Personalized content from trusted sources, plus games, weather, and more
The Microsoft Start app is your one-stop shop to stay informed, productive, entertained, and inspired. Stay up to date with stories tailored to your interests and keep in the loop with important updates and timely notifications. Search the web, check the weather, shop for necessities—even groceries! —all without leaving the app. With Microsoft Start you can explore the world around you. Find restaurants, discover places nearby, and learn more about what your community has to offer. Have fun with hundreds of free Microsoft classic games, plus read the latest Esports news and follow trending streamers. Earn Microsoft Rewards points toward free gift cards or donate your points to your favorite charity. Sign in with your Microsoft account and sync your content and preferences across devices, wherever you go. Start now!
Stay up to date with breaking news and stories tailored to your interests from thousands of premium sources. Plus, get quick access to daily tasks, such as searching the web, checking the weather, shopping for necessities, and more.
Ratings and Reviews
I read this every day but...it has issues. Sometimes you click on a story only for another story - the wrong story to appear. They will talk about a video but won’t include the link for it - which is rather annoying. If you click on the picture for the story it will sometimes include other random pictures. The “Good news” isn’t updated often enough - really? It’s that hard to find good things to report? And sometimes the “good news” is depressing. It’s just ok but better than most of the other stuff.
Over a year ago, my biggest complaint was the repetitive Twitter, and Facebook inclusions that were already in the article.
Now we get the same strange repetitions within the article, plus we get more links to things that appear to be an article, but it’s just a click bait ad, I can no longer highlight a word and search the definition, and I can no longer select a picture in an article and zoom in. The video articles I am most interested in, get stuck in a constant buffer but not the one I really don’t care about…those ones load just fine. I no longer get local news for my area, so I have to go back to doing a web search for local news, because the app only picks up neighboring city news. The closest city that I can get news for is 20 miles to the city limit but really the city is more like 40 miles away. I have setup the local news and areas of interest, but it just says “Sorry! No news for this area”
Back to using google news now, which is only slightly better. Go back a few updates and you will win me back Microsoft.
What did I just download?
Is this a news app? A browser? A weather app? A grocery delivery app? Microsoft just couldn’t quite figure out it’s use case. The dramatic navigational and UI inconsistencies seem to echo this confusion. Some pages have a back button, others don’t. Some pages are native slideovers that you dismiss by swiping. Other pages are websites wrapped in native controls whose tab has to be closed. Sometimes you can swipe backwards to go back and sometimes you can’t. There is a user profile settings page and then another settings page nested within it. Searching just brings up the web bing search results instead of a desired news article. The bottom navbar‘s buttons are identically weighted making it unclear which one is the “front page” of the app. Then there are the functional bugs. For example, progressive pages sometimes fail to load when you pull up for more content (games, looking at you). All in all, I find this app confusing and a bit aimless. It’s got the kitchen sink of features but none of them are implemented all that well.
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- 167.1 MB
- Requires iOS 13.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 13.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 13.0 or later.
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