In early February, Microsoft opened up information about the launch of a news application platform called Project Newsbar, which keeps you up-to-date while working on the Windows operating system. The Redmond company didn’t share much information about the app at the time. However, after just over a month, a beta version of Project Newsbar was suddenly released and limited users to try it in some areas, showing a more detailed view of how this application works in practice.
Basically, Project Newsbar is an app that focuses on news, and absolutely nothing else. When installed on the system, it will appear as a drag-and-drop bar running along the right side of the screen, which contains news suggestions for users. Of course the bar can also be moved freely to the left or bottom of the screen. You can choose to show news with headlines + illustrations or only photos without titles. When you click on a photo or title, the article will open in your default browser.
The app can also launch automatically if you want. And there’s a feature that hides the Newsbar for 90 minutes so you can get things done without distractions. In general, there will be a variety of customization options such that the appearance of the Newsbar does not or significantly interferes with how other tasks are working on the screen.
Microsoft said the application is linked with more than 1,200 partners of Microsoft News, which are reputable online news sites and magazines around the world. The default news will be English but it can change according to the country or region you set up. In addition you can also follow live stock market information with this app.
To use Microsoft Project Newsbar, your device must be running at least Windows 10 April 2018 Update (Windows 10 1803, Build 17134.0). This app is currently available on the Microsoft Store but it is limited to the download area. In the near future, Microsoft plans to expand the trial area limit to more countries.