Microsoft have released a set of apps for Windows Phone that mirror some of the apps from Windows 8 and Windows RT. The apps have similar look and feel the Windows versions and include live tiles so you can see what is happening at a glance. Reading the details on the Windows Phone Blog I think the apps look great but when I tried to install them on my Windows Phone it said they were not available. At the moment it looks like they are US only (or it could be they are still rolling out on Microsoft servers), hopefully they will roll out soon so for now all we can read about the new apps on the Windows Phone Blog.

The news app has new headlines and videos of breaking news and can be customised by various sources:

Bing News

Want to keep tabs on what’s happening in the world? The Bing News app for Windows Phone has you covered. With the new app, you have one comprehensive experience to keep tabs on the latest headlines and videos of breaking news. And the app is customizable so you can track specific story categories, topics, or news sources that matter to you. You can even rearrange the headline clusters so that the news that matters most to you is at the top. Download it

The sports app lets you view recent scores, photos, headlines and stats for a range of sports:

Bing Sports

The Bing Sports app is your personal sports companion letting you stay on top of the sports and teams that you care about. You can swipe through to see recent scores, top sports headlines, videos, photos, schedules, standings, statistics and much more across most major sports, including soccer, football, baseball, cricket, racing, tennis, hockey, and basketball. Download it

The weather app has a live tile with the current weather and details weather forecasts:

Bing Weather

You can follow the weather with dynamic maps for your city or region in a number of categories including satellite, temperature, precipitation, cloud cover and radar. You can also drill down in to the daily weather conditions, explore historical data and view charts for temperature and precipitation.

You can pin the app to your Start screen for instant access to today’s conditions for your current location as well as your favorite cities. Once pinned, tap a location to get detailed information, including hourly and 10-day forecasts, along with monthly averages.

The finance app news, stock results and currency conversions:

Bing Finance

Keep tabs on the financial markets and gauge performance of your stocks at a glance with the Bing Finance app which includes financial news, market info, currency conversions, timely US stock updates and customizable interactive charts. Download it

They look like an impressive set of apps hopefully we can give them a try soon.

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