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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MSN itself is kinda passe. The portal era is a bygone web destination isn't it? I would think it would be better to shift any and all editorials and blogs they have under their MSNBC venture similiar to how HuffPost now handles the majority of Aol's content.

Edited by seebaran, Feb 10 2012, 2:54pm :

seebaran said,
MSN itself is kinda passe. The portal era is a bygone web destination isn't it? I would think it would be better to shift any and all editorials and blogs they have under their MSNBC venture similiar to how HuffPost now handles the majority of Aol's content.

those would still be portals now wouldn't they? all a portal is is a place to get to other places... MSNBC is that already online

neufuse said,

those would still be portals now wouldn't they? all a portal is is a place to get to other places... MSNBC is that already online


I agree to a point, but I'll be more specific. A portal in this context are general, not news only, sites like Aol, MSN and Yahoo (and for kicks: Lycos, Excite, AltaVista). They were the earlier alternatives to the once popular AOL Welcome Screen for all non-AOL members. But that era has ended long ago and the purpose of a portal seems moot when people typically go straight to e-mail, FB, Twitter and the like.

I downloaded and my first impression is that it is to blah. I believe that will have to explain how you can vies content with out the use if the internet. I have an iPad with 3G. or i just may have misunderstood.

ACTIONpack said,
Not an iPad design app at all. I really don't like it.

That's because it's designed by Microsoft. Why would Microsoft take the time to design an app for their service using a UI guideline for a competing OS? It's not like Apple took the time to design iTunes for Windows with the Microsoft UX Guidelines in mind.

Sranshaft said,

That's because it's designed by Microsoft. Why would Microsoft take the time to design an app for their service using a UI guideline for a competing OS? It's not like Apple took the time to design iTunes for Windows with the Microsoft UX Guidelines in mind.


Well said, my friend.

ACTIONpack said,
Not an iPad design app at all. I really don't like it.

Neither are 90% of the other apps in the app store... guess its an "ipad design app" if it were created by Apple only

ACTIONpack said,
Not an iPad design app at all. I really don't like it.

And Itunes for Windows is designed so inline with Windows XP/Vista/7.........

Cant wait for the Itunes app for windows 8.. its going to be such a weak attempt at metro

Sranshaft said,

That's because it's designed by Microsoft. Why would Microsoft take the time to design an app for their service using a UI guideline for a competing OS? It's not like Apple took the time to design iTunes for Windows with the Microsoft UX Guidelines in mind.

That probably explains why iTunes is a piece of **** to run on Windows!