Today, Microsoft Garage released yet another app for iOS that isn’t available on Windows Phone. This one is called News Pro.
The idea is to deliver, you guessed it, news. It’s supposed to deliver news around your work. To be completely honest, I can’t get the app to actually run. First, here’s the description and some screenshots.
News Pro helps you search for news around your work every day. Fuel your unique interests with over a million topics to choose from.
Get informed efficiently by locating the most important and relevant articles each day based off what interests you.
Leverage the power of social networks for your daily news. You can sign-in on Facebook and LinkedIn to tailor your daily news highlights to your work experience and interests.
Find articles and topics you didn’t know you needed. News Pro allows you to extend the scope of your daily news updates by suggesting new topics to search based off your current interests and by helping you discover websites where you can read articles that are interesting to you. You can also search for news related to any topic right in the app so you can always be fully informed.
News Pro is a Microsoft Garage project, and we would love to hear your feedback as we continue to evolve and improve our app.
Upon launching News Pro, the user is brought to a screen offering them to sign in with either their Facebook or LinkedIn account. Note that Microsoft account is not an option. Below the sign in options is a “Get Started” link, which allows the user to use the app without signing in.
Signing in with Facebook is a bit odd because it takes you to Safari, or more likely a Safari View Controller, which is the in-app version of Safari. Once I sign in through Facebook, the app crashes. Of course, this is most likely because my iPhone is running iOS 9.3 beta 2.
The app seems nice and it’s too early to decide is it’s going to be useful, but my preliminary thoughts are, do we really need another news app? There’s a ton of them on the market, not to mention Apple’s new iOS 9 News app.
Then again, that’s Microsoft Garage’s job, to think outside the box and throw ideas against the wall to see what sticks.