Free News Reader App For Windows 8: The Fifth

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The Fifth is a neatly and cleverly designed app for Windows 8 that allows you to view and read about the relevant news items that you are interested in. If you are familiar with the Flipboard app, you already know how to use The Fifth app for your Windows 8 device. No, it does not come from the same publisher, the working principle of this app is what makes it as interesting as the Flipboard app. Just like the Flipboard app, The Fifth app when launched for the first time, asks you what topics you are actually interested in reading about, and once you click on the + button in front of each topic, the app then shows you relevant news, which is much better than filling up your entire screen with unnecessary news items that you might not want to read.

The Fifth has a very clean look to it, with an extremely simple interface. The app worked flawlessly on my test machine, and I had absolutely no issues while running it. The Fifth is easily available from the Windows App Store.

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Using The Fifth app on your Windows 8 device…

When you launch this app for the first time, you will be presented with a screen from where you can choose to add subscriptions of various types of articles/news items that you would actually like to read about.

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You can add various sources of news items by clicking on the + button in front of them, and you can also choose the categories from the left side of the screen. When all that is done and set up, you will be presented with an interface which looks like the below screenshot.

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The above screen should present itself automatically in front of you. However if it does not present itself automatically in front of you, click the back button in the top-left screen corner (see the first screenshot) once you are done with subscribing to various sources. Let’s quickly go ahead and read about something now, shall we?

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Here, at the left side of the screen, we have a clean interface from which we can choose to click on any article, and at the right side, the article opens itself. You also have the option to view the article in your default internet browser, by right clicking on the article that you wish to open in your browser, and then selecting the Open in browser option from the control bar that flies up from the bottom of the screen.


This app also works perfectly in docked view, and hence the entire process of multitasking is made much easier. To sum it all up, this is pretty much everything that you need to know to get started with using The Fifth app on your Windows 8 device.

You can also check out the Weave News Reader app for Windows 8.

Highlights of this app…

  • Uncluttered, ad free interface.
  • Option to choose the kind of news items relevant to you.
  • Supports docked view.

The verdict?

The Fifth is a great app for Windows 8 devices, and being extremely lightweight and allowing you to select the kind of news items that you want to view rather than filling up your screen with news items that you don’t really care about, this app definitely is made keeping the needs of the user in mind!

Get The Fifth for your Windows 8 machine.

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Works With: Windows 8
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