Windows Phone 8 adds Bing News, Sports, Weather and Finance apps

In 2012, Microsoft launched several in-house apps for Windows 8, including a number from the Bing apps team. Today, the company revealed that it has expanded its platform reach with the release of four apps for the Windows Phone 8 OS in an unspecified number of countries.

In a post on the Windows Phone blog, Microsoft said that the apps are adaptations of the News, Weather, Sports and Finance apps that were released for Windows 8. All of the apps are Windows Phone 8 exclusives; there's no word if Microsoft will also release versions for Windows 7.5 or 7.8.

The News and Sports apps offer stories, photos and videos collected from a variety of media sources. The News app offers a way to pin a favorite news source on the app's Live Tile for quick access to headlines, while the Sports app offers the same for a user's favorite sports team.

The Weather app gives out current conditions for a user's location as well as any other part of the world, plus the Live Tile part of the app dynamically updates with the latest weather information. It also offers forecasts for the next several days.

Finally, the Finance app keeps track of the financial news and markets, while also allowing users to pin their favorite stocks on the Start screen to keep track of the trading ups and downs. 

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The bing news and weather apps have replaced news and weather i already had, they are amazingly well put together.

when the news of this first went out it was US only, im in the uk and have it now.

for everyone who was complaining they don't have it yet check now.

oh and the wells fargo app person, it got released yesterday.

Great! These apps are very nice on Windows 8, and they translate very nicely on Windows Phone 8 as well. My only criticism at this stage is the cloud synchronisation of settings does not work across platforms. I am disappointed to find that after I installed the apps, Bing News, Weather & Finance, that my news sources had to be added again from scratch, all my weather locations are missing and my watched stocks are all gone.

I realise this is an initial release, and this is most certainly better than nothing, but Microsoft, please add the cloud synchronisation support so that my Windows 8 app settings roam across to my Windows Phone 8 equivalent apps, and vice-versa. This would be very cool and help to show off the power of your ecosystem nicely.

It also appears as though these are based off older revisions of the apps, because Bing Finance for example is missing all the financial calculators that were added in recent revisions.

as147 said,
Windows phone website says "This app is no longer published"

"Microsoft you have a problem"!

Yeah I cant download this crap either.

For me, the main thing missing is a notifications center and a way to set individual sound levels. Support for .mkv files would be great also

I have a yellow Lumia 920

Shame that they appear to be using the Windows 8 colours and not WP8's accent colours for the tiles. Other than that, it's cool to see these apps on WP8.

I'd definitely be all over the Sports app (on both Win8 and WP8) if they made the "favourite teams" feature work for non-US, non-football/soccer and non-team based sports as well.

Fourjays said,
Shame that they appear to be using the Windows 8 colours and not WP8's accent colours for the tiles. Other than that, it's cool to see these apps on WP8.

I'd definitely be all over the Sports app (on both Win8 and WP8) if they made the "favourite teams" feature work for non-US, non-football/soccer and non-team based sports as well.


I kind of like that they're using respective colors. Only a few Windows Phone apps even use theme colors for tiles anyway, so it makes everything look weird regardless.

ahinson said,
I'm in the US and I can't download them either. Shows as no longer published. They still might show up in the UK.

Sounds like some glitch, they'll work it out.

GP007 said,

Sounds like some glitch, they'll work it out.


They are available now, we at least in the US, and they are very well made.
Only complaint I have, but it seems to be the norm with MS apps, the tiles have their own colours and there is no way to make them use the theme one; other than that again great apps.

I think Microsoft is moving faster than before with their OS, Phone but I feel they are lacking in their software for those platforms. Their core apps have minimal functionality and are not getting big updates. Plus there are few core apps. Just think how much better their platforms could be if their core apps were feature packed and they had many core apps. Their devices would sell a lot better.

CygnusOrion said,
How many core apps does iOS have?

Personally I do not know... and I do not care, I have a Lumia 920 and the capabilities of my device as well as what is available for it is what I am interested about.
It is the same, for example, as my house: I care about what I need and what I have, what my neighbor has it is his business not mine.
I am interested

Fritzly said,

Personally I do not know... and I do not care, I have a Lumia 920 and the capabilities of my device as well as what is available for it is what I am interested about.
It is the same, for example, as my house: I care about what I need and what I have, what my neighbor has it is his business not mine.
I am interested

Good thing the core apps situation isn't as big of a problem for Lumia owners cause Nokia supplies some of the best apps available on cell phones.

Shadowzz said,

Good thing the core apps situation isn't as big of a problem for Lumia owners cause Nokia supplies some of the best apps available on cell phones.

One of the app I miss is a Well Fargo bank app; I heard that "it is in the work" although this means everything and nothing...
What I would like to see improved sooner than later are some of the OS core apps but their development depends on MS, neither Nokia nor other developers can fix it.

True, I have the HERE apps installed on my ATIV S and apart from HERE Transit missing some of the bus stops around me it's very good.

Yeah, my bank only recently released an app for WP8. Just 2-3 weeks ago or something
I'm still acking for a few features (very BASIC MS, common!) in the Music app, messaging app or even Skype.
Or a search button that does more than websearches ~.~

I do not even know but like Fritzly said. It does not matter. A company does not compete to be equal. They strive to be better. If they do not then they will only win some of the business. Microsoft's apps are not well polished. I am a big Microsoft fan so it is not like I am an iOS or Android fan knocking on Microsoft. Their apps feel incomplete. Think of some of their desktop apps specially from the past. They were well polished and had lots of features or settings. You could do a lot and really use the app. Now think about some of the desktop apps. You are limited to what the app provides and there is not much. Want an example. Use your head and think about what drives you nuts or what you think would be nice when using one of their apps. They need to complete their existing apps.

Now if they really want to shine and stick out from the crowd then they would provide more apps and stop relying on 3rd parties. If they had a core app for just about anything you can think about and more then they would really add some value and that will attract people. It is simple. Invest and innovate and people will buy your product.

Here is an example. I use Outlook. I have emails that were removed from the mail server and put in a folder in Outlook which is on my local machine. I am willing to use Microsoft's mail app full time but I need to get those emails back to the server. I no longer have Outlook installed and the PST file sits there. There is no solution other than some manual work to get those emails off of there. Speaking of their mail app. It is great for checking emails. Other than that it sucks. It is not good for managing your emails. Their music app is alright for playing music but sucks at managing them. I can go on and on. I have a server in the house with all of my photos etc. When I go to change my profile picture I try to get to browse the pictures on the server. Wait. You can't. I can only browse my pictures on the local machine and the cloud. Opps. Guess they did not have a server at home so they never thought about that. I suppose I could map a network drive and then I might get it to work but I should not have to do that. The app should allow me to see network shares.