Microsoft News is #13 in Top 14 News Readers
Last updated: January 11, 2020
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
Positions in ratings
#13 in Top 14 News Readers
The best alternatives to Microsoft News are: Google News, Apple News, Flipboard
Latest news about Microsoft News
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.