Microsoft's Bing-powered Windows Phone apps will arrive on iOS and Android in the coming months

Microsoft's Bing-powered Windows Phone apps will arrive on iOS and Android in the coming months
While Microsoft's Bing-powered apps are exclusively available for Windows Phone devices at the moment, this might not be the case from a few months from now. The reason for this is that Redmond is about to release its portfolio of Bing apps – News, Weather, Travel, Finance, Sports, Health & Fitness, Food & Drink – for Android and iOS devices.

These will, however, land under a different name on said platforms – they will make use of Microsoft's own MSN moniker and will be known as MSN apps. They will, allegedly, come with almost the same Metro-style design that they sport on Windows Phone. There is no exact word on when these might arrive to Android and iOS - they will land sometime in the following months.

This will pave the way for a seamless user experience across many platforms, regardless if we are dealing with Windows Phone or iOS. As per Microsoft, each user will have to set up his own MSN preferences only once, and these will be immediately synced across the soon-to-be-released MSN apps on Android and iOS, as well as Cortana on Windows Phone and the Bing search engine. This will allow MSN users to check out the content they care about no matter which platform they access it through.

source: Microsoft via GeekWire

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26 Comments

1. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Good guy Microsoft .

2. uchihakurtz

Posts: 427; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Meanwhile at Google, still no plan to get YouTube on Windows Phone *grabs popcorn

5. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Well because MS is trying everything in its power to piss off Google. First the Scroogled campaign and then they made YT app which breached Google's Terms & Conditions by allowing users to download the video. Although I don't think they really need a YT app since they already have several YT app alternative in WP store.

9. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

The only reason google is not making apps for windows phone is that they don't want it's users to switch to Windows phone. They don't want to loose monopoly.

12. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

So how do you explain the apps made on iOS ?

15. hurrycanger

Posts: 1760; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Google loves Apple so much that it wants people to go to iOS.

17. TheCynicalTechie

Posts: 78; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Technically, Apple is not competition for Google. Microsoft on the other hand competes with Google for OEMs. Also, that "Scroogled" campaign is not reason enough to take a huge dump on their customers that use their services. Like "DogeShibe" said, they don't want to lose their monopoly. Years ago Apple was doing a similar campaign against Microsoft, yet you could still use Microsoft's services on Mac. Google is just being a big baby.

18. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

My point exactly. Thanks for elaborating :)

26. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

google is IOS follower but they dont want compitition from MS they all know how it ends

14. hurrycanger

Posts: 1760; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Once WP gets as popular as iOS and Android, Google will seriously make apps for WP. Google wants people to use its service. But it's like you said, Google doesn't want its users to move to WP. Google wanna keep its place, and with the amount of WP users out there at this time, Google can't big bucks from them anyway. Keeping its place seems more beneficial now. There seems to be more than one only reason. And just like your comment, mine is basically a conclusion from my own assumptions, with little to no facts to back me up.

19. muhsen

Posts: 281; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

Then MS recoded the YT app to comply with Google's terms & conditions, Google complained again, so MS tried to sit with Google to bring an official YT to WP, but Google kept mum about it. I love how people tell the part of the story they want to tell just to fabricate who's wrong and who's not.

21. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Because scroogle and youtube app came AFTER the google issues. MS had approached google for months before they launched their own youtube app. So no it was not because of those campaigns, perhaps it is just Google being 'd's', because even before all that they were accused of many things like blocking certain companies from their site etc. Not to mention the paid to play search/shop game.

3. mss1988

Posts: 41; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I like Bing weather very much. I'm glad it will come to Android.

7. Ketchapp

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 04, 2014

yahoo weather is much more accurate, doesn't drain battery either

13. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Yahoo weather is highly inaccurate. Its just pretty but far from accurate at least here in London.

20. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Yahoo Weather and Bing Weather are almost as good where I live accuracy wise (Yahoo maybe slightly better), but Yahoo Weather is dozen times prettier.

4. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Bing is like toxic waste. Nobody wants to use it. WP users still have to suffer from search button hard coded to use Bong.

8. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Google user here Is Bing really that bad? When I tried Bing it worked just fine, no complains

10. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

WP user here. I'll be honest, Bing is nowhere near google outside US.

11. CoastCity

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

Bing maps are more complete in street names in my area by 30%

22. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Funny, we use both bing and google here at work, two different tools launch defaults. When a customers address cannot be found, guess which company the tech team that gets in contact with the post office to update our tools uses? Bing, because bing maps actually shows updated streets oddly enough. I use it about 1-2 times a week for this research and so far bing has not failed to find the info. Outside the US? i dont know, i dont live outside the US. But i do know that for search, 99% of the time bing works, so much so that i have yet to pay for starbucks or xbox games for the points earned.

25. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3125; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Search button is Cortana genius. If you're going to trash WP, that's fine. At least have your facts straight so you don't come off looking like a total imbecile. Oops, too late.

6. AlikMalix unregistered

I use Bing when Google does not return the results I want... Specially for media...

24. mikaeldui

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 08, 2014

*Porn. Don't lie to yourself.

16. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Good stuff MS. Now Android and iOS users can enjoy the awesome Bing apps and the beautiful metro UI!

23. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

May be ios users.... Android users are in no need of Bing apps and metro UI.... We already have far superior ones...

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