Microsoft update the News, Travel, Maps, Sport and Finance Windows 8/RT apps

Microsoft update the News, Travel, Maps, Sport and Finance Windows 8/RT apps

As well as the News app which was updated today Microsoft have also updated some of the apps that originally shipped with Windows 8 and Windows RT. The apps which are all Bing powered have have had lots of content added to them.

The Maps app has walking and public transport directions, Click to call and improved navigation. The Sport app has additional sports content, the Travel app gets “Nearby” and favourites features. The finance app introduces personal finance tools like loan calculators.

It’s good to see new features in the apps.

Maps:

Release notes

Key updates to this release of the Maps app include:
• Walking and public transport directions
• Find nearby by category
• Venue maps
• People picker to quickly find addresses from your contacts
• Personalise your maps experience with favourites
• Set My location
• Click to call
• Clickable landmarks
• Improved navigation
• Report a problem
• Note: Some updates may not be available in some markets

 

Sport:

Release notes

Key updates to this release of the Sport app include:
• In-depth coverage of NBA and Cricket live games
• Tennis (Coverage for WTA, ATP and Grand Slams)
• Cricket (One-Day and Test internationals)
• Rugby Leagues (Heineken Cup and Super Rugby)
• European Football Leagues (UEFA Champions League, 3.Bundesliga, Scottish Premier League, Scottish League 1, Scottish League 2, Scottish League 3, Irish Carnegie Premier Division, Austrian Bundesliga, Austrian Bundesliga 2, Russian Premier League, Denmark SAS-Ligaen, Swiss Super League, Greek Super League and Dutch Eerste Divisie)
• Asia-Pacific Football (Chinese Super League and J2.League)
• Middle-East and Africa Football (Saudi Arabia Pro League, United Arab Emirates Pro, Egyptian Premier League)
• Central and South American Football (Mexico First Division, Brasileirao Serie B, Brasileirao Serie C, Argentina National B Division)
• World Cup Qualifiers (Coverage for all regions)
• Nippon Pro Baseball
• Aggregated news and video panorama
• Note: Some features and enhancements may not be available in all markets

 

Travel

Release notes

Key updates to this release of the Travel app include:
• “Favourites” allow you to maintain lists of destinations, articles and hotels for trip planning.
• “Nearby” features to find destinations and hotels close to attractions, destinations or wherever you are.
• Hotel booking services available in more countries.
• New travel articles from Lonely Planet and Fodors.
• Easier price filtering on hotel and flight searches.
• See more content in portrait orientation and on high-resolution displays.

Finance:

Release notes

Key updates to this release of the Finance app include:
• Personal finance tools, such as car loan calculator, savings calculator, retirement planner and ROI calculator.
• Top personal finance articles
• Real-time quotes and charts for US stocks
• Updated Watchlist with list view, more information per ticker and ability to drag/drop/remove tickers
• Index details page enabled
• Additional EOD exchanges enabled
• Enabled OTC exchanges in US
• Content from additional partners
• Market chart on live tile
• Improved navigation
• Note: Some features and enhancements may not be available in all markets

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