 or Windows RT computer, you might have noticed that several of the Bing apps pre-loaded on those devices have new updates to download through the Windows Store.

The News app in Windows 8 has added stories from some new content partners in this update, along with some performance improvements. People who access the app via a mouse and keyboard should also see some improvements in that area. The Weather Windows 8 app has added a way to view forecasts for the next 10 days, hour by hour, along with adding the sunrise and sunset times for cities, some updates to historical weather information and performance improvements.

The Bing Finance app for Windows 8 got an update that added some additional news sources as well as some more stock exchanges, along with performance and navigation improvements. The Sports app has also added some new content from additional sources, along with support for a number of pro soccer (or football) leagues.

Finally, the Travel app from Bing has been updated with added reviews and ratings from TripAdvisor, the ability to save flight and hotel searches, links to information from the Finance and Weather apps and more.

Source: Windows Store | Image via Microsoft

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Removed Bugdows 8 and UglyOffice 2013, upgraded back to Windows 7 and Office 2007, second day, couldn't be happier.
Note: The 23 inch touch screen still works with Windows 7 way better than Windows 8

The store now does have a "What's New" tile on the front page. It's a green one, right under the two previous tiles which were for "Top Paid" and "Top Free" apps. It's been added under each section.

There's actually release notes, you just need to select each app individually from the update screen and click "View details". It'll take you to the store page and that shows what's new in the release if the app developer has released them.

Horrible way to get to release notes, they really need to improve that a lot in the future.

Yes the Mail and Music app do suck a lot.

But I have a more pressing problem at hand as I am a big consumer of news. My problem is that I am not from the US and for me, most of the RSS links open as a webpage in the Bing news app itself(With the sides chopped off). This is very unappealing, pure ugly and defeats the purpose of the News App.

Is there a remedy for this? I would like all the links open in the news app and reformatted for better readability.

Holy crap... The ad is now in the MIDDLE (at least on weather).
It used to be at the end.

They're inching their way, update by update, to making ads more in-your-face.

PUC_Snakeman said,
Holy crap... The ad is now in the MIDDLE (at least on weather).
It used to be at the end.

They're inching their way, update by update, to making ads more in-your-face.

Ya, it's annoying. Go to charm while in the app and please submit negative feedback around this. I just did.

Good call. I submitted 3 bad feedbacks on that app alone. 1) Dislike ads. 2) While in feedback window and typing text, if use left arrowkey or right arrowkey to reposition cursor, window loses focus. 3) When going back into the window, it remembers your text, but doesn't remember that you were on the "Dislike" tab. Fails on so many levels, had to submit bad feedback on the bad feedback submission process loll

This is why I always update iOS, WP, and W8/RT apps with an account I rely don't give a **** about. At the moment I have 12 apps on my Surface that I refuse to update because of changes that either added ads or removed functionality.

I like the way iOS handles app updates -- old apps are move to the trash as the the updates are installed. If you don't like the update, it is very easy to delete it and reuse the old version.

Amazing, that we live in a time where incredible feats of technology and engineering are so commonplace that we don't even feel the need to compensate the people bringing us this much needed and desirable information.

Do you know ho the temperature gets there on your screen? Do you know how they decide whether to put a little sun or a storm cloud? You can get an accurate prediction for the temperature in a city half way around the world ten days from now. You can get updates to rain and temperature conditions at 15 minute intervals. You can know a week in advance whether a hurricane will be blowing down your house, and whether you should get out of the way. And yet you will not tolerate the mere possibility that you might have to glance at an advertisement to compensate the hundreds of people working to bring you this information?

Here's a tip for you: Don't like ads? Pay for an app to bring you weather updates. Otherwise, enjoy your ad-supported app that you paid $0.00 for and stop complaining. Somebody has to pay the meteorologists, statisticians, engineers, climatologists, etc. working to bring you weather predictions, and I don't know why you feel like you should be exempt and get all this information for nothing.

ModernMech said,
Amazing, that we live in a time where incredible feats of technology and engineering are so commonplace that we don't even feel the need to compensate the people bringing us this much needed and desirable information.

Do you know ho the temperature gets there on your screen? Do you know how they decide whether to put a little sun or a storm cloud? You can get an accurate prediction for the temperature in a city half way around the world ten days from now. You can get updates to rain and temperature conditions at 15 minute intervals. You can know a week in advance whether a hurricane will be blowing down your house, and whether you should get out of the way. And yet you will not tolerate the mere possibility that you might have to glance at an advertisement to compensate the hundreds of people working to bring you this information?

Here's a tip for you: Don't like ads? Pay for an app to bring you weather updates. Otherwise, enjoy your ad-supported app that you paid $0.00 for and stop complaining. Somebody has to pay the meteorologists, statisticians, engineers, climatologists, etc. working to bring you weather predictions, and I don't know why you feel like you should be exempt and get all this information for nothing.

They're not asking for handouts.

The line of thinking is that they paid for the OS, with the applications came bundled with it. And therefore in their mind, they paid for the apps too, since it's all grouped as one package.

I take no stance on that logic, but that's what they think.

Kyang said,

They're not asking for handouts.

The line of thinking is that they paid for the OS, with the applications came bundled with it. And therefore in their mind, they paid for the apps too, since it's all grouped as one package.

I take no stance on that logic, but that's what they think.

True. But complaining about ads in the Music app? That pays for the free music streaming. Complaining about ads in the Weather apps? Eh, it's really not much better than a placeholder. Just download a proper weather app.

ModernMech said,
Amazing, that we live in a time where incredible feats of technology and engineering are so commonplace that we don't even feel the need to compensate the people bringing us this much needed and desirable information.

Do you know ho the temperature gets there on your screen? Do you know how they decide whether to put a little sun or a storm cloud? You can get an accurate prediction for the temperature in a city half way around the world ten days from now. You can get updates to rain and temperature conditions at 15 minute intervals. You can know a week in advance whether a hurricane will be blowing down your house, and whether you should get out of the way. And yet you will not tolerate the mere possibility that you might have to glance at an advertisement to compensate the hundreds of people working to bring you this information?

Here's a tip for you: Don't like ads? Pay for an app to bring you weather updates. Otherwise, enjoy your ad-supported app that you paid $0.00 for and stop complaining. Somebody has to pay the meteorologists, statisticians, engineers, climatologists, etc. working to bring you weather predictions, and I don't know why you feel like you should be exempt and get all this information for nothing.

Thats the biggest load of BS i've read on here all week, and thats saying something.

And MS certainly dont have hundreds of devs working on each of these apps. They don't even have anything to do with the weather data. They get all this info from 3rd parties which is easy to implement in to an app, and is often freely available data. You don't seem to know anything about anything. You talk as if this is some massive accomplishment to make a basic weather app.

And people PAY for Windows. If i PAY for something i don't expect to have ads within the included software. If i wanted some cheap B-grade ad-riddled OS i'd use something made by Google.

Edited by 1Pixel, Dec 15 2012, 11:07am :

1Pixel said,

And MS certainly dont have hundreds of devs working on each of these apps.... They get all this info from 3rd parties which is easy to implement in to an app, and is often freely available data.

I didn't say there were hundreds involved in making the app. I said there are hundreds involved in bringing you the data. Reading comprehension is key. There are hundreds of people involved in the chain of events that get the weather data to your screen. Microsoft does not get this data for free. They have to pay someone for this data, and those people have to pay scientists, engineers, statisticians, etc. who design satellites, interpret data, and make predictions to bring you the data.

You seriously think this data is free? You think the evening news gets their weather data for free? You think the weather channel is paying nothing to bring you weather data? Where exactly do you think this data comes from? How do you think the people who generate this data gets paid? Companies like Microsoft PAY to use this data. Take a look in the about section of the Weather app. Microsoft is paying 7 separate companies to bring you the data in the app. You cost? $0.00 + the inclusion of one single static image ad. which sits beyond the current forecast data.

1Pixel said,

And people PAY for Windows. If i PAY for something i don't expect to have ads within the included software. If i wanted some cheap B-grade ad-riddled OS i'd use something made by Google.

Yeah, you paid for an OS and you got an OS, completely ad free. However, your OS came with applications, which you did not pay for, and which you have no obligation to use, and for which there are myriad replacements. The inclusion of these apps with advertisements also factors in to the final price you ended up paying for your computer/OS. Would you be willing to pay $10, $20, or $50 more if they didn't include apps that take literally 10 seconds to uninstall?

All I'm hearing from you and those of similar mindset is self righteous cries of entitlement.

TheCyberKnight said,
Many of the "new" features described in this article were already present in the current apps.

Article is a bit dated on here, nothing new there....

KSib said,
Why are Microsoft Windows 8 apps so bad? Those should be the most polished to pave the way for others

Because they're made from scratch and brand new I'd say. Does anyone remember what WMP v1.0 was like?

yes, of course, but keep in mind microsoft only dares to deliver such lousy apps because of their monopoly status in the desktop market. any other company, less huge, delivering such lousy apps would just be forgotten.

i do enjoy windows 8, but im very disappointed in their apps quality. shameful for such a powerful company.

They also added a help menu to each of these apps. I have to say it's pretty useful too and hopefully will catch on with developers.

Lagrik said,
Wonder when they're going to make the Music App not suck.

Not only is that app lame, but since I transferred my music to a NAS, the music app became downright shameful.

OFF TOPIC (Even though it's kind of on topic)
Same goes for the music app on WP8, why does that thinh suck so hard ? Which tags does it read ? My music is perfectly tagged in Zune and is one jumbled mess when I transfer it to my phone !

completely forgot about how that music & video app sucks, their lack of support for NAS was acceptable but annoying in windows 7 but really **** and outdated in windows 8...

Agree it is a great app, but for some reason it won't find my music (though it used to, but that's separate issue).
The default music app should read the music fine, but it isn't, which is a big fail. Though to be fair I've always had trouble with Windows Media Player reading the music that other programs (including WIndows Explorer) that could see the album art, etc.

MacD@ddy said,
Get the app "Music Info" from the Windows Store. It is everything the Music app should be. Costs $1.49, but worth every penny.

Use iTUNES or FOOBAR, both free. Both superior to any app on the Windows 8 store when it comes to playing my music.

That's actually the only app I really care about at the moment lets hope the reason its taken so long is because they are going to actually make it good!

Relativity_17 said,
And the Mail app...

And the App App!

Jokes apart all the applications still need lot of work, even the weather one doesn't look anywhere as good as the third party alternatives.