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Bing brings Windows 8 app collection to mobile users on Windows Phone 8

Following last autumn's launch of a collection of Bing Apps for Windows 8, the search giant is rolling out the same options for mobile users.

News, Finance, Weather, and Sports are now available for Windows Phone users around the world (features and content may vary by country).

"The apps provide you with gorgeous, comprehensive, and customizable experiences powered by Bing that showcase world-class content from leading outlets," Steve Chang, Bing principal programme manager lead, said in a blog post.

Each app comes with its own special features, beginning with News, which provides users with the latest headlines and videos of breaking news, as well as customisable story categories, topics, and sources to choose what matters most to you.

Microsoft-powered Bing has partnered with the Associated Press, Reuters, Gizmodo, The Guardian, and other local and regional media outlets to bring a world of news options to everyone. Plus, Windows Phone's Live Tiles option turns stories into easily accessible at-a-glance tidbits.

Bing Sports provides a similar all-inclusive function for fans to follow the recent scores, top headlines, videos, photos, schedules, standings, statistics, and more from most major sporting events, including football, tennis, cricket and racing. Personalise the experience by tracking the leagues and teams you follow.

Bing Weather helps you stay a step ahead of Mother Nature with up-to-date current conditions, including temperature, precipitation and wind.

Pin the app to your Start screen for instant access to the day's conditions, and watch it dynamically update based on location.

Finally, the Finance application brings stock-watchers quick-hit financial market news, including market info, currency conversations, stock updates and customisable interactive charts. Users can also set up a watchlist to track stocks; tap one to get an overview of its performance, news about the company, stock statistics, and a company overview.

All four applications are available in the Windows Phone app store for free download.