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Bing Apps for Windows Phone receive account sync, sharing in latest round of updates

Microsoft has updated its Bing suite of apps for Windows Phone 8 with further integration with its Account platform. Smartphone owners who utilise any of the Bing apps on their Windows Phone will be able to connect to their Microsoft Account and have data and personalisations synchronised across the board.


Users can finally share news articles in Bing News

What this means is users of said apps (Bing Finance, Bing Food & Drink, Bing News, Bing Sports, Bing Travel, Bing Health & Fitness,  and Bing Weather) will be able to synchronise their data and any customised settings across devices, like to their Windows 8 PC, Surface or other Windows Phones. This is similar to the setup in the Windows 8 counterparts where users can select to have data shared across devices (though there isn't the requirement to sign-in yet again).

In the settings area of each Bing app, you'll be able to connect and configure your Microsoft Account, as shown below.

Microsoft Account

As well as the above Microsoft Account options, the Bing team have added sharing options. That's a big deal, especially for News as many people want to share a article with friends or family. Now, they can hit Share and post to Social Networks, Email or Message. 

You can download the Microsoft suite of Windows Phone apps using the store links below:

Update: We should also mention that Bing Health & Fitness and Bing Food & Drink were also updated, having their 'beta' status removed. In addition, the Windows 8.1 app counterparts have updates today too, for account syncing. Head to the Windows Store > Settings > App Updates > Check for Updates to force it.

We've also bundled the QR codes, should you be on a PC:

QR: Bing Finance    QR: Bing Food

QR: Bing News    QR: Bing Sports

QR: Bing Travel   QR: Bing Weather

QR: health

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Bing Apps for Windows Phone receive account sync, sharing in latest round of updates

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Its useless pretty much, i tried sending it via email and it provides a little bit of the article followed by the requirement of a windows 8/WP 8 device to view the articles in full on the Bing News app only

Exactly. Who the hell designed this sharing functionality? Seems like something apple would pull. The only way to share is via email and then if you do get the email, you have to have windows 8 or win phone to open it. I don't know about you all, but I have lots of friends that don't use windows. This is really annoying.

It's weird. Some stories share with an http link, while others share with the app-specific link (bingnews://). I haven't figured out the logic behind which gets which but I think it's by news source (LA times, etc). Also, only some stories allow Messaging sharing

All that I have tried share with an http://www.bing.com/...... link in the email. But any links from Press Association don't work on my phone, even with Bing News installed!

Checking on my laptop, the Press Association links open up Bing News on Win 8.1, even though it's an http link.

I guess some sources must still redirect to a bingnews:// link

Bing weather has just replaced Amazing Weather HD for me. The tile has no options but defaults to Current Conditions with forecast daily high and low temps on one side and three day forecast on the other. AND the radar is higher res and animated.  Well done M$! Well done!

To be fair, predicting the weather in Denver is almost impossible. Don't like the weather wait 5 minutes ;-) I do agree it could use another source though.

Not for me. WeatherFlow is still supreme. The BingWeather Live Tile is too 'plain'.
I do notice it is more accurate with the city I'm in compared to WeatherFlow.
Times like this makes me want a Lumia 1520 (more screen space).

It would for me too, but I just want a lock screen background for Bing Weather! So I currently have a Bing live tile and lock screen is Amazing Weather

Ditto. AWHD+ has a better lock screen implementation (That can use the Bing daily image) so I keep it for that purpose alone.

It does not sync anything for me.... Or, in order to sync, it is mandatory to link botht he phone and the computer version to the Health Vault?

No, you only link it to Healthvault if you want to use that feature. All you should need to do is connect both of them to your Microsoft Account.

The Bing apps on my Surface have all just been updated too and now prompt to connect to my MS account when I first open them all. Calories have synced in the Fitness one and my news sources in News and Travel favourites... All great work. :)

as an iPhone user I am surprised that you couldnt already do this... Seems like sending an article to a friend would be the first thing someone would want to do when they read news articles.

 

Anyways, glad to see Micrsooft came out with that featrue now. It's like on Windows 8.1.

Ugh, my recipes in the bing food and drink app are still not synching.  I thought they would have fixed that by now :(

Shopping lists have been working for the last couple of weeks for me. Its been my new favorite since I can easily make a list on my computer from the recipes I pick on the PC. It even creates a handy checklist too.

Was just wanting this; after I download Bing finance and started to update my watch list to be the same as my W8 devices. Glad my news topics are synced now as well.

Yeah, I just swapped to WP8 from 7.8 and I was hoping this was already in place. Now all I'm waiting for is sync across Internet Explorer, I can come from my surface to my desktop and pick up my open tabs this should be true for my phone too. Also single signon for all Microsoft logins would be awesome!

Finally ... just boring that to activate and login you have to enter for every app your account credentials, hope you'll not need anymore in WP 8.1, login automatically with your MS account connected to your device

Yeah I believe in WP8.1 it's integrated. I think one of the many bullet lists shows MS account sync across apps that use it.

Can I add custom news sources to Bing News yet? If so, this news and that feature in place means I owe the Bing team a hug... I promised them on Twitter, lol.

Finally an option to choose your country/region! I have been waiting for this for so long. I have currently set my region to the USA, because things like scout and barcode scanner from search button don't work in India for some reason. At the same time, it was a pain in the behind when Bing news changed it to the US automatically and started showing me what's going on there.

Bing News now crashes on my phone when I'm trying to view the Sources (loads) or the Topics (doesn't load) sections. I even tried reinstalling. Is anyone else having this problem?

I managed to fix it by manually deleting EVERY source and topic through the Windows 8.1 app. Then I reinstalled the app on the phone and reconnected the Microsoft account and everything is fine.

Bing Finance has info relevant to Romania but Bing News does not have any news source. Malta, a country with a population of 400,000 people has 3 (three) newspapers while Romania (~ 19,000,000 people) doesn't.

I guess the newspapers didn't submit subscription to this service..

 

What you saw on the app's page is the presence of Romanian localization (i.e. User Interface in Romanian language), not the core information relevant to the country.

One thing I don't get about the Bing apps is that you need to sign in to a ms account while the phone is already signed in to an ms account, you should not need to sign in at all, it should ask you what account you would like to use from the phone ms accounts.

Not only the WP 8 apps where updatet but also de Windows 8 apps. I think the functionality to sync with MS account is new there also!

Busyman96 said he solved it by deleting the topics and sources and re-adding them.  That makes sense, but the app should be smart enough to deal with existing topics.  I wouldn't be surprised to see another update tomorrow to fix this issue.

When I try to delete teh topics on my Surface 2, teh NEws app crashes....  Argh...... Does anyone test these things???
 

I deleted them on my desktop 8.1 PC and it worked, although I must say figuring out how to delete them was not as intuitive as it should've been.  I'm all for minimalist interfaces but if it sacrifices ease of use they've gone too far.

Kind of ridiculous.  On Windows Phone, we have Bing Finance, Bing Food & Drink, Bing Health & Fitness, Bing News, Bing Sports, Bing Travel, Bing Weather, and then Translator.  On Windows 8, it's Bing Translator, Bing Travel, Finance, Food & Drink, Health & Fitness, News, Sports, and Weather.  They're the same apps, developed by the same group, and yet there's this horrible mess of branding.

For that matter, on the Xbox, it's just Music, and just Video.  On Windows 8, it's just Music, and just Video.  But on Windows Phone, now it's Xbox Music and Xbox Video?  Seriously, you couldn't make this stuff up.  Is it too much to ask for consistency?

I don't understand why they don't have a clean little weather app for Xbox and Xbox One.   Just something simple.....

 

It depends on the news source. Los Angeles Times doesn't have social or messaging sharing and has app-specific links in the sharing options it does have. Other news providers allow messaging, email, and social with http links

I have updated all but Bing News is too buggy right now. Its crashing everytime I open it. MS please update as this was my favorite app and I'm regretting why I updated it. Others seem to be working well.

I love all the Bing apps, especially now with synicing between WP and my Surface 2 but I have one honest question.  How much revenue does Microsoft really make by placing adds within the Bing apps.  I really have a hard spot with that fact.   And while I'm here on the topic, I HATE seeing an ad on my Xbox One.    I realy question how much revenue they make from this? 

Since they're free apps you really can't complain about ads in them. And while ads in console dashboards aren't ideal they help subsidize maintenance, unless you'd like XboxLive to get another price hike

I love Bing apps!! And now finally we have the sharing option!! But not being able to share to a social network is weird though!

There are a few workarounds posted now, basically remove your topics by using the windows non-phone version and the phone will work.  You can add the topics back afterwards.

Hi everybody,

Im Having issues with Bing Sports on my Lumia 920, the app is like never connect thru internet, and says something like check your connection but the rest of the apps are working.

i tried to uninstall and install againt but is the same.

You can now finally pin individual stocks to the start screen in the "small tile" format and they change to red if the stock is down or green if up from the opening quote.