Microsoft Launches Rebranded 'Microsoft News' App for iOS With Dark Mode and More

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    Microsoft today announced a rebranding of its news engine that's been powering sites like MSN.com since 1995, which the company is simply calling "Microsoft News." The name will replace the previous "MSN News" smartphone app beginning today across devices for iOS, Android, Microsoft Edge, Windows 10, Skype, Xbox, and Outlook.com (MSN.com will retain its name).

    The revamped app curates news via publishing partners, human editors, and artificial intelligence, ensuring readers are up-to-date on the topics they care about. News sites include over 3,000 brands in all major global markets, like The New York Times, The Washington Post, BBC News, and more, all including text and video content.

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    Users can personalize the app by prioritizing favorite news topics and selecting interests to follow in the news feed. Microsoft says that publishing partners can connect with their audiences and earn money for the content that users read within Microsoft News.

    In terms of UI features, the iOS app includes a dark theme, supports the iOS widgets feature, has customizable breaking news alerts, and more:
    Microsoft News comes one month after Google revamped its own Google News app on iOS devices, with a few similar features like personalized news suggestions, combined AI/human curation, and more. Google News replaced the existing Google Play Newsstand app, much like Microsoft News is replacing the MSN News app.

    Both apps are competitors to Apple News, which provides similar news curation features across a user's iOS devices. In iOS 12 this fall, Apple News will gain a redesign that introduces a Browse tab to make it easier to discover new channels or jump straight to favorites, and the app on iPad will be updated with a new sidebar for simpler navigation.

    Article Link: Microsoft Launches Rebranded 'Microsoft News' App for iOS With Dark Mode and More
     
  2. redneckitengineer macrumors regular

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    And this does what that the built in Apple News can’t?
     
  3. 78Bandit macrumors 6502

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    Syncs your news preferences and suggestions across multiple platforms including iOS, Windows, and Android.
     
  4. Princejb134 macrumors regular

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    A little embarrassing the competition beat you to a wanted feature on your own phone ‍♂️
     
  5. KanosWRX macrumors 6502

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    Guess Microsoft wanted to pretend like they were relevant still with Apple and Google having their own news apps.
     
  6. orbital~debris macrumors 6502a

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    Just (re)installed this on my iPhone to see what it's like.

    Broadly similar in use to Apple News, but Apple News has been designed in a way that encourages curiosity. The 'Apple touch' makes everything look that bit better, appearing as though someone's taken much more time over appearance & reading experience than Microsoft - whose approach feels like one developer wrote a news-gathering algorithm and another submitted it to the App Store :rolleyes:
     
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    can we have apple news in canada? i don't see how it makes sense that microsoft and google release apps globally but apple doesn't
     
  8. sharleyP macrumors newbie

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    It runs in other countries than 'Murica
     
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    No.
     
  11. redneckitengineer macrumors regular

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    So your saying I’d have to use non Apple products for that feature...ok.
     
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    I don’t trust Apple or Microsoft to filter my news. I prefer to get my news from sources I trust.
     
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    No, that feature is built in whether or not you use non Apple hardware. ;):p:D
     
  14. RudySnow macrumors regular

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    Then just curate articles from the sources you trust in Apple or MS News. I’m not sure from your comment that you even know how to use the services.
     
  15. redneckitengineer macrumors regular

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    But as a devout Anti-Microsoft person, I would never want a single piece of their hardware/software in my life. :p
     
  16. flyinmac macrumors 68040

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    Then you better turn off your television, and disconnect from the Internet.

    Or perhaps you’re not quite the purist you say you are?

    Like Vegans who eat jello and use makeup brands that use animal parts.

    Guess what’s delivering the Internet to you. Guess what’s running the services at most businesses that you go into. And guess what’s delivering your television content to you.

    Yes, there is Linux, Unix, and a few Macs out there providing those services. But mixed in there is a lot of Microsoft software that would disrupt your daily routine if it suddenly all stopped working simultaneously.
     
  17. TechGod macrumors 68040

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    For one I can actsoly use this in my country...
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    Who honestly cares about you? If you have no other platforms and live in the US, stick to Apple maps.

    For the rest of the world that still doesn’t have Apple News and have devices with different OSes, google news and the like are great.
     
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    Works outside of U.S., UK, and Australia.
     
  20. hagar, Jun 21, 2018
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    I don't know if your vegan analogy is appropriate here, but I guess you want to call out hypocrisie? Because you feel that if someone is courageous enough to make the difficult but admirable decision to be vegan for whatever reason (health, climate change, animal abuse, ...) , they have to be ridiculed and called hypocrites when they use the wrong kind of makeup?

    Grow up, at least they're taking a stance against one of the most corrupt and horrible industries that's destroying the planet while abusing billions of animals a year.

    From my own experience, people calling out vegans, deep down know they're right, but they're too weak to change themselves. In 30-50 years, eating animals will be a thing of the past, just like burning fossil fuels, better get on board now.

    Anyway. Microsoft News... meh. Stil waiting for Apple News to be launched outside the US.

    And Siri for Apple TV, Maps Nearby, Maps Transit, Maps Speed limits, Apple Pay, the TV App, ... I feel like I should be given a non-US discount on Apple products
     
  21. silvetti macrumors 6502a

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    Good luck waiting :D
     
  22. Ries macrumors 68000

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    Why would we want Apple News? The U.S. president is constantly warning us, that all thier media is just fake news anyway.
     
  23. silvetti macrumors 6502a

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    I just want a central location where I can get my MacRumors/Verge and other blog news which syncs across my devices. Local news is not mandatory for me (although if Microsoft can do it, I don’t see why Apple can’t...).
     
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