Bing Rolls Out Updates To Windows 8 Apps

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Microsoft announced that it is rolling out updates across its six Bing apps for Windows 8 (News, Finance, Weather, Sports, Maps Travel). The updates focus on personalization.

Users can now customize the Bing News app to keep track of specific story categories, topics or news sources. In what is likely a play to become your alternative to Google Reader, it also now supports RSS (and offline reading).

The Maps app now has improved driving, transit and walking directions and "up-to-the-minute" traffic incident notifications. This even includes construction. You can also save places as favorite or pin them to your start screen.

With the Finance app now includes an updated watch-list, real-time U.S. stock updates and customizable interactive charts.

The Sports app had added 29 sports leagues bringing the total to 65.

The Travel app has additional content from Lonely Planet, Frommer's and Fodor's.

The Weather app now has dynamically moving weather maps for cities and regions in satellite, temperature, precipitation, cloud cover and radar layers. Users can also get weather conditions for ski resorts in 24 countries.

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