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Microsoft News now official, rolling out to everyone on iOS and Android

MSN News beta Android
MSN News beta Android (Image credit: Windows Central)

Microsoft today unveiled its latest news venture, appropriately under the banner of Microsoft News. The refreshed platform, Microsoft says, will power all of its news content across its news apps on Android and iOS, as well as MSN on the web and the News app on Windows 10.

Microsoft has been telegraphing this refresh for a while. The first major step came when the MSN News apps for Android and iOS saw a design overhaul in January, bringing a much more modern look on mobile devices. Last week, Microsoft took things a step further by rebranding both apps under the Microsoft News moniker for beta testers. Now, the overhauled design and new name are rolling out to everyone across both platforms.

The News app on Windows 10 and MSN on the web will keep their names, but Microsoft News now will be the "news engine" that powers both. From Microsoft:

Microsoft News represents the ways we keep people informed across the web, phone and PC, using our long-tested approach of curating news via publishing partnerships, human editors, and AI. We work with more than a thousand premium publishers and more than 3,000 brands in all major global markets – like USA Today, The New York Times, FOX News, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Le Monde, Die Welt, El País, BBC News, Kyodo News, and many more – to aggregate the best news, videos, photos and other content and deliver it, for free, to people all over the world.

Going forward, you'll be able to personalize the news experience across both the mobile apps and MSN, selecting what interests you. Microsoft will be curating feeds with a mixture of AI and editors, leveraging the AI to scan and process the type of content and deciding what's important or fresh. From there, a team of more than 800 editors around the world will curate top stories throughout each day.

You can check out the refresh now at MSN.com, as well as the refreshed apps on Android and iOS.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the Editor in Chief for Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl. Got a hot tip? Send it to daniel.thorp-lancaster@futurenet.com.

17 Comments
  • I got it yesterday but it will not keep me signed in. And there is no feedback feature.
  • Love the dark theme. Man I miss my old phone sometimes.
  • I got this update over a week ago, been good so far.
  • Got it today, love the new look!
  • Clearly it would kill them to release a windows mobile version.
  • Inb4 Windows 10 Mobile is dead snarky reply
  • Huh? There already is a UWP version of this, and has been since Windows 10 / 10M launched. I use it daily.
  • I prefer the old version to be honest. This version looks more cluttered and some news stories repeat when scrolling down. Still has the news though, so......
  • Are you kidding? I've found this version much better UI wise and much more smooth too.
  • I am struggling to see why anyone should care about this. Apple and Google both have their own, superior, News Apps on their platforms.
  • What do they have that make them superior?
  • Ironically, Microsoft's app has a lot more annoying, 'sponsored' ads. I tried looking for those pesky '14 Signs Your Diet Is Killing You' stories in Google's app but could not find any.
  • Agree. Love the new Google News app. In particular the full coverage button. Something MS should have considered copying.
  • Update window phones automatically
  • I like the dark theme and new layout but I miss the section for my added topics.
  • Sorry, but Google News is better. No thanks.
  • Google News is really good so it is not going to be easy for MS to gain traction.