Microsoft's News Bar beta app adds an MSN news widget on your desktop

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Some people always want to keep an eye on the latest news, especially when the current coronavirus pandemic situation is getting worst with each passing day. News addicts generally need to manually visit news websites to stay updated with the changing situation.

With that in mind, Microsoft has been working on Project Newsbar for the past few months. The Big M has finally released the Microsoft New Bar App for Windows 10 users. With the new app, Microsoft wants to make it easier for you to track the latest stocks and news right from your desktop. Noted Microsoft leakster @walkingcat recently spotted that the beta version of the app has already landed in Microsoft Store.

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When a user downloads the News Bar app, it adds a news ticker on the right side of your screen to list the latest news as they happen. However, if you don't like the default placement, the bar can be moved to the top or bottom of the screen. Moreover, it allows Windows 10 users to choose between the image or text-based versions to see the latest headlines from thousands of major news sources.

Microsoft News bar beta

More specifically, you can hover over each image to see the preview of the headline along with some text related to the story. If you find the news interesting, simply click on it to read the in-depth coverage of the story. For those who want to keep an eye on the stocks these days, the News Bar app might be something you should try out.

The News Bar app comes with a handy minimize button that makes it pretty easier for you to take breaks when required. Interestingly, there is a setting that automatically restores the bar to remind you to read the remaining part of the story after a few hours.

Microsoft describes the News Bar app in the following manner:

Microsoft's Windows News Bar works just like the Windows Taskbar. It's there when you need it, where you need it and how you need it. Customize its appearance in settings to find the experience that's just right for you. If you want to focus, don't worry, you can minimize the News Bar at any time and then bring it back when you're ready for it again.

The News Bar is in Beta now, try it out and let us know how we can make it better!

The Microsoft News Bar beta is currently available in the Microsoft Store, with no current time frame for when it would be available for everyone. Still, it will be interesting to see if Microsoft adds some additional features in the final release.

For starters, head over to the Microsoft Store to download the News Bar beta on your PC right away.

News Bar (Beta)
News Bar (Beta)
Developer: ‪Microsoft Corporation‬
Price: Free

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