Microsoft Details The Updates For Bing Suite Of Apps In Windows 8.1

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Microsoft released Bing Apps for Windows 8.0 including News, Finance, Weather, Sports, Maps and Travel last year and they released to two new members of the app family as part of Windows 8.1 Release Preview – Bing Food & Drink and Bing Health & Fitness. As Windows 8.1 was released to public yesterday, Bing team has updated all the Bing Apps and has also released the final versions of Bing Food & Drink and Bing Health & Fitness.

They detailed all the new changes and features in each of these app on their blog.

Bing Food & Drink: 

Bing Food and Drink

Learn from the Best

We think if you’re going to learn to cook, you should learn from the best. That’s why we’ve enlisted help from world renowned chefs including Tom Colicchio, Wolfgang Puck, Jacques Pepin, Joel Robuchon, Marcus Samuelsson and Vikas Khanna (just to name a few.) We work closely with them to let you explore their favorite recipes, instructional videos, cooking journals and even tour their restaurants with our exclusive 360-degree ‘Step-Inside’ panorama experience.

Master the Fundamentals

What’s the best way to fry an egg? How do you debone a chicken? What’s the best way to boil pasta? The culinary wizards at Rouxbe Cooking School have the answers. That’s why we’ve teamed together to provide you with instructional videos that give you a quick and easy way to master the fundamentals of great cooking. The short format videos can educate you on everything from how to julienne carrots, to kneading bread dough, to grilling fish.

Kitchen Safe

Messy hands and touchscreens are a recipe for disaster. That’s why we’ve introduced Hands-Free mode, which allows you to follow recipes step-by-step from your device without hassling with sticky fingers that may damage your computer. Now recipe pages can be advanced with a simple hand wave in front of the computer or tablet’s camera. If you don’t have a webcam, simply swipe left or click on the screen arrows to move through the recipe in a step-by-step instructional mode.

Customize with Quick and Easy Tools

Make cooking at home work for you by creating a weekly Meal Plan that can include recipes and drinks. Create and share your Shopping List with just a touch or a click from within a recipe. Start a Collection to keep track of recipes that have caught your eye, and add your own recipes to the app with a simple tool. Customize the app layout to fit with your preferences by rearranging the sections.

Find the Perfect Drink

With 1.5 million bottles of wine in the Wine section, there’s always something new to discover. Read the tasting notes and ratings to find what appeals to you. Alternately browse through hundreds of cocktails to find a mixed drink that works, complete with step-by-step instructions.

Bing Health And Fitness:

Bing Health and fitness

Get Healthy with a New Diet

With this release, we are expanding diet related information. Now you can find in-depth information on popular diets ranging from Paleo to Gluten Free, all within in a gorgeous panorama. Find the diet that best suits your needs and your lifestyle.

Nutrition Glossary and Panorama

Ever scratch your head wondering how to make sense of a food label? With the addition of the nutrient glossary, you have a one-stop-shop for nutrients and diet related topics. You can see daily dosage recommendations for your age and gender as well natural sources for a variety of nutrients.

Track Your Meals to Stay on Plan

Keeping a food journal helps you stay honest about what you’re actually eating so that you can make smarter decisions over time. It’s easy to search for a specific food, see its nutrition profile and exercise equivalencies, and add it to your Diet Tracker. All three Trackers – Diet, Exercise and Health – have been improved so that they’re easier to use.

Build Strength, Flexibility and Balance

With a thousand exercise and workout videos in the app, there’s always something to help you get moving. Explore beginner to advanced yoga poses, or choose a 5 to 30 minute long yoga workout with a focus on lower body toning, calm breathing, or improving flexibility. Pilates is another way to improve flexibility while also strengthening the core and developing balance. Choose a workout to do on the floor or with equipment, as well as individual exercises. Finally, build up muscle groups with strength training exercises and workouts.

Check Symptoms and Access Medical Reference

Check your symptoms with a Symptom Checker designed for touch. Learn about conditions and the drugs and procedures used to treat them. Explore the human body in 3D and read articles about medical and health issues in the Bing Health & Fitness app.

Read about other apps from the link below.

Source: Bing Blog



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