By Stephen Schenck | August 7, 2013 1:11 PM
There may be ongoing efforts to draw more developers over to Windows Phone, helping increase both the selection and quality of available apps, but Microsoft isn’t just looking to third parties to deliver compelling apps. The company is very much keeping itself in the mix, and today announced its own latest series of WP8 apps, a collection of Bing-branded software to keep you on top of all things from the worlds of news, sports, finance, and weather.
Bing News pulls the latest stories from a collection of respected sources, gives users access to the latest videos of breaking news, and provides at-a-glance Live Tile news updates on your home screen.
Bing Sports offers scores, statistics, news, and media, covering athletics from around the world. You can easily configure it to focus just on the sports and teams that interest you, and customize the app’s look with a selection of themes.
Bing Finance isn’t for balancing your budget or anything, but instead keeping track of stock performance and business news. Like these other Bing apps, powerful Live Tiles can deliver condensed versions of just the key info your looking to keep on top of.
Finally, there’s Bing Weather, with all the standard stuff you’d expect from a weather app: forecasts, maps, and even historical data. All four apps are going live on the Windows Phone Store today.