In this list, we talk about 6 free news apps for Windows 8 devices that help you to read the latest news from all across the world. The apps that I am going to talk about in this list are the most popular ones on the Windows 8 App Store, and you can be rest assured that these apps are going to work absolutely smoothly and flawlessly on your Windows 8 device. Needless to say, these apps will provide you with the latest news from all across the world, and some of these will even give you toast notifications of breaking news that you may find important. The apps are completely free, and don’t consume a lot of system resources or memory when they are running.
1. CNN App for Windows 8
CNN App for Windows 8 is the official news app from the much popular news company CNN. The app provides you with a tiled interface of the latest news items from across the world when you launch it on your Windows 8 device. The app runs smoothly, and upon launching, will provide the Top Story towards the leftmost side of the screen in a tile size that is the largest of all the news tiles.
One interesting feature of this app is that the tiled view that it provides on your Windows 8 device is a pictorial-tile view, so you can find out what the news item is about simply by looking at the tile. Clicking on the tile opens up the news item in a full screen view, and you can read the news in a nice reader interface optimized for Windows 8 devices. The app also supports snapped view and live tiles, which keep you updated about the latest news items!
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2. Fox News
Fox News is the official news app of the Fox News company. When you launch the app, you will be presented with a tiled interface showcasing you the latest news items from across the world. Just like the CNN app that we talked above, this app also supports Pictorial tiles on the launch page of the app, with the top news tile being the biggest in size. You can scroll to the right to reveal more news items, and click on a particular tile to open up the news item in full screen size view. When you open the news item, you will be presented with a minimalist reader view which shows you the entire news item in a scrollable format with the picture of the news item at the top. The app can be snapped to either side of the screen, and thus, it supports multitasking. The news items on the main screen of the app are categorically sorted according to categories like Latest News, Sports, Video etc.
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3. NBC News
All of you might have heard of the NBC News Broadcasting company. NBC News is the official app coming from the same company, and you can rest assured that the app is extremely smooth as well as reliable! When you launch the app, you will be presented with tiles of news items. The news items which carry a picture along with them appear as pictorial news tiles, and the news items which don’t carry any pictures simply appear as textual tiles. You can simply click on any of the tiles to expand the news item and view it in full screen interface. What I really like about this app is that you can collapse the categories of news items that you are not interested in in the main screen of the app by clicking the Collapse button under each category. These categories then appear as tiles that get expanded only upon clicking on them. The app supports snapped mode.
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4. ABC News
ABC News is another cool Windows 8 news app that will help you read the latest news with your hot morning cup of coffee. When you launch the app, you will be presented with pictorial tiles of news items. The news items are sorted into categories like Top Stories, Trending, Health, etc. which can be revealed by scrolling to the right side of the screen. Clicking on a news tile will open it up in a full screen view. In the news view, the font size can be adjusted via the control bar of the app. The app supports snapped view. In the main screen of the app, you can also choose the source from where the news is to be fetched at the top of the screen – whether from Good Morning America, World News With Diane Sawyer, Nightline, etc.
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5. The Huffington Post
The Huffington Post is a free Windows 8 app that allows you to read news items fetched straight from the Huffington Post website. The app has a very detailed interface, and when you launch the app, you will be presented with HUFFPOST text in the center of the screen. You have to click on this text to get started with using the app. Once the app has loaded up, you will be presented with news items on which you can click to read them in detail.
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6. The New York Times
When you install and launch The New York Times app on your Windows 8 device, you will be presented with various categories. Clicking on a category (like Top News) will take you to that page. Inside a category, the main news will appear as a big sized tile on the left side of the page, and the not so important news items will appear in smaller sized tiles. Clicking on any news item will open it up in a full screen size, and you can then read it clearly. The app can be snapped to the side of a screen if you want, and this makes for a really cool feature if you are multitasking. You can return to the category page of the app at any time by click on the back arrow button at the top left corner of the screen.
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So guys, this winds up my list of top 6 popular news apps for Windows 8. Which one is your favourite? Do let me know!