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Bing Wallpaper app pops up in Microsoft Store, but it doesn't work just yet

Bing Wallpaper
Bing Wallpaper (Image credit: Daniel Rubino/Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • A Bing Wallpaper app from Microsoft now appears in the Microsoft Store.
  • The app currently seems to crash at launch.
  • Microsoft has another official app for Bing Wallpaper, but it's not available through the Microsoft Store.

The Microsoft Store now has an official Bing Wallpaper app from Microsoft, but it appears to be broken at the moment. The app was spotted and shared by Aggiornamenti Lumia on Twitter. The app appears to install onto Windows 10 PCs, but after being installed, it seems to crash. You can grab it from the Microsoft Store to see if you have better luck with it.

"Explore the world one photo at a time - Bring your desktop to life with a new background each day when you download Bing Wallpaper," says the app's description.

Aggiornamenti Lumia points out that the app doesn't work yet. I managed to download it, but it crashes at launch, which appears to line up with what Aggiornamenti Lumia has seen.

It's worth noting that Microsoft already has a way to download an official Bing Wallpaper app; it just isn't available through the Microsoft Store. The Bing Wallpaper app (opens in new tab) launched last April, and appears to work identically to the description of this new Bing Wallpaper app. The apps even use the same art as examples.

There's a good chance that these are the same app packaged in different ways. We'll have to see when the one available through the Microsoft Store starts to work.

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com.

11 Comments
  • Oh my god, I'm gonna sit down because I feel I'm fainting. After all these years, they're finally putting out this app???? This must be the arrival of The Future! Jokes aside, come on, this has been part not only of Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile, but also you can do it with the Microsoft Launcher. I can't believe it took all this time for them to release it for PC. And I can totally believe that it's taking them a lot of time to do it right because you know, Microsoft.
  • Yeah, they already have Spotlight built-in for the lockscreen, so it's odd that this is not already an option.
  • You could get the 'Bing' app for a long time, which included the daily wallpaper feature. This just moves it to a 'store' app.
  • Yeah, but that's huge! It's felt like Microsoft abandoned the Store for the last few years so it's nice to see them finally putting their apps there again.
  • Agreed. Minor app, but good to see MS using the Microsoft Store. Now, if they could just put Teams in the Store...
  • It's 2021. I want to install store apps. no need to explain why.
  • I will resist the temptation to call it, "Microsoft Bing Wallpaper".
  • Few months from now it will be rebranded to "Windows Wallpaper" only to be changed to "Microsoft Wallpaper" then back to "Bing Wallpaper" for good measure.
  • Microsoft Wallpaper 365 (more words to meet the minimum)
  • The App changes the picture each day, but the controls don't display. It would be nice to be able to use the controls they show on the web page where they have the download link. I tried uninstalling it and reinstalling and it made no difference. What am I missing?
  • This is stupid. Bing Wallpaper can't be installed in S mode because it's not a Store app. I can set Bing wallpaper on Android using the Microsoft Launcher but I can't on their own platform?!?!? I wonder why S mode is considered a failure? Oh that's right, because Microsoft doesn't know what cohesion or ecosystem means.