Bing Rewards App Updated

Microsoft has released an update to the Bing Rewards app for Windows Phone.  The update brings the app to a level of being an actual app.  The initial release from this summer was little more than a web wrapper for the Bing Rewards site and, as you can imagine, was met with a fair amount of skepticism.  This update should squelch some of those concerns.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Bing Rewards, it is a US-only program where you are awarded points for doing searching on Bing.  Those points in turn can be used to purchase of things like Microsoft Store or Xbox credits, Starbucks cards and the like.  The more you search the more points you get.  The Bing Rewards app lets you keep track of how you are progressing towards a point total or status level as well as shop to spend those earned points.

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Background on The New Microsoft Health

On the official Microsoft blog, Vice President Todd Holmdahl has posted a lengthy piece explaining the new Microsoft Band and accompanying Microsoft Health app.  In the post, he outlines how Microsoft is leveraging data coming from the device and getting that into the Cloud to manage it and provide it to consumers through the Microsoft Health App for iOS, Android and Windows Phone.

Microsoft Band Video Posted

Yesterday Microsoft introduced the Microsoft Band, a lifestyle and fitness tracker that brings the company into the wearables market full-tilt.  The $199 unit not only measures your activity but includes 10 sensors that measure things like heart rate, sleep, stress levels and integrates with Cortana on your Windows Phone.  Initially available only in the United States, the Microsoft Band on the surface looks pretty interesting and is at a great price point when you compare other devices on the market.

Need Help? Visit The Windows Phone Community

Even the most seasoned Windows Phone user from time-to-time needs a little bit of help.  An app is not behaving or there is a strange WiFi issue with the latest update or simply to get a suggestion on how to do something with your phone.  There are plenty of blogs and sites out there to help but sometimes reaching a broader audience – a global audience – is what you need.  That is where Windows Phone Community can be a huge help and frustration saver.

The Windows Phone Community is part of the Community pages from Microsoft.  These self-help site cover virtually every Microsoft product and are monitored by both enthusiasts, MVPs and Microsoft staff to help you with your Windows Phone needs.  The best part is that all of this is free.  All you need to do is sign in with your Microsoft account to post your questions and helpfully some answers to help your fellow Windows Phone user.

British Airways App For Windows Phone Gets A Major Update

The British Airways app for Windows Phone has received a much needed and impressive update today.  The new app is available now in the Windows Phone Store and is free to download.  The update, version 2.4 for those keeping score, brings enhancements such as live tiles and check-in for your flight via the app.

The new user experience of the British Airways app is the most obvious and notable change.  It looks and feels much fresher than the previous release which was little more than a web app in a wrapper.  This new version looks and functions like a modern mobile app, bringing much better navigation and feel to the app.

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