The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro kick off this week. The games offer a wide range of sporting events that include golf, gymnastics, swimming, track and more. While many are planning on attending the games in Rio, millions more will enjoy the global competition from the comfort of home.
There are several great Windows 10 apps to help keep you up to date on all the medal-winning action. The Windows 10 Mobile versions of these apps are perfect to use while on the go and the PC versions can be enjoyed from the comfort of your living room.
There aren't many dedicated Summer Games apps for Windows 10, and that's okay. But there are several excellent general sports apps that will serve you well long after the closing ceremony in Rio — here are the best.
NBC Sports Live Extra
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NBC Sports Live Extra delivers thousands of live sporting events to your Windows 10 PC that air on the NBC, NBCSN and Golf Channel. The free app now includes a 2016 Olympic channel that delivers live content from the Rio Games.
The NBC Olympics channel is located in the main menu of the app and delivers a collection of featured videos on the games and hundreds of live streams of Olympic events.
There is a Windows 10 Mobile version of NBC Sports Live Extra, but it has yet to be updated to include the NBC Olympics channel. Also, please note that NBC Sports Live Extra is only available in the U.S. and certain U.S. territories.
Rio 2016 is the official Windows 10 Mobile app for the 2016 Summer Olympics and 2016 Paralympic Games. It offers the most up-to-date information on the Olympic torch relay as it approaches Rio, as well information on the Olympic venues, tickets, and general news stories on the Rio Olympics.
You can also find website links for Olympic resouces such as the Rio 2016 website, the Olympic Commitee website and the official Rio tourism guide. The free app also provides a good amount of information on each Olympic sport including the rules of the game and detailed venue information. All in all, Rio 2016 is a good app to supplement your daily sports source to give you a little insight on the 2016 Olympic games.
ESPN rules the roost when it comes to sports news and information, and the ESPN app is a solid choice to keep up with all the scores, standings and news from the wide world of sports — including the Olympics.
There is also the Watch ESPN app that delivers live streaming of events to your Windows 10 PC and Mobile devices, though only some Olympics events will be available to watch through it, and only on a region-by-region basis.
Both the ESPN app and Watch ESPN are free titles available for Windows 10 PC and Mobile.
What was once known as Bing Sports and then MSN Sports is now known simply as Sports. Available for Windows 10 PC and Mobile, Sports offers scores, standings and news stories from a host of sporting leagues such as the NFL, NBA, Major League Baseball, NCAA sports, and more.
The Microsoft-produced app was recently updated to include a section dedicated to the 2016 Summer Olympics. Here you can find news stories from Rio, scores from the games and schedules for upcoming events.
Sports is a solid, free Windows 10 app for keeping up with the world of sports from your PC and Mobile devices. The addition of the Rio 2016 games simply adds to the appeal of the app.
BBC Sport is the official Windows 10 Mobile app for the BBC and provides live sports news, stats, features and scores. The app offers comprehensive coverage for sports venues such as football (or "soccer", if you prefer), F1 racing, cricket, rugby, tennis, golf and now the 2016 Summer Olympics. The Rio 2016 section covers results, schedules, medal counts, videos and general news information from the Summer games. The Windows 10 Mobile app also breaks down the information sport by sport.
Keep in mind the free Windows 10 Mobile app is regionally restricted. If BBC Sport is available in your area, it is a solid mobile app to keep you in touch with all the action in Rio as well as with other sporting venues.
2016 Olympics is an unofficial Windows 10 app for the Rio Olympics and includes scores, schedules and news items for the 2016 games.
Available for Windows 10 Mobile, 2016 Olympics also includes video highlights and features, medal watches and athlete profiles. It is a rather comprehensive app, but can be glitchy at times with noticeable delays in launching features and unresponsive on-screen buttons. Also, there is an oddity in the Store listing.
While the app has its quirks, when 2016 Olympics is hitting on all cylinders it is a decent unofficial app for the Rio games. It is also one of the few dedicated Windows 10 apps for the Summer Olympics.
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George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.