Reading news on your Windows 10, Windows 8 or Windows RT device is something that many will look to do right after buying one such device. There are plenty news applications in the Windows Store that can help you with your need for news, but today, we’re focusing on NewsBento, a news aggregator that’s one of the most popular such applications in the Windows Store.
Probably, one of the most important reasons for NewsBento‘s success was the fact that the application has been in the Windows Store amongst the first. At the moment it has been rated by more than 450 people and has a 4.2 out of 5 score, which is not bad at all. And just like the developers say, this is, indeed, a very fluid and “light” application to use.
Update – NewsBento app no longer on the store
Unfortunately, NewsBento has been discontinued. It was pullet out from the store in 2015. If you have the app installed, you can still use it but you won’t be able to access articles written after discontinuation date. In case you need to be up-to-date with the news, you can check our list of best news app for Windows 10.
NewsBento for Windows 10, Windows 8: get your favorite news
When you first open up the app, you’ll see that there are already some websites added, so in order to customize your own news experience, you’ll have to change that and put your own websites that you are following. But you’ll discover that it will be one fun thing to do, because the application is masterfully made. There’s even a Feedback button there, from where you can go to their Facebook page, vote the app or send them a message (last one didn’t work for me, though).
Hit the “more news” button to be able to customize and put your own websites. You can add more feeds from the websites that are already featured there or you can add feeds to websites that aren’t there. A very, very nice thing is that you can already add your Google Reader account (let’s see what happens when I add my Google Reader with more than 300 websites…).
Surprisingly enought, the import of my G Reader has happened blazing fast. When you are done with that, you’ll see websites appearing on the main page, the “content” page. From there, you can delete, make a tile larger or smaller and pin it to start. If you delete the tile to a certain website, then others will automatically extend to “eat up” the remaining space. At this step, I encountered some issue. First of all, some thumbnails weren’t appearing at all or seemed fuzzy. Secondly, the thumbnails didn’t appear at all.
News in Windows 10. Windows 8 with style
Another big issue was the fact that I didn’t manage to add any website at all using the “Add RSS feed” function if I didn’t put at the end the .xml extension. So, most likely, it won’t work for websites where you’ll try to put /feed at the end of the website’s name. But there’s another awesome function to help you cope with that – search function. Use that to search your favorite website and simply add it for there. Neato!
You can select every website from the main screen, then go to the latest articles, from there you can pick the desired article. When you are inside the article, you can do the following there:
- Enable CleanView – increases the readability of the article
- View original article – opens up a sidebar with the original article
- Open in browser – exits the app and opens the article in the browser
Also, after opening up the website that you want, there’s a nice scroll button that “takes you back in time”, quite quickly, and much easier than you would normally do it on the regular website. A very useful news app in Windows 10, Windows 8 that needs to iron out only a few drawbacks.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November, 2012 and has been since revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.