aNewDomain.net — Most people don’t realize that Microsoft continues to quietly improve the standard apps that come with Windows 8. The Bing news app was good when Windows 8 debuted, but now it is even better.
Bing News on the Start screen
When you see the Bing news app on the Start screen you will notice that it is a live tile, so you can visually get a quick overview of the current news and you can click or tap the tile to go to the highlighted news story.
Customizing the app
The first time you start the News app from the Start screen you will see several options including: Take a tour, Customize your news, and Add a source.
The tour is very comprehensive, but it you don’t want to view it, you can jump right into the customization options.
The Bing news app features fantastic photos as well as articles, slideshows, and videos. These are all presented in a visually appealing way. The app shows you the headlines at a glance and lets you swipe through the latest news. Content partners include New York Times Co., The Wall Street Journal, McClatchy-Tribune Information Services, Thomson Reuters, The Associated Press, and Bloomberg L.P. The news is always from reliable and trusted sources.
To customize the news, just right-click or swipe up from the bottom of the screen. Then use the on-screen tools to add and remove categories and to customize sources. In the latest version you can also copy and paste RSS feeds to add them to your news feed.
Now for the improvements. Bing news has several outstanding features. First, you can set your own topics and follow all the news on those topics using the clean Bing interface. Second is the fact that you can pin articles, sources, and topics to the Start screen. The topic tiles, unfortunately, are not live tiles, but they are clearly labeled with the topic. In the first screen shot in this article, you will see two red news topics right under the main Bing news live tile. This is very useful if you are following a certain topic or you like to check a news source on a regular basis.
Another useful Bing feature is you can choose news from International sources, as well as local ones.
All-in-all, if you have Windows 8 and have your computer open most of the day, Bing news is something you should investigate.
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