MSN is one of the most used services on the internet. As the ever growing popularity of Apple’s iPad is linked to a massive market share, Microsoft released their MSN app for iPad exclusively to UK residents in the end of January. Now that very app has been released for iPad owners and users in the USA as well as Canada.
To be honest, the MSN app for iPad doesn’t feel any different from the various other magazine style news apps available for the iPad. Google Currents, Flipboard and Pulse News are exactly the same, however Microsoft has added some unique elements and features to its application. This app will fetch the latest news about entertainment, finance, sports, politics etc from MSN network in display it in a easy to read magazine layout.
Microsoft itself describes the app as follows on the iTunes App Store:
MSN is now available on your iPad – easily swipe to find your favorite news, sports entertainment, autos and money articles & videos in one place. Easily share what you find with your friends on Facebook,Twitter or e-mail a link to the article. Of course you can view articles, photos and videos in either portrait or landscape modes with MSN for iPad. Need to dig deeper on something you just read? We’ve built Bing right into the top of the app for easy searching.
Through the MSN app for iPad, users have direct access to their Hotmail accounts. They can also use Windows Live Messenger to chat and stay in touch with their colleagues, friends and family around the world. Bing is integrated in the MSN iPad app, which allows users to search the web effectively and without having to switch to any other iPad app.
As far as the layout is concerned, the whole screen in split in to small rows through which users can flick to navigate the content. The app has been beautifully designed and it takes full advantage of iPad’s amazing screen and the touch gestures it allows. The app can downloaded right now from the iTunes App Store, for free.
Download MSN app for iPad from iTunes App Store [Official Link]