New Bing Apps Arrive With Windows 8.1 Preview, Bing Maps Updated

It goes without saying that Microsoft’s search service, Bing, is deeply rooted into Windows 8.1. And along with search features, the software titan also offers engaging new apps under the Bing banner.

Windows 8 offers proof of how Bing is at the very heart of the platform — it launched with six Bing apps last year, including News, Finance, Weather, Sports, Maps and Travel.  And most of these have received multiple updates since then.

And now, with the launch of Windows 8.1 Preview, Redmond has unveiled two new additions to the Bing apps family. The new apps are Food & Drink and Health & Fitness.

The official Bing blog has all the juicy details on these apps.

Microsoft has also updated the Bing Maps app, adding the Local Scout feature that was previously made for Windows Phone. This allows users the ability to quickly and easily find local places to eat, shop, park, bank and more.

And not just that it also offers recommendations via Facebook, along with options to check the weather, book a table at a restaurant right within the Metro UI.

Of the two new apps, the Bing Food & Drink app offers tons of recipes, a wine encyclopedia along with food culture tips. And as rumored, the app can be accessed via motion gestures if the Windows 8.1 PC comes with a webcam.

And finally, the Health & Fitness app offers trackers for users to check their health and exercise statistics, information on food nutrition, even tutorials on how to exercise properly. It also comes with a Symptom Checker and 3D maps of the human body that server as reference guides.

The apps are available to those that have installed the preview version of Windows 8.1, and should be further refined by the time the final version of the operating system hits availability.

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