The Windows 8 Consumer Preview released with three Bing-powered apps: “Finance, Weather, and Maps.” Each Bing app was designed for touch devices and offers mouse and keyboard functionality.
“A key focus for Bing is helping people get things done more quickly and these visually organized, intuitive and dynamic apps do just that,” said bing. Like the other apps that come with the Consumer Preview, the Bing apps are included, although nothing has been said about what or how either Microsoft or 3rd party apps will be included in the final versions of Windows 8 as of Consumer Preview, expected to be released this holiday season.
The Weather app offers a visually beautiful preview of current weather conditions, helping you prepare for the latest conditions with hourly, daily and 10-day forecasts. Designed for Windows 8 and featuring rich, engaging weather images, the Weather app makes the content you care about available at your fingertips or via the click of the mouse.
The Finance app provides a quick overview of key market indices via a live tile and helps you stay on top of fast-changing market conditions, so you can make more informed financial decisions. Swipe or scroll through colorful charts for a quick read of the day’s events. Rich graphics also help you find the latest mortgage, auto and credit card rates.
And, finally, the Maps app makes it easy to find the places you’re looking for and helps you get there faster. Quickly pinpoint the locations you care about, get directions, see traffic conditions and more– all with a few swipes or clicks.