Though, there are tons of new apps out there, the fact remains that people want news from sources they can trust. Reliability is the key word for users, and once they can find a new source they can trust, then the rest becomes history. Microsoft feels it can leverage on its name to attract people to use the app—the fact that it is one of those companies fighting against fake news is an added advantage.
Now, to the app and its sections:
Fact Check: Perhaps, my favorite feature in the app—it allows you to crosscheck what is true against what is not. The feature becomes absolutely necessary when you have doubt about the news item you are reading. Adding Fact Check to its news app gives Microsoft a big edge when it comes to setting the boarders. Stats and links from reliable sources are used to debunk fake news in this section.
Good News: The Good News section is a game changer, and is an attempt to do something different from what we have all been used to for years. Of course, bad news always grab the headline in this highly competitive world, but how about some good news for a change?
World: As expected, a section is dedicated to breaking news across the world. This section is dedicated for breaking news in Europe, Canada, Africa, Latin America and the rest of the world.
US: As expected, this section is solely for breaking US news, and essentially covers politics, sports, and the rest.
Other popular news section within the Microsoft News app include, Opinion, Crime, Technology, Entertainment, Money, Sports, Video, Politics, My News, and Top Stories.
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Among the top news providers for the Microsoft News app are:
News, Politics and Opinion: The Washington Post, USA TODAY, CBS News, CNN, The New York Times, FOX News, NBC News, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, BBC News, The Federalist, and The Week.
Money and Investing: Business Insider, CNBC, Bloomberg, 24/7 Wall St., International Business Times, The Wall Street Journal, Money, Lovemoney, The Motley Fool, and Forbes.
Entertainment, Celebrity and Gossip: People, Wonderwall, INSIDER, ETtonline, PopSugar, Entertainment Weekly, TheWrap, Variety, Inside Edition, and The Hollywood Reporter.
Sports: Larry Brown Sports, For The Win, Sporting News, Sportsnaut, USA TODAY SPORTS, Sports Illustrated, theScore, 12up, The Big Lead, SB Nation, Yardbarker, and The Drive.
Of course, it is available for free; and doesn’t look like Microsoft has any plan to start charging users for the content they get from its new app anytime in the future.
Maybe it is too early to compare Microsoft News with Google News, but this is not a bad attempt at taking on Google.