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Microsoft promotes major Windows Phone news apps in new video

Microsoft has released a new video that shows how major news apps for CNN, USA Today and NBC News take advantage of the Windows Phone platform.

The quick video shows how those apps can give major news junkies instant updates via alerts from their Live Tiles, along with customized news items. The video also shows how the NBC News app lets Windows Phone device owners pin specific TV shows from the network to their Start screen. Finally, all those apps give users a way to quickly share big news stories with others.

While the video doesn't really offer anything new for experienced Windows Phone users, it does serve as a showcase for what exclusive features can be added to news apps via Microsoft's platform. Needless to say, you can go ahead and download the USA Today, NBC News and CNN apps from the Windows Phone Store right now.

Do you think videos like this one serve to educate people who might be on the fence in buying a Windows Phone product?

QR USA Today

QR: NBC News

QR: CNN

Source: Windows Phone on YouTube

52 Comments
  • Thats good to hear that.  
  • Always
  • TYT ftw
  • Ahaaannn
  • Bing news ftw
  • 100% of the Europe really don't care about these apps
  • Similar sentiments from asia too...lol
  • Microsoft focuses on the US, and that's just the way it is really. Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • Non sense, their market share are not in the US ONLY
  • They would show European news apps if only there were official ones on the platform. Speaking from a UK perspective, there is currently no official BBC News app(f****** t***) nor itv and the only official newspaper app is the Metro( though I maybe wrong on this).
  • There's euronews, the most watched news channel in Europe. An official app, getting regular updates.
  • Are they showing these ads in Europe?
  • They're showing nothing in europe
  • BBC News... Where are you?!
  • It's a US tv advert
  • CNN app is still garbage lol
  • truly.....mine automatically switches off the live tile update after no internet connection
  • How would you expect a live update tile to work without an Internet connection? Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • They mean it switches off the live tile updates forever, even after you have internet again
  • Have you updated to 8.1?  I haven't had an issue since updating.  Managing background tasks in 8.1 is much better.
  • Yeah i have and it only increases background task limit to 20...added bing news a couple of days ago and its live tile is not updating at all
  • Seriously. Why can't they frickin' bring live streaming to the Windows Phone app? As a news junkie I rely on it greatly. It's one of the primary reasons I won't switch to Windows Phone from iPhone. That and the fact that IE can support background audio. I stream radio shows on websites but have to keep IE open to keep listening. Android can do it. iPhone can do it. Frickin WP can't. I also tried it in 8.1 and still doesn't work.
  • Use Radio in Xbox Music+Video.
  • It's so weird that I hate watching ads, yet I'm here just to watch an ad lol. GO MICROSOFT!
  • Sadly no.
  • Mmh, still prefer apps like Bing News which gather data from various sources and are the only to be politicaly neutral by nature.
  • A little too much Fox News for my taste in Bing News, but otherwise, yeah. It needs a way to get to the URL of the original source though. That annoys me, that I can't easily share articles with anyone.
  • Yeah I agree. Most stories I get on Bing news are from the extremely biased Fox news. Uninstalled it shortly after. Also not a fan of CNN so don't lump me in either category, lol.
  • I agree on fox news on WP. You can thankfully remove sources on WIN8 but not on WP. :P
  • Pin it. See it. OMG it. Nice!
  • Still waiting for Flipboard.
  • I demand that WPC initates a full investigation on what's happening with the Flipboard Windows Phone app!
  • I concur!
  • What is it?
  • http://en.lmgtfy.com/?q=flipboard
  • Well their website doesn't do a very good job of selling it, looks pretty useless if its supposed to be news based. In fact it doesn't do a very good job of even telling you what it does,
  • http://en.lmgtfy.com/?q=flipboard+on+windows+8.1+youtube
  • So what you're saying is that its just a service for dicks?
  • Yeah the flipboard beta is still just shi t. Just looks ugly and it's very unresponsive.
  • Too bad the CNN app has been broken all year. Used to be one of my favs
  • Wow, this is the ad style we need!
  • USA today and NBC news are excellent apps.
  • On WP7 I preferred the USA TODAY app. On WP8, NBC is Superior to me. The pics on USA today were color coded on WP7. Now, when I open the app, I can't find the stuff on the front. Hope they update that someday.
  • Its nice that they are promoting these apps since they are well known brands that people will see and think "hey, I guess WP does have apps"....but why not show others like weave, Bing news, etc as well?
  • I bet Nokia's advertising team made this ad.
  • The CNN app needs to play live CNN like the IOS and driod do
  • The CNN app has been won't for months, before 8.1 Now its quite unreliable, crashes and reverts to the smallest don't size for no reason. I've stopped using it. Hoping they will correct the problems soon
  • Microsoft should've shown the SHARE feature on WP8.1. Textual links only. BOOOOO!!!
  • I liked it until the end where they say "omg it" that killed it for me
  • Would like to see either a global tv, ctv(not from 5 years ago) app as cbc is just a waste of time in Canada
  • Just an update for Twitter App!
  • Bing news is so clear and crisp.  No non-sense.