Microsoft News launches for Android and iOS, uses AI to recommend stories

21 June, 2018, 19:28 | Author: Sammy Rose
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"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", said Rob Bennett, Editor in Chief of Microsoft News, in a blog post. A team of more than 800 editors curate the News experience, while artificial intelligence (AI) is what Microsoft uses to scan the content, and suggest photos before editors begin their curation process. No, Microsoft, it enables better reading at all times. It'll be the driving force behind MSN.com, the Microsoft Edge start page and the Microsoft News app for iOS and Android.

Above: The Microsoft News app for iOS and Android devices. One feature I missed from Google News is the "Full Coverage" button, which brings up multiple publications' perspectives on the same topic or event in a single list.

You can set push notifications so you're alerted to breaking news, and there's an optional dark mode that makes catching up with the latest headlines more comfortable at night.

Microsoft News is the new name for our news engine that powers familiar sites like MSN.com, and our newly redesigned Microsoft News app for iOS and Android.

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The various categories are arranged in tabs across the top of the app. Stories load in a stripped down view inside the app, which scrolls smoothly to the nest story when you get to the bottom.

Microsoft News is now ready to download for free from the Google Play Store. If you have used the MSN News apps before, the experience will feel incredibly similar.

Microsoft stated that as part of this program they have paid more than $600 million to publishers in the past four years through this advertising revenue share.

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