Bible App for Windows 8: New from the Ground Up

The All New Bible App for Windows 8

We’ve completely redesigned the Bible App for Windows 8 to be easier to use than ever! Available now in the Windows Store, this latest release of the Bible App works on all Windows 8 and Windows RT devices, including laptops, desktops, and tablets.

And with your free YouVersion account, you can enjoy the same Bible App experience synced across all your devices. With just one simple sign-in, use all your Bookmarks, Highlights, Notes—even Reading Plans—on any device that runs the Bible App. Have fun exploring all of the Bible App for Windows 8’s features:

  • More than 600 unique Bible versions in almost 400 languages ensure you’ll always be able to find one you like.
  • Audio Bibles read God’s Word to you as you do other things—exercising, working, traveling, even reading along.
  • Reading Plans are a proven way to build that consistent Bible reading habit. Enjoy more than 400 devotionals, topical plans, plans covering portions of the Bible, or even the entire Bible. Now available in many languages!
  • Highlights let you mark passages with custom colors—just like your paper Bible!
  • Today view displays the Verse of the Day, along with the Bible App features you use most so you can jump quickly to anything you want to do.

No matter which device you use, we think you’ll agree this is the best Bible App we’ve ever made for Windows 8. Please share this new release with your friends, and join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter to let us know what you think.

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The Bible App Around the World: Over 600 Versions, 375 Languages

YouVersion Versions and LanguagesNo matter where you live, no matter what language you prefer, we want to help you engage with the Bible every day. You may know that thanks to YouVersion’s generous Bible publishing partners, the Bible App™ already offers more than 600 versions of the Bible in more than 375 languages. What you may not know is that the Bible App has been installed and used in every country on earth, and that about 40% of new installs take place outside North America.

Of course, the Bible App is more than the Bible. We want your entire experience exploring God’s Word to be fulfilling. But we couldn’t do that without help. More than 350 volunteers all over the world passionately devote themselves to ensuring you enjoy the Bible. They share their talents and time translating basics like screens, menus, and buttons into your language, as well as all of the Bible App tools you know and love, like Reading Plans, Notes, and more.

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That’s why today—right now—you can use the Bible App for iOS (Apple iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch) in any of 33 languages. The Bible App for Android offers 40. And bible.com has 42. On iOS or Android, the Bible App defaults to your device’s language, or you can change it in the app Settings. At bible.com, simply select your favorite language at the bottom right. The languages we’ve most recently rolled out include Malay, Catalan, Albanian, Portuguese (Portugal), and even Arabic!

The Bible App has been installed more than 100 million times so far. Each one of those installs—wherever it happens in the world—represents a story, a person, a life connected to God and to His Word. You can be a part of that, too, every time you share the Bible App with someone who speaks a language other than English. It starts with 100 million.

The Bible App in the News

This July, the YouVersion community helped the Bible App reach 100 million installs on mobile devices around the globe. God is truly doing something remarkable, and media outlets worldwide are covering this historic milestone—including a story on the front page of the New York Times! You’re part of this celebration, so we wanted to make sure you have the opportunity to read and share the good news.

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New York Times: The Faithful Embrace YouVersion, a Bible App

by Amy O’Leary

More than 500 years after Gutenberg, the Bible is having its i-moment. For millions of readers around the world, a wildly successful free Bible app, YouVersion, is changing how, where and when they read the Bible.

Read and share the story

The Atlantic: The App of God

by Nir Eyal

It is reasonable to think that the more readers put into the Bible app in the form of small investments, the more it becomes a repository of their history of worship. Like a worn dog-eared book, full of scribbled insights and wisdom, the app becomes a treasured asset not easily discarded.

Read and share the story

And a few more stories you might enjoy:

The Christian Post: Bible App Hits 100 Million Downloads…

The Next Web: YouVersion’s Bible app passes 100 million downloads

fait religieux.com: YouVersion, l’application biblique dépasse les 100 millions de téléchargements

Thank you for all you are doing to help people everywhere make God’s Word a part of their daily lives. As the installs counter continues to rise, we’re looking ahead with anticipation to all that God stands ready to do, because we know It Starts with 100 Million.

New Plans from Phil Vischer Bring the Bible to Life for Your Kids

♫ If you like to read in your Bible ♪ /

♪ If your kids can make you smile ♫ /

…have we got a Bible Plan for you!

Today we’re pleased to introduce a delightful new series of plans for families, developed exclusively for the Bible App: “Buck Denver Asks…What’s in the Bible?” VeggieTales® creator Phil Vischer has partnered with YouVersion to help you explore God’s Word with the littler members of your family.

Based on an all-new 13-DVD series, each plan includes Scripture, reflections on the reading, and videos featuring Vischer’s infamous wit and contagious melodies. But don’t take our word for it…let Buck Denver himself tell you all about them:

What’s in the Bible: Heroes of the Old Testament tells the stories of some of your favorite Bible characters, showing you how God worked through them—and helping you think about how God wants to work through you, too! 25 days

What’s in the Bible: Comfort shows your family how faithful people from the Bible turned to God for comfort when times got tough. Let your children see how God’s living Word has the power to encourage their hearts. 7 days

The Ten Commandments takes your family on an epic journey to explain why God gave the Ten Commandments to the Israelites. Then Buck and his friends will help you see what they mean in our lives today. 11 days

Walk with Jesus: 21 Days Through Matthew follows the book of Matthew, from Jesus’ birth through His ascension. Learning about Jesus’ life can help your family imagine what our own lives could look like—with Jesus as our guide. 21 days

What’s in the Bible: Holy Week is perfect for the week leading up to Easter Sunday. If you begin this plan together on Palm Sunday, your family can walk with Jesus through His last week on earth—right into His resurrection. 8 days

Why Do We Call It Christmas? connects the modern traditions that most people seem to observe now with Jesus’ birth: Santa Claus? Christmas trees? What do these things have to do with Jesus? Maybe more than you think! 10 days

Each of these new plans can make exploring the Bible with your kids fun, easy, and meaningful. So please share this exciting news (and what your kids are learning) with your friends and family on Facebook and Twitter. To learn more about Buck Denver & Friends—and to find activities, DVDs, and more that can help you and your children learn all about the story of the Bible—visit WhatsInTheBible.com.

YouVersion Exclusive: John Piper Video Devotional

john-piper-video-devoYouVersion’s newest Bible Plan features John Piper discussing your favorite verses! In Popular Verses: A Video Devotional with John Piper, the renowned Bible teacher, pastor, and author discusses the top 10 verses bookmarked and highlighted most often by the worldwide YouVersion community. Each day, Piper reads a verse, then explains its relationship to other passages, explores its meaning, and wraps up with practical application for your everyday life. (Videos range from just two and a half minutes to four minutes.)

YouVersion is honored to partner with Desiring God to bring you this new plan that packs so much into a concise, accessible format. Sample the first day, and you’ll be hooked. Piper’s insights will ignite your mind and give you plenty to meditate on throughout your day.

All you need to subscribe to “Popular Verses” is a free YouVersion account. Even after you’ve completed this 10-day plan, we think you’ll find yourself coming back to watch again and again.

YouVersion Welcomes Billy Graham

BGEAinK.C.04-56YouVersion is excited to announce the Bible App’s newest devotional reading plan, Day by Day with Billy Graham. In a partnership with BGEA, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Day by Day with Billy Graham gives you 366 days of biblical wisdom and practical advice, drawn from decades of Reverend Graham’s sermons and writings. The one-year plan features content from his popular devotion, Day by Day, in an easy-to-read, easy-to-share format.

One of the most trusted, recognizable Christian leaders and influencers of our time, Reverend Graham’s messages—and in particular, his televised “Billy Graham Crusades”—have been seen by an estimated 2 billion people. Reverend Graham has been a pioneer in leveraging technology for evangelism through the early use of radio, television, and film. Often called the “Pastor to the Presidents,” Billy Graham’s name has appeared in the top 10 of Gallup’s “Most Admired Man and Woman” poll more than anyone else in history: 55 times since 1955.

Use your free YouVersion account to subscribe now to Day by Day with Billy Graham for insight, encouragement, and life application. And be sure to share on Facebook and Twitter to let your friends know about this exciting new plan.

Our Daily Bread Devotional Comes to YouVersion

YouVersion is pleased to announce Our Daily Bread, an all-new 30-day devotional plan from RBC, one of the world’s most trusted sources for devotions. It’s an honor to partner with RBC (once known as “Radio Bible Class”), who has published the Our Daily Bread devotional every day since 1956.

Designed to take just minutes a day, the Our Daily Bread plan encourages you to reflect on all that God means to you—and on what you mean to Him. You’ll find wisdom in daily passages from His Word, along with inspiration in the life-changing stories that accompany them.

The phrase, “our daily bread” comes directly from “the Lord’s Prayer” in the Gospel of Matthew, where Jesus teaches His disciples a simple way to pray. Of course, Jesus also pointed out that we don’t live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from God’s mouth. Making time for God’s Word every day is one of the most important keystone habits any believer can learn. Sign up for Our Daily Bread, and start yours today.

The Bible App for Android Tablet is All New

The all-new, reimagined Bible App™ for Android Tablet (v. 4.3.0) is available now from Google Play. (And it’s coming soon to Kindle!) We designed this version of the Bible App specifically for Android tablets, giving it an all-new interface and adding features optimized to take full advantage of the screens on larger-format Android devices. Besides the smoothest, most seamless experience we’ve ever offered in a tablet release, we think you’ll find a lot to love in this release:

The Bible App for Android TabletSync Across Devices. Any settings you’ve saved with your free YouVersion account—including all your Notes, Bookmarks, Highlights, Reading Plans, and more—will show up on all your devices. No need to do anything special; as long as you’re signed in, the Bible App will remember your preferences and settings.

Get the Most from Your Screen. Engage with the Scriptures like never before with the Bible App’s Video feature. Explore the JESUS Film, watch excerpts from record-setting TV miniseries The Bible, and view clips from the Lumo Project, all optimized for use on larger, hi-resolution screens.

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Access Multiple Bible Versions, Even Offline. The Bible App now offers more than 500 unique Bible versions in 300 different languages, right at your fingertips. Many of these are available offline, too, which means you can use them even when you’re away from Wi-Fi. Here’s how: When you have a solid connection, check the versions list for downloadable versions (indicated with a gray arrow). Simply tap the arrows for the ones you want to copy to your device.

We’ve even tweaked this version for performance enhancements, which we hope you’ll notice, and for a few crash fixes—which we hope you won’t. Let us know how you like this newest release on Facebook and Twitter. And be sure you share it with your friends!

How the Bible is Shared – Infographic

How the Bible is Shared

Celebrating 5 Years of the Bible App: Thank You

“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us,
to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”

Ephesians 3:20, New Living Translation

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A Simple App. When Apple opened its App Store on July 10, 2008, YouVersion’s Bible App™ for iOS was there, one of only 200 free apps. No one knew if that experiment would even work, let alone what impact apps and smartphones might one day have on our lives. With the App Store passing 50 billion app downloads in May this year, it’s clear we’re just beginning to see what’s possible.

Engaging with God’s Word. YouVersion didn’t stop there, of course. We made the Bible App for every popular platform we could: BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone—even Palm OS! Then we just kept going, building the Bible App for international platforms like Java, Symbian, and mobile users in general. We wanted to make it easy and free to get the Bible, so more people than ever could experience it for themselves. And today we’re more focused than ever on helping as many people as possible daily engage with God’s Word.

A Team of Millions. As word began spreading about what God was up to, Bible publishers and societies, churches, and other partners joined in, generously sharing resources. As those collaborations began to bear fruit, the YouVersion community erupted into a worldwide movement. Now, hundreds of passionate people in many countries and languages are volunteering their God-given gifts to help get the Bible into even more people’s hands…and hearts.

Changing the World. With more than 500 Bible versions in more than 300 languages, the Bible App today represents the single largest digital Bible community in the world. And you are the difference. Click the image at right to see just a snapshot of how you are changing the world, ways that you are helping make this the most Bible-engaged generation in history.

We’re just getting started. While it’s extraordinary to think of the Bible App on 100 million smartphones and tablets, more than 7 billion people share this planet with us. In the coming months, we’ll bring you several exciting new announcements: features, partnerships, plans, and tools that will help people engage more with the Bible than ever before. We can’t say, “Thank you,” enough for all that you’ve already done. And we can’t even guess what God is going to do—more than we can ask, think, or imagine. But we do know this much:

It STARTS with 100 million.

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