Microsoft combines the power of Bing with the knowledge of Wikipedia and now we have a new Windows 8.1 app called Bing Wikipedia Browser (or new version of the long gone Encarta digital encyclopedia).
Bing Wikipedia Browser is a free app available now from the Windows Store and these are some the features users will get:
- Better article search
- Related topic explorer with the bottom recommendation bar
- Flip-through images
- Easy share functionality through Windows 8 share capability
- Category: Books & Reference / Reference
- Languages: English (US)
- Price: Free
- Publisher: Microsoft
- Download: Get it from the Windows Store
- x86/x64 (Windows 8.1)
- ARM (Windows RT 8.1)
Although there is already an official Wikipedia app in the Windows Store, the new app powered by Bing adds a few extras such as easy navigation, better search, and related topics; certainly a more slick app. Also the layout is more web Wikipedia like with vertical scrolling to read each article, which in my opinion is a much better experience. And the buttons in the top-right corner gives you a faster access to different features such as Content, which let you jump quickly to different sections of an article.