The Microsoft Blog is where all the latest news coming from the OS developer are first shown, and for those who want to be on top of all the latest news, this Windows 8, Windows 10 app will be a perfect addition to their devices.
Microsoft News gives users all the news regarding Microsoft in a app that looks great and runs smooth and fast. Although the app is very simple, it delivers what it promises in a Windows 8, Windows 10 fashion that has both simplicity and looks.
Update – Microsoft News discontinued for 8, 8.1
Microsoft has stopped the support for this app. Many users have complained about Microsoft’s action – discontinuing the app without any announcement. The app has been replaced by MSN News which is compatible with Windows 10 devices only.
If you need an app which is more specific in its functions, we suggest you to check our list of best news apps for Windows 10 and try them.
Microsoft News for Windows 8, Windows 10
The app is as simple as they come, having no extra features then showing you the headlines. It’s user interface is a tile-fashioned page, much like the Modern UI of Windows 8, Windows 10 and it contains 3 categories:
- The Official Blog
- Feature Stories
- Press Release
Each of them feature the very latest news and have a preview of a number of articles, the ones who are the most popular. By clicking on each category, you can view other stories. Also, when you open a story, it will show in a full screen view, with the text very well contained and organized. Although not a Microsoft official app, it has a professional look that could fool even the most picky of users.
What impressed me the most is the performance of the app. It loads and shows the stories almost instantly, but it does need a few seconds to load all the images. This system is a great one because it allows users to get reading instantly, without having to wait for graphics to load.
Overall, the app is a great example of how a news app should be. The fact that is centered only on Microsoft might not appeal to most users, and that it does not support sharing or adding your own news feeds are some of its minor issues, but to be honest, if you are only interested in Microsoft news, than it more than deliver.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in December, 2012 and has been since revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.