Microsoft has updated the Bing apps for its Windows 8 operating system. Affected apps include Bing News, Maps, Finance, Travel, and Sports apps. Most of the updates add extra functionality, while a few make current features easier for users to access.
Changes to the News app include an option allowing users to select the different news categories that appear in the app, as well as the option to select a specific source or RSS feed to appear on the users 'Featured sources' list. The app bar has also been modified to allow easier access to a number of features of the program. The Maps app has also been updated to allow users to find local businesses such as restaurants, hotels and banks. The update also adds integration to the People app, allowing users to find the location of their contacts.
A new addition to the Finance app is the addition of a 'Tools' menu, which features a number of utilities designed to assist users in the planning of their financial life such as a mortgage calculator, a currency converter and a number of others. Like the news app, the Finance app bar has been modified to allow users to easily access news from financial sources, as well as a number of other minor changes. Finally, the Travel and Sports apps have had minor modifications to their app bar, such as options to specify travel news sources in the Travel app, and sports news sources in the Sports app.
These updates are available for install directly through the Windows Store for Windows 8 and Windows RT.