The new Encarta: Bing Wikipedia Browser app for Windows 8.1 arrives

Bing Wikipedia Browser app for Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1

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 



Supported architectures

  • 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.

Via WPCentral

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