Redmond sure has a thing going with its Bing lineup of Metro apps on Windows 8. The software titan continuously updates these applications with new features and performance enhancements.
Constantly popular, they are a downright integral component of the Windows 8 experience.
And on Wednesday, the software titan announced that it is putting these apps in the people’s hands by bringing them to Windows Phone 8 devices. Four apps are now available on the company’s mobile platform — Bing News, Sports, Finance and Weather.
Steve Chang, Bing program manager said that these mobile apps were designed to help Windows Phone users to easily stay on top of everything that is happening around the world. With Bing News, for instance, users can find out the latest headlines, watch videos of breaking news, and more.
In a blog post, Chang explained:
“We’ve partnered with leading editorial and news agencies including Associated Press, Reuters, Gizmodo, The Guardian and more, including local and regional sources from around the world, so you can choose which sources you’re most interested in—all in one app.”
The apps support Live Tiles on Windows Phone allowing users to see the latest happenings at a glance straight from their home screens. Favorite items can also be pinned to the Start screen.
Bing Sports allows users to stay informed on the sports and teams they are most interested in following. It offers latest scores, top sports headlines, videos, photos and schedules from a variety of sports, including popular ones like soccer, football, baseball, cricket, tennis, hockey and more.
Users can also keep tabs on the financial market using the Bing Finance app, which also includes features like financial news, market information, currency conversion, US stock updates, etc.
And finally, the Bing Weather app offers details on current weather conditions around the globe, from temperature, precipitation and wind. The app dynamically updates its Live Tile on the Start screen based on the user’s current location.
All four apps can be downloaded from the Windows Phone Store.