Back in October, Microsoft released a number of Bing apps for the Windows 8 platform, including News, Finance, Weather, Sports, Maps and Travel that were supposedly aimed at providing “immersive vertical experiences”. Six months after, Microsoft has announced a line of updates for the apps. Users can update the apps via Windows store and selecting the updates notifications.
Microsoft has updated each app with a number of new features and improvements. For News, users can now customize the app to keep tabs on specific story categories, topics or news sources. Support for RSS feeds and offline reading has been added.
The Bing Maps app now has improved walking and transit directions. It also has the ability to pin/favourite destinations which you visit frequently on the desktop. There's also up-to-the minute traffic incidents notifications including construction and accidents.
The Finance app gets a refreshed watchlist, interactive charts and real time US stock updates.
The updated Travel app has additional travel content from Lonely Planet, Frommer's and Fodor's. The update also has larger photos and 3D panoramas. Users can book flights and hotels directly within the app filtering by price, amenities and others.
For Weather, the updated app shows dynamic animated maps. There's also an option to choose by cloud cover, temperature, and others.