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Foodies rejoice, as Bing Food & Drink is released for Windows Phone 8

Microsoft and Bing are on a streak, releasing their second app this week for Windows Phone and expanding their content. Today, Bing Food & Drink appeared on the Store with the ‘beta’ moniker in tow. The app is an extension of the already existing and highly popular Windows 8.1 version.

So what is Food & Drink? It’s a combo recipe/shopping list/news/cocktails/wines app, laid out in a gorgeous Modern UI with bold, eye catching photos. Basically if you’re a self-described ‘foodie’, this app is for you. Likewise, if you’re on a diet and trying to avoid temptation, this app is probably not for you—although if you use it for just recipes, maybe you can sneak it in.

Bing Food & Drink (Beta) 3.0

“The Bing Food & Drink app makes it easy to explore recipes, choose wine and cocktails, and learn how to make your next meal a taste-tempting success.  You’ll enjoy beautiful photos, easy to follow instructions and helpful tools such as a shopping list and collections.  Keep your shopping list synced across your devices. Share your recipes, shopping list or collections with family and friends. An indispensable companion, the Food & Drink app will have your kitchen sizzling.”

The app has the ability to Share built in, add to collection and even a Live Tile to boot. Just as cool, you can sign in with your Microsoft Account to sync across your collections to your Windows 8.1 app and vice versa. We really like that.

It’s great to not only see this gem of an app come over from Windows 8.1, but come over in style. The Bing team gets design and you’ll be challenged to not keep this on your phone. Even being able to customize recipes according to your diet needs e.g. low sodium, no wheat, raw, vegan, etc., is extremely helpful.

Bing Food & Drink is a killer app, so you should definitely give it a spin and show it off to your friends (it’s only available on Windows Phone so far).

Pick up Bing Food & Drink beta 3.0 here in the Store or scan the QR code below. (And don’t forget to check out Bing Travel, released earlier this week).

Update: Microsoft has passed on the following comments about this app, noting 

“We are testing a beta version of the Bing Food & Drink app for Windows Phone 8. The app will be available on a limited basis to undergo testing and experimentation to ensure the best possible user experience.”

Thanks, Mohamed A., for the tip

QR: Bing Food

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Foodies rejoice, as Bing Food & Drink is released for Windows Phone 8

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My food and drink app hasn't sync with my w8.1 app because it doesn't show my collection of recipes I have made!

Not cool!

None of the windows apps sync with wp8.1 version.

Edit : sync now. Help team said server issues. (but bing food doesn't do collections)

I think this app, alongside with the Travel beta, is a public beta but like the Facebook app you can't find it just searching.
Please someone can find the Health & Fitness beta link? I'm pretty sure that it is already in the Store. :)

Hey Daniel, did you see my tweet about doing a article about the best WP-exclusive apps??

While I hope this will be released for Windows Phone 8, I expect it to be launched with Windows Phone 8.1...

Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.

Great app such as Bing Travel beta or Bing weather, Bing apps currently one of the best looking and productive apps on WP8. Keep up the good job :)

Nice. I hope all these Bing apps don't discourage competing developers (allrecipes for this example) from updating, improving, or creating apps for the platform.

Downloaded and looks great however one imediate thing im disapointed at is that my collections doesn't sync from Windows 8, Thats kind of a big let down for the app.

Yep hopefully it's just overloaded at the moment, At least it can sync them. Only thing is, Should I really have to sign into my MS account to sync them, surely It should just take my MS account from my phone and automatically sign me in and sync.

Mine is synching, but not reliably. I have to shut apps down and restart them in order for the synching to work properly. OneNote seems to synch more in real time. Also, there is no refresh button on the phone app. If there were, then entries made on the Windows 8 app might synch when  I tap it.

I hope the Bing reading and Bing Health & Fitness apps make their way to Windows Phone 8 next. I've been really impressed with the Bing apps thus far.

This app is very pretty and useful. It's fully localized to Brazilian Portuguese. I'll try a recipe right now as its lunch time!

I love the collection syncing, nothing like setting up my recipes on my pc and having them available elsewhere. 

I love the synchronized grocery list. I used to use OneNote for this task, but the Food & Drink app is much more elegant. I create my list on my computer, it syncs to my phone, and I check off each item as I buy them in the store. You can even pin your lists to your start screen (on both your phone and Windows 8 computer) for easy access. Nice.

I still use OneNote for grocery lists since I can share it with my wife. I don't think you can do that with this app.

Honestly wouldn't be a bad idea. If iOS and Android users saw how good these apps are it would remove a lot of the negativity associated with Bing and would give them a positive outlook on MS products in general.

Looks nice, just seeing if it brings over stuff from bing food desktop version.

Update : does not sync settings from windows 8 desktop version

SERIOUSLY! When they started making these Bing Apps and I played with Health and Fitness it was clear that it was exactly the kind of fitness app I wanted. And just imagine, the ability to save your progress on both phone and tablet?! And it only makes perfect freaking sense on the phone!

I'm not much of a Bing search user but I do love their apps. I use the news and sports apps frequently and these news apps are just gorgeous to boot.

Not sure if I'm using the shopping list incorrectly but the live tile for it only counts how many lists you have made.....would be much more helpful if it counted unchecked items in all lists

Interesting apps, but my complaint goes to the name they choose for their apps in my native language (Portuguese), instead of "Bing Travel" or "Bing Food & Drink", we have "Viagens do Bing" or "Gastronomia do Bing". This makes the Bing apps to appear in multiple points of the menu, and its a little bit annoying.

I would preffer the name was "Bing Gastronomia" and "Bing Viagens" so all the Bing apps would appear toghether in the menu.

Only "Bing Finance" and "Bing Sports" appear as "Bing..." the others was "... Bing". Please change this Microsoft!

I wish this template was made the default panorama template for windows phone instead of the ugly, stupid, BIG-header template. It would make a developer's life much easier when trying to produce a good looking app.

This thing is beautiful. The devs at Microsoft need to put out a guide to "Making Apps With Style on Windows Phone". So well done. Thanks Dan for the article. My new slogan for great WP apps: Makes you proud to be, WP.