Follow the Summer Games with Microsoft, on MSN, Bing, Cortana and Outlook

Microsoft is using MSN, Bing, Cortana, and Outlook to provide a comprehensive Olympic experience across Windows 10 devices. The Olympic Summer Games start this Friday, August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Whether it’s Olympic news, trivia, or more, Microsoft provides the most relevant and up-to-date information on everything happening in Rio. Here’s a look at how you can stay informed of everything going on in Rio for the Olympic Summer Games.

NBC Sports Windows 10 App

First off, you can get up-to-the-minute news on everything going on at the Olympics with the NBC Sports app on Windows 10. Please note, you may need to sign in with your TV provider credentials to view all content in the NBC Sports app.

Windows 10, NBC Sports app

NBC Sports app

Working on Windows 10 PC, Xbox One, HoloLens, Surface Hub, and Windows 10 Mobile devices, NBC Sports Universal Windows Platform app promises the best coverage of the 2016 Rio Olympic Summer Games. Thousands of hours of on-demand sports coverage from NBC, NBCSN, and the Golf Channel is available in addition to the Olympics. The NBC Sports app is easy to use with Cortana commands to navigate the app. For example, ask Cortana to “Open Premier League,” “Open NFL,” or “Open Live & Upcoming.” Download the NBC Sports app and try it for yourself.

NBC Sports
NBC Sports
Developer: NBCUniversal Media LLC
Price: Free

Bing Predicts

For the 2016 Olympic Summer Games, Bing will be using its prediction technology to provide a unique Olympic experience. Bing calls the feature “Events to Watch,” where Bing provides a snapshot of exciting Rio Olympic events to look out for. Bing also offers Olympic trivia, athlete and event stories and backgrounds, and Bing medal predictions.

Cortana

Cortana

Using Bing, Cortana will provide her usual plethora of information, including Olympic history, trivia, and more. Here are examples of questions you can ask Cortana:

  • “Hey Cortana, what is the summer games schedule?”
  • “Hey Cortana, can you give me information about summer games athletes?”
  • “Hey Cortana, guess the summer games athlete.”
  • “Hey Cortana, tell me what summer games event I should watch.”

Cortana uses Bing predictions to guess Olympic medal counts, Olympic athlete backstories, using MSN to find the latest Olympic news, and more. Microsoft added a new calendar functionality to be reminded of all the Olympic Games events by adding them to your Outlook calendar.

Outlook Interesting Calendar Feature

Outlook calls this Calendars functionality “Interesting calendar.” Available in Outlook.com and Outlook on the web, this functionality is coming soon to Outlook on iOS and Android devices. In addition to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, “Interesting calendar” will also allow you to add games for your favorite NFL, NBA, MLB, and more sports teams from around the globe.

Here’s how you can add an Interesting calendar to your Outlook calendar in 3 steps:

  1. From your Outlook calendar, click Add calendar in the command bar.
  2. Select Interesting calendar.
  3. Select one of the available calendars and the events are added to your calendar.
Microsoft, Outlook,

Outlook Interesting calendar feature

At this time, Interesting calendar is available to North American users in English only. Interesting calendar is available to set up only for iOS or Android users with an Office 365 account. After you add an Interesting calendar, the events will show up in Outlook across all your devices. Outlook is open to hearing what you think about Interesting calendar through Outlook UserVoice.

So, that’s Microsoft’s Olympics coverage so far. Along with Azure hosting the Olympic streaming video, it looks like the Redmond company is taking the Rio games seriously. Let us know in the comments whether or not you’ll be taking advantage of Microsoft’s official Olympics features and functionality.

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