Keeping up with the news these days can be a 24-hour task. Stories no longer wait for the 6 o'clock news to hit the press. Breaking news seems to hit every hour and it can be a challenge to keep up with the pace of the modern news cycle.
Fortunately, there is a respectable collection of Windows 10 apps available from the Store to help you keep pace with the various news sources covering the world around us. These apps can be dedicated to a single news agency or a news reader that pulls from different sources.
While the Windows Central app is our personal favorite, as we have in previous Windows 10 rounds-ups, we are spotlighting a handful of the top rated news apps in the Windows Store. If we have overlooked your favorite Windows 10 news app, feel free to toss out your recommendation in the comments below.
1. MSN News
We will start with what may be the obvious choice. MSN News is part of Microsoft's suite of apps that deliver the news, weather and sports to your Windows desktop. The app offers a clean design and provides the top stories of the day and breaking news from global sources. Live Tile support is present to deliver the current headlines to your Windows Start Menu.
The layout of MSN News has the news categories displayed across the top of the screen and your menu buttons running down the left side. Categories include Top Stories, US News, World News, Crime, Offbeat News, Technology, Sport, Money and more. You can edit these categories to hide the ones that may not be of interest.
The menu bar includes options to navigate to your topics of interest, local stories, news videos and the option to send feedback to Microsoft. You can also sign in/out of your Microsoft Account and access the app's settings (language choice).
You can search for stories by keyword and individual news stories can be shared using the Windows universal share picker (email, messaging, OneNote, etc.).
If you are looking for a simple but effective news app, MSN News is worth a try. It should be pre-installed with Windows 10 but if for some reason it wasn't, you can pick up your copy of MSN News through the link below. MSN News is also available for Windows Phone.
2. Discovery News
Discovery News is a solid source for news items from the world of science and technology. The Windows Phone version was recently featured as one of our Hidden Gems and the Windows 10 version isn't too shabby either.
As you might guess, Discovery News is from the Discovery Channel and has the primary focus of explaining the world through a lens of curiosity. The main page is divided between the various news channels and the latest featured stories.
Speaking of which, tapping the arrow on the News or Latest icons will reveal the news categories that include Tech, Space, Human, Earth, History and Animals. The News menu also includes Adventure and Videos.
Individual stories will include a list of related stories and can be shared or pinned to your Start Menu. The app itself has Live Tile support to highlight top stories from your Start Menu as well. Here is where the app commands option becomes available from the hamburger menu.
Discovery News may not be a run of the mill, mainstream news source, but it does have plenty of news stories to satisfy your curiosity. If you are a fan of the Discovery Channel or are simply a fan of science and tech news, the Discovery News app is one for you.
3. CBS News
There are plenty of news apps from the major news outlets and CBS News is one of the higher rated offerings. It is a free universal app, available for both Windows 10 and Windows Phone, designed to keep you up to date on breaking news and the latest developing stories from around the world.
The news categories covered by CBS News includes U.S. News, World News, Politics, Science and Technology, Health, Entertainment and more. You will also have access to live CBS News Shows such as 60 Minutes, CBS Evening News and Face the Nation. You can also pull up the live, twenty-four hour news channel from CBS News called CBSN.
The CBS News app does have Live Tile support.
You can access the various news categories and features from the hamburger menu or by clicking on the down arrow on the app's main page or the eclipse button at the bottom of the page. The hamburger menu also includes options to share the app and access the app's settings (typography and app credentials). Individual stories can be bookmarked and shared as well.
In using the CBS News app over the past few days, it comes across as a nice looking Windows 10 app that delivers the news nicely.
Along with apps from the various news outlets, there is a host of news reader/RSS feed apps available for Windows 10. These apps pull feeds from multiple sources under one umbrella for convenience sakes.
We have to agree with the Windows Store description in that Readiy is a simple, no frill, fast and intuitive Windows 10 news app. The main page lines up your most recent feeds with two hamburger menus in the upper left corner. The upper most menu pulls down options for your app commands, sharing and settings. In general Readiy's settings cover appearance, how read items are handled and account management.
App commands include accessing settings, managing your feeds, managing your accounts, marking items as read, filtering articles and choosing your tile sizes. It should be noted that managing feeds is accomplished by the app directing you to the Feedly website.
The lower hamburger menu is more of a navigation option. From this menu you can view all items, view only the starred items, view your must read items and see any uncategorized items. This menu will also break down the feeds by source.
Individual articles can be tagged as favorite, saved to Pocket or Instapaper shared through email or launched in browser view.
I'm not as big of news feed user as I used to be, but can see the appeal Readiy has. The app scores a 4.5 star rating in the Windows Store and should meet all your Feedly RSS feed needs.
For those who see sports as the only news that matters, the ESPN app for Windows delivers up to the minute scores, news and analysis for all of your favorite sports teams, leagues and players.
Some of the key features of the ESPN app include:
- Support for your myESPN account where you can access your favorite teams and sports
- Catch the latest breaking news from The Lead
- Top Scores are available through the App Commands
- Access your favorite sports league through the App Commands
- Manage your ESPN Fantasy Football teams
- Live Tile support
The ESPN app also delivers a host of videos from the sports world, access to the ESPN Magazine (Insider account required) and podcasts from the ESPN Podcenter.
Sports leagues the ESPN covers directly include NFL, NHL, Tennis, NBA, NCAAF, ESPN FC, NCAAB, Golf, Fantasy Football, MLB and Auto Racing. Additional leagues covered by ESPN such as Olympic Sports, Boxing, MMA, and Rugby are available but the app will transition to ESPN.com.
Individual articles can be pinned to your Windows 10 Start Menu and shared via the Windows universal share picker.
All in all, the ESPN App for Windows 10 is a solid source for your sporting news. A similar app is also available for Windows Phone and both versions are free.