Microsoft News is a news aggregator and personal service which features news articles and hot news headlines chosen by the editors. The program features three main sections for international news, U.S. news, and world news, plus several other categories, including health, finance, education, religion, and sports. The service is part of Windows Live Search and allows Microsoft Outlook users to find, organize and manage their daily news, both from within the Microsoft News interface or through a web browser. Reading breaking news stories directly from Microsoft News in the Microsoft Outlook email inbox is one of the major selling points for Microsoft News. This is what sets it apart from the similar service provided by news delivery services like StumbleUpon.
Microsoft created Microsoft News as a social news curation and news organization tool. Microsoft already had an existing RSS feed for news and articles but wanted a centralized location to post news stories. The Microsoft News app is designed to be very similar to the popular newsreader, Internet news sites like CNN and Google News. Users can choose topics from various categories, such as Entertainment, Health & Fitness, Tech News, Education, Lifestyle, Religion, Sports, Law & Politics and several others. Microsoft News curates the news in different ways. It does this by creating unique topic lists for every category of news items and delivering information in a customizable news format to help you organize your day.
Microsoft News is the best news app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. When used with the iPhone, it is swift and easy to use. It’s like having your newsroom where you can quickly scan the headlines, dig up essential and breaking news, download a selected category or click on a particular item to learn more about it. Using the app on the iPad is very similar to how news sites display news in a web browser. It’s designed to be a universal newsreader that is very easy to use on any device with a screen that can display touch screen technology.
The news app does not leave out Apple users. It works on the iPhone as it does on the Android and iPod Touch. In addition to the traditional desktop display, the app provides a full-screen view of the news items being displayed. You can scroll down in specific categories to see different things as you move your finger around the screen. Apple users will appreciate the quality journalism and breaking news that this program is known for.
Google News isn’t as widely used as Microsoft News. Google only recently launched their mobile news app for the Android operating system. This news app is very similar to Apple’s news app and is designed to work very well on iOS devices and the Android operating system. It includes many of the same features as the Apple news app, including breaking local news, international news, regional news, and even weather forecasts. It’s also worth noting that Google has partnered with news sites such as Yahoo! News and MSN News to offer enhanced content and enhanced experience for Android users.
There are many more third party news apps for the Apple and Android mobile platforms. For example, Scrivener is currently offering a version of its business to the Android Market. This version includes an array of features that include text editing capabilities, PDF importing and exporting, and RSS feed import/export. Additionally, there are several HTML editors available to download for free on the Android Market. All in all, the availability of news apps on the Android and Apple smartphone platforms are pretty impressive.