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Bing Finance for Windows 8 review


Manufacturer: Microsoft

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Microsoft's Bing Finance app provides a clear and attractively designed overview of the movers and shakers on the world markets, as well as the latest economic news. Read our Bing Finance for Windows 8 review to find out more.

Bing Finance is billed (pardon the pun) as a Windows 8 app to help you manage your money and investments. It provides a useful overview of the trading positions of well-known brands on the London Stock Exchange and Dow Jones Index, along with details of how they have performed over the past week, month, year and in the previous five years. (See also: Windows 8: the complete guide.)

Companies of interest can be added to a Watchlist though, unlike some of the other Windows 8 apps we've reviewed, there's no means of signing up and properly customising what you can see. For more on the changes in Windows 8 and how to use them visit Windows 8 Advisor.

Finance deals in overviews rather than specifics for most subjects, though, investments are its focus. Scroll all the way along the Finance Metro screen and you'll find the information that may be of most interest if you're an investor: the Bing Finance Fund Picks.

This shows the best performing companies based on the current investment year, average five-year performance return and both highest rated and conservative bond returns for the current year.

Bing Finance overviewIt also offers useful overviews of mortgage and equities markets and the average interest rates currently being charged, plus whether this figure is going up or down.

The News section is both attractive and well executed, with pictorial tiles for each of the day's headlines plus a splash screen of the main finance story. These add character to what would otherwise be a plain vanilla chart app – albeit one showing critical changes to the latest share prices. As you'd expect, real-time trading figures are shown with 30-minute delays. For detailed advice on installing Windows 8 Release Preview, read our article: How to install Windows 8.

Bing Finance for Windows 8 Expert Verdict »

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  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

More customisation would be our main request for Bing Finance. Simple watchlists that you can only view from within the app don't live up to this attractively designed app's potential. Nonetheless, it offers a clear overview of market trends and useful snapshots of particular sectors.

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