Bing Desktop 1.3 Gets Weather Info, Other New Features
Article by George Norman
On 10 Jun 2013
Bing Desktop 1.3, the new version that was recently rolled out by Microsoft, comes with several new features, chief among them being a new weather app.

Redmond-based software giant Microsoft recently announced that its Bing Desktop application has been updated to version 1.3. The changes this new version brings to the table are based on feedback provided by the more than 10 million people who downloaded and installed Bing Desktop on their PCs. Microsoft took their feedback into consideration and updated Bing Desktop with the aim of making the user experiences more useful and convenient.

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Chief among the new features Bing Desktop 1.3 has to offer is a new weather app that provides real-time weather information for your location. And speaking about apps, the existing News and Facebook apps have been overhauled – they feature a new look and make it a lot easier to stay up to date with the latest news and most recent Facebook updates. There’s a new cascading layout that lets you see images and text summaries for the news, you can stay up to date on news across categories with a glance, to help you stay in touch with what’s happening, a visual collection of the top trending items on the Web has been added, and last but not least, a notification appears when there’s a new Facebook update you should check out.

Bing Desktop Weather App



Bing Desktop News App



Bing Desktop Trending News



Bing Desktop Trending Images



Bing Desktop Trending Videos



Bing Desktop Facebook App



Bing Desktop Facebook Notification



Bing Desktop’s search functionality has also been improved. Version 1.3 comes with Inline Search, a feature that works something like this: highlight a word -> the Bing icon will show up -> hit the icon -> a preview of search results will be presented. This way you can perform searches without having to leave what you’re doing, open a web browser, and access a search engine.



The latest Bing Desktop version is available for free download on Bing.com and on the Microsoft Download Center.

Please note that the Inline Search feature is available for Windows XP or higher. It works with Microsoft Word 2007, 2010 and 2013, Outlook 2013, Notepad, Wordpad, Internet Explorer versions 6, 7, 8, 9 ,10, latest version of Firefox, Chrome and 360 Browsers and Adobe Reader 11.




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