Bing Weather review: Effortless weather reports with an elegant design

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Bing Weather (Windows Phone)

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Free

4 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Bing Weather's no-frills, attractive design gives you just enough weather details without overcrowding the app with unnecessary features.

The Bad You can’t get to extended daily forecast details from the home screen, and the app can be slow when swiping through each page.

The Bottom Line Bing Weather is well worth the free download for its pretty, dead-simple design and comprehensive weather reports.

8.2 Overall
  • Installation and Setup 9.0
  • Features and Support 8.0
  • Interface 9.0
  • Performance 8.0

Bing Weather is part of a suite of four Bing apps for Windows Phone meant to make daily news , weather, sports, and finance information easy to find and consume. In keeping with the other apps' designs, Bing Weather is simple, clean, and exceedingly easy to use.

I don't ask for much in a weather app: I just want the current conditions, the upcoming forecast, and maybe a few weather maps. Bing Weather delivers all those features, no more, no less, wrapped up in a colorful design.

Design
Compared with The Weather Channel app on Windows Phone, which comes preinstalled on most Lumia handsets and includes several social features, Bing Weather is a no-nonsense basic weather app that delivers simple daily weather conditions and extended forecasts.

The app's design is colorful, clean, and even beautiful in places. The main screen features a full-screen background that notes the current weather condition -- clouds for overcast conditions, sun rays when it's clear, and so on. Some backgrounds are more exciting than others, but they all add a nice touch.

The app's color scheme also changes based on the current weather conditions, with green for light rain, light blue for sun, and navy blue for overcast, to name a few.

Bing Weather (Windows Phone)
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The app's full-screen weather-related background and colorful design changes to match the current conditions. Screenshot by Sarah Mitroff/CNET

Weather forecasts
Bing Weather gets its data from three main weather sources: AccuWeather, Foreca, and WDT.

When you first open the app, it will use your phone's GPS to set a permanent home location based on your current location. If you split your time between two cities, or are preparing for an upcoming trip, you can add additional locations by tapping the globe icon at the bottom of the app.

The app's home screen only shows a recent local weather report, including current temperature, that day's highs and lows, forecasted conditions for day and night, plus other assorted weather stats such as humidity, visibility, and wind speed.

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