Microsoft releases Tech Companion news app for Windows Phone and Android

While there are plenty of media outlets that cover the happenings at Microsoft already (including the one you are reading right now), it looks like the company wants to give its customers, especially IT professionals, a more direct avenue for getting news from Redmond.

Today, Microsoft announced the launch of the Tech Companion app on its Server and Cloud blog, which it says will offer access to the company's "latest news on products, features, and upcoming events, virtually anywhere." The app is currently available for Windows Phone and Android devices and will be released later for Windows desktop, Windows 8.1 and iOS platforms.

The apps allow users to customize the content coming from the various Microsoft news feeds into categories like products, terms, features, and functions. Once that's done, the feeds can be viewed and automatically updated via Live Tiles. It also includes bookmarks for users to save the address of a particular news topic, article or blog.

The Tech Companion app also features a way to search through Microsoft's blogs, wikis, and library topics and those search strings can be saved for future access. The app uses a Microsoft Account so if a person switches devices they can sync up the app to their previous settings.

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I don't understand why there needs to be such fragmentation between the different stores. How is it that this app is available ONLY on Windows Phone and somehow can't also be available on Windows RT and/or Windows 8.

I haven't found it too useful yet... setting up my feeds seems pretty limited to me but maybe I'm missing the point of it?

Insert my typical comment on how even Microsoft has abandoned us WP7.x owners.

Really? A Tech app requires the new APIs of WP8?

Grumble, grumble.

Forjo said,
Insert my typical comment on how even Microsoft has abandoned us WP7.x owners.

Really? A Tech app requires the new APIs of WP8?

Grumble, grumble.

Windows phone 7 is a different OS altogether. The app would need to be built from scratch. Windows phone 8 apps share code between windows 8 apps. It can also run natively. It can also be ported to iOS and Android. Windows Phone 7 apps require too much work!

deadonthefloor said,
Why not a QR code for those of us reading on desktop?

This. I clicked through to the source article hoping Microsoft would have too but no, I had to manually search for the app in the store