Official Neowin apps now available for Windows Phone and Windows 8.1

Do you own a Windows 8.1 device? Do you have a Windows Phone in your pocket? Have you recently thought, I wish Neowin had apps so that I could get direct access to my favorite content? If you said yes to any of these questions, we have great news for you.

Neowin now has official Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 apps, available right now for you to download from their respective app stores. The apps bring all of your favorite front page content directly to the device of your choosing and provide a great way to view content that our current mobile layout does not offer.

We do want to point out that the app offers a streamlined view of our content and is not a fully featured replication of Neowin. We will work to improve the app in the future, but no timeline for additional features are on the table at this time. Right now we have a few story sections in place and both Windows and Windows Phone are "Live tiles" if pinned on your Start screen.

Building these two apps took a great deal of time and effort to complete, and there were many parties involved (including Microsoft), all of whom deserve credit for getting both the Windows Phone and the Windows Store apps ready for launch at the same time.

You can find the respective download links below - and please be sure to rate our app if you do download it. All your feedback is welcome, so that we can make the app even better for you in the future! 

Download: Windows Phone | Windows Store

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No offense to anyone involved, and the apps are some of the best looking Windows 8 apps I've seen, but these are the kind of apps that, in MY opinion, need to go away. All of our app stores, be it Windows Store, Play Store, iOS App Store are filled to the brim with countless pointless apps burying the useful quality apps. Why does every website need it's own app when you could just click on a favorites link and be at the website? At best you get limited functionality when reading from an app like this, why not just use the website? There's a nicely designed website as well as mobile site to use depending on what device you're using at the time and it works every bit as well, even better, than the app does. I wish every single website in the world didn't feel the need for these pointless apps. If you DID want to consume your news in an app rather than on the website, that's what any of the 5 million RSS reader apps are for. I just don't see the point, personally.

But, I'm not everyone. Maybe there's a huge audience of people who want an app rather than a shortcut to the website!

My next phone will most definitely be a Windows Phone and not an Android. I've had it with Samsung phones. My SGN2 will be my last ever Android handset.

So Android users get shafted. You did a specialized version of the mobile site for iOS, now Windows Phone users get an app. What's the deal?

Kreuger said,
So Android users get shafted.

Android app development is free... The general consensus is, "feel free!"

Hello,

Kreuger said,
So Android users get shafted. You did a specialized version of the mobile site for iOS, now Windows Phone users get an app. What's the deal?

Like I said above, their target audience is VERY low making this app for WP8 instead of Android and/or iOS.

Hello,

Just in the 2013 Q2 you are targeting >7,408 potential users vs >209,798 potential users (iOS and Android sales combined)....And that is just in one quarter!

Even Microsoft themselves usually release a Android app before a WP8 app.

Yes, we all love Windows and Microsoft........on a desktop.

Im glad for the app and the WP8 platform is great and its growth will be one day unstoppable but now and today is not the time. Right now everyone should be developing for [s]the virus called Java[/s] Android then iOS.

Hello,

dingl_ said,
Microsoft made the Neowin app for Windows8, Windowsphone...

Microsoft did not make this app for Neowin.

???

Odd...it never showed up in search results, unlike the other 4 'apps'. Thank goodness for remote download. Was like that for the digitally imported app too.

How'd you guys get the Windows 8 app looking so close to the Bing News app? I've been dying for an RSS app that looks like Bing News and supports Feedly.

Yea the News app would be best RSS app if it shows the feeds in the same style as it shows news stories and let people remove the "Featured Story" section. I removed all the other news sections and set up the RSS feeds but it doesn't show images on the preview and opens a browser when you click on a item. Ill stick with the News Bento app for now.

WOW, the Windows Phone app looks like one of the Bing apps. So Microsoft had a big helping hand there. It's quite nice. Just add login and comment support and it's a 5 stars app for sure.

Does it have a notification when a new front page story is posted? That would be amazing! Like outlook, and the facebook app do?

Comments about the Win 8.1 app:

* Needs comments on news articles
* Needs to always have the latest news. When I first tried it out, the latest article was from 6 hours prior.
* Needs the forums built in
* Needs a makeover. Unfortunately it looks like one of those website wrapper apps, or a very, very basic RSS app.
* Some sort of dark theme
* Auto refresh
* Scrolling in articles is odd. I would think it would be vertical for page 1,2,3, etc., and side to side for new articles.
* Nicer looking tabs. Would be nice if we could tell the difference simply by the icon, or something outside of the text.

Here I am opening Neowin.net on IE11 to pin it to the start screen and I'm greeted with this wonderful news!!! Awesome!

Just as an FYI, this is the first version of the app...there are plans to keep adding features and improving the app.

Why? What the hell is the point?
It's a website, so view it in a web browser. Or if it's RSS, use an RSS reader.

as far as I can see, this is a waste of time and money on your part for a gimicky pos. Well done you.

Grunt said,
Why? What the hell is the point?
It's a website, so view it in a web browser. Or if it's RSS, use an RSS reader.

as far as I can see, this is a waste of time and money on your part for a gimicky pos. Well done you.

Apps provide access to local APIs, which can provide more end user features, that websites can't.

Grunt said,
Why? What the hell is the point?
It's a website, so view it in a web browser. Or if it's RSS, use an RSS reader.

as far as I can see, this is a waste of time and money on your part for a gimicky pos. Well done you.

An app is usefull, it doesn't need to load all design elements like a browser has to do, so you use less data, which is cheaper and faster for smartphones and tablets. You're still free to use the website.

Grunt said,
Why? What the hell is the point?
It's a website, so view it in a web browser. Or if it's RSS, use an RSS reader.

as far as I can see, this is a waste of time and money on your part for a gimicky pos. Well done you.

Wow. Just wow. Your trolling has caused me to troll right back at you with the relatively benign comment of - "If you don't have anything constructive to say, then don't say anything."

So, now, will you try to use the apps and offer feedback to make them better or will you just whine about something that you don't even have to use?

Grunt said,
Why? What the hell is the point?
It's a website, so view it in a web browser. Or if it's RSS, use an RSS reader.

as far as I can see, this is a waste of time and money on your part for a gimicky pos. Well done you.

It's the first release, give them a break.

The WP Central app is very well done and full of features, much easier to use on a mobile device than their website on a mobile device.

Grunt said,
Like a rounded corner API?

Like the fact I can send an article to the Reading List app now for later viewing. It also works better for alternative input methods than the tiny text provides on a website. - > http://i.imgur.com/vcUALnj.png

What the hell is a "rounded corner" API?

Edited by Dot Matrix, Oct 29 2013, 4:07pm :

Dot Matrix said,

Like the fact I can send an article to the Reading List app now for later viewing. It also works better for alternative input methods than the tiny text provides on a website. - > http://i.imgur.com/vcUALnj.png

What the hell is a "rounded corner" API?

I'm not sure what a rounded corner API is but I'm pretty sure Apple has a patent on it.

Grunt said,
Why? What the hell is the point?
It's a website, so view it in a web browser. Or if it's RSS, use an RSS reader.

as far as I can see, this is a waste of time and money on your part for a gimicky pos. Well done you.

The website does more than just displaying a bunch of text!

YEAY! This is awesome! I have been waiting for it for ages.

By the way, I hope you are able to run ads on these apps. You should continue to be payed for yoru content even through the apps!

Indeed. It would be a nice way for Neowin to make a bit of coin. If Steve does decide to go that route, I'd like to see subscribers get an app with no ads.

You ahve to realize that Building apps for Windows 7 is like building apps for Blackberry. When Microsoft announced Windows Phone 8, I KNEW with almost certainty that most apps would be exclusive to Windows Phone 8. Here's why.

Windows Phone 7 uses a completely different framework than WP8. Namely, WP7 uses silverlight while WP8 uses WPRT (Windows Phone Runtime). WP8 also allows native code, which allows you to PORT iOS, Android, and Windows 8 apps. WP7 doesn't allow you to port apps, meaning you have to start from scratch! This is a waste of time.

Making WP7 apps take extra time and effort and requries building apps for scratch. Windows Phone 7 is going away and there is no point in wasting energy on this. Silverlight is dead, so no point in investing on it.

Also, this is why iOS and Android ports are on WP8 and not on WP7 (such as Angry Birds Star Wars II). WP7 doesn't allow iOS & Android ports and WP8 does.

It's not that no one loves Windows Phone 7. It's jsut that Windows Phone 7 can't run native apps, can't port apps, and doesn't share any code with Windows 8.

Nazmus Shakib Khandaker said,
You ahve to realize that Building apps for Windows 7 is like building apps for Blackberry. When Microsoft announced Windows Phone 8, I KNEW with almost certainty that most apps would be exclusive to Windows Phone 8. Here's why.

Windows Phone 7 uses a completely different framework than WP8. Namely, WP7 uses silverlight while WP8 uses WPRT (Windows Phone Runtime). WP8 also allows native code, which allows you to PORT iOS, Android, and Windows 8 apps. WP7 doesn't allow you to port apps, meaning you have to start from scratch! This is a waste of time.

Making WP7 apps take extra time and effort and requries building apps for scratch. Windows Phone 7 is going away and there is no point in wasting energy on this. Silverlight is dead, so no point in investing on it.

Also, this is why iOS and Android ports are on WP8 and not on WP7 (such as Angry Birds Star Wars II). WP7 doesn't allow iOS & Android ports and WP8 does.

It's not that no one loves Windows Phone 7. It's jsut that Windows Phone 7 can't run native apps, can't port apps, and doesn't share any code with Windows 8.

err... he said he is downloading it.

ilovetech said,
no wp7 love..?

You have to realize that Building apps for Windows 7 is like building apps for Blackberry. When Microsoft announced Windows Phone 8, I KNEW with almost certainty that most apps would be exclusive to Windows Phone 8. Here's why.

Windows Phone 7 uses a completely different framework than WP8. Namely, WP7 uses silverlight while WP8 uses WPRT (Windows Phone Runtime). WP8 also allows native code, which allows you to PORT iOS, Android, and Windows 8 apps. WP7 doesn't allow you to port apps, meaning you have to start from scratch! This is a waste of time.

Making WP7 apps take extra time and effort and requries building apps for scratch. Windows Phone 7 is going away and there is no point in wasting energy on this. Silverlight is dead, so no point in investing on it.

Also, this is why iOS and Android ports are on WP8 and not on WP7 (such as Angry Birds Star Wars II). WP7 doesn't allow iOS & Android ports and WP8 does.

It's not that no one loves Windows Phone 7. It's jsut that Windows Phone 7 can't run native apps, can't port apps, and doesn't share any code with Windows 8.

Yay! I can finaly remove that other one from my WP, ugly interface....

Mmmm, you've got some work to do for the Windows Phone version, the tile doesn't look charp to me on my Lumia 520. Both apps also have a light border around the logo on tile and load screen. The Windows app also doesn't support Windows 8.1 snap view.

Edited by Studio384, Oct 29 2013, 2:19pm :

Studio384 said,
Yay! I can finaly remove that other one from my WP, ugly interface....

Mmmm, you've got some work to do for the Windows Phone version, the tile doesn't look charp to me on my Lumia 520. Both apps also have a light border around the logo on tile and load screen.


Yeah, also, All Stories do not show under "Latest"... And there appears to be no support for comments...

Eh its okay. Main problem for me is the live tile for WP looks terrible, and the latest news is actually old news (for instance like 5 articles are missing because the latest news showing up on the app is 9 hours ago.... hell, this article isn't even showing up in there!)

Can anyone help me understand something? Maybe I am old fashioned...but...

I am confused at the progression of apps to emulate websites, an app for neowin.com, an app for wpcentral.com etc... (banking sites I understand, but general news sites....)

Why have separate installed apps when all you need to do is have Favorites in your Internet Explorer app...

I am just trying to understand this work flow when it comes to using Windows 8 \ Phone 8, maybe for Windows 8 pinning a tile which has the latest articles there... But on your phone? Doesn't that take up too much space??

Am I the only one a little confused?

It actually takes up much MUCH less space than you think. It also provides a much faster way to navigate, as well as a custom UI designed for your device! If that isn't enough, it will increase battery life and decrease data usage!

The app indeed provide a fast navigation/update to latest news. Something where missing, I suppose they just start the app making thing?
I wish they have support for forums and more colorful and maybe support for reading comment?

adza33 said,
Can anyone help me understand something? Maybe I am old fashioned...but...

I am confused at the progression of apps to emulate websites, an app for neowin.com, an app for wpcentral.com etc... (banking sites I understand, but general news sites....)

Why have separate installed apps when all you need to do is have Favorites in your Internet Explorer app...

I am just trying to understand this work flow when it comes to using Windows 8 \ Phone 8, maybe for Windows 8 pinning a tile which has the latest articles there... But on your phone? Doesn't that take up too much space??

Am I the only one a little confused?

No, I don't think so. However, just look at the Facebook app versus using Facebook.com on a Win8/RT tablet - the apps look similar, but the Facebook app itself lends itself MUCH better to use by fingers than the website does, and uses far less resources to do so (leave that facebook web page running and put an RT device to sleep, and you'll find it kills the battery because the web page keeps refreshing in the background due to connected standby, coming to x86 tablets in the not-too-distant future).

There aren't that many websites out there today that are really quite good for use both with touch and with a keyboard/mouse. Until that happens, websites on tablets can be a problem from a usability perspective compared to an app designed for that purpose.