Microsoft is making it easier and easier for businesses and websites to make universal apps, and it’s evident that the world is starting to take notice.
The Wall Street journal is one of such businesses, and is looking to expand their popular newspaper business into the digital world. The company says that the app features “the latest news, as well as expert commentary and analysis from around the world, with enhanced features and visual storytelling that bring the Journal to life. The official features include:
- A stunning visual experience with rich photo slideshows, full-screen video and interactive graphics
- Optimized performance that delivers faster load times and improved stability
- Streamlined navigation consistent with the structure of the paper, while offering quick access to breaking news and analysis.
- Multiple ways to read including the digital versions of our U.S., Europe and Asia print editions as well as the latest news from WSJ
The Economist is doing the same today as well, and boasts free editors picks for non-subscribers. The features listed on their app includes:
- Each week’s issue available from 9pm London time on Thursday
- Download issues to your Windows device to read without an internet connection (if enabled in Settings)
- Switch easily between reading and streaming The Economist in audio (when connected to the internet)
- Subscribe from within the app and receive full access to The Economist on Windows, Android tablets, Android smartphones, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry PlayBook and economist.com
It’s cool to see some great news apps making their way to the windows store. Hopefully more sites make the switch soon.
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