Windows 10 build 10056 unveils updated MSN apps with new UI and vertical scrolling

While the latest official release of Windows 10 Technical Preview still stuck in build 10049, a new preview of the operating system (build 10056) recently leaked onto the web. This release of the OS unveiled a number of changes, improvements and updated apps including a new Weather app.

Additionally, Microsoft is also including new redesigned version of its Sports, Money, and News apps (now called MSN Apps).

All these new apps are universal, which means that they run on PCs, tablets, and phones. All the new MSN apps introduce a fresh new design. Microsoft is also changing the scrolling to a traditional vertical orientation (moving away from the awkward horizontal scrolling that only made sense on tablets).

Let's have a look as to what's new in these apps for Windows 10:

Sports

Interesting enough all the new apps share a similar look and feel to the same sections in MSN.com. When launching Sports, you will see the top featured article front and center and access to the different sections. Scrolling down the page, you'll find all the latest article arrange on a Pinterest's like grid.

The new MSN Sports app also features a Scoreboard, Slideshows, and Videos section. In addition, you can do pretty much everything you were able to do before, like follow your favorites sports teams, read statistics, and more. Also, clicking the hamburger menu button in the top-left corner of the app will the you access to settings and list of your favorite teams.

Money

Money for Windows 10 also features a main finance article when you first open the app. Unlike the Sports app, MSN Money does not feature a top menu with different sections; instead, you have to click the hamburger menu button to see a listing of what is available to you. For example, Market data, which currently is not available, Watchlist, News, Personal Finance, Currencies, Mortgage Calculator, World Markets, and access to Settings, which at this time is very limited on all the apps.

News

The News app for Windows 10 is a little different from the rest, when you launch the app you'll go directly to Headlines, and you'll see a listing of the top stories. Each section features the top four stories making headlines with a listing of the latest articles arranged on a Pinterest's like grid.

From the menu, you can access other areas, such as Topics. There you can make a list of your interests, Local for local news, and Videos that look the same as the Sports' Videos section.

Weather

The Weather app is perhaps the MSN app that received the most changes, including a fresh new design. Like the rest of the apps above, the content can be scrolled vertically. The new MSN Weather app also features a main Forecast section as well as one for News, and a Maps, Historical Weather, and Favorites area, which aren't yet available.

(Note: Although we have seen the Weather app in previous posts, I wanted to include it in this list as it part of the MSN apps group.)

Wrapping it up

Even though these new universal MSN apps are an early version of what is to come, they already are an improvement from the same apps we have been using in Windows 8.1. The UI has a modern look and matches the elements Microsoft is implementing in Windows 10. Despite many people not liking the new hamburger menu, the new UX choice is very useful, I even like the back button that appears whenever you access a new section.

Weather, News, Sports and Money have been spotted in Windows 10 Technical Preview build 10056. This version of the OS is not available to the public, and for those wondering the Health & Fitness and Food & Drink apps remain the same for now. Nonetheless, we can certainly expect these apps to get updated in the future.

How do you like the new MSN apps for Windows 10? Leave us your thoughts in the comments below.

Mauro Huculak is technical writer for WindowsCentral.com. His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.

164 Comments
  • Nice
  • I am downloading it right now
  • Where can I get it?
  • just go to any torrent site. 
  • From windows insider
  • Build 10056 is not an insider build! It is a leaked internal build, and Gabe Aul has already said that we will not be getting this build from the Insider Program.
  • Is it only me or am I seeing 1 news screenshot with weather screenshots
  • Universal App but wont run on Windows 8.1.
    Not so universal now is it.
  • Windows Apps are for Windows 10. Which is a FREE upgrade. You cant complain and staying on Win8.1 is your choice but you'll be left behind as new apps are.made for 10 and not 8. That's tech for ya, things go obsolete whether you like it or not.
  • You'll be able to upgrade to 10 for free, if you didn't know. And then, use them happily. They will be universal across all WINDOWS 10 running devices and most devices are getting that upgrade for free.
  • Metro Material (tm)
  • So many hamburgers that MS could feed third world countries... :(
  • LOL
  • Hahaha! This made my day!!!
  • McCrosoft, McDonald called, they want their hamburgers back!
  • There's a McDonald's image in the article, such coincidence
  • You my friend. Have won the internet.
  • calm down.
  • Only an American would think that's funny
  • Actually, I'm no American but find it funny as hell!
  • You do know McDonalds exists in most countries right?
  • I'm not American and I'm vegetarian and I think that's funny
     
  • i'm from the phils, a 3rd world country, and the joke actually made my day :D
  • Me too class 3 world, think that comment is light hearted. Especially since the word 'hamburger' cointains 'ham' Phew.. too much PC here...
  • Lol
  • lol
  • @Sean1robertson:
    This is NOT funny - on two counts!
  • Who doesn't love a good hamburger though? Bacon, cheese and tomatoes and I'm a happy man. But it when it comes to the redesign,all in all it looks great.
  • Merica'
  • Lol! Quite upset with that hamburger menu and this one sure the best joke yet.
  • lol
  • Terrible joke and poor taste.
  • haha you made me happy right this instant :D
  • So many poor and stupid people. Lol. Lets talk badly about those poor stupid people ?
  • "The needs of the many, outweigh the needs of the few, or the one." -Spock (dying words)
  • Okay, Pivots and Hamburgers. Hm. Yeah, okay. I could like that.
  • As long as we can swipe right to get to the next section....
  • I hate hamburger menus replacing the swipe/pivot/metro but....have been doing some web designing today and there are more and more sites using them, one way or another. They are now growing on me as I seem to use them more and more using sites on the internet. These new apps do look appealing to me and as they have more design coming their way, maybe a move to Windows 10 will not be as painful as I thought it would be moving from my beloved Metro.
  • I prefer hamburgers
  • I prefer nuggets, but Microsoft won't include a nuggets menu for some reason
  • I also prefer the hamburger button, it's easier on the fingers and follow the design of pretty much every mobile app. Thanks,
  • But I don't think they will work that way anymore, which is a shame. I disagree with Daniel -- swiping horizontally is not awkward.
    I think vertical scrolling makes sense when the apps are in a window on the desktop, but they should scroll horizontally when in full-screen mode.
  • Noticed on the Galaxy S6 the hamburger menu at the top right has become a vertical ellipsis. Wonder where they got that idea ... I like horizontal scrolling, better than vertical. Especially for the menus.
  • Thanks for the news.
  • News crashs.
  • What is wrong with just the simple "hamburgers!" Accept them