Microsoft launches Bing health and fitness app

By Aditi Pai
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HF---egg-nutrition_131D9C82Last week, Microsoft announced Bing Health and Fitness, an app that tracks diet, health and exercise, according to an official Microsoft website, Bing Blogs. The app syncs to Microsoft HealthVault, which brings in data from other health trackers such as blood glucose monitors, electronic scales, and activity and medical monitors. Bing Health and Fitness is a part of the Windows 8.1 Preview, a pre-release of Windows 8.1, the OS that runs on all Windows devices including computers, tablets and phones.

Along with Health and Fitness, the preview also includes a Food & Drink app and updates to the Bing Maps app. According to an official Windows blog post, Windows 8.1 will launch later this year through the Windows store.

The fitness tracker offers users a space to monitor and record workouts. The app not only tracks exercise, but also offers more than 1,000 exercise videos and tutorials. To search within the database, a user browses by body part, duration, difficulty or equipment type.

The diet tracker will identify foods, provide calorie counts and nutrition facts and show how much exercise is needed to burn off the calories. The nutrition tracker has more 200,000 foods cataloged and offers weekly or monthly reports with self customized nutrition goals.

The health tracker allows the user to record his or her weight, height, vaccinations, blood glucose and cholesterol numbers. 3D body maps and the symptom checker help users understand the human body. 3D body maps shows the mechanics of different body parts while the symptom checker offers suggestions for potential conditions based on the user's symptoms. Bing Blogs says this feature is meant to be a reference guide, not medical advice. In this section, Bing also offers information and articles about popular conditions, medications and procedures.

In March, Microsoft HealthVault launched an app for the Windows 8 operating system to run on tablets, W8 phones, and computers.