Windows 8 Weather app updated to include interactive, dynamic map


Windows 8's Weather app now features an interactive and dynamically updated weather map.

Microsoft's Bing team updated its Weather app for Windows 8 and Windows RT late Sunday to include location and mapping improvements, among other new features.

Though the app's release notes appear outdated, a blog post by the Bing team indicates the primary improvement is an interactive weather map that is dynamically updated with moving weather patterns as they're monitored. The map includes satellite, temperature, precipitation, cloud cover and radar options. Additionally, the app now appears to feature improved location-setting features, as users will now see a "get started" option to add favorite places directly from the app's home screen.

The Weather app is the most recent Microsoft-developed Windows 8 app to receive a significant update or overhaul. Two weeks ago, the Bing team updated its other Windows 8 apps, including Finance, Maps, News, Sports and Travel. Late last month, separate Microsoft teams updated several first-party apps, including the Mail, Calendar, People, Xbox Music and Xbox Video apps.

Microsoft's Mail app update brought several highly requested features such as flagging options as well as folder creation and modification capabilities. Similarly, the Xbox Music app's update included several new features and an improved navigation system for on-device music libraries. The Xbox Video app's update wasn't as drastic, though the app now allows users to recover videos purchased on an Xbox 360.

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And guess what? That interactive map? Yes, that's right - it's US-only. Again! Come on, we have radar in Europe as well, you know...
Why can't Microsoft (and others!) just accept that there is a world outside the US?

Works fine in Europe - you can interact with the map all you want; pinch-zoom and pan to your heart's content. Doppler radar seems to be US only though, probably because of tornadoes in that region.

heimlich said,
Works fine in Europe - you can interact with the map all you want; pinch-zoom and pan to your heart's content. Doppler radar seems to be US only though, probably because of tornadoes in that region.

I checked all the regions. Temperature, Precipitation, Satellite, and Cloud are available everywhere.

Only Radar is limited to the US. (Only southern Canada seems to have coverage, which suggests that the radar sites are all in the US. Mexico shows nothing, even though there are parts of Mexico where it's raining today.)

I don't think it's because of tornadoes -- Europe has radar as well. Rather, I suspect it's a licensing issue. In the United States, licensing is trivial. There is a single National Weather Service for the whole country -- and their data is released into the public domain.

Edited by TomJones, Apr 29 2013, 4:25pm :

TomJones said,

In the United States, licensing is trivial. There is a single National Weather Service for the whole country -- and their data is released into the public domain.

Precisely.

Fail to see why anyone would need an "app" for weather?

I mean sheesh, just click to a weather site and check out the weather, unless maybe you're still on dial up. Otherwise, all these type crap apps are a waste of resources, time, space and just about anything else you can think of, IMO !!

cork1958 said,
Fail to see why anyone would need an "app" for weather?

I mean sheesh, just click to a weather site and check out the weather, unless maybe you're still on dial up. Otherwise, all these type crap apps are a waste of resources, time, space and just about anything else you can think of, IMO !!


With live tiles you don't have to click anything, you can see the weather in a glance. Also, an app doesn't need to use more resources than a site. Thirdly, instead of clicking a bookmarked URL you click an app, not much difference there. In fact, most users couldn't care less wether they are actually looking at a site or an app. The boundaries between both will fade more and more in the future, you not liking that will do nothing to stop that evolution

Generally speaking, app's are touch enabled, have live tiles, and lets you share content with other apps, or in case of images, video and sound, can stream that to your DLNA-enabled devices (developer decided). Apps can utilize the search contract to give users a defined search experience, using the Win+Q key-combo, or edit app-settings by using the Win+I key-combo (both accessible via the Charms menu). Knowlegde about basic app usage can be applied across apps in general, because it's integrated into the OS.

In case of the weather app, it's true you can find the same content on a number of websites, but the app gathers all that in a beautifully packaged and user friendly experience.

I agree that some apps are just repackaged websites, like blog reader apps for example. Lazy developers making apps that don't integrate with the OS (like search, settings or sharing) just don't do it for me, but I don't think the Weather app fits that description.

Edited by heimlich, Apr 29 2013, 12:25pm :

cork1958 said,
Fail to see why anyone would need an "app" for weather?

I mean sheesh, just click to a weather site and check out the weather, unless maybe you're still on dial up. Otherwise, all these type crap apps are a waste of resources, time, space and just about anything else you can think of, IMO !!

I for the most part don't see the need for an app for this that and everything else when it's all on the web. The app craze seems like going back to the pre-internet days when all we had were apps (I will admit they make a bit more sense on a phone with a tiny screen). So, oddly enough, the bing weather app is one of the very few apps I actually use on my Surface RT. Biggest reason: it runs in the background and displays the current temp and high/low for the day on the lock screen. I don't even have to login. That is quicker than opening chrome on my desktop (which is usually on) and going to weather.com.

Those people who are calling win 8 and metro/modern interface **** and dumb boring

are going to regret whatever are the saying right now pretty soon enough


windows 8 is future if not present

these apps are what is supposed to convince us that metro is a good idea. it's amazing they were released in such a state of crap

How to download it for IT Pro or something similiar like that? I live in Indonesia with slow and expensive internet connection. If I have 10 friends and 6 family member that all using Windows 8, how do I update the weather app for 16 PC with 1 download?

Absolutely! I've grown to hate Weather.com. it has become soooooo tacky lately. There must have been a big management switch there, because it's the official weather portal for the gullible and ignorant, now.

Skwerl said,
Absolutely! I've grown to hate Weather.com. it has become soooooo tacky lately. There must have been a big management switch there, because it's the official weather portal for the gullible and ignorant, now.

I used Weather.com for ten years. It got more and more cluttered every year.

I have not used Weather.com since Windows 8 came out. The weather app is much better. Plus, it displays forecasts from three different forecasters. So you can see where they agree and where they disagree.