Introducing Microsoft’s Bing Daily Newspaper*Posted: October 18, 2012
*Sorry, if the title mislead you. The name referred in the title is a misnomer for Microsoft Windows 8 News App.
It’s a news aggregator app from Microsoft developed for the Modern UI introduced in Windows 8. But different from other aggregators in the way the articles are presented & customization offered.
The concept used, reminds me of Google+ Sparks feature. Sparks was nothing but a pre-defined Google Search. You key in your Search Keyword, save it, Google+ gives you a list of Web pages, news or Blogs from the Web. The presentation was crude. This is where the News app is different
Right Click at any point on the app and select your View from Top Tool bar
The design is similar to a “paper” edition. The content is specific to the region you are in. You have non-customizable and customizable content layout & sources
The Non-Customizable falls under “Bing Daily”
The Customizable are under “My News” and “Sources”
This view is similar to your Paper Version. The news are categorized under the following sections
- Top Story
- Country Specific
Clicking on the Title of the section navigates you to more news under the section
Click on the Article snapshot, the source page opens in full screen.
This section is customizable. You can add a new section based on a Topic and have news, articles, web pages aggregated under it. The snap shot below shows the sections created based on my requirement
Scroll to the extreme right end of My News view to find the shortcut to add a new Section
Type in the keywords and click on Add. Your Newly created section appears along with the matching items in the My News View
You can pin a Section to the Home Screen.
Right click on the screen when you are in a section, select “Pin to Start” from the bottom Tool Bar.
This view presents you with news sources collaborating with Microsoft. Click on news source of your interest to start reading articles provided. News sources are updated time to time by Microsoft. You can also pin a News Source to Start Screen.
So that was a quick introduction on the Windows 8 News App. Please share any thing interesting you find while using the app.