Wall Street Journal App goes Universal for Windows 10

The Wall Street Journal is a hugely popular news and analysis publication covering a wide variety of topics from a business perspective. The digital version of the newspaper has previously been available on Windows Phone and PC, but the apps were a little lacklustre. The difference with this release is that we’re now seeing the mobile and desktop experience being unified with the release of a Windows 10 Universal App.

The Wall Street Journal touts the new app as an immersive digital experience of the newspaper. Experiences include full screen photo slideshows and video along with faster loading times and better navigation.

The app has previously been available for Windows 8 but suffered from many issues. Luckily, these look mostly cured in this release. As a non-subscriber you’ll be able to read and download a selection of articles for free without ads, but you’ll need to subscribe to unlock the full range of content.

Features include:

  • Content from Most Popular, Opinion, World News, US News, Politics, Economy, Business, Tech, Markets, Arts, Life, Real Estate, Personal Journal and C-Suite
  • Free content from WSJ for all users
  • Premium content accessible via your WSJ.com subscription
  • Inline videos, slideshows, and photos
  • Share articles to friends
  • Pin tiles for your favourite sections and articles
  • Download any section or article for offline viewing
  • Choose your Edition! US, Europe, Asia, Korea, Japan

The app operates smoothly and reliably on both mobile and PC and load times and general performance seem solid. On a Windows 10 PC the app benefits from the larger screen real estate to produce a nice front page full of articles, but the article view itself stands to be improved. The article is restricted to a single column in the middle of the screen with no options to flow the text to use all the space.

The app of course works perfectly with articles in this format on the Phone but we’d like to see a future update improve text handling on the desktop version.

You can download the Wall Street Jounal from our download link.

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