Windows 8, 10 App Check: Al Jazeera

By: Radu Tyrsina
3 minute read

Al Jazeera is one of the best news chanells in the Middle East, but it has slowly improved to become a global presences with millions of readers. Along with EuroNews and the RT ‘Russia Today’ app, it represents one of the best news app to be tried out on your Windows 8 device, be it a tablet or desktop unit
windows 8 al jazeera app
Al Jazeera has been available in the Windows Store for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 users for more than one year now, but we’ve decided to go through its main features only today, at the request of our readers. The Al Jazeera app for Windows 8 that we’re going to talk about here is the English version, but there’s one in Arabic language, as well. We will be providing download links at the end of the article to both of them. The app can be downloaded completely for free from the Windows Store and comes with a size of less than two megabytes, so you won’t even feel it’s there.

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Those who reside in the Middle East have definitely heard about Al Jazeera, but the TV channel has become quite popular across the entire globe thanks to its professional reporting and quality of news and programmes. I have had a look at the app for myself for a few good minutes and you can see in the video from below how it performs.

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Al Jazeera English for Windows 8.1 brings you all the latest news and live broadcast of Al Jazeera English, free of charge. The 24-hour news and current affairs channel is the first international English-language news channel to broadcast across the globe from the Middle East. Al Jazeera’s global footprint continues to grow and now broadcasts to more than 260 million households on six continents in more than 100 countries.

Despite the fact that the Al Jazeera app for Windows 8 can be downloaded completely for free, I didn’t see any advertisement blocks inside the app, so this is really nice. You get to follow your news and favorite channels and coverage without having to worry about ads, neat. Also, there are many news stories which come with videos that come with a really good quality. Another awesome feature of this app.

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What I didn’t like was the fact that while on a certain article, you couldn’t change its font, increase or decrease size and have access to other features, such as adding stories to a “watch-it” later column or to favorites. Also, I couldn’t manage to get the live streaming to work, but maybe that’s a local problem. Al Jazeera says that they are the first international English-language news channel to broadcast across the globe from the Middle East, and in this profile, they are somewhat similar to the Windows 8 RT ‘Russia Today’ application.

The channel is said to broadcasts to more than 260 million households on six continents which span across more than 100 countries. Another cool feature of the app is the fact that it comes with Text to Speech feature for listening to news articles. A pretty big downside, however, is the fact that the app isn’t currently available for Windows RT users, but I hope a future update will take care of that. You can also have a look at some of the best Quran apps for Windows 8 devices. Follow the link from below to download and install it on your Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 touch and desktop devices.

Download Al Jazeera app for Windows 8, Windows 8.1

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