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One of the most striking Metro apps to be included in Microsoft's Windows 8 Consumer Preview (http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2012/02/installing-the-windows-8-consumer-preview-a-visual-guide/) was called Finance. It was developed by the company's Bing team, and it pulled in a variety of financial data‚??from business articles to stock prices‚??which was displayed in typical Metro fashion. Even for those users not remotely interested in Finance, it was a great example of everything a Metro app could and should be.

Imagine our surprise, then, to discover that the Bing team has since developed another three apps for the Windows 8 Release Preview (http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2012/05/windows-8-release-preview-is-here-a-day-early/): News, Sports, and Travel.¬*Naturally, each app borrows a similar look and feel from Finance, with a big-picture cover and similar layout grid, but there are some important functional differences between the three.

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After launching the app, you're treated to a big-picture view of one of the day's top stories. A swipe to the right reveals individual sections, such as US, World, Technology, and Business‚??all of which are a part of the so-called "Bing Daily."¬*These articles are culled from a variety of sources‚??primarily wire services such as Reuters and AP‚??and clicking on a headline will reveal a clean, multicolumned reading mode, similar to a traditional newspaper view. In a sense, it's a glorified feed reader, but with some smart filters to bring top stories to the surface.

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