MSN app for iPad now available for US owners

In January, UK owners of Apple's iPad were able to download a new and free app for Microsoft's MSN news service. Today, US iPad users are now able to download their own version of the MSN app, as announced on the official MSN blog site.

Like its UK counterpart, the US version of the iPad app allows its users to check out news and articles from the MSN service along with photo galleries, videos and more. The news stories for the app come from MSNBC.com while sports coverage comes from FoxSports.com.

One interesting feature is that when you click on an article in the iPad app, you can use the new Lasso feature. That means you can take your finger and circle around a word or phrase in the article. Microsoft's Bing search service then activates and searches for that word or phrase that the user has circled in the MSN article. The MSN iPad app also allows users to download content and then read that content offline.

This is yet another example of Microsoft releasing software and apps for non-Microsoft platforms. A few days ago it released the OneNote app for Android devices and there are still rumors that the company is trying to get Microsoft Office ported to the iPad.

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