Microsoft Releases Half A Dozen MSN Apps For iOS And Android, Providing Information, Sports activities, Climate And Extra
Persevering with its efforts to grow to be extra of a cellular ecosystem participant, Microsoft right now has launched a set of MSN-branded cellular purposes that run on iOS, Android and Amazon units. The free apps, beforehand created underneath the awkward Bing label, have been initially constructed for Home windows eight and Home windows Telephone units. In the present day, the lineup consists of MSN apps for Information, Climate, Sports activities, Meals & Drink, Wholesome & Health, and Cash. The apps can be found as of this morning on iTunes, Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.
Microsoft stated again in September that it will convey the then rebranded cellular apps to different platforms within the “coming months,” ZDNet reminds us this morning.
The MSN model, although dated, nonetheless has over four hundred million customers visiting its web portal at this time. It’s a well-known identify, and one which makes extra sense maybe for a set of apps which have extra to do with getting information and knowledge and different content material, quite than performing net searches, because the Bing branding would have steered.
What’s additionally fascinating concerning the new apps is that they’re not all simply easy ports – some apps have been custom-made to reap the benefits of the varied platforms’ distinctive options. For instance, the Well being & Health app on iOS, which permits customers to rely their steps, runs, diets and cardio coaching, ties into Apple’s HealthKit platform. Different occasions, Microsoft missed a chance to cater to the cellular platform’s function set and viewers preferences – because it did on Android, when it did not ship a climate widget to accompany the MSN Climate app, for example, as many reviewers have now identified.
Moreover, Microsoft says the apps might be personalised by finish customers, with a view to “customise and manage the knowledge you need in line with your pursuits.” Which means, you possibly can monitor your favourite groups, shares or information sources. (Disclosure, apparently: TechCrunch is among the information sources you possibly can comply with within the the brand new MSN Information app.)
As you employ the apps between your totally different units, your preferences will stay synced regardless of which platform you’re at present on.
The apps’ launch follows that of the lately made-over MSN.com portal website, which was additionally up to date this fall and options most of the similar subjects as these coated by the apps themselves, and factors customers to different Microsoft providers like Outlook.com, Skype, and Bing.
Microsoft now has numerous apps that run on competing cellular working methods, together with its Workplace apps, OneDrive, Bing, Xbox apps, and extra, in addition to the varied experiments launched by its Microsoft Storage division which has put out issues like an Android lockscreen app, a social journey log app, and, most lately an Android app that’s an alternative choice to Google’s “OK Google” referred to as Torque.