Google News vs Microsoft News

Last updated: June 23, 2022

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Google News
With Google News, discover more of the news and magazines you care about all in one app on your Android tablet or phone. Enjoy breaking news and in-depth articles featuring audio, video and more. From sports, business, cooking, entertainment, fashion and more - now get both free and paid news plus subscribe to vibrant full HD magazines, all in one place. With hundreds of premier publishers - it’s all there, easy to follow, read, and share.
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Microsoft News
Microsoft News (previously named MSN News and Bing News) is a news aggregator and service that features news headlines and articles chosen by editors. Microsoft currently only allows users to subscribe to specified news sources
Google News vs Microsoft News in our news:

2022. Google News redesigned with a cleaner look, more customization options



Google has redesigned its new service. The new Google News has a simplified, two-column design, with most of the navigation residing on top of the page, and it's a big improvement. There's a big focus on customization and personalization. Google's choice of "top stories" and "picks for you" sit on top of the page; scroll down, and you'll get a more detailed breakdown of the topics you follow, which you can change by clicking on the "customize" button. Google also made local news easier to find; the section now resides in the top menu, among the other news categories.


2021. Microsoft launches a personalized news service, Microsoft Start



Microsoft has introduced its own personalized news reading experience called Microsoft Start, available as both a website and mobile app, in addition to being integrated with other Microsoft products, including Windows 10 and 11 and its Microsoft Edge web browser. The feed will combine content from news publishers, but in a way that’s tailored to users’ individual interests, the company says — a customization system that could help Microsoft better compete with the news reading experiences offered by rivals like Apple or Google, as well as popular third-party apps like Flipboard or SmartNews.


2020. Microsoft starts testing a new news reading experience in Windows 10



Microsoft announced its latest Windows 10 preview build with new news consumption experience. The Microsoft News Bar aggregates news from the 4,500 publishers in the Microsoft News network and then displays those as a semi-persistent bar on any side of your screen. Windows 10 has long featured the Microsoft News app, which is more of a full-featured news reading experience (though I admit I always forget it even exists). The idea behind the News Bar is to give you a news ticker that is either always visible or that you can hide away at will. In order to make sure you don’t forget it, you can choose to have it pop back up in either two or eight hours — or never, if you’re seriously tired of the news right now.


2018. Microsoft launched AI-based news reading app Hummingbird



Microsoft launched a new AI news app for Android called Hummingbird. It allows to register an account with your hotmail or Linkedin email address. The benefits of logging in with an account is Microsoft being able to serve you news item that are populated with articles that they think you’ll be interested in. Just like other AI-powered services, the more you use it, the better it will understand you and your preferences. When you tap on an article, it will open in the original site but you will still see the Hummingbird title bar if you go to the reading mode so you can easily go back to the app’s main page. There are options to mute specific genres of news sources, so you can keep your feed centered around your interests, such as tech reviews or books. If there is something you are really keen about, there are social media sharing options, natch.


2018. Microsoft News launches on Android and iOS as rebranded MSN app



Microsoft is launching rebranded Microsoft News apps for both iOS and Android, alongside using its news engine to power news across a variety of Microsoft products. While the MSN name is going away on Android and iOS, the site itself will remain branded as MSN.com, a portal for news that the software maker launched back in 1995. Microsoft is combining curated news from more than 1,000 “premium publishers” and 3,000 brands with human editors and artificial intelligence. Microsoft’s AI scans more than 100,000 pieces of content every day, and processes it to determine its topic, popularity, and freshness. The newly designed Microsoft News app includes a dark mode, better integration with iOS and Android widgets, continuous reading, and breaking news alerts.


2018. Google News gets AI-redesign



Google introduced a revamped version of Google News that now merges with Google Play Newsstand. The A.I.-powered, redesigned service combines elements found in Google’s digital magazine app, Newsstand, as well as YouTube, and introduces new features like “newscasts” and “full coverage” to help people get a summary or a more holistic view of a news story. The updated version will present a briefing at the top of the page with the five stories you need to know about right now, as well as more stories selected just for you. The feature uses A.I. technology to read the news on the web, to assemble the key things you need to know about, including also local news and events in your area. And the more you use this personalized version of Google News, the better it will get, thanks to the “reinforcement learning” technology under the hood.


2014. News reader Google Currents rebranded to Google Play Newsstand



Google Currents, Google’s magazine-like news reading iOS app and a competitor to Flipboard, is rolling out a redesign and a handful of new features, including a way to subscribe to topics you’re interested in, instead of only subscribing to publishers, blogs and RSS feeds. The company is also renaming the app to Google Play Newsstand. This change also follows the shift from Google Currents on Android. In the updated iOS Newsstand app Google has introduced revamped top-level navigation for browsing through the news content. There are now a few categories to help readers manage their subscriptions as well as dive into reading the news they care about, including a “Read Now” section which points you to the articles and editions from publications and feeds you currently subscribe to; “My Library,” which is a list of your Newsstand subscriptions; and “Topics,” a way to subscribe to areas of interest.


2013. Today Google Reader will be closed. Top 4 alternatives



Despite the fact that many competitors (including Facebook, AOL and LinkedIn) decided to take advantage of the Google Reader closure and started building their own news readers, Google was confident in its decision and today will close the Reader. The second sad news - is that for now there is no decent replacement to Google Reader. So for while RSS users will have to survive somehow and watch the progress of the new RSS services. Perhaps the best replacement to Google Reader right now is Feedly. Three months ago Feedly worked only as a browser plug-in and used Google Reader to pull news. Recently they have launched the full-fledged online service with its own backend.


2013. F*ck Google Glass! Top 3 Google Reader alternatives



So, Google is closing Google Reader in order to focus on more important projects, such as Google Glass. If you want to know what Hitler thinks about it - watch the video. May be the numerous petitions will make Google change its mind, but in any case, now it's appropriate to talk about alternative solutions. There are a lot of alternative RSS readers, but basically, these are very weak solutions. It's logical, because there was no sense to seriously develop RSS service, having the free Google Reader as rival. Hopefully, the best alternative to Google Reader will appear in the next 3 months. In the meantime, we suggest three options that look decent right now:


2013. Google discontinues Google Reader. RSS - only for smart people.



Today Google has announced that on July 1 it will close its service for reading RSS - Google Reader. We will not discuss the logic of this decision (or lack of it), but the fact is that in recent years Google virtually monopolized the RSS market and now it can simply kill this technology. But may be, on the contrary, this event will attract more smart users to RSS. After all, RSS - is only for smart people. For those who can think, process information and use it for their business, but not just consume what is given. Google says that Google Reader - was not popular enough. May be. But this is right. Only small percent of people wants to own information, do business, change the world. Others - just follow the crowd.