18
Jul
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Get this, Microsoft has drastically redesigned MSN for Android, introducing a new app to replace the outdated MSN World. I know, that's trippy. Apparently MSN is still a thing. This new release leaves the interface looking somewhat spiffy, as it now shows off tiles that would look at home on a Windows Phone device, yet still looks good mixed with Android's versatile Holo interface. That said, the bottom black toolbar might look crowded on devices with a virtual toolbar, and it gives me the impression that Microsoft figured it could update its Android app with the interface it threw together for the upcoming iOS 7.

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The MSN app, really, just funnels users to the mobile website, which received a redesign back in March. It provides quick access to all of the website's top content. There's news, sports, entertainment, and whatever non-tech related media that people presumably still consume. The app can provide local weather forecasts and gives quick access to Twitter, Facebook, Outlook, and Bing. MSN serves as the default homepage for countless Windows users who never bothered to swap Internet Explorer for another browser, and it looks like MSN wants to be the go-to home screen on their phones as well.

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At the end of the day, I've seen worse looking news apps out there. If MSN is your thing, this update probably won't disappoint. Actually, it might. The page says the app is incompatible with the HTC One, but the HTC One X is fine. You can load it on a Nexus 4 without problems, but trying it out on the Nexus 7 is not possible. The list of unsupported devices drastically exceeds that of those that are.

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It's silly, but Microsoft will probably jump on it eventually.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. He now lives in the City of Bridges, adjusting to the presence of actual snow. His phone of choice is the HTC One.

  • David Margolin

    KILL IT!!! KILL IT WITH FIRE!!!

  • mechapathy

    It's like a butterfly of pain. 90s, flannel-wearing pain.

  • OMGgary

    MSN: Hey everybody, we're MSN

    PUBLIC RESPONSE: ---crickets--- ---crickets--- ---crickets--- ---crickets---

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  • Bryan Guerrero

    Oh god, we already have enough crappy iOS themed apps, now we have this Windows 8 themed app!? HOLO PEOPLE! HOW HARD IS IT TO MAKE YOUR APP HOLO!!??

    • cities516

      TBH, this app is a lot holoer than many apps (e.g. LINE, Facebook Messenger, WeChat... etc.). Only the buttom bar disturbs me.

  • Andrew Kachaniwsky

    Not supported in Canada.