Definitely decision 5/5
Horrible scroll lag 1/5
What kind of iOS developers is Microsoft hiring ! The app has horrible scrolling lag and frames drop left and right on iPAD. I reported this bug multiple times but see no improvements.
The app code is not optimized probably for scrolling. Pocket app had a similar problem and they fixed it in the major update that they released. So the issue is definitely fixable.
Reason for one star when the entire app is pretty decent.
The scrolling animation is an integral part of the app and whole app experience. If they cannot get simple scrolling right on an iPad then according to me they deserve on star.
Otherwise in general the app is quite good. Clean magazine like interface. It is worth downloading for sure.
Good coverage 5/5
I enjoy your wise and fair news coverage!
Not great 2/5
Old recycled news and often the same story appears twice. Format doesn’t allow you to see the whole headline unless you open it up. I want to know what I’m going g to read about and not have to open the entire article beforehand. Disappointing and not my first choice for up-to-the-minute news
Scrolling is horrible 3/5
I like the customization but would like to have each category broken down further.
The most annoying thing is some articles down scroll completely down in order to read it’s entirety.
Otherwise, better than most news apps.
Regarding the politics comments from some of the reviewers...news flash...they are all politics driven!
Useful aggregator 5/5
... a balanced and informative aggregation of news
To political. 1/5
Too much news about politics.
Great news...but 3/5
I prefer the news here over Apple news but the scrolling on the home screen is horrendous, it’s choppy and sometimes gets completely stuck. That pretty much makes it unusable on iPhone. (I gave it 3 stars because It is excellent on Windows Phone so I know the potential l.)
The Best News App 5/5
I finally found the app I’m looking for.
This App is awesome and super easy to gather all important topics under one roof, and I liked the dark theme.
This is my main news app from now on.
I guess I really don't have a choice 1/5
I am sick & tired of the daily propaganda blitz from the media. I gave up on Apple News and Flipboard. So, I'll try Microsoft News. I select my favorites and all the crap I purposely chose not select shows up first. I go back in and deselect them, and they're still there.... Unbelievable
By Fun channel America.com
Better than Apple news ... works better... stories are more balanced.
I like the layout of the site. In addition, I like that you have a “Good News” section.
Another sorry left leaning agenda promoting app 1/5
By common sense freedom
Just let me pick from news sources that are both left and right. I am tired of CNN the New Yorker and the Atlantic and Slate as the only sources for news.
Weird thing. 5/5
I get visual notifications but not the audible ones. This is the only app with that problem. Great news aggregator though.
Love the Up To The Minute Alerts 5/5
By Mommy Dearest14
When something happens important that is newsworthy, the story comes right up to inform us!
I like the breaking news alert and I’m enjoying reading updates information from the different interest I subscribed for . Thanks for the hard work
Much better than news websites 4/5
News websites have so many ads and other junk on the page. They take so long to load. The News app is a much experience since articles load faster and there are fewer ads. The two issues that are a pain: when swipe scrolling if the swipe starts where there is a hyperlink it navigates to the link rather than scrolling. Also, sometimes the app blanks out and I have to restart the app.
Many ways. 5/5
This is one great app it lets you explore a lot of options.
Totally unbiased news reporting- NOT 1/5
If you want objective news reporting, this is not the app for you.
Very good news, watch several times a day! My husband is “addicted” to this news!
The very best news app there is. 5/5
I have used them all, but this is now the very best one out there. The latest version allows you to select from three different views: the standard view, compact, or text only. This is really an exceptional feature.
The strengths of this app is that it collects news from a wide variety of reputable sources, including both conservative and liberal perspectives. You can also add your own topics, and you can put everything in whichever order you prefer. You can scroll from article to article without having to go back to the main menu, and these articles will fill almost the entire screen. When you’ve read to the end of an article, you can swipe forward through headlines to skip articles you don’t want to read. That makes it easy to use and efficient on one’s time. Very nice.
This app strikes the right balance between text and pictures for the top level menus. The pictures are helpful because they quickly identify what the topic is, but they are small enough to make scrolling quick and easy. The headlines are detailed enough to identify the topic as well. The scrolling both within and between articles is very smooth.
The font in the individual articles is consistent throughout as opposed to mimicking the original source. Personally, I think this consistency is a plus. Text is in a clear, bold and easy to read type. (Size is adjustable, but only with three options.)
Finally, it is reasonably uncluttered as far as advertisements ago, and that is always a big plus. There are advertisements, to be sure, but they are clearly marked “sponsored“, and when you are scrolling through the articles in order, they are skipped. The only way you see them is if you click on them from a top level category or inside an article. Typically, there is only one per category or article. This seems reasonable to me.
Overall, this latest revision is really well designed, and is now the very best news app available for those who are looking for reliable information from a variety of sources in a well-designed package, IMHO. Developers also appear to be reading the reviews, and responding to them when they can. This is my number one news app these days.
Tip: When organizing your favorites, you will have to put your finger on the selection icon and hold it there for a second or two before you can move it.
Another Tip: If you are really interested in international news, you can just change editions. For example, changing to the Canadian edition brings up a great selection of news from across the country within a couple of seconds, much more than you would see simply by adding it as a topic. Very impressive.
One improvement: Having the ability to select news sources rather than just topics would be great, but given that there is a good range of perspectives included, I don’t think this undermines the five star rating.
Second improvement: it would be nice to have the option to not have to see the “my news“ section or to place it where I want.
Very useful app 5/5
Microsoft News is a great app for checking the latest news quickly and easily. You can go as deeply into the news as you like or just get the highlights.
Fantastic App, but man, are the News Articles Biased 3/5
The interface and aesthetics of the app are phenomenal, however, I wish that Microsoft gave us the ability to choose who we actually follow on the web.
Set aside any feelings you have about politics/etc., and just focus on what would make the app better for the end user. I personally don’t align with any political party, but can tell when developers favour certain news organisations over others. I wish Microsoft would allow me to choose whoever and not choose whoever I want in regards to subscribing when using the app. I like to follow certain websites when scouring the web for news and this app doesn’t allow me any customisation whatsoever on that front. Until this happens, I will keep this uninstalled from my device.
5/5 app interface
2.4/5 overall review
+0.5/5 because Apple doesn’t do half stars
Thanks for listening!
By Doc moha
Biased news feed
This News App is Not Customizable 1/5
Not a good app cuz it forces the reader to accept news sources that are preselected and fed to the reader without the ability to adjust/modify the app to remove news sources that are not actually news agencies but propagandist corporations that cater to promoting extreme agendas and concepts and not real fact-based, event-driven news. So long as this app remains un-customizable I will rate it very low.
Full of clickbait and no way to remove a news source. This must be a third party deal and not a real Microsoft product.
Thx for the crappie update 1/5
Used to work not no more. Typical SillyCon Valley crap, mess with it til it doesn’t work anymore. Good job!
Mostly Left Wing News 3/5
Good recap of the days news, but don’t expect to see much balance of political views. Most of the sites posted are left leaning.
Microsoft news 5/5
By Sh Moos
Very informative news
Crash on iPhone SE 1/5
Great news app that crashes at startup most of the time. With phone in portrait mode, the app Starts in landscape mode with half of screen blank. Opens ok after crashing.
Please fix this otherwise great app.
Adds to confusion of fake news 3/5
I like the app. Because it won’t allow me to choose what sources I want to see, I can’t filter out Fox-fake news, nor all the ads posing as news. How about just a simple news site, and let the fluff content find a new home?
Great App 5/5
This app is not like the rest. Gives you up to date information and have a great format!!!!
No way to change layout 3/5
There is no way to change the layout in the new version as the description says. Despite removing and reinstalling a couple of times there is no choice available in the settings.
Does not work on new IPAD Pro 1/5
Purchase new IPAD Pro a back in November and this app never worked.The app, when launched displays a white screen then a message appears stating that the app is not available at this time.
Right wing propaganda 1/5
This app promotes right wing propaganda outlets mixed in with normal news (as imperfect as that already is).
Timely News 5/5
My first choice for breaking or urgent news each day. My “go to choice”. 👍👍
By fed up with msn
wont load stories and images properly. halts and freezes constantly. takes you all day to read a few articles.
UTTERLY WORTHLESS. DONT WASTE YOUR TIME INSTALLING IT
could not have said it better myself. a piece of absolutely worthless crap. tap on the headline and pic on the main page and the useless p.o.s. opens with the same pic and headline and a whole bunch of white.....no print at all.
To many old stories
The sponsored ads are the worst. 3/5
I hate the sponsored ads that appear as fake articles. I liked the old version of MSN news better.
Crashes on start, only sometimes loads 1/5
Embarrassing... just crashes. Is this unique?
Biased news 1/5
Seems like a lot of biased news.
It was great and then got buggy 2/5
What happened to this app in the last two months? Pages would go blank and now my custom topics stopped refreshing. It seemed to happen when Microsoft launched the Hummingbird AI news app. I think I am going to start hunting for a new choice.
Excessive left wing bias 2/5
This app is not balanced, which is most clearly seen in the “fact” check section that focuses completely on Donald Trump. Just because a disrupter challenges the made-up narratives of the anti-democratic Democrats and other Washington insiders doesn’t mean said disrupter is 100% wrong. The fact check section seems quite fact free. Left wing opinion is not fact. If Microsoft wants to advocate against a President and a political party, it is disingenuous to do so in a news app and especially in their (un)fact check section.
Great app when it doesn’t crash 3/5
By Kohei's Pop
Regularly hangs on launch. When it runs, it is great.
Man news 1/5
Repeat the same story in several different sections.
Nice interface to view ads 2/5
The layout and interface is nice, but it’s slow to start and hides advertisements everywhere. Going back to Apple news.
Irrelevant news, too many ads. 3/5
Title says it all. There’s too much clickbait for this to be a serious news app, and the news that isn’t clickbait is horribly curated by MSN. Google’s offerings somehow know exactly what articles I’d be interested in, and yet, although I’ve already fed Cortana and Bing a bunch of keywords for my interests and specified what topics to display, they still manage to come up with irrelevant articles.
That being said, it does fit with the theme of fluent design, which I’m a fan of, and it is free, so the price is right. I just wish it was actually better at being a news app, and not another advertising hub.
(That being said, it’s horrifying that Google has scraped so much info into my advertising ID, but this is a case where it’s actually kinda convenient, so, this is alright I guess.)
Very good but crashes when I do the search 4/5
Microsoft News are very good for me, the news are related to my interests. But it usually crashes when I do the search.
Way too far Left for me. 1/5
If you enjoy reading all the “Fact Checking” of our Presidents “lies” this is for you.